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Senior Plant Project Engineer

Fort Morgan, CO USA
Requisition ID:  24561
No of Openings:  1
Posted Date:  Jul 21, 2022
Job Function:  Engineering

Within our Fort Morgan, CO manufacturing facility, we are seeking a highly qualified Senior Plant Project Engineer on our plant engineering team to continue moving our organization to even larger levels of food quality, safety, and production efficiencies. We take pride in our vision to be "world's best", it's why we work harder, invest more, and continually innovate.


At Leprino Foods, starting compensation for this role typically ranges between $100,000 and $123,000. This position has an annual target bonus of 12%.


  • Capital Projects (50% responsibility):
    • Leads and manages assigned projects/priorities by driving the timely completion of projects within budget, ensuring that appropriate paybacks are forecasted and achieves expected outcomes. 
    • Schedules all project work, including design, equipment selection, construction, and equipment installation, in coordination with available downtime to minimize impact on production and driving compliance with governmental regulatory specifications (O.S.H.A., F.D.A., building codes, etc.). 
    • Prepares and implements Authorization for Expenditure (AFE) by coordinating with production management, as well as, other outside sources to obtain input and review.
    • Prepares specifications, drawings, and layouts. 
    • Obtains quotes, develops costs analysis, develops budgets, and creates project schedules. 
    • Directly supervises contractors and coordinates with consulting services​.
  • Operations Support (10% responsibility):
    • Assess the Plant’s active Utilities equipment, assets and property. Identify improvement opportunities and support effective improvement implementation.
    • Maximize energy efficiencies and optimize supply side utility costs as measured by energy usage per unit used/produced.
    • Ensure regulatory compliance with all governmental agencies: OSHA, PSM, RMP, DHS, EPA.
    • Enhance manufacturing effectiveness and oversees troubleshooting of plant utility issues.
    • Develop and implement portions of plant upgrades and expansions in engineering, installation, and startup efforts.
    • Coordinate activities between corporate suppliers and outside contractors with operations-based utility upgrades.
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation (20% responsibility):
    • Identifies, develops, and leads improvements to utility, process, or energy systems, to improve efficiency or reduce cost.
    • Oversees improvements, modifications and upgrades to processes and equipment, confirming that they are completed to facilitate production needs, and that engineering design lends itself to proper repair and maintenance. 
  • Technical Training (10% responsibility):
    • Leads the development of formal and informal technical training programs to plant production.
    • Provides project materials to the Maintenance department to ensure a preventative maintenance plan is created for the new equipment and systems.
  • Quality (10% responsibility):
    • Inspects and approves all work done to assure quality, man hour efficiency, compliance and contractor productivity. 
    • Provides technical and engineering expertise and guidance to production and maintenance to improve productivity and reduce cost.


You Have At Least (Required Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.
  • Five (5) years of engineering project management experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Managing projects of up to $500,000.


We Hope You Also Have (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Project engineering within the dairy/cheese manufacturing industry.
  • Strong project engineering experience leading capital projects of up to $1 million.


Leprino Foods celebrates and supports diversity. We believe in equal opportunity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. We know we are better together and are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive culture that leverages the unique talents, experiences, background, and perspectives of each individual employee.


Offering You In Return:

A chance to be part of a global team of individuals passionate about producing and delivering high-quality products that help feed and nourish families around the world. Leprino Foods could not be where it is today without our incredible employees. That is why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring great people who are in it for the long run is our goal. Through competitive salaries and bonuses, life, medical/dental/vision coverage, voluntary benefits, employee assistance programs, wellness incentives, tuition assistance, vacation, nine paid holidays, sick time, paid parental leave, annual merit increases, as well as the LFC Profit-Sharing & 401(k) plan. Your impact will be noticed and rewarded, as you seek to further our company, our customers, and one another.


Our Story:

Leprino Foods’ history dates back over 65 years, when Jim Leprino first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood of Denver. We’ve grown a bit since then. Today, Leprino is the world’s largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by Jim and the Leprino family, our sights are set to be the “World’s Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company.” To help us achieve that bold vision, we’re looking for our secret ingredient: You. A motivated team member who is the best at what you do. Three people in a small corner grocery store in the early 1950s have now grown to almost 5,000 employees throughout 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?

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Leprino Foods Company supports a drug-free workplace and is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

Nearest Major Market: Denver
Nearest Secondary Market: Colorado