Process Engineer, NextGen Ag

at Black & Veatch in Montpelier, Vermont, United States

Job Description

Process Engineer, NextGen Ag

Date: Dec 24, 2021



Company: Black & Veatch Family of Companies

We believe real value is powered by the unique skills and experiences of our professionals. The interchange of ideas from a diverse group of people gives our teams an expanded perspective and the ability to find better solutions for our clients.

Company : Black & Veatch Corporation

Req Id : 49922

Job Title : Process Engineer, NextGen Ag

Location : USVRTL


Opportunity Type : Staff

Relocation eligible : No

Full time/Part time : Full-Time

Project Only Hire : No

Visa Sponsorship Available: No

Job Summary

The future of food, beverage, and agriculture has never been more exciting, challenging, and promising. Consumers’ preferences and demands are rapidly evolving alongside major leaps forward in food technologies like alternative proteins, aquaculture and vertical farming. These trends are reshaping our food systems, driving innovation to solve global food security and create more sustainable products and facilities.

We have an exciting new leadership position in our fast-growing NextGen Ag team. We are commercializing disruptive technologies in the food and agricultural fields. We’re pros in optimizing existing facilities, designing and?building new ones, and collaborating to bring emerging, new-to-world food, beverage?and agricultural innovations to market. From vertical farming to cell-based meats, we help our clients bridge the gap between science, research and development, engineering, and commercialization.

Reshaping our food system will require massive change. If you are passionate about this opportunity and the potential to make a massive difference, we are looking for you!

Black & Veatch is Building a WORLD of Difference.

It’s time for better. NextGen Ag: Better Food, Better Planet

The NextGen Ag process engineer functions in a lead role, and has a primary focus of technical execution of project deliverables, on time and on budget. This role requires broad technical and commercial knowledge, with the ability to apply advanced engineering techniques and analyses for problems and methods with minimal supervision. Performs technology evaluation studies, conceptual and preliminary design, and detailed design for projects in the food and beverage industries. Continual improvement and development by expanding knowledge and skill set within the specific process engineering verticals is expected, along with other disciplines and functional areas. The process engineer should be recognized as a technical specialist in having in-depth knowledge of one or more engineering processes or technical aspects of the industry. You should be able to design a complete project, as well as direct others and operate on a cross-disciplinary basis. This is a flexible role which also includes business development (proposal support), team development, and business acumen. You must be in the details as an engineer, but also able to think big from the project and broader perspective.

Key Responsibilities

The NextGen Ag team currently has a physical presence in Kansas City, Denver, San Francisco, and Atlanta, but is supported by and draws on B&V professionals throughout the US and internationally. Remote/virtual office is an option.

Key Responsibilities

+ Prepares a variety of complex engineering deliverables

+ Performs complex research and develops recommendations for equipment and material selection. Prepares equipment and construction specifications.

+ Prepares complex engineering calculations following standard methods and principles

+ Plans and conducts independent evaluation, selection, and adaptation of engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria. Responsible for budget, schedule, and quality requirements

+ Reviews other engineering work for technical accuracy

+ Responsible for coordinating resources on a project

+ Drives internal and external stakeholder collaboration.

+ Passionate about client and company success

+ Engineering Standards – Continues to learn, remains current and applies independent knowledge and interpretation about departmental design guides, standards, systems, applicable engineering codes. Engaged in continual improvement of these standards.

+ Quality – Unwavering focus on quality of deliverables. Ensures compliance with quality program. Team Development – Provides guidance and direction to others, both from a technical and leadership development standpoint

+ Continuous Improvement – Champions continuous improvement and change management efforts

Management Responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications

+ 10 years experience as a process engineer

+ Food, beverage, and/or pharmaceutical/FDA regulated process industry and facility experience

+ Sanitary/hygienic design experience

+ Experience in process scale-up design from lab/pilot to commercial production volumes highly desired.

+ Experience in one or more of the following process areas: cell-culture, fermentation, bioprocess, bioreactor design, downstream processing/purification, mammalian cells.

+ Experience with FDA and/or USDA requirements

+ Hands-on experience in a facility

+ Capital project experience

+ Experience working with startup companies


+ Safety

+ Accountability

+ Collaboration

+ Entrepreneurship

+ Integrity

+ Ownership

+ Respect

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering from either a recognized accredited program in their home country or the country in which the professional is practicing.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years related work experience

All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.


+ Professional Engineer (PE) or active pursuit of registration is desired -\#LI-JR1

Work Environment/Physical Demands



Communicates effectively


Directs work

Instills trust

Interpersonal savvy

Organizational savvy

Customer focus

Decision quality

Salary Plan

ENG: Engineering

Job Grade


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Black & Veatch is committed to being an employer of choice by creating a valuable work experience that keeps our people engaged, productive, safe and healthy.

Our comprehensive benefits portfolio is a key component of this commitment and offers an array of health care benefits including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurances along with disability and a robust wellness program.

To support a healthy work-life balance, we offer flexible work schedules, paid vacation and holiday time, sick time, and dependent sick time.

A variety of additional benefits are available to our professionals, including a company-matched 401k plan, adoption reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, vendor discounts, an employment referral program, AD&D insurance, pre-taxed accounts, voluntary legal plan and the B&V Credit Union. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.

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Job Posting: JC193952163

Posted On: Oct 03, 2021

Updated On: Jan 19, 2022