Principal Process Engineer

Legal Entity Name InLine Engineers, LLC
ID 2023-2509
Position Type


InLine Engineers, A Gray Company, is hiring for a Principal Process Engineer in Cincinnati. InLine Engineers has been providing engineering and project management services for the development and execution of capital projects relating to processing, packaging, and facility improvements in the food and beverage industry since 1996.


Position Description

Serving as a fully competent engineer in all conventional aspects of Process Engineering discipline, plans and conducts work requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, adaptation and modification of standard techniques. Utilizing significant experience in food and/or beverage processing and knowledge of processing systems design and implementation, the Principal Process Engineer shall lead, guide, and assist in the completion of internal and external projects. You will have the opportunity to work on all phases of a project, from the initial concept/ budgeting through the installation and start-up of new lines, as well as upgrades to existing production lines. Principal Process Engineers work closely with our Project teams to lead process design and assist in the successful completion of entire projects for our valued customers. This is a salaried, exempt position.


Direction Received:

Reports to the Director/General Manager of the local office. Independently performs assignments with an acquired understanding of expected results. While leading technical deliverables, receives guidance from other experienced members of the InLine Leadership/ Management Team. Receives supervisory approval of project deliverables throughout the duration of assigned projects.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

As part of a cohesive team, you will work with mentors, peers, and company leadership to accomplish project-specific tasks and company goals, as well as your professional and personal goals. Plans, schedules, and conducts, detailed engineering tasks. Performs work which involves conventional engineering practice but may include a variety of complex features such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, and difficult coordination requirements. 


Work requires knowledge of precedents in Process Engineering and a growing knowledge of principles and practices of food and/or beverage processing.  May lead/ support installation and commissioning for projects under the guidance of a Principal Process Engineer and/or Project Manager. Help others as needed to meet department and company goals. This may require working overtime and weekends.


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to, demonstrating a willingness to learn, developing a deeper understanding of and proficiency in the following typical process engineering competencies:

  1. As a Principal Process Engineer, may plan, organize, and supervise the work of a staff of engineers and technicians; evaluates progress of the staff and results obtained; estimates manpower needs, schedules, and assigns work to meet completion dates and budgets. In a supervisory role, is responsible for safety, quality, budget, and schedule results of the team with respect to office objectives.
  2. Support the project team by leading the process engineering team/effort, and the company by completing the defined scope of work with excellence and timeliness to the satisfaction of the customer.
  3. Prepare equipment lists and data sheets, block flow diagrams, process flow diagrams and P&ID’s as needed.
  4. Perform detailed processing design calculations and simulations.
  5. Develop mass balances.
  1. Lead various activities related to the design of specific processing units and systems.
  2. Build an understanding of all types of food and beverage processing equipment in a range of applications.
  1. Generate specifications for equipment performance and participate in vendor factory acceptance tests, reviews, and trials.
  2. Develop written sequence of operation narratives for equipment, systems, and process controls.
  3. Prepare vendor and contractor bid and construction packages for project equipment, components, and installations. Assist with bid analyses.
  4. Visit customer sites for data acquisition, audits, and surveys of the customers facilities and equipment, progress meetings, and to oversee installation and startup as needed.
  5. In general, and in summary of the above points, the Principal Process Engineer will be expected to collaborate with Project Management, design team, CAD Design department, Sales, vendors and customers to learn the project workflow, systems, and methods for determining needs and solutions for batch and/or continuous processing systems. This includes developing specifications, assisting with estimation, project justification/ feasibility, budget, schedule, design, implementation, procurement, installation, startup, Commissioning, troubleshooting, and ensuring that facilities and equipment are in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
  6. Lead/assist in creation and review of layout drawings.
  7. Performs on-site audits and surveys of the customer’s facilities and equipment.
  1. Prepares vendor and contractor bid and construction packages for project equipment, components, and installations. Assist with bid analyses.
  2. Develop written sequence of operation narratives.
  3. Satisfy the customer by completing the defined Scope of Work in timely fashion.
  4. Visit customer sites for data acquisition, audits and surveys of the customer’s facilities and equipment, progress meetings, and to oversee installation and start-up as needed.
  5. Ability to close out projects successfully.
  6. Generate requirements for equipment performance and participate in vendor FAT’s, reviews and trials. Ability to lead those sessions on behalf of inline in the customer.
  7. May handle lead engineering discipline as a member of a Project Team.
  8. Ability to check and re-direct technical work generated by others.
  1. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Physical Demands & Work Environment

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the team member is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, reach with hands or arms and talk or hear. They may occasionally be required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision.
  • Generally, normal office environment where noise level is moderate, and temperature/humidity is controlled. Overtime may be required.


Requirements and Qualifications

  1. Ability to perform in a highly collaborative, cohesive team environment, with InLine, other teams in the Gray family of companies, or other external partner companies.
  2. Strong desire and aptitude to interact and build relationships with customers.
  3. Bachelor of Science Degree in chemical or mechanical engineering with an emphasis on process systems is preferred. Related degrees from an accredited curriculum will also be considered.
  4. Cross-functional networking and influencing ability.
  5. At least 10 years of experience in detailed process design, preferably related to food and beverage processing lines or related transferable expertise is preferred.
  6. Attentiveness to detail, follow-up procedures, and documentation of action. Proficient in time management and personal organization.
  7. Good verbal and written communication skills.
  8. Significant experience with MS Outlook, MS Project, MS Excel and MS Word.
  9. AutoCAD experience is a plus.
  10. Technical writing experience and/ or skills (e.g., technical specifications, scope of work documents) are required.
  11. Significant experience in aspects of development and execution of capital projects is required.
  12. Demonstrates solid scheduling skills.
  13. General understanding of automation control systems (PLC, HMI, VFD’s, etc.) is highly preferred.
  14. Ability to learn about and evaluate existing processing operations and suggest and drive solutions that provide ROI and improve productivity.
  15. Travel is required. Travel requirements vary depending on assigned projects. InLine Engineers strives to distribute the project workload fairly and works with each team member to achieve a satisfactory work-life balance.
  16. PE status or planned pursuit is expected.
  1. Valid driver’s license required.


EEO Disclaimer

Gray is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes everyone to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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