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Engineer, Process

Naperville, IL
Why Work for KeHE?
  • Full-time
  • Pay Range: $72,863.00/Yr. - $106,786.00/Yr.
  • Shift Days: , Shift Time:
  • Benefits on Day 1
    • Health/Rx
    • Dental
    • Vision
    • Flexible and health spending accounts (FSA/HSA)
    • Supplemental life insurance
    • 401(k)
    • Paid time off
    • Paid sick time
    • Short term & long term disability coverage (STD/LTD)
    • Employee stock ownership (ESOP)
    • Holiday pay for company designated holidays


    Good people, working with good people, for our common good.

    Sound good?

    KeHE-a natural, organic, specialty and fresh food distributor-is all about "good" and is growing, so there's never been a more exciting time to join our team. If you're enthusiastic about working in an environment with a people-first culture and an organization committed to good living, good food and good service, we'd love to talk to you!

    Primary Responsibilities

    The Process Engineer is responsible for overseeing the implementation of new processes and conducting regular audits to evaluate adherence to established procedures. This role requires a combination of technical expertise, project management skills, and a keen eye for detail to drive continuous improvement initiatives and maintain compliance with KeHE and industry standards. As with all positions at KeHE Distributors, we expect that all actions will be consistent with KeHE's Mission, Vision, and Values.

    Essential Functions

    • Collaborates with cross functional teams to understand new process requirements and objectives and implement changes that enhance efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Develops detailed process implementation plans including timelines, resource allocation, and key milestones.
    • Conducts regular audits of operational processes to ensure compliance with established standards and procedures.
    • Identifies deviations from established processes and works with teams to implement corrective actions.
    • Maintains comprehensive audit trail and documentation of changes and improvements.
    • Analyzes audit findings to identify opportunities for process optimization and improvement.
    • Maintains accurate and up-to-date documentation of implemented processes, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and audit reports.
    • Generates comprehensive reports detailing audit results, recommendations, and improvement actions for management review.
    • Trains and supports teams involved in the implementation of new processes.
    • Acts as the point of contact for answering questions and provides guidance on process related matters.
    • Stays up to date with industry trends and best practices in distribution and process engineering to proactively identify innovative solutions.
    • Other duties and projects as assigned.

    • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written.
    • Ability to manage and lead projects across multiple locations ensuring consistent implementation and successful outcomes.
    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Power BI, Access).
    • Ability to travel 50%-60% required with periodic, multi-state travel which may include transport by airplane, rail, rental, or personal motor vehicle.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects or tasks simultaneously.
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and in a team environment.
    • Knowledge of Lean principles and experience implementing Lean projects.
    • Knowledge of Six Sigma.

    Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude

    • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Management, or a related field is required.
    • Minimum of 4+ years of experience in distribution process engineering with a focus on process implementation and compliance.
    • Lean training and/or certification preferred.

    • Work performed is typically performed in a temperature-controlled environment.
    • Must sit, stand, or walk for extended periods.
    • May spend long periods at a desk or computer terminal.
    • May use calculators, keyboards, telephones, and other office equipment during workday.
    • Stooping, bending, twisting, and reaching may be required in the completion of job duties.
    • Work is fast paced; occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

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