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For more than 100 years, Purina has led the charge in revolutionizing pet food production and its ability to enrich the lives of pets everywhere. By 1956, through innovative engineering, we literally reshaped Pet Care, introducing Dog Chow® as the first extruded dry food. We’re still at it today, with Tidy Cats®, the lightweight cat litter champion of the world and our new Ultra-Premium brands, Beyond® and Just Right® pet food. Such industry leadership requires constant innovation and renovation, which is so often rooted in engineering.
As a Staff Engineer, you’ll play a key role in the capital projects happening within our Davenport, Iowa facility. Day-to-day, you’ll manage capital projects from beginning to end, including concept, scope, estimate, cost, resources and funding. The design and implementation process will be core functions of your role – and we’ll challenge you to do it with integrity, passion, expertise, performance and innovation. While the engineering group as a whole operates much like an internal engineering firm, as a Staff Project Engineer, you’ll be the voice of your larger team as you coordinate cross-functionally with employees and contractors in the successful management and execution of key projects.

Davenport, IA is home to Purina's largest manufacturing facility with 75 buildings on its campus and over 400 employees - many of whom have remained part of the Purina Family for decades.  Nestlé Purina's Davenport factory has been a fixture within this Midwestern city since 1927. Currently, the Davenport factory is one of Nestlé Purina's eight dry pet food factories within the U.S. and produces several varieties within the following brands: Dog Chow, Puppy Chow, Alpo, Beneful, Purine ONE, Cat Chow, Kitten Chow, Friskies, and Kit N Kaboodle.

We’ll turn to you to take ownership of capital projects that will significantly impact our larger mission of enriching the lives of pets and the people who love them. 

Our culture continuously dares us to stand taller and ask “what’s next?” Are you up to the dare?

  • Participate in the development, implementation, and coordination of the capital budget to improve and maintain equipment and facilities.  Develop scope of work and evaluate bids for work completion.
  • Lead and manage assigned capital projects to include new equipment installations, plant layout and design, manufacturing automation projects, and maintenance related projects.  
  • Participate in the coordination of the operation of steam generating, electrical power service, compressed gases, water, sewer, HVAC, process liquids, plant-wide lighting, buildings, grounds, and fire protection systems to provide uninterrupted service.
  • Monitor outside contractors to assure compliance with all company standards including sanitation, safety, quality, productivity and budgeting
Perform all other duties as assigned



Education:  Bachelor of Science in Engineering 

Experience (Years/Type):  2+ years of project management experience in a manufacturing environment

Job: Staff Engineer (Project Management)
Primary Location: Davenport, IA US
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Career Area: Professional
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