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Vice President- Food and Beverage Engineering- Kiewit Industrial Group


Lenexa, KS, US Bloomington, MN, US Houston, TX, US Minneapolis, MN, US Atlanta, GA, US Alpharetta, GA, US Lone Tree, CO, US Denver, CO, US

Requisition ID: 150381 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Industrial Group 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Industrial 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit Industrial Group (KIG) and Kiewit Industrial Engineering (KIND) have an immediate opening for a Vice President of Food & Beverage Engineering to join our team.  You will be part of our growing Kiewit Industrial team that is developing client solutions that seamlessly transition from design plans to completed projects to exceed client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.  Specific submarkets within F&B that are targeted are:  Meat, Beef and Poultry (MBP); Baked, Frozen and Prepared Goods (BFP), including Pet Food; and Alternative Proteins.  


The VP of F&B Engineering will provide technical and process engineering leadership for primarily design-build and/or EPC projects and pursuits, with occasional engineering only projects. We are looking for ideal candidates to grow the Kiewit team by helping develop, maintain, and improve company engineering resources, standards and tools while also utilizing these people, standards and tools to contribute to project success.

District Overview

Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc is a full-service engineering consulting and design firm serving a broad range of the industrial markets. Our combined staff of more than 1,700 engineers and design professionals have expertise that spans all major engineering disciplines to serve the industrial, transportation, power, water/wastewater, mining, building, and oil, gas & chemical markets. Our operations-focused engineering provides our clients with safe and efficient facilities, and it integrates our 130 years of construction experience to finish projects on time and to make sure that Nobody Gets Hurt. 


Our rapidly growing Industrial Engineering team, which includes process, mechanical, electrical, controls, structural, architectural, geotechnical, and civil disciplines, is a multi-faceted and leading-edge division of Kiewit with best-in-class technical expertise focused on EPC and design-build delivery of industrial projects in markets such as Food & Beverage, Mineral Processing, Renewable Fuels, Pulp and Paper, Steel & Aluminum, Industrial Buildings, and Industrial Energy, Water and Utilities. 


This position is ideally located at our industrial hub in Lenexa, KS or as an alternate, at one of our regional offices in Denver, CO, Houston, TX, Atlanta, GA, or Minneapolis, MN, and may require up to 50% travel on average based on pursuit and project demands.  Remote work locations will be fairly considered but may require increased travel.


The VP – F&B Engineering will help grow Kiewit’s market share by winning clients and projects in partnership with Business Development leaders, developing the process team and their capabilities, and developing and executing innovative solutions to clients’ technical needs on an ongoing basis through the process team this role manages. As the business grows, so will the responsibilities and complexities of leading a larger team, building organizational capability, and ensuring ongoing project execution success -- which may ultimately lead to increased overall business responsibilities and participation in the business as an owner through outstanding performance. 

Specifically, the VP – F&B Engineering will:

•    Develop the vision for engineering success for the F&B market and own the outcomes of this overall engineering strategy.  This includes providing technical and engineering leadership for process design including process evaluation, process selection, and process optimization.
•    Support business development specific to F&B.   Network and build successful industry relationships internally and externally.  Continuously monitor and understand market conditions, trends, and advances in technology across the F&B market.
•    Establish strategic engineering priorities for the F&B market, supported by the overall KIG market strategy.  Build and manage a team of engineering experts and process engineers for the F&B market to execute project process design throughout the project life cycle.  This may include identification and recruitment of key subject matter expertise externally as well as relationships with specific 3rd party consultants where needed to support optimal project outcomes.  
•    Coordinate teams and resources to support process design for multiple projects simultaneously.
•    Oversee in the preparation of key engineering reports, engineering drawings and specifications for projects such as basis of design, PFD’s, P&ID’s, mass and energy balances, process simulations, datasheets, and engineering calculations.
•    Provide process expertise leadership during project pursuit and execution to identify and eliminate technical risks.  This may include conducting cold eyes reviews of project process design documents to identify gaps or issues.  
•    Working collaboratively with the Project Development group and the Industrial Engineering team, contribute to the development of client proposals, execution plans, and project cost estimates within the F&B market.
•    Actively participate in professional organizations. Prepare and make presentations to clients and professional organizations.
•    Identify and lead the development of market-specific engineering standards, resources and tools to improve design production and efficiency.
•    Mentor Kiewit’s entry and mid-level engineers for skill development.  Review their progress and results.  Provide direction and coaching, as needed.
•    When escalated, provide front line issue resolution of technical issues associated with design, construction, equipment and/or operations.


•    Bachelor's degree or higher in Agricultural, Biosystems or Mechanical Engineering
•    Minimum of 15+ years of experience process development, conceptual and detailed design of food and beverage facilities.  Experience emphasis in focus submarkets identified above is preferred.  
•    Professional Engineer (PE) registration is preferred.
•    Experience as process design engineering lead on design-build projects is preferred.
•    Must be willing and available to accommodate intermittent travel (up to 50% maximum expected)
•    Preferred experience utilizing process modeling and simulation software applications such as Aspen Plus and/or HYSYS or equal.
•    Previous experience serving in a management and/or technical role with industry in corporate and/or commercial facilities.
•    Comfortable in a fast-paced office and site environment; ability to interact professionally with all levels of management and staff while simultaneously managing a diversified workload and challenging situations efficiently and effectively.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

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