Senior Project Engineer - CP Kelco

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Date: Jan 6, 2022

Location: Okmulgee, OK, US

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: CP Kelco 

CP Kelco is a leading producer of specialty ingredients which are added to improve texture, consistency, and stability in food, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Our products are derived from renewable raw materials found in nature for use in jam, fruit and milk drinks, confectionery products as well as industrial applications. We work across the whole value chain from natural raw materials to customers’ end products. CP Kelco is part of the JM Huber Corporation, one of the largest privately held, family owned companies in the United States.  With approximately $2.3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a combined material presence in more than 20 countries.

Position Summary

Our Okmulgee plant produces Gellan and Xanthan Gum and we are searching for a Project Engineer to work under the direction of the Engineering Manager, the Project Engineer is responsible for executing capital projects and performing various engineering support for capital projects. Project engineering efforts include all facets of scope development, AR development and submittal, detailed project design, and construction supervision. You will identify and implement process improvements which result in higher throughput, improved efficiencies, recognizable cost savings and more consistent product quality. 


  • Assigned project responsibility for approved projects of approximately $25,000 to $3 million + in value, which may be portions of major installations, and is expected to maintain control over several projects simultaneously.
  • Coordinate and supervise design efforts and provide field monitoring to ensure construction compliance with designs.
  • Incorporate safety and regulatory compliance into all assigned projects scope and design.
  • In Conjunction with Plant Leadership Team, develops annual and long term capital plans for the site.
  • Conduct and Participate in Process Hazard Analysis (PHA), Management of Change (MOC) and Pre Start Up Safety reviews, Process Safety Management (PSM) audits, and Incident Investigations.
  • Develop process flow sheets, preliminary plant layouts and piping and instrument diagrams.
  • Perform or direct preparation of process and detail design calculations as required as well as check design work, drawings and calculations.
  • Select equipment to perform a specific function and develop or direct development of specifications for the equipment or process.
  • Develop cost estimates, construction schedules and maintain cost control on projects.
  • Develop bid packages and solicit and evaluate bids from various contractors.
  • Approve purchase requisitions for equipment and construction activities within the limits set by the appropriation and grant of authority.
  • Establish and maintain project files and enter material in permanent equipment and process files.
  • Supervise compilation of process and equipment information and may develop preliminary operating procedures.
  • Maintain current knowledge or access to applicable codes and regulations.
  • Protect all proprietary information and property against loss of any kind.  This includes, but is not limited to, confidential reports and memos, process and product knowledge, equipment and research methodology.


Required Skills

  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering or any other Engineering Degree with be considered as long as you have demonstrated Project Engineering experience
  • Minimum of 5 years experience performing project management, with a strong preference for candidates with chemical, pulp and paper or fermentation industry experience
  • Cross collaboration skills to liaise with Process Engineering, Maintenance, Management, and Production personnel to provide process specifications as required to fully implement project improvements
  • Maintain project control and accountability until the projects are accepted by the manufacturing group and all project goals are met
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required
  • Strong Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access)
  • Initiative, coaching and leadership capabilities, problem-solving skills, innovative thinking, and a willingness to focus on customer needs
  • Six Sigma or Lean manufacturing experience and SAP are a plus




J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO/AAP employer. Pre-employment drug screening is required.


Nearest Major Market: Tulsa
Nearest Secondary Market: Oklahoma