Pilot Plant Specialist

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Date: Feb 3, 2024

Location: Channahon, IL -Illinois, US, 60410

Company: Bunge

Location : Channahon IL 

City : Channahon 

State : Illinois (US-IL) 

Country : United States (US) 

Requisition Number : 32913 


At Bunge, people don’t just come here to work, they come here to grow – solving challenges that directly impact the world with a diverse team of thinkers and doers.  Bunge offers a strong compensation and benefits, most importantly, in all we do we live our values: 
•    Act as One Team by fostering inclusion, collaboration, and respect
•    Drive for Excellence by being agile, innovative and efficient
•    Do What's Right by acting safely, ethically, and sustainably



Position Summary:

Pilot Plant Specialist is responsible for executing timely completion of pilot plant production runs for key customers and R&D projects. This role is also responsible for maintaining accurate production, maintenance and cleaning records for all scheduled activities; this includes activities related to maintaining the facilities SQF3 status.  Primary responsibilities include batching materials for production runs, operating production equipment and executing daily clean-up/sanitization procedures.


Core Functions:

  • Production work includes daily product set up and packing as well as cleaning of all equipment and facilities in support of sales and R&D initiatives.
  • Routine equipment maintenance consists of troubleshooting and performing basic repairs and calibration activities on all pilot plant equipment.  Must be able to effectively communicate problems and work closely with maintenance mechanics to achieve timely repairs of essential equipment.
  • Must keep accurate written and electronic batch records of all experiments.
  • Responsible for implementing blending recipes to meet required specifications.
  • Performs daily operation and maintenance on crystallizer, deodorizer, and other equipment.
  • Must be willing to learn and become proficient in bleaching, interesterification and deodorization of fats and oils and crystallization.
  • Food safety and quality. Expected to follow company quality systems, including SQF3, and implement food safety in the processing of samples to customers in support of the product development program by blending oils, performing physical and chemical modifications, and analyzing the results.
  • Food Safety and Quality – Follow company Quality Systems and implement Food Safety in while batching materials for production runs, operating production equipment and executing daily clean-up/sanitization procedures.


Skills/Experience Requirements:

  • Two years Technical or associate degree in science, engineering, culinary, or related field.
  • 2-5 years of industry experience.
  • Strong technical and/or mechanical background
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Experience with driving truck lift
  • Good in using English for speaking, writing, and communication.
  • Experience working with Outlook and SAP is preferred.
  • Requires the ability to stand, stoop, lift, and/or carry heavy objects up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted.



Bunge (NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has 25,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.


Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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