Principal Process Engineer

Bayer Inc. Urbandale , IA 50323

Posted 3 weeks ago

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At Bayer you have the opportunity to be part of a culture where we value the passion of our employees to innovate and give them the power to change.

Principal Process Engineer


The primary responsibilities of this role, Principal Process Engineer, are to:

  • Lead assigned phases (based on role) of projects which includes concept development, basic engineering, prototyping, detailed engineering and design, procurement, construction, start-up, testing, deployment and sustainment of automated systems;

  • Partner with other engineering disciplines, customers and vendors/suppliers to create technical strategies and identify project opportunities;

  • Follow Bayer and industry best practices;

  • Plan and direct team in engineering tasks to ensure all project objectives including safety, technical correctness, budget, constructability, schedule, maintainability and operability are met;

  • Develop system architectures and technical strategies within platform;

  • Identify opportunities and develop solutions for automating nursery operations and process efficiency in close collaboration with 30 global nursery sites and technical platform partners to improve R&D seed production and product development across five crops to deploy products in over 40 countries through technology in field, lab, shade house and screen house operations including seed preparation, planting, field plot management, data collection, harvesting, seed processing and environmental controls;

  • Develop project plans, deliver return on investment (ROI) and strategic recommendations;

  • Drive teams to utilize process data to inform on opportunity areas for efficiency, design and support process improvement capabilities to drive operational excellence in site operations;

  • Collaborate with technical platform partners in aligning project priorities with technical resources;

  • Use these relationships to co-create new ways of solving operational challenges across our global nursery sites;

  • Play a critical role in bridging between nursery operations and the technical expertise of data scientists, automation and software engineers;

  • Ensure the insights generated through sophisticated analytics translate into business impact;

  • Lead PI&O ptimization project activities and reliability improvement projects and collaborating with local operations teams and automation platform design teams to identify, develop, implement, and test equipment and software improvements;

  • Develop project review materials to communicate progress, roadblocks and opportunities against the project plan;

  • Drive alignment on remediations;

  • Communicate to key stakeholders to drive one source of truth for status;

  • Lead multi-function teams globally to support innovation projects for Precision Breeding, with a key focus on driving nursery technical operations and process optimization supporting improvements of genetic gain and product performance through digital transformation and new technology development and deployment.

Domestic Relocation Assistance and Visa Sponsorship are Available.


Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values. More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. with at least eight years of industry experience OR M.S. with at least six years of industry experience OR Ph.D. with at least four years of industry experience (All degrees in engineering or science such as Process, Electrical, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, Agricultural, Computer, Computer Science, Electromechanics, Mechatronics, Industrial, Information Systems or related field with strong interest in automation);

  • Significant and extensive experience in one or more of, process engineering, automation design, machine design, test engineering, agricultural engineering, automation support, project engineering or equivalent experience;

  • Be able to lead a cross-functional team and prioritize multiple projects and requirements simultaneously with competing business needs/impacts across multiple customer groups;

  • Expert knowledge of relevant software and hardware tools;

  • Excellent knowledge of process control strategies and systems;

  • Excellent communication, project management, influential leadership skills;

  • Able to steer a cross-functional team to deliver results in fast paced, multi-cultural environment;

  • Excellent knowledge of and experience demonstrating project control skills including project planning, scheduling, cost control and requirements development;

  • Be able to travel 25% of the time;

  • High emotional intelligence and cultural awareness.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Domain expertise of nursery operations and/or breeding workflows;

  • Secondary language (Spanish, Portuguese).


Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the "Passion to Innovate" and the "Power to Change", we encourage you to apply now. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.

Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans

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