Basic American Foods
  • Idaho Campus
  • Rexburg, ID, USA
  • TBD
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Manufacturing

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Process Engineer

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Basic American Foods ("BAF") is a family-owned company with multiple manufacturing facilities in beautiful Southeast Idaho and scenic Washington State. We at BAF are striving to build on our 80+ year history as pioneering innovation and market leadership.  We believe that kitchens and dining rooms should be filled with food people love to make and love to eat and that's precisely why we all are excited to come to work each day to help create a world full of mealtime victories for as many people as possible. 

Are you an individual who truly loves working with a team to take on challenging problems by using your creative insights, troubleshooting ability, and process knowledge, all with the ultimate goal of getting to root cause and creating sustainable solutions? This is an opportunity for you!

This engineering position will lead and coordinate process development, process optimization, and process sustainment activities across all of BAF's plants, and will engage all stakeholders in the development and execution of continuous improvement projects and activities.


  1. Accountable for supporting our outstanding operations team by developing and sustaining process standards such as process recipes, process control plans, line diagrams, and operational employee training materials. Additional support to the factories in line audits and process troubleshooting events such as Kaizens.


  1. Lead the investigation of new technologies through on-site trials, supplier site testing (FAT Testing), and trade shows. Additionally, responsibility for implementing new technologies throughout the company, development of sustainability plans, and execution of new processes.


  1. Support the development of new products and/or enhancements to existing products through: 1) studies of current process capability; 2) development of gap evaluations to identify facility needs for successful product transitions; 3) stakeholder reviews to deliver options for successful completion of product rollouts; 4) creation of testing protocols; 5) execution of ongoing evaluation plans and 6) oversight of onsite testing.


  1. Development and execution of capital projects to drive operational improvement. Deliverables to include: 1) current state baselines; 2) project justification; 3) facility needs analysis; 4)  process operating narratives. Along with functioning as a liaison with engineering, PLC programming, contractors, and plant personnel, you will work to train employees on the functions of new equipment, project validations, and project audits to assure continued sustainable success.


  1. Process auditing, including 1) evaluation of training and certification of operators; 2) line audits of current state operation vs. baseline evaluation; 3) compliance with control plans and recipes; 4) process narrative validation and 6) substantial involvement in the management of change process.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree from a four-year college or university in an Engineering field; prefer related experience and/or training as a Process Engineer.

Preferred Qualifications       

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, PLC Historian programs, PLC HMI interactions, Data Tracer or other data logger hardware and software, JMP.
  • Experience and/or training in Six Sigma methodology, experience and/or training in Lean Manufacturing principles and practices, project management experience, and team leadership experience.

About Basic American Foods

Basic American Foods is supplying important and innovative food to America and beyond. From our humble beginnings in 1933 with a vision of moving excess food from California to the East Coast, we are now a critical supplier in the foodservice industry with shelf-stable potatoes and beans. We are also an innovator in the Health and Wellness space with our Modern Table brand bringing healthy, yummy and easy meals to everyday life

Why work for Basic American Foods?

Located just outside of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world-famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small-town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world's most famous park - Yellowstone. Southeast Idaho is located in the center of some of the best wilderness areas on earth, with world class hiking, fishing, and boating in the summers and unparalleled hunting, skiing, and backcountry adventuring in the winter.  We are a family-owned, family-friendly and growing company that highly values its employees and has been a leader in innovation since our inception. New hires consistently say our culture is great, open, and friendly while at the same time focused on achieving our goals. And speaking of our goals, we are growing both our established business as well as in new channels with new foods. Additionally, as a medium-sized business, the contributions you can make on our success are much more visible and impactful than in larger, bureaucratic companies. It is an exciting time to join!


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