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ADM Milling and Fermentation Process Specialist - Cedar Rapids, IA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Job Title:

Milling and Fermentation Process Specialist - Cedar Rapids, IA


Operations: Manufacturing, Production, Maintenance, Utilities

Job Description:

Milling and Fermentation Process Specialist

The Milling and Fermentation Process Specialist, Subject Matter Expert is responsible for setting tactical and strategic direction for the Mash Prep Area within the Dry Grind Ethanol facility. This employee will work with and

report to the Dry Grind Superintendent. The duties may vary by day, and hours may vary

based on specific tasks. Duties include setting daily direction for operations through

standard work, maintenance planning/prioritization, ensuring trainees are meeting

training milestones, assessing trainees on competency, overall reliability of milling/mash prep areas, troubleshooting plant upsets, execute focused improvement solutions within milling / mash prep, maintain ELSP and area specific safety items, own Standard Operating Procedures within distillation, monitor/track enzyme/chemical truck deliveries, create strategic vision to maintain optimal plant operations, participate in plant initiative activities, and other tasks as required. This person will be responsible for updating and maintaining all Mash Prep related PolicyTech information. For the tactical portion of the job, the Subject Matter Expert is required to drive out losses within the department to ensure mash prep is capable of hitting maximum plant throughputs.

Job Function:

  • Communicates effectively with the department operators, contractors, engineering,

  • and supervision.

  • Maintains close contact with the operations, advising the Superintendent as

  • problems are encountered.

  • Create action plans on how to eliminate bottlenecks and/or losses within Mash Prep

  • Proactively anticipates challenges and hazards and works to eliminate them before they impact the Mash Prep area, both operationally and safety

  • Closely monitor the process to ensure optimized process parameters while maintaining within the designated KPI ranges

  • Utilize the Performance Excellence pillars to drive out losses and optimize Mash Prep area

  • Works directly with Maintenance Planner(s) and Maintenance Superintendent to prioritize Work Orders

  • Determine the timing for execution of maintenance work orders and schedule LOTO activities with operators

  • Ensure prompt and adequate delivery of process enzymes and chemicals

  • Detailed and in depth troubleshooting of problematic systems and areas.

  • Maintain operational standard work for operators to provide day to day guidance

  • Assists with operational activities on D3 and in field

  • Ensure trainees are progressing on training plans, providing feedback to further their training experiences

  • Evaluate and qualify trainees to designate the have the required competency to run the mash prep area

  • Provide insight on employee feedback to Operations Supervisor and Superintendent during annual operator merit review process

  • Create strategic goals for mash prep to maintain optimal reliability and efficiency

  • Participate in corporate initiatives and lead efforts at the plant level to execute those initiatives

  • Enter and approve Work Orders as issues arise that need attention with appropriate prioritization (Code 1, 4, 7, 9)

  • Must be a highly motivated individual and have the ability to motivate others for task completion.

  • Must be able to work well with others in a team environment, as well as the ability to work well without supervision.

  • Excellent attendance and positive attitude on a daily basis is a must.

  • Ability to issue hot work and confined space permits

  • Maintain, update, and write all ESLP documentation for distillation

  • Maintain, update, and write all SOP’s for distillation

  • Assists in equipment periodic inspections.

  • Ability to align to department’s priorities and self-manage workload accordingly

  • Keep safe practices at the forefront of all activities and positively engage other team members in the safety culture

  • Leads by example through following ADM’s Code of Conduct and its Core Values.

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Work Environment:

  • Primarily Monday – Friday, but available for operations outside of standard working hours.

  • Work with various chemicals and caustics

  • Work with vibrating equipment on occasional basis

  • Hazards: work on slippery/uneven surfaces and at high elevations on constant basis

  • High and low temperature extremes

  • Work in cramped positions on frequent basis

  • Stand for long periods of time.

  • Lift 50 lbs.

  • Carry ladders and tools.

  • Climb ladders

  • Walk long distances

Preferred Skills:

  • Experienced milling, fermentation, and liquefaction Qualification(s)

  • Good communication skills and ability to communicate with individuals on multiple levels

  • Mechanical and operations aptitude

  • Strong troubleshooting skills

  • Excellent in LOTO policy and procedures

  • In depth knowledge of Dry Grind facility and associated processes outside of Mash Prep

Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

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About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at





Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM. (


Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).

  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.

  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).

Additional benefits include:

  • Paid time off including paid holidays.

  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.

  • Tuition assistance.

  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.

*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.