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Techno-economic Engineer, Decatur, IL

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Job Title: Techno-economic Engineer, Decatur, IL
Location: Decatur, IL, Midwest United States, USA
Company: Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Commodities and Trading
Career Type: Nutritionist/Formulator
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: 0
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Technoeconomic Engineer, Decatur, IL
This is a full time, exempt position

Position Summary:

The Technoeconomic Engineer is responsible for using engineering principals, tools and software to model existing, changes to existing, and completely new processes to inform research and development project priorities, business decisions and portfolio valuation. The position requires the engineer to interact within multi-disciplinary groups to gather information, complete various modeling activities and effectively communicate results to project leadership. The precision of these models will align with the project development phase with certain accuracy to allow leadership to prioritize next phase of work and to inform high level business decisions. The engineer may also be required to lead modeling focused projects within a structured Technology development process and delegate modeling assignments to Modeling Center interns.

•The following represents most of the duties performed by the position but are not meant to be all-inclusive nor prevent other duties from being assigned when necessary!
•Capital Cost Estimating
•Use expert level ACCE knowledge to build capital cost estimate of the appropriate level of detail.
•Assist with development, use and maintain the standardized ACCE templates and capital estimating work process!
•Work with internal and external partners to get costing information.
•Partner with internal resources to ensure a database of equipment, material, feedstock, utility costs, historical project costs are aligned and up to date.
•Process and Financial Modeling
•Use expert knowledge of Aspen Plus and excel to develop process models to the appropriate level of detail Develop mass and energy balances (Aspen Plus, SuprePro, Excel) for early phase economic evaluations
•Support risk management activities by running sensitivities (Monte Carlo) to advise the prioritization of de-risking activities
•Partner with departments to ensure alignment of financial modeling assumptions and templates
•Develop and maintain standardized process and financial modeling work processes and templates
•Peer review models and outputs to ensure quality of work.
•Develop FEL0 quality process flow diagrams, material and energy balances, and major equipment lists
•Extract information from patents and make needed assumptions, document, communicate and translate to engineering model input assumptions
•Project Management
•Lead projects within a documented, agile-based project management structure
•Efficiently move projects from idea to pipeline using the defined work process
•Function as the primary, initial engineering contact for idea intake and 0A work
•Own financial models for the larger RPDG projects
•Efficiently gather, consolidate, and confirm validity/quality of information for projects
•Archive project information for future use
•Well organized and able to effectively prioritize own work to deliver encouraged results on multiple projects led concurrently


A Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering or equivalent is required


A proven ability in process modeling, process operations, process optimization and/or engineering design in the food and/or chemical industry. The individual must have extensive experience with a range modeling platforms and skills including but not limited to: ASPEN suite including ASPEN plus and ACCE, SuperPro Designer, Crystal Ball, MATLAB, Excel. Experience in evaluating and/or piloting new technologies is highly desirable. Additional experience in process control, statistical analysis and design and operation of unit operations including filtration, distillation, evaporation, centrifugation, carbon treatment, ion exchange, and chromatographic separation are a plus.

•Must have extensive experience, at least 5 years, with ASPEN Plus modeling software
•Must possess well-developed skills to analyze and interpret scientific data when crafting and evaluating chemical processes.
•Good written and oral communication skills to connect with managers, engineering colleagues, and R&D staff via reports and presentations.
•Strong organizational skills to manage large amounts of data and multiple projects.
•Able to function within matrix project management environment.
•Strong leadership skills to encourage open collaboration, provide technical expertise, and positively contribute to research teams.
•Effective communication of engineering data with research, operations, research, and business staff.

•Must be willing to travel.
•Travel to multiple locations is expected.
•Comfortable managing/participate in various projects concurrently
•Candidate will need to work within established company and laboratory safety guidelines.
•Willingness to spend time in plant areas, tolerate extreme temperatures, walk long distances, stand, climb stairs and ladders and move through close spaces.


Engineering, communication, curiosity, integrity, problem solving, independent judgment, teamwork, persistence, detail oriented and safety commitment, process modeling, financial modeling

Relocation assistance is available with this position.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.

ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age disability and veteran status.

If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the application process, please send an e-mail to Include your contact information, a description of the position for which you are applying, and the nature of your requested accommodation.

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Job Post Date: 08/04/20
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