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POET Process Engineer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Our 28 Biorefining facilities produce over 1.9 billion gallons of ethanol, 5 million tons of Dakota Gold distillers grain animal feed and 600 million pounds of our Voila® corn oil. That’s a lot of product! In addition, we provide CO2 to the beverage industry and contribute to sustainable roadways. We also buy 650 million bushels of corn per year from local producers. It is our role at POET Plant Management to ensure safe, efficient, and profitable operations at each facility.

JOB SUMMARYThe Process Engineer I analyzes real time bioprocessing facility data to identify and evaluate gaps in performance throughout the POET fleet. In this role, you will design and drive continuous improvement projects, be exposed to all facets of bioprocessing facility operations and transform into a subject matter expert in an assigned area of expertise. You will also collaborate with the POET team to troubleshoot, innovate, optimize, and identify areas of improvement. Together, we focus on problem solving, teamwork and leadership which results in ongoing improvements throughout the fleet of POET facilities. We work hard, we play hard and we drive results!


  • Provide support and oversight to POET bioprocessing facility operations.

  • Collaborate with and provide support to cross-functional teams.

  • Troubleshoot problems to ensure plant uptime and efficiency.

  • Develop and implement procedures for new processes and technologies.

  • Complete data analysis of process information and effectively communicating the results to Plant Management.

  • Assist with bioprocessing facility start-ups and expansions including shift coverage.

  • Travel to bioprocessing facilities for meetings, site visits/audits, operational support, and training.

  • Develop and provide technical presentations to management.

  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.

  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required. Chemical, Process, Agricultural and Biosystems, Mechanical Engineering, or other related majors preferred.

  • Experience requirements:

  • Process Engineer I: experience through internships, co-ops and educational opportunities.

  • Process Engineer II: 4 or more years of overall experience with 3 or more years of experience in a related industry.

  • Operations Engineer: 8 or more years of overall experience with 6 or more years of experience in a related industry.

  • The selected candidate’s qualifications and experience will determine the appropriate title.

  • You are inquisitive, resourceful, agile, self-directed and determined.

  • You enjoy collaborating, learning and strive for continuous improvement – Never Satisfied.

  • Experience in a manufacturing environment is beneficial.

  • Experience with DCS control and DCS historian systems is beneficial.

  • You have excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to embrace change.

  • You communicate effectively in writing and in person.

  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.

  • You have the ability to understand technical and day to day operation of a bioprocessing facility.

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POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

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Job ID2020-3935

Employment TypeRegular Full-Time



Travel Required25%-50%

Position Location(s)US-SD-Sioux Falls

FLSA StatusExempt