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Automation & Process Control Project Specialist

Date: Jul 25, 2022

Location: Gibson City, Illinois, US, 60936

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 350781 

Job Description


We have an exciting role for a Process Control/Electrical Specialist at the Gibson City Protein Solutions site in Gibson City, Illinois. The Process Control Specialist role acts as a technical resource to maintain and improve the site’s controls and electrical infrastructure.  You will apply technical skills to optimize plant operations and lead capital projects to improve the site. This is a great opportunity to advance within the field and within IFF - a Global Organization and Leader in the industry! This is a great opportunity to expose yourself to other areas of engineering such as project management, process engineering, reliability engineering that helps to create more depth to your knowledge and career.

Gibson City is in beautiful central Illinois.  It is close to great outdoor recreation and is near the Champaign/Urbana metro area – home of the University of Illinois – and the Bloomington/Normal metro area. We offer relocation assistance.

We would consider new engineering graduates that are looking to become experts in the field with some training! This could be a great next steps for chemical engineers to diversify and be exposed to wider variety of engineer skill sets.

You will:


  • Lead site-wide minor capital projects – especially electrical improvement projects.   You will be accountable for overall project performance, including safety, operability, quality, budget, and schedule.
  • Participate in the site minor capital prioritization process and management process.
  • Perform economic evaluations, prepare funding requests, forecast capital and non-cap expenditures and asset write-offs, and ensure necessary financial reporting and accounting is performed.
  • Understand all applicable electrical equipment and control technology.
  • Be responsible for programming and altering many types of PLC’s, HMI’s, PID loop controllers, ASD’s, and other control devices.
  • Provide technical advice to plant personnel to support operations to meet Business and plant goals.  (EH&S, Production, cost, quality, energy, reliability, sustainability).
  • Use fundamental engineering principles and concepts to lead troubleshooting of plant electrical and controls issues, and coach others to learn these skills.  
  • Identify, design and implement process control improvements including migrations to newer platforms.
  • Network with other engineers on site and with Subject Matter Experts within the business to leverage technical knowledge.
  • Implement best design practices to optimize operations.
  • Champion electrical safety – including electrical procedure usage, creation, reviews, updates and approvals. 

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is preferred.
  • 3 years of experience as a technician or specialist in a plant or engineering firm preferred but not required.
  • A 2 year degree with PLC, automation, electrical systems technology, or relevant experience would be considered.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communications, team skills & ability to collaborate.
  • Ability to lead multiple projects/tasks and drive projects to completion with strong operability to support reliable, high-quality production.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of PLC systems and HMI systems.
  • Be well versed in the rules and regulation relating to the implementation and best practices in electrical system design and implementation. NEC, UL, CSA, and TUV. NFPA 79 Specification, NFPA 70e Specification, ANSI and IEC Electrical symbols, Grounding and shielding of electrical systems.


We are IFF.  We are the catalyst for discoveries that spark the senses and transform the everyday. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. is a leading innovator of sensorial experiences that move the world. At the heart of our company, we are fueled by a sense of discovery, constantly asking "what if?" That passion for exploration drives us to co-create unique scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty, detergents and household goods, as well as beloved foods and beverages.
Visit us at to learn more about how we’re using Uncommon Sense to challenge expected, champion creators, and do more good for people and planet.

We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy. At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for an inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

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Nearest Major Market: Kankakee
Nearest Secondary Market: Urbana