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Black & Veatch Process Engineer - Organics Management in Des Moines, Iowa

Process Engineer - Organics Management

Date: Nov 29, 2022



Company: Black & Veatch Family of Companies

At Black & Veatch, our employee-owners go beyond the project. For over a century, we have been breaking down social, economic and geographic barriers by making life's critical resources accessible to all. Working with us, you will help provide critical expertise as we, along with our valued clients, deliver solutions that positively impact communities around the world. Our professionals are our greatest asset, and we believe nothing is more important than the health, happiness and professional growth of our employee-owners. With a focus on flexible work-life balance options, an expanding and diverse workforce, and limitless career growth opportunities, we will give you our best to help yougive us your best, and together we can build a world of difference.

Company : Black & Veatch Corporation

Req Id : 91004

Opportunity Type : Staff

Relocation eligible : Yes

Full time/Part time : Full-Time

Project Only Hire : No

Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

Job Summary

Functions as a Mid- to Senior-level Process Engineer for Organics Management in both the Governmental and Industrial Process Groups. Specialized Process Engineers in the Governmental and Industrial Process Groups support projects for Anaerobic Digestion, Fermentation, Gasification, Pyrolysis, Gas Utilization, Aerobic Digestion/Composting, or Alternative Protein and Fertilizer Production.

The Process Engineer - Anaerobic Digestion, Aerobic Digestion/Composting and Biogas Utilization position is an experienced-level role within our biosolids/organics team. We are looking for a qualified professional with a desire to lead and execute projects in the rapidly growing field of organics management via anaerobic digestion, aerobic digestion/composting and digester gas/biogas/landfill gas utilization. This also includes gas conditioning and upgrading systems to biomethane and renewable natural gas (RNG). The position presents the opportunity to contribute to a client-focused team delivering solutions to meet our clients’ most difficult challenges. Your role would include diverse opportunities in the organics management and circular economy space across a wide range of established and newer technologies that B&V executes work for.

Key Responsibilities

Engineering Production:

  • Process engineer and specialist to lead and support a wide variety of organics management activities across several business sectors: municipal organics management, agriculture and industrial organics management, generation of biofuel and management.

  • Lead and support implementation of solutions through the project life cycle: feasibility, front-end loading (FEL) project planning stages, front end engineering design (FEED) studies, detailed design, engineering, procurement support and construction management (EpCM), engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and commissioning.

  • Consult and assist Project manager with design modifications during construction.

  • Resolve project technical issues with internal team, subcontractors, vendors, main contractors and/or related third parties.

  • Follow and make sure B&V quality standards and contractual requirement are met.

  • Ensure environmental, safety and health practices are carried out at all times.

  • Support independent engineer activities and provide expertise in preparing due diligence reports.

  • Be a thought leader in organics management and circular economy (anaerobic and aerobic processes, and digester gas/biogas/landfill gas unitization especially gas conditioning and upgrading to RNG, both internal and external to Black & Veatch. Actively foster knowledge management and mentoring.

  • Develop and apply organics management concepts and approaches to unique engineering problems. Oversee collection, assimilation, and management of engineering work. Manage assigned budget, schedule, and quality requirements.

Client Focus:

  • Actively seeks to understand client interests and drivers through normal client contact and through interaction and communication with project leadership

  • Support business development and project pursuit activities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree a plus.

  • 8+ Years Experience in organics management via anaerobic and aerobic digestion/composting processes and system designs.

  • 3+ Years Experience in digester gas/biogas/landfill gas utilization via upgrading to biomethane and renewable compressed natural gas.

  • Knowledge of engineering design principles and applicable design guides and standards related to assigned engineering discipline.

  • Positive, team-first attitude; entrepreneurial mindset a plus.

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate technologies and processes both technically and economically.

  • Experience directly engaging clients on technical matters including conferences and workshops.

  • Written Communications, Drive for Results, Quality Driven, Priority Setting, Planning, Delegation, Directing Others, Conflict Management, Informing, Listening, Dealing with Ambiguity, and Building Effective Teams 

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering from either a recognized accredited program in their home country or the country in which the professional is practicing. Minimum of 8 years related work experience. All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.


Preferred to have Professional Engineer registration or licensure, or willingness/ability to pursue such registration.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

Typical office environment, typical construction environment, extreme weather conditions, high noise level, safety hazards (electric currents, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to chemicals), atmospheric conditions (fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation). Sitting, walking, talking, hearing, reading, writing, keyboarding, driving, filing, reaching, stooping, crouching, bending, standing for extended periods of time, lifting or carrying up to 40 pounds.



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Interpersonal savvy

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Black & Veatch is committed to being an employer of choice by creating a valuable work experience that keeps our people engaged, productive, safe and healthy.

Our comprehensive benefits portfolio is a key component of this commitment and offers an array of health care benefits including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurances along with disability and a robust wellness program.

To support a healthy work-life balance, we offer flexible work schedules, paid vacation and holiday time, sick time, and dependent sick time.

A variety of additional benefits are available to our professionals, including a company-matched 401k plan, adoption reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, vendor discounts, an employment referral program, AD&D insurance, pre-taxed accounts, voluntary legal plan and the B&V Credit Union. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.

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