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process engineer (m/f/d)

Process engineers: optimising technical processes

Process engineers are responsible for the technical processes in companies. They are actively involved in improvement projects as well as ensure their success and the optimisation of existing processes by applying their expertise.

These tasks involve extensive analyses, which are the basis for optimisation decisions. In addition to implementation and documentation, the tasks of process engineers often include the management of projects. Since the profession is relevant in almost all industries, there are many job advertisements for process engineers throughout Germany.

Process engineer

Process engineer

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Process engineers are responsible for the development and optimisation of technical processes. Find your dream job and take responsibility for a wide variety of processes. 

Are you looking for an experienced process engineer (m/f/d)?

Does your company have a gap in terms of process optimisation? Close it now with qualified process engineers from Hays.

Are you looking for a new project as a process engineer (m/f/d)?

Your knowledge in the area of process optimisation and subsequent evaluation is outstanding and you would like to use your skills to help a company work out new, better processes? Then bring your skills to new projects.

Career opportunities for process engineers

An academic degree in engineering is a prerequisite for working as a process engineer. A successful career start can be achieved, for example, by specialising in process engineering and completing internships in a manufacturing company. As a rule, process engineers work in the chemical industry, the energy industry, process engineering and in plant construction companies. There are currently very good prospects in these labour markets. Find out about the individual fields for process engineers now!

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What does a process engineer do?

Process engineers have the task of working out procedures and concepts for improving technical processes in companies. They create process models that are then applied to the various processes. In this way, they check the efficiency and effectiveness of the individual processes and, if necessary, derive measures for process optimisation. There is always a need for optimisation when problems occur or a more effective production method becomes necessary.

The everyday work of process engineers includes extensive training on the measures developed. Often they are also responsible for a process team and coordinate its tasks. In addition, process engineers represent the entire improvement project before the management in their job.

✔ In summary, the following tasks can be noted:

✔ Development of procedures and concepts

✔ Creation and application of process models

✔Checking the efficiency and effectiveness of processes

✔ Deriving measures for process optimisation

✔ Training

✔ Representation of the improvement project to the management

Requirements for a process engineer

In the job of a process engineer, you need to know the structure, contents and application of the business system - and above all the contents of the assigned processes. Furthermore, you should be familiar with common project management systems and methods and master standards such as ISO 900x, CMMI or SPICE. In addition, experience in applied statistics, stochastics and rationalisation is important for everyday work. Due to the leadership responsibility in the profession, you need knowledge in coaching operational projects and the ability to communicate process content.

Important soft skills for everyday work are a great capacity for abstraction, an analytical way of thinking, independent work and the ability to motivate.

  • Required hard skills are for example:
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Experience with production processes and quality assurance
  • Determined and independent way of working
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Confident appearance
  • Understanding of data processing

Process engineer salary: What are the earnings like?

With an academic degree, process engineers can expect a high starting salary. Career starters earn an average of 45,000 euros per year.

On average, the gross annual salary is currently 53,900 euros.A senior engineer in project and process management receives up to 130,000 euros gross annually.

The salary also varies according to the federal state, in addition to professional experience.

Find a promising job in engineering - with Hays

As a process engineer, you will be significantly involved in improvement projects in companies in various industries. You develop concepts to improve technical processes and work closely with the company's development departments.

We are happy to advance your career and help you find your dream position as a process engineer with a wide variety of job offers. Find out now about the advantages of searching for a job with Hays!

We offer you all relevant types of contracts. Whether you are looking for a permanent position, freelance work, temporary work or workforce management, everything is possible with Hays. Find your suitable Process Engineer job offer with us and develop yourself further.

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As a process engineer, you play an important role in improvement projects of companies from different industries. You develop concepts for the improvement of technical processes and closely cooperate with your company’s development department.
We will be happy to drive your career forward and help you find the perfect position as a process engineer. Learn more about the benefits of finding a job with Hays!

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