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Principal Process Design Engineer (Hybrid location)

Date: Jun 18, 2022

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 20622 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

We're hiring a Principal Process Design Engineer who will report to the Director, Process Engineering and Design and be responsible for process design as the processing engineering resource and will lead activities associated with scoping, design and start-up of capital projects across Grace. This position will lead a team of engineering professionals (internal and contract resources) on a project by project basis deployed across a portfolio of strategic capital projects that are aligned with the growth and productivity goals of the company. In addition, this position will have to drive improvements to process design practices and rigor on capital projects across the company.



The Principal Process Design Engineer is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of process engineering and design required to support $50-$100 M strategic capital spend. You will direct process engineering and design activities required to successfully support all phases of capital project execution from concept through authorization and final design.



This position is based at our corporate headquarters in Columbia, MD, with a hybrid split-week working in the office and remote/home option.


  • Lead, demonstrate and ensure a strong safety culture within the organization with a particular emphasis on process safety and hazards during design
  • Leads and manages a team of 1-5 engineers (internal + contractors) supporting engineering design for strategic capital projects across all product lines
  • With Project Managers and ISC Directors the individual prioritizes and aligns process design resources to meet strategic and operating commitments 
  • Collaborate with Process Technology leaders and ISC to ensure successful design and scale-up of new processes and equipment to manufacturing (Cost, quality, schedule)
  • Defines procedures and work processes to strengthen linkage between concept, data and process design for a more robust manufacturing process
  • Interacts with equipment vendors and other suppliers during design, assembly and final installation
  • Develops order of magnitude and merit level capital estimates for screening purposes of project alternatives.
  • Partners with Process Innovation Center engineers to identify and evaluate state of the art equipment and technologies that will improve manufacturing capability or lower production costs
  • Evaluates process engineering aspects of M&A due diligence and supports integration as needed
  • Support other engineering related activities throughout the company by leading and participating in task force teams 

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. Degree with an Engineering discipline, preferably Chemical Engineering
  • 15+ years industrial technical experience
  • 10+ years technical management experience with demonstrated ability to build and lead a diverse organization of technical personnel, manage a complex project portfolio and manage to safety, financial and team performance objectives
  • Understanding of accounting, budgeting and financial
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to network effectively within the business unit and to stakeholders and collaborators outside the team
  • Up to 50% of travel including international


Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Grace products and unit operations
  • Operations and process development experience



Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance

Life Insurance and Disability

Grace Wellness Program

Flexible Workplace

Retirement Plans 

401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%

Paid Vacation and Holidays

Parental Leave

Tuition Reimbursement

Company Donation Match Program







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Nearest Major Market: Baltimore