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Principal Process Technology Engineer

Date: Nov 17, 2022

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 20843 

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 directly to the Director, Process Engineering and Design. This position will be based at our corporate headquarters in Columbia, MD and offer a hybrid work schedule, 3 days onsite and 2 days remote/at home. You must also be able to travel up to 50% which will include international.

In this role, you will be responsible for technical process design as the process engineering resource and lead activities associated with scoping, design and start-up of capital projects across Grace. You 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. The successful candidate will need to have experience in driving improvements in process design practices and rigor on capital projects across the company and leading/managing all aspects of process engineering and design required to support $50-$100 M strategic capital spend.  He/she will direct process engineering and design activities required to successfully support all phases of capital project execution from concept through authorization and final design.  



  • 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 and 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. in an Engineering discipline, Chemical Engineering highly preferred. 
  • 15+ years of process design experience preferably in the chemical manufacturing industry 
  • 10+ years of technical leadership or management experience 
  • Must be able to travel up to 50% to include internationally.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree or above
  • Chemical manufacturing 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


Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore