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Senior Process Design Engineer

Date: Sep 7, 2022

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 20912 

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 are hiring a Process Design Engineer reporting directly to the Director, Process Engineering & Design. The role will be located at our corporate headquarters in Columbia, MD. 


The Process Design Engineer will have direct responsibility for the Process Engineering function as it relates to global capital projects.  The individual will direct, coordinate, and exercise functional authority for planning, organization, control, integration, and completion of process scopes and related documents within the area of assigned responsibility.  The Process Design Engineer must have a thorough understanding of process equipment design including pumps, heat exchangers, vessels, etc.  Must be able to apply process tools to design piping systems, complete material, and energy balances, and perform process optimization studies. Individual will coordinate activities concerned with technical developments, scheduling, and resolving engineering design issues.



  • Evaluates and approves process design changes and specifications.
  • Develops in collaboration with Process Technology, Business Units and Operations and assures adherence to a standard Basis of Design (BOD) package which includes Scope of Work, PFDs, P&ID’s, and material balances.
  • Develops project studies to evaluate alternatives (technically and economically) and recommends the best solution.
  • Directing integration of process design activities and production requirements into capital projects
  • Develops front end packages.
  • Developing equipment and services bid documentation and reviewing vendor quotations and issues procurement recommendations.
  • Evaluates and approves design changes, specifications, and drawing releases.
  • Evaluating EH&S design requirements and ensuring adherence to corporate policies
  • Participates as engineering representative in PHA’s (Process Hazard Analysis) and HAZOP’s
  • Leading/participating in various project and kickoff meetings throughout project life cycle.
  • Providing assistance in the development of the capital and operating budgets.
  • Supports start up activities from a process engineering perspective
  • Prioritizing workloads and effectively managing 3rd party engineering teams to execute assigned workloads.
  • Firm understanding and compliance to the Grace Project Methodology (GPM) process
  • Remaining up to date on all internally and externally driven training requirements
  • Ability to multi-task and adjust workloads due to changes in priority.

Required Qualifications


  • BS degree in Chemical Engineering
  • 10 years’ experience in process design and process engineering work in the chemical industry
  • Must have proven ability to execute front-end design for capital projects with strong oral/written communication skills and the ability to interact and work in a team environment.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally. Travel percentage varies based on projects and priorities. 

Physical Requirements


  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb stairs and ladders over 100 ft.
  • Ability to work in a high hazard environment, including adverse weather conditions, elevated spaces, confined spaces, extreme temperatures, and noisy surroundings.



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