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Sr. Process Technology Engineer, ART

Date: Jan 7, 2019

Location: Curtis Bay, MD, US, 21226

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 3107 

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 3,900 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

The primary function of this position is to develop and scale-up new or improved manufacturing processes to support the growth and productivity objectives of the Advanced Refining Technologies product line, a Grace-Chevron joint venture focused on hydroprocessing catalysts.  Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Project planning and execution to drive projects from concept to commercialization, including startup and successful transfer to manufacturing. 
  2. Apply sound engineering principles, rigor and manufacturing experience to:
    • Ensure safe, environmentally responsible processes are transferred to production
    • Solve chemical and process engineering problems related to new product and new manufacturing process concepts
    • Identify critical process parameters and develop functional FMEA, Cause and Effect Relationships and Critical- to-Quality Process Control Plans
    • Carry out experiments to determine the effect of processing variables on product properties and performance
    • Lead productivity projects in the manufacturing environment to improve quality, lower cost and increase rates.
    • Troubleshoot new and existing plant processes
    • Provide necessary technical support for Process Design
    • Identify applicable state-of-the-art instrumentation, equipment, and alternate process technology to upgrade the capability of ART manufacturing processes.
  1. Collaborate effectively with the R&D, Manufacturing, and Engineering teams for the introduction of new products and new plant capabilities
  2. Communicate projects updates, progress, risks, options, barriers and recommendations, effectively to technical and non-technical audience
  3. The role will require periodic travel to ART plants and toller facilities for project discussions and execution.

Required Skills

  • Proven ability to work safely in laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing environments
  • Strong background in chemistry and engineering fundamentals. Candidate must be able to apply fundamental engineering concepts to develop robust technical solutions for implementation in commercial manufacturing operation.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply Statistical techniques (DOE, Regression, Anova, SPC, Hypothesis Test, Process Capability Studies) for process development and process improvement
  • Sound Project Management Skills, ability to successfully handle multiple projects  using self directed work management style
  • Ability to work in cross functional teams (R&D, Manufacturing, Process Design, Pilot Plant) to drive project results
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, scale-up, improve, troubleshoot and transfer new processes to manufacturing.
  • Strong bias for action with a natural curiosity and ability to learn.

Required Experience

  • Minimum 3-5 years (entry level), 5-10 years (Sr. Level) experience in process development or manufacturing in chemical process industry. 
  • Experience with commercial scale chemical reactions, washing, drying, extrusion, milling unit operations is preferred.
  • Lean Six sigma trained with demonstrated ability to utilize statistical techniques.
  • Direct experience with alumina, hydroprocessing catalysts, zeolites or related inorganic materials is a plus

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree: MS or PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Material Science

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