Sr Process Design Engineer

Date: Sep 19, 2023

Location: Houston, TX, US, 77026 Baton Rouge, LA, US, 70805 Columbia, MD, US, 21044 Pasadena, TX, US, 77507 Lake Charles, LA, US, 70665

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 21939 

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

The Process Design Engineer will have direct responsibility for the Process Engineering function as it relates to 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 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. The individual will be located at our Corporate campus in Columbia, MD or at any plant in the Gulf Coast Region: Houston, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, or Lake Charles, LA.


  • 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.
  • Travel up to 50%

Required Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will possess a BS degree in Chemical Engineering with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in process design and process engineering work in the chemical industry.
  • Thorough understanding of process technology/unit ops related to Grace and operations experience are an advantage.
  • 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.


U.S. Employee Benefits Summary (

  • 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: Houston