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Process Design Team Lead

Date: May 16, 2023

Location: Lake Charles, LA, US, 70665

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 21976 

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

Grace is hiring a Process Design Team Lead to join our Engineering team at our Lake Charles, LA manufacturing site. This role reports to the Engineering Manager.


As a Process Design Team Lead, you will be accountable for the professional and technical leadership of the process design engineering employees and contractors and the continuous improvement thereof. This position will also play a critical role in aligning the Business, Operations and Engineering activities of the FEL 0 and FEL1 goals and deliverables for all Lake Charles capital projects.


  • Manage and mentor a team of 4 Process Design Engineers and provide technical guidance 
  • Review process design packages developed by internal engineering team or external EPC contractors
  • Collaborate with various site and corporate teams and develop process designs to enable production of new product grades
  • Ownership of FEL 0 & 1 alignment between operations, business and engineering and support project managers in other FEL stages
  • Strong communication skills – able to influence operations and business leaders and all levels within the organization
  • Effectively manage time across multiple projects and prioritize tasks with shifting priorities
  • Establish / maintains the tools, standards, and workflows for process design group
  • Investigates new technologies for process and productivity improvements
  • Act as a liaison between process and other internal groups and external vendors
  • Support Process Hazard Analysis (PHAs), Root Cause Analysis (RCAs) including MoC and PSSR
  • Participate in process mapping, kaizen and value stream mapping events aimed at developing a project pipeline
  • Conducts regulatory compliance calculations and interfaces with EHS on updating water and air permit limits

Physical Requirements

Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb stairs and ladders over 100 ft.
Must be willing to wear PPE (Personal Protective equipment) including but not limited to hard hat, protective eyewear, steel-toed boots, hearing protection, Level A suit, full face respirator
Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a laboratory environment with highly hazardous materials

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering or another engineering discipline
  • 5+ years of demonstrated experience with process design development and project scope writing for various engineering phases such as Conceptual, Front-End Engineering, Detailed Design

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience in a petro-chemical manufacturing environment and/or EPC 
  • Process engineering experience in the design of inorganic acids, bases and solids handling experience 
  • Prior experience with project framing, business case development and financial modeling 
  • Prior experience with stage gate process 
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills 


  • 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 (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Company Donation Match Program

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Nearest Major Market: Lake Charles