Senior Chemical Engineer

Date: May 3, 2024

Location: South Haven, MI, US, 49090

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22993 

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 seeking a  Senior Chemical Process Engineer for our South Haven Site.  The South Haven Site produces a portfolio of products for the specialty pharmaceutical industries, specifically Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.  Consisting of a cGMP kilo lab, pilot plant and custom manufacturing at the commercial volumes, the site is fully equipped to develop and manufacture custom drug intermediates and API’s.  South Haven is nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan with beautiful beaches and fun year-round.


The function of a Senior Chemical Process Engineer is to ensure that process operations in the production and small scale facilities perform in a safe, predictable, and consistent manner, and are in keeping with safety, environmental, cGMP, and economic concerns in accordance with company and regulatory requirements. The engineer will lead project teams in the development and introduction of new processes.

Under the direction of the Operations Manager, the engineers develop and provide training on the process operating documents for production and small scale manufacturing.  This is done in cooperation with other departments, vendors, and/or customers to ensure processes are safe, predictable, effective and economical.

  • Ensure a safe working environment by following safety protocol and helping improve the safety culture
  • Actively participate in safety related activities and drive safety improvements
  • Support daily manufacturing processes, provide engineering expertise, and communicate regularly as active member of area process team
  • Lead as technical expertise of equipment and processes in area of responsibility. This includes clear understanding of equipment, process flow, critical process parameters, and master record instructions for the process.
  • Establish and monitor KPI’s to track and support processes and operations
  • Identify and drive improvement opportunities (ie. procedural changes, upgrades, projects, etc.) associated with equipment within the area.
  • Provide oversight to maintenance and operations that support the area
  • Lead troubleshooting efforts to resolve more difficult equipment and operational problems
  • Implement corrections, corrective actions, and countermeasures arising from CAPA’s
  • Support process deviations, observations, as well as root cause analysis and identify appropriate, effective corrective actions. Implement corrective actions by collaborating with appropriate functional groups (ie. Engineering, maintenance, quality, EHS, etc.)
  • Complete change management and implementation for change to the manufacturing processes and associated systems.
  • Respond to and implement customer requests related to the equipment and operations
  • Develops and supports qualification of manufacturing processes for drug products.  #Indeed, #GRACE

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Chemical Engineering and 3-5 years of experience in cGMP manufacturing
  • Batch manufacturing experience in a cGMP environment highly desired
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently in all aspects of process engineering
  • Experience in a manufacturing or process development environment
  • Batch control, process simulation experience


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 (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Company Donation Match Program
  • Site specific contribution to local Wellness Center

Nearest Major Market: Kalamazoo