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Our client is a global specialty chemicals manufacturer uniquely focused on renewable resourced based polymers and related chemicals. Their global expansion efforts have created a need for a highly experienced Senior Process Development Engineer who will lead efforts to expand their chemical processing technology capabilities and manufacturing footprint. 
 
The successful candidate will be responsible for the development, implementation and management of chemical engineering design projects starting from the laboratory to the finished product and including new manufacturing plant projects. This position will work from the company’s facilities in the Minneapolis, MN area. 
 
 
Responsibilities
 
  • Lead multidisciplinary teams of engineers, scientists and other technical experts to achieve project objectives. 
  • May manage capital projects as required. 
  • Solve complex technical challenges related to new chemical manufacturing processes and facilities. 
  • Develop expertise in existing manufacturing processes and equipment. 
  • Develop and manage project budgets. 
  • Perform financial analysis on projects. 
  • Prepare project work scopes, specifications, cost estimates while managing bid packages. 
  • Collaborate effectively with R&D group on exploratory work needed to support projects. 
  • Oversee the work of contract engineers and consultants. 
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities and lead efforts to complete. 
  • Provide technical support to manufacturing facilities.
 
Requirements
 
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Advanced degree highly desirable. 
  • More than 10 years of chemical manufacturing process design, process implementation and plant operations experience. 
  • Previous experience in polymer chemistry and polymer process design is highly desirable. 
  • Strong knowledge of chemical process engineering, economics and unit operations.
  • Expertise in creating and interpreting engineering designs. 
  • Proficiency in process engineering programs (Aspen Plus, Excel with VBA, etc), DCS process control systems and process data management systems. 
  • Working knowledge of chemical process safety standards including electrical and fire protection standards. 
  • Basic financial analysis skills. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 
  • Ability to foster effective cooperation and collaboration across multiple disciplines and levels of the organization. 
  • Ability to travel, up to 25% of time, with some international travel required. 
 
Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Future Visa sponsorship is not available. 
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