Process Engineer

Location: University Park, Illinois Posted Date: February 16, 2018
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Employer Job Id: GBU005074 Careermine Job Id: 1426122
Job Description:

Location: University Park, Illinois, United States
Employer ID: GBU005074

[Company] is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics.

Novecare develops leading edge technologies that affect the behavior of fluids to give them cleansing, softening, moisturizing, hydrating, gelling, texturizing, penetrating or dispersing properties. Its products are found in shampoos, detergents, paints, lubricants, plant protection, mining and oil extraction. 

The Process Engineer will provide technical expertise and day-to-day engineering support to the manufacturing facility.  This will include; interaction with the operations and maintenance employees to design and modify existing and new facilities for the purpose of plant continuous improvement.  This individual must play an active leadership role in the site's Manufacturing Excellence Program with accurate measurement and tracking of key performance metrics such as yield, cost, quality, and efficiency (OEE) and to strengthen the mindsets and behaviors at the site to sustain the improvements. 

  • Change Agent for the site; help lead Manufacturing Excellence initiatives to improve the site
  • performance and culture
  • Analyzes quality for multiple product lines utilizing statistical control charts. Works toward establishing
  • ‘in-control' processes. Identifies areas of variation (raw materials, process, or quality analysis),
  • implements measures to reduce variation, and tracks effectiveness of reduction measures.
  • Analyzes process data and quality critical parameters for control of manufacturing processes.
  • Troubleshoots problem areas and identifies measures for improvement.
  • Investigates off-grade or abnormal batches. Identifies root cause, reports findings, and implements
  • corrective actions.
  • Use heat and material balances, fluid flow/hydraulic principles to troubleshoot process problems and
  • design new equipment.
  • Analyzes batch cycle times. Identifies and implements process optimization improvements to establish
  • consistent cycle times and reduce overall cycle times to lead to improved capacity at the site.
  • Reports cycle time, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and other key metrics for key equipment
  • and key product lines.
  • Utilize management of change for applicable situations.
  • Evaluate raw material changes for impact on quality. Develop studies/protocol for evaluation prior to
  • introduction.
  • Trains production operators and laboratory technicians on unit operations, chemistries, and batch
  • recipe or DCS changes/enhancements in regards to product line.
  • Responsible for day to day troubleshooting and ‘firefighting' associated with product line.
  • Utilizes and works with in the ISO 9000 standard framework/system.
  • Performs feasibility studies for technology transfers and new product introduction. Includes
  • assessment of current equipment capabilities, HSE issues, capital requirements, and quality assurance
  • capabilities.
  • Provide process engineering support for capital and automation projects.
  • Provides process engineering assistance to help the plant define and solve problems and capitalize on
  • their opportunities within a leadership role as part of the site's Manufacturing Excellence Program
  • Provide leadership in a process improvement team setting.
  • Influence people's opinions, attitudes, and judgments and demonstrate the ability to compromise
  • opinion to develop the best solution for the issue.
  • Processes run within defined control limits
  • Production rates and cycle times are optimized
  • Site complies with Corporate safety programs and passes internal and regulatory audits Provide all required management and technical documentation as needed for the site and regulatory
  • compliance.
  • Be a liaison between the plant (client) and the site technical team.
  • Systemic problem areas (particularly safety) are identified and corrected in a timely fashion
  • Individually, as well as in a team, provide cost effective process designs and troubleshooting for
  • numerous projects.
  • Provide timely and accurate scope definition and project description to develop a RACE (Capital
  • authorization request)
  • Have a working knowledge of process piping, pumps, electrical and instrumentation/control systems
  • Able to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature without
  • loss of efficiency of composure.


  • Responsible for personal safety and overall plant achievement of zero lost time injuries, zero
  • recordable injuries, and zero environmental incidents.
  • Responsible for facilitating and leading safety reviews for product line and associated equipment for:
  • management of change (equipment, quality, etc.), new product introduction/technology transfer,
  • revalidation of process hazard analysis.
  • Applies Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) for process hazard analysis.
  •  Assists with environmental compliance with wastewater permits, air permits, and disposal permits in
  • accordance with regulatory standards.
  • Evaluates any process changes in regards to impact on current permits and overall site HS&E.
  • Utilizes cross-functional teams to develop new safety procedures or evaluate existing procedures.
  • Responsible for compliance with OSHA PSM, EPA RMP, and [Company] PHMP for product line equipment:
  • mechanical integrity, PHA, vent relief sizing.
  • Responsible for evaluating and initializing any change that effects site Risk Management Program.
  • Attends all safety related training sessions. Conducts departmental safety meetings and provide safety
  • training to the Operations and Maintenance employees.
  • Enter incident reports and near misses in the Gensuite database
  • Identify process and behavioral safety issues and find solutions to correct them


  • Minimum 3 years of engineering experience in Process and/or Project Engineering areas
  • Minimum of BS ChE preferred, other engineering disciplines considered
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Chemical industry background, surfactants & Batch Processes preferred
  • Familiarity with engineering and safety standards - i.e. OSHA PSM & EPA RMP
  • Must be able to analyze, troubleshoot and solve problems with innovative approaches to problem solving.
  • Must be proficient in the use of engineering spreadsheets/calculations
  • Individual must be organized, systematic, independent, and self-motivated.
  • Be able to manage and lead process improvement teams in the plant
  • Process design experience to help with Capital Project Scoping. (Equipment sizing, heat loads etc.)
  • Professional Engineer Stamp a plus but not required




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