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W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.

Columbia, MD

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Senior Process Development Engineer




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W.R. Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and other products and services to petroleum refiners; catalysts for the manufacture of plastics; silica-based engineered and specialty materials for a wide-range of industrial applications; specialty chemicals, additives and materials for commercial and residential construction; and can sealants and coatings for food packaging. With annual sales of more than $3.2 billion, Grace has employees in nearly 40 countries.

The primary function of this position is to develop and scale-up new or improved manufacturing processes to support the growth and productivity objectives of the Materials Technologies product line. The candidate must have experience working with and in a silica-manufacturing environment. This role will also be responsible for supporting all Material Technology’s global locations.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Project planning and execution to drive projects from concept to commercialization, including startup and successful transfer to manufacturing

Apply sound engineering principles, rigor and manufacturing experience to:

Ensure safe, environmentally responsible processes are transferred to production

Solve chemical and process engineering problems related to new product and new manufacturing process concepts

Identify critical process parameters and develop functional FMEA, Cause and Effect Relationships and Critical to Quality Process Control Plan

Carry out experiments to determine the effect of processing variables on product properties and performance

Lead productivity projects in the manufacturing environment to improve quality, lower cost and increase rates.

Troubleshoot new and existing plant processes

Provide necessary technical support for Process Design

Identify applicable state of the art instrumentation, equipment, and alternate process technology to upgrade the capability of manufacturing processes

Collaborate effectively with Research, Manufacturing, and Engineering for the introduction of new products and new plant capabilities, in global multicultural team environment

Communicate projects updates, progress, risks, options, barriers and recommendations, effectively to technical and non-technical audience

Required Skills

Proven ability to work safely in laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing environment

Strong background in chemistry and engineering fundamentals. Candidate must be able to apply fundamental engineering concepts to develop robust technical solutions for implementation in commercial manufacturing operation

Demonstrated ability to apply Statistical techniques (DOE, Regression, Anova, SPC, Hypothesis Test, Process Capability Studies) for process development and process improvement

Sound Project Management Skills, ability to successfully handle multiple projects using self-directed work management style

Ability to work in cross functional team (R&D;, Manufacturing, Process Design, Pilot Plant) to drive project results

Demonstrated ability to develop, scale-up, improve, troubleshoot and transfer new processes to manufacturing

Strong bias for action with a natural curiosity and ability to learn

Required Experience

PhD in Chemical Engineering or Chemical Technology

5-10 years’ experience in Colloidal Silica or Precipitated Silica manufacturing in the area of process development, scale up and productivity improvements

Experience with commercial scale chemical reaction, washing, drying, milling, classification unit operations is required

Lean Six sigma trained with demonstrated ability to utilize statistical techniques

Job Location:

Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Will consider US based candidates that can relocate and/or travel extensively to Worms, Germany and are fluent in written and verbal English and German.

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Company Profile
Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace high-performance specialty chemicals and materials improve the products and processes of our customer partners in more than 150 countries around the world. In partnership with our customers—including many of the world's most recognized brands—we develop, manufacture, license, and support industry-leading technologies through our Catalysts Technologies, Materials Technologies, and Construction Products business segments. We have strong franchises in large global markets, with more than 70 percent of our sales from segments where we rank first or second. This leadership is earned through the value of technically differentiated, specialized products; material science expertise and technical support; flexible worldwide manufacturing; and financial strength. We are committed to delivering value, safely and sustainably, to our customers, to shareholders, and to the communities where we operate in more than 40 countries.

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