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Reference Number: 10855
Location: Richmond, Virginia, United States

Our Client, a multi-site producer of chemicals and allied products, has an immediate opening for a Lead R&D Engineer at one of its sites near Richmond, VA.

Position Overview

As a key member of the R&D Technology team, the candidate will provide manufacturing support, develop lab scale and pilot plant designs and interact with tollers. Develop design concepts for scale-up, write definition of technology and support development of process package towards commercialization.


  • Actively participates as a member of Technology team to develop new concepts/products/processes primarily for Nylon resins and caprolactam. Work may also transition to the ammonium sulfate and chemical intermediates' businesses.
  • Technical expert in area of polymer extrusion and polymer processing.
  • Provides process and manufacturing support, including root cause analysis for existing and new products
  • Take lead in engineering responsibilities for designing overseeing installation of laboratory and pilot plant instrumentation and equipment.
  • Develop test and operational procedures for resin pilot plant and operations.
  • Supervise experimental operations.
  • Develops process technology data packages including definition of technology, preliminary design creation, process scope, conceptual design and scale-up design
  • Key R&D interface with Technical Engineering & Operations teams
  • HSE to ensure safe designs
  • Manage selection and process optimization at the Toller
  • Maintain and improve the technology development process in an opportunistic environment
  • Collaborate with Engineering team to take new processes/products from the laboratory to production, ensuring consistent manufacturing performance 


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering
  • 5+ years’ experience in industrial polymer extrusion
  • 5+ years’ experience in scale-up from lab to pilot plant to commercialization
  • 10+ years of chemical industrial/manufacturing experience 


Preferred qualifications

  • Master’s Degree
  • Proven track record of successfully commercializing new technology from lab scale to manufacturing plant.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills.
  • Strong background in developing process engineering design scope for new processes.
  • Experience with experimental design and statistical analysis.
  • Six Sigma training a plus.
  • Ability to plan and lead projects.
  • Bias for action and results oriented mindset.
  • Technical competence - statistical, analytical, mechanical, chemical and computer skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in team environments.
  • Project management a plus.


Our Client offers competitive compensation, an excellent benefits program, relocation assistance and much more.

Please send your resume in Word.doc format to Reed Rogers at and refer to Job No. 10855.