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Reference Number: 10844
Location: Richmond, Virginia, United States

Our Client, a multi-site producer of chemicals and allied products, ha an immediate opening for a Process Technology Leader at one of its sites near Richmond VA.


Position Overview

As a key member of the R&D Technology team, the Process Technology Leader will provide leadership and technical direction to support the technology and business/operations strategy.  This includes the development of process and performance improvement ideas, right first time scale-up of new technology and shepherding the projects through the company’s Stage-Gate portfolio management process.  The Technology Leader will play a key role in integration and coordination of critical process technology resources in delivering targeted benefits and results to the the company’s business contribution margin by working closely with members of the polyamide and small molecule chemistry groups, application technology, process engineering, production engineering, operations and commercial teams.


Targeted Outcomes

  • Develop and grow a capable process technology team who is able to deliver a pipeline of value generation projects
  • Coordinate development of the premise, business cases and execution plan (includes scale-up and pilot plant) for key growth and capacity improvement programs/projects
  • Lead the process technology growth and improvement programs to include execution of defined plans to deliver results 

Key Responsibilities

  • Define process chemistry and unit operations for new processes for new and existing products
  • Develop process data for scale-up and plant design
  • Scope, design and build small scale process equipment in labs and pilot plants
  • Process development and piloting of Chemical Intermediates, Ammonium Sulfate and Resins
  • Responsible for definition of technology (process technology data packages), including preliminary design creation
  • Preliminary process modeling and simulation
  • Pilot plant operations
  • Interacts with polyamide chemistry, small molecule chemistry and applications technology groups
  • Key R&D interface with Engineering & Operations
  • Provides process support and advanced trouble shooting, including root cause analysis for existing and new products
  • Knowledgeable in process economics
  • HSE to ensure inherent safe designs
  • Manage selection, transfer of definition of technology and process optimization at third party toll converters
  • Maintain ownership of process technology projects portfolio from idea generations through validation stages in the Stage-Gate model to ensure that business decisions are being made in a timely manner
  • Maintain and improve the technology development process in an opportunistic environment
  • Lead, mentor and develop process technology team members
  • Develop and implement a multi-year plan that builds high-quality laboratory and pilot plant capabilities which enable value pipeline generation
  • Coordinate technical sessions to generate ideas to address longer-term business and operational needs
  • IP creation and FTP input 

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, MS or PhD in Chem Engineering preferred
  • Ideal candidate has BS in Chemistry and MS or PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • 10+ years of chemicals or petro-chemicals technology experience
  • 5+ years of direct supervisory or technology project leadership experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Ability to lead and collaborate with cross-functional teams

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Assertive, results-oriented leader with the ability to collaborate across multi-disciplinary teams in a fast paced, results oriented matrix organization
  • Ability to understand business financials and prioritize technology programs to drive business profitability
  • Ability to gather competitive intelligence especially on competitor’s production process and products
  • Ability to integrate and influence across multiple functions within the organization to deliver results
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead teams to deliver results via multiple complex technical programs
  • Demonstrated process development experience with design for Six Sigma experience 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. 10844.