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Lead Engineer
New Castle, DE

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Our client is a leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals used in consumer and industrial products. Due to their consistent growth and current expansion we are searching for a Lead Chemical Process Engineer for their Wilmington, DE area plant. This person will be the technical expert at the site for a new petrochemical process with a focus on continuous improvement of process, process safety, quality, costs and energy consumption along with leading and managing the plant technical team.


Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Process Optimization: working to improve product quality, reduce operating costs, increasing capacity, throughput, productivity and further streamlining the process
  • Interact with hourly operating staff plus monitoring process operations metrics and product quality reports looking for opportunities to improve performance and minimize waste
  • Troubleshoot plant process problems assisting operators and interact with plant chemist and maintenance to resolve quality and equipment issues
  • Participating in the plant Continuous Improvement Program
  • Responsible for all management Chemical Process changes per site procedures
  • Project Engineering: initiating, justifying and managing small capital projects through design, purchasing, construction and start-up support including procedure writing; project manager on small to mid-sized capital projects
  • Being the in-house process engineering point of contact on capital projects assisting with start-up trouble shooting and commissioning
  • Developing and reviewing plant operating procedures
  • Working with HSE team to resolve safety/environmental issues and participating in site audits
  • Chemical Process Safety Management: participating on the Process Hazards Committee and lead Process Hazards Reviews in compliance with OSHA PSM
  • Interface with operations and production supervisors to provide technical support. Engaging in extensive interaction with senior management on our site 


Job Requirements

  • BS in Chemical Engineering plus 7 years minimum of process engineering in a high-hazard continuous process manufacturing environment
  • Continuous process distillation experience in plant using catalytic reactions
  • Plant process optimization and troubleshooting experience
  • OSHA and PSM experience

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