Chemical Process Engineer

Chicago, IL 60609

Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Manufacturing / Process Engineering Job Number: Js85321259 Compensation: $105000-115000 / year

Job Description

Title: Chemical Process Engineer

Location: Chicago, IL

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Hire Type: Direct Hire

Job Summary:
  • The Chemical Process Engineer is responsible for developing systems, processes, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for manufacturing chemicals and chemical-based products. Using process simulation and engineering methodologies, they identify and solve processing problems to optimize production quality and performance.

Job Duties:
  • Collaborate with manufacturing and R&D teams to design, test, and optimize scalable production processes.
  • Optimize and troubleshoot manufacturing processes and product formulation.
  • Lead project teams to achieve business objectives, including cost, schedule, and line performance.
  • Coordinate project activities between plant personnel, contractors, equipment suppliers, and corporate entities.
  • Develop and maintain project action items to achieve project performance goals.
  • Develop practices to increase effectiveness and reduce operational costs.
  • Aid in commercializing manufacturing processes for new products.
  • Develop Production and Product Integrity improvement projects.
  • Promote Lean Manufacturing and Accountability among management and plant personnel.
  • Assist in specifying, purchasing, installing, and commissioning process equipment and systems.
  • Design and conduct pilot and production-scale process tests, evaluating data using written reports.
  • Establish and train operators on equipment operating parameters.
  • Develop, prioritize, and execute the annual capital plan.
  • Provide technical leadership to support safety, quality, operations, and maintenance activities.
  • Design and optimize building utility systems.
  • Maintain controlled document library for drawings, PIDs, and electrical schematics.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for air emissions, wastewater effluent, etc.
  • Conduct research and development projects to innovate and optimize products.
  • Research and develop plans to enhance process efficiency and production cost.
  • Implement food-safe engineering design practices consistent with industry standards.

  • Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Food Engineering, or similar discipline required; PE License preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a similar role, preferably in food manufacturing.
  • Experience in food science laboratory work or process equipment engineering with a food company.
  • Preferred experience with HACCP, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma.
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD, PFW, Microsoft AX, D365, and Allen Bradley programming software preferred.
  • Excellent documentation skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, and databases.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including off-shifts and weekends.
  • Soft skills: Positive attitude, team player, engaging communicator of technical ideas.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. 

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