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Job Location: Richmond, VA

Job #: 8526
Title: Process Technology Leader
Job Location: Richmond, Virginia - United States
Employment Type:
Salary: $150,000.00 - $180,000.00 - US Dollars - Yearly
Other Compensation: 20% bonus
Employer Will Recruit From: Nationwide
Relocation Paid?: Yes


This is a high visibility role and they need someone who has an executive prescense, yet can communicate effectively from business directors down to technicians. Most of the team is in place (~20 people) There is a resins pilot plant that also reports to this role

Ideal would be a ChemE who started in R&D/process, spent a large time in scale up/commercialization & moved into a mangement role. Ideally 7+ years of management of those in engineering/R&D and not just technicians.

Process Technology Leader
Our client is positioned at the beginning of their growth phase having successfully spun off, implementing the foundations for the business success with very knowledge and technical leadership in place from day 1, and ready for rapid company growth offering a great career opportunity for great people. If you believe in driving results in a friendly environment that is open to creative ideas and diverse perspectives, then this is the place for you. They are built on a rich history of teamwork, innovation, and customer focus and that has a fun, entrepreneurial mindset.


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 a 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 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.


  • 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


  • Process development and piloting of Chemical Intermediates, Ammonium Sulfate and Resins
  • Define process chemistry and unit operations for new processes for new and existing products
  • Develop process data for scale-up and plant design
  • Basic understanding of chemistry and chemical engineering
  • Scope, design and build small scale process equipment in labs and pilot plants
  • 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


  • Ideal candidate has BS in Chemistry and MS or PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • 10 + years of chemicals or petro-chemicals R&D experience
  • 5 + years of direct team supervision or R&D administrative project leadership experience
  • Ability to lead and collaborate with cross-functional teams
  • 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 competitors 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

University - Master`s Degree

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