Encapsys Process Improvement Professional

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Date: Mar 14, 2023

Location: Appleton, WI, US, 54915

Company: Milliken and Company

Milliken & Company is a global manufacturing leader whose focus on materials science delivers tomorrow’s breakthroughs today. From industry-leading molecules to sustainable innovations, Milliken creates products that enhance people’s lives and deliver solutions for its customers and communities. Drawing on thousands of patents and a portfolio with applications across the textile, flooring, chemical and healthcare businesses, the company harnesses a shared sense of integrity and excellence to positively impact the world for generations. Discover more about Milliken’s curious minds and inspired solutions at Milliken.com and on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.



Process Improvement Professional



The Process Engineer is accountable for scale up of new chemical encapsulation products, validation of new equipment and processes, acts as a technical resource for the plant and lead/support continuous improvement.  The position reports directly to the Corporate Commercialization Manager and will work closely with plant leadership, engineering, and plant operators. A successful candidate will need to be able to work in a flexible, often shifting environment and coordinate cross functionally with Engineering, Production, Supply Chain, Maintenance, Quality, R&D, EH&S, and Business Unit leaders to deliver expected results.



  • Coordinate cross functional team to develop and execute plans to successfully move growth products from the lab bench to a manufacturing location while meeting all internal and external requirements.
  • Design new process transformation steps to expand Encapsys product offerings
  • Characterize critical relationships between process parameters and product performance
  • Support generation of IP through product design or processing innovation.
  • Responsible for the design, commissioning, validation, and start-up of products/processes for assigned business units
  • Collaborate with Business Unit and R&D resources to understand customer needs, translate these to successful formulations and develop repeatable manufacturing conditions
  • Participate in design of production equipment, design reviews and development of programming controls.
  • Participate in investigations, document root cause, and implement sustainable corrective actions to resolve equipment, processing, or product quality issues.
  • Develop detailed understanding of process equipment, chemistry, and proficiency in all quality data systems.
  • Drive continuous improvement and manage change management systems for assigned business units.
  • Coach less experienced engineers and associates, as well as provide technical training to others.
  • Conduct risk assessments of equipment and processes.
  • Collaborate with Quality Team to ensure compliance with applicable safety and quality standards.
  • Support Encapsys Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) by contributing to team efforts that strive to guarantee quality, minimize cost, meet delivery promises, maintain processes, and work safely.



  • BS in Engineering/Science related field with 3+ years of experience
  • Experience working in chemical industry or working directly with chemicals
  • Ability to define problems, facilitate teams, determine root causes, develop preventative actions, and implement effective long-term solutions for complex problems.
  • Experience validating equipment and new products.
  • Basic understanding of ERP, Quality management and Process control systems.
  • Familiarity with process safety management design and implementation.
  • Ability to occasionally push, pull and carry up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Ability to wear a respirator as required by activity or chemical safety data sheets.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally



  • Experience in product development/process engineering
  • Prior experience working with ISO9001, Hazardous Chemicals, Process Safety Management (PSM) or RMP, Responsible Care, ISO14001 or SOCMA registered facility.
  • Knowledge of process control systems and cost / benefits analysis
  • Ability to apply scientific principles to design complex processes and solve manufacturing problems.
  • Detailed understanding of chemistry, liquid chemistry, polymer chemistry, chemical kinetics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and mass transfer as they relate to chemical processing systems.
  • Experience in a cGMP environment.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

The successful candidate will have strengths in the following:

  • Ability to apply engineering concepts to solve performance problems.
  • Ability to take initiative, prioritize objectives from multiple projects, and adhere to scheduled timelines while maintaining flexibility.
  • Capable of working in a flexible, often shifting environment and manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong work ethic, self-directed and able to work collaboratively in a team environment. 
  • Must be able to identify issues and communicate with all levels of the organization to get them resolved as well as customers, vendors and contractors.
  • Assess and make recommendations for improvements in areas of safety, cost, and performance.


Milliken is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, including but not limited to lactation), sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran or military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.