Encapsys Process Engineer- Spray Drying

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Date: Apr 29, 2022

Location: 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.

 

 

POSITION TITLE

Process Engineer – Spray Drying

 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

At Milliken, our work begins behind the scenes often taking shape in a lab. The molecules and materials we create are transforming lives and experiences around the world. We're a global leader with over 155 years of expertise in research, design and manufacturing specializing in the textile, chemical, healthcare, and flooring industries.

 

Headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, our eight thousand associates across 46 locations are a diverse global team of scientists, engineers, manufacturers, designers, thinkers, and problem solvers. People who come to work every day with curious minds and an unwavering commitment to delivering sustainable solutions for our customers and communities. Named to the World’s Most Ethical Companies list by Ethisphere Institute for 15 consecutive years, we rally behind a common purpose: to positively impact the world for generations.

 

We are expanding our operations and our commitment to the Fox Valley with the development of a new state of the art ISO9001 facility committed to sustainable chemical industry practices. Our technology improves the effectiveness and sustainable nature of key leading products in transportation, agriculture, and other essential global industries. The new facility further positions Encapsys as the leading encapsulation company in the world.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Process Engineer is accountable for validation and optimization of the spray dryer at a new facility currently under construction. Long term this position will be responsible to lead new chemical encapsulation product scale ups, validate new equipment and processes, act 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.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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.
  • Perform as technical level expert in development, implementation, optimization of spray drying processes at lab scale and pilot scale.
  • Responsible for the design, install, commission, validation, and start-up as well as maintain and improve 
  • Lead checkout, qualification and validation of raw materials, new process equipment and new products for assigned projects.
  • 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.
  • Lead investigations, document root cause, and implement sustainable corrective actions to resolve equipment, processing, or product quality issues.
  • Develop detailed understanding of process equipment, chemistry, proficiency in all q data systems, and monitor daily quality and process trends.
  • Drive continuous improvement and manage change management systems for assigned product line.
  • Assist product in troubleshooting in the event of a problem.
  • 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.

 

QUALIFICATIONS - REQUIRED

  • BS in Engineering/Science related field
  • 2+ years’ experience with industrial spray dryers, solid handling and experience in a regulated chemical industry required.
  • Knowledge and experience with relevant process operations and drying processes, including spray drying, pneumatic conveying, bulk powder processing, powder handling, or other powder production process techniques.
  • Prior experience working with ISO9001, Hazardous Chemicals, Process Safety Management (PSM) or RMP, Responsible Care, ISO14001 or SOCMA registered facility required.
  • Ability to define problems, facilitate teams, determine root causes, develop preventative actions, and implement effective long-term solutions for complex problems.
  • 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.

 

QUALIFICATIONS – PREFERRED

  • Familiarity with heat transfer, mass transfer, and thermodynamics principles.
  • Experience validating equipment and new products.
  • 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.
  • Strong work ethic, self-directed and able to work collaboratively in a team environment. 
  • 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 & Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.