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Date: 11-Aug-2019

Location: Decatur, IL, US

Company: Tate & Lyle

Process Technology Engineer

Tate & Lyle Global Operations Support Team


Role Purpose:

As a member of the Global Operation Support Team, the Process Technology Engineer will be responsible for providing technical support across the Global Operations division and leading a portfolio of projects to support the Company and Department goals, focusing on cost reduction and operational improvement.  The position will act as a change agent for process improvement implementations and improvement of capabilities of people and systems.  This position will act an extension of Tate & Lyle’s continuous improvement (CI) program and will foster a culture of continuous improvement and sustainment while facilitating projects across the organization.


The candidate will be a self-starter, a team player, and capable of productively interacting with a diverse group, ranging from technicians to plant managers to project partners.  The candidate must have strong communication and interpersonal skills and be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with a large number of processes.  The candidate will lead projects and provide expertise to support and develop high quality, cost effective solutions.  The incumbent will be an advocate for embedding CI tools within Tate & Lyle.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Placing safety as the highest priority
  • Lead process improvements projects, including:
    • Setup, design, and execution of experiments at bench and pilot scale
    • Evaluation and interpretation of experimental results
    • Provide economic analysis/assessment of current and future candidate process concepts and technologies
    • Communicate frequently with key stakeholders to meet project goals and deadlines
  • Train technicians and other members of project teams on equipment use, data collection, and data analysis
  • Collaborate with internal partners to ensure effective technical transfer from the pilot plant to production environments, including documentation of new/updated key process indicators (KPIs)
  • Analyze opportunities as well as guide and plan actions around process improvement ideas
  • Foster collaborative and organizational learning
  • Provide process engineering support for manufacturing operations
  • Monthly project reviews, management and growth of project pipeline, including the ability to move projects through the development stages and ultimately to completion.
  • Willingness to travel as required (generally <20%), primarily supporting our North America based operations


Education and Experience:

  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering or related engineering field.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • 2-5 years of industrial experience, preferably within the food or other GMP environment. 
  • Practical hands-on expertise with equipment
  • Experience in process development, experimental design, statistical analysis, process optimization, and  scale-up
  • Stem-to-stern project experience (i.e., process development, process scale-up, P&ID development, punch lists, commissioning, start-up, operations, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of various manufacturing processes and unit operations including centrifugation, evaporation, filtration, ion exchange, chromatography/SSMB and enzyme reactors


Job Prerequisites

  • Demonstrated leadership skills in collaborating and influencing cross-functional groups including strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure high quality
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize and evaluate new project ideas
  • Applies deductive reasoning and understand complicated issues
  • Follows detailed written and/or oral instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours when necessary to reach goals; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan
  • Certified Six-Sigma Green Belt or willingness to complete Green Belt during in first year of employment


Supervisory Responsbilities:

  • No direct reports


Reports to:

  • Pilot Plant Area Manager

Nearest Major Market: Decatur