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Principal Process Engineer Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Engineering & Technology
Posting Date:  Jan 23, 2023

The Principal Process engineer is a member of the Central Process Technology organization, supporting all Americas processes.  The role will be located in King of Prussia and reports to the Director of Process Engineering and Process Technology as part of corporate engineering and technology.


Key Activities & Responsibilities


Water Supply Technology – Americas Scope 40%
-Support plants improve their water supply treatment for processes, cooling towers, boilers and other industrial uses.
-Directly propose and assist with water supply improvement projects.
-Implement appropriate automation and remote monitoring for water supply and monitor outcome.
-Manage technical elements of water supply vendor support.
-Improve cooling tower cycles
-Reduce fouling and corrosion in cooling loops, optimize energy.
-Improve water supply HES elements, including chemical dosing and legionella elimination. -Reviewing water treatment vendor reports; assist plants with vendor interaction when needed
-Manage overall improvement program.
-Complete engineering studies and execute small projects.
-Improve energy and CO2 emissions in utilities scope.
-Provide support to waste water treatment as needed
-Participate in global water improvement team

Application of Engineering Tools 60%
-Improve and develop engineering tools such as simulation and calculation tools. Including but not limited to Aspen simulation, mixing simulation, piping simulation, dynamic simulation, and discrete simulation.
-Make complex simulations and calculations to support the business units and plants for normal operations.
-Support capital projects with simulation and calculations, participating in project teams.
-Use tools to support the organization improve energy and climate change
-Develop training plans and increase the overall Americas knowledge on methods and tools

Other Duties
As a member of the central process and technology group, complete general engineering duties as required. These may include, but not limited to:
-Process development and piloting
-PFD and material balance development
-PID development
-Equipment lists and specifications
-Process and safety device specification
-Participate in design reviews
-Plant support


Context & Environment

  • Will require domestic and occasional international travel (30- 50% depending on project activity).
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc.
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


Required Education/Qualification/Work Experience

• Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering is required.
• Higher degree candidates (MS ChE) as well as higher experience level candidates will be able to provide higher value in this role.
• Training or on the job experience in chemical plant utilities design and operation or an aptitude to develop further in this discipline.
• Technical skills in Aspen and other common process engineering tools.
• Additional certifications, such as lean six sigma are preferred.
• More than 14 years industrial experience in multiple process engineering/technology roles gaining theoretical and practical knowledge of engineering tools.
• Experience in supporting process safety activities at a site is preferred.
• Experience with membranes and emerging water treatment technologies is helpful, but not required.


Demonstrated Competencies

  • Recognized technology or engineering leader. Provides cross business unit/departmental support. Expertise in process utilities. Water supply subject matter expert.
  • Leads and develops new internal methods and tools. Owns and improves existing tools.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully solving problems and meeting deadlines. Solutions and projects are expected to work reliably.
  • Effectively organize and plan work, working with little supervision and sets own priorities and removes barriers, for self and other employees.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in use and coaching others in six sigma and data analysis tools. Applies know-how gained from previous assignments and shares/uses information to solve problems.
  • Owner of external training and learning for tools and utilities. Provides core training courses. Sets own career directions and customizes own development plan. Builds external network with vendors, universities, etc.
  • Able to apply expertise with independence across business units.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing solutions to close compliance items. Conducts effective cause analysis and gap closure.
  • Focal point for issue resolution by business unit or functional management. Provides technical leadership and actively participates in or leads corporate initiatives. Messaging, presentations and written reporting to business unit president.
  • Has internal and external networks. (e.g. AICHE, CCPS, etc.). Mentors less experienced engineers outside of department. Creates links with technical centers in other geographies.
  • Proficient in completion of CSR (ESG) deliverables for projects and plant support programs. Expert in climate change technologies. Leads climate change technical elements for utilities.
  • Leads process utilities intellectual property.
  • Expertise in application of multiple manufacturing digital tools, simulation, control and databases. Mentors others. Brings new digital tools in industry in house.

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €9.5 billion ($10.6 billion) in 2021, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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