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Senior Lead Process Engineer Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Engineering & Technology
Posting Date:  Jan 18, 2023

This position is a member of the Central Process Technology organization, supporting all Americas processes, located in King of Prussia, PA. The position reports to the Project Development Manager as part of corporate engineering and technology and does not have any direct reports. 


Key Activities & Responsibilities


Represent Arkema at Engineering, Procurement & Construction Contractor (EPC) office as main project liaison.  20%

-Answer EPC questions, consulting with Arkema team as needed and leading responses.

-Make technical decisions at EPC on behalf of Arkema.

-Approve design output from EPC, including but not limited to:

 -PFD and material balance


 -Equipment lists and specifications

 -Process and safety device calculations including dust protection systems

 -Participate in design reviews

-Own the translation of HAZOP and DHA items into design closure.

-Support development of control strategy.


Support process conceptual studies. 20%

 -Interface with global R&D and process technology leading to piloting and other scale up activities, process technology development and subsequent process engineering.

 -Run pilot studies at Arkema’s facility or at vendors.

 -Conduct basic engineering work and process analysis on complex plant unit operations.

 -Study process alternatives and develop preliminary economics analysis.

 -Utilize process modeling software such as Aspen and interpret data to generate solutions.


Prepare process engineering packages. 40%

 -Prepare PFD’s, P&ID’s, heat and material balances, etc.

 -Prepare equipment lists, specification sheets, etc. for assigned projects.

 -Use knowledge of safety regulations and environmental issues, and incorporate them into engineering work.

 -Team lead PHA and facilitate DHA Reviews. Lead action closure for HAZOP and DHA.


Support plants. 20%

-Coordinate process tests with plants and provide oversight.       

-Develop and lead small capital projects and provides process support to larger capital projects.

-Support operations. Give direction to hourly workers and hold accountable for results.

-Assist operations as needed during deviations; use analysis skills for troubleshooting, turnaround support, etc.

-Will assume the role of team leader or subject matter expert as needed and may establish priorities for employees or teams.



  • Will require domestic and occasional international travel (25%). 
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc(e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


Required Education/Qualifications/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. 
  • Additional certifications, such as lean six sigma are preferred. 
  • More than 10 years industrial or related experience in multiple process engineering/technology roles and/or businesses is required.
  • Experience in supporting process safety activities at a site is preferred.


Demonstrated Competencies

 Competencies listed below are expected of an individual who is proficient in the role. Candidates would be expected to achieve these competencies within 2 years.

  • Deep understanding of current assignment process chemistry and engineering. Independently identifies bottlenecks and opportunities in the process.
  • Efficient use of six sigma tools and develops project opportunities based on data analysis. Coaches less experienced engineers to use appropriate data analysis tools. Applies know-how gained from previous assignments and shares/uses information solve problems.
  • Takes external training and learning (e.g. AICHE courses). Provides some training courses internally. Sets own career directions and customizes own development plan.
  • Full understanding of technology, unit operations, and control technology at multiple sites. Expert in internal methods and tools. Able to apply expertise across business units. Helps others with internal methods and tools.
  • Recognized technology or engineering leader. Provides cross business unit/departmental support.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing solutions to close compliance items. Conducts effective cause analysis and gap closure.
  • PHA leader or facilitator. SME for safety critical safeguard calculations. Good understanding of PSM and RMP overall program.
  • Leads efforts to develop and analyze options in a capital project by assessing all considerations (technical, financial, safety, environmental). Well-versed in stage gate and coaches less experienced engineers to use the methodology.
  • Actively networks and consults within and outside business unit or support function. Actively participates in corporate initiatives. Work processes leader. Messaging, presentations and written reporting to director level.
  • Has internal and external networks. (e.g. AICHE, CCPS, etc.). Mentors less experienced engineers outside of business unit.
  • Contributes to process specific intellectual property.
  • Proficient in completion of CSR (ESG) deliverables for projects and plant support programs. Leads assigned climate change roadmap.
  • Proficient in multiple  manufacturing digital tools. Mentors others.   
  • Application of multiple manufacturing digital tools, simulation, control and databases at plant level with tangible results. Keeps current with digital developments, leads a digital portfolio and mentors others. 
  • Is recognized within the site/department as a skilled applier of engineering and technology.


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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