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Process Development Engineer

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Date: Sep 16, 2022

Location: Avon Lake, OH, US, 44012

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company serving customers in more than 100 countries. We own and operate manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Through our global sales and manufacturing networks, we are able to deliver the products and services our customers need, where and when they need them.

The Process Development Engineer is accountable for safely providing ongoing support and solutions for both new product developments and strategic manufacturing support projects related to Estane thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The responsibilities of this roll will be focused on providing technology support for key footwear OEMs, additive manufacturing, and regulatory-driven management of change. The candidate needs to be well rounded in the field of process engineering and with emphasis on chemical, mechanical, and process control technologies. The candidate is also expected to be well versed in process safety management principles and apply them routinely during their tenure. Prior experience with polymers and the extrusion process is considered a plus, as well as experience with process automation and the application of statistical analysis tools. As a part of the PT organization, this role offers an opportunity to draw insight from both manufacturing and commercial functions of the Estane business.


Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Plan, analyze, and safely execute pilot plant extrusion line runs, including reactive TPU extrusion and resin compounding.
  • Foster productive communication with Pilot Plant operations staff, and lead by example in a coaching/mentoring environment.
  • Foster professional relationships with Business partners including: Sales and Marketing, Product Management, Synthesis, Application, and Technology Services.
  • Be comfortable with routine customer and supplier interactions while reinforcing Lubrizol’s reputation and protecting Intellectual Property.
  • Support Estane UOI growth by practicing and advocating the use of business processes including: Pilot Plant Request (PPR) system, Manufacturing Authorization (MA) process, Product and Portfolio Management Process (PPMP), and other related processes.
  • Actively participate in and lead by example in plant and corporate HSE initiatives including: Leader Standard Work (LSW), OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM), department safety meetings, and environmental initiatives.
  • Participate in root cause analysis and ad-hoc incident investigations where necessary
  • Support pilot line reliability improvements and commitment to continuous improvement by supporting and managing capital (CAPEX) improvements in both Brecksville and Avon Lake pilot plants.
  • Continuously improve processes and capabilities by enhancing work flow and improve process automation (Emerson DeltaV and Osisoft PI data historian), using statistical analysis (DOE) and implementation of improved control strategies.
  • Organize and lead multi-functional teams through influence and communicate/document outcomes.


Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Physical Requirements:

  •  Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering or related technical field.
  • 2-5 years of manufacturing operations experience, OR participation in the Lubrizol Co-Op program
  • Strong fundamental knowledge in chemical engineering principles with proven problem-solving abilities
  • Strong project management skills utilizing stage-gate systems and job aids
  • Strong “hands-on” mechanical and chemical process engineering skills
  • Knowledge of chemical and polymer unit operations, including process and equipment design
  • Knowledge of experimental design (DOE) and data analysis using fundamental statistical techniques and statistical software
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work with others at all levels and in multiple locations within the organization
  • Experience managing both internal and external customer expectations
  • Use of ASPEN process modeling software
  • Knowledge and application of SAP enterprise software
  • Basic knowledge of thermoplastic polyurethane polymerization manufacturing and chemistry preferred


What Lubrizol offers:

  • Competitive salary with performance-based bonus plans
  • 401k Match plus Age Weighted Defined Contribution Plan
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision offerings
  • Health Savings Account
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, Parental Leave



While headquartered in the United States, Lubrizol is truly a global specialty chemical company.  We have a major presence in five global regions and do business in more than 100 countries. Our corporate culture ensures that Lubrizol is one company throughout the world, but you will find each region is a unique place to work, live and play.


Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic or trait protected by federal, state, or local law.




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Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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