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Process Development Engineer - Performance Coatings

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Date: May 13, 2021

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. At Lubrizol, our mission is straightforward: We improve lives as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Read the cover story in Smart Business Magazine to learn how Lubrizol plans to advance its growth.

The Process Development Engineer safely provides ongoing support and solutions for both new product developments and strategic manufacturing support projects related to Performance Coatings. This role offers an opportunity to draw insight from both manufacturing and commercial functions.



  • Plans, analyzes, and safely executes small scale batches working with the pilot plant team in Avon Lake and a new pilot reactor system in China.
  • Fosters productive communication with pilot plant operations staff and leads by example in a coaching/mentoring environment.
  • Manages new product development projects from pilot to full-scale manufacturing.
  • Fosters professional relationships with business partners, including Sales and Marketing, Product Management, Synthesis, Applications, Procurement, and Technology Services.
  • Manages routine customer and supplier interactions while reinforcing Lubrizol’s reputation and protecting intellectual property.
  • Leads technology transfer projects and provides process support for tolling activities.
  • Supports Performance Coatings UOI growth by practicing and advocating the use of business processes including pilot plant requests, Manufacturing Authorization (MA) process, Product and Portfolio Management Process (PPMP), and other related processes.
  • Actively participates in plant and corporate HSE initiatives including: Leader Standard Work (LSW), OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM), department safety meetings, and environmental initiatives.
  • Participates in root cause analysis and ad-hoc incident investigations where necessary.
  • Supports pilot line reliability improvements and commitment to continuous improvement principles by supporting and managing capital (CAPEX) improvements.
  • Continuously improves processes and capabilities by enhancing business workflow and improving process automation (Emerson DeltaV and OSIsoft PI data historian), using statistical analysis (DOE) and implementation of improved control strategies.
  • Organizes and leads multi-functional teams through influence and communicates/documents outcomes.
  • Supports global PCG manufacturing initiatives through process technology.



  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.
  • 2-5 years of manufacturing operations experience OR participation in the Lubrizol Co-Op program
  • Strong fundamental knowledge in chemical engineering principals and strong hands-on mechanical and chemical process engineering skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, problem-solving and presentation skills
  • Experience managing both internal and external customer expectations
  • Strong project management skills utilizing stage-gate systems and job aids
  • Knowledge of experimental design (DOE) and data analysis using fundamental statistical techniques and statistical software
  • Ability to work with others at all levels and in multiple locations within the organization



  • Prior experience with polymers and/or acrylic emulsions, as well as experience with process automation, pilot plants and/or the application of statistical analysis tools.
  • Experience with new product development, commercialization and scale-up
  • Knowledge of chemical and polymer unit operations, including process and equipment design
  • Knowledge of GMP processes
  • Knowledge and application of SAP enterprise software
  • Use of ASPEN process modeling software



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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