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Process R&D Engineer Group Leader

Company: IFF Family of Companies
Location: Midland
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Requisition ID : 486011

Job Description

The IFF Pharma Solutions business produces and sells high-performance cellulose derivatives and related chemistries used for formulations across a broad variety of applications in the Pharmaceuticals, Food, and Industrial Specialties and Personal Care markets.
The Process Research Engineer Team Leader manages a group of research technologists as their people leader, is the facility leader of the Process R&D building, will optimize manufacturing processes and develop new process technologies for our Pharma Solutions product portfolio:
Manage day-to-day supervision and provide leadership to a group of research technologists operating Process R&D labs and pilot units for MethocelTM, EthocelTM and PolyoxTM.

  • Create an environment that fosters team and individual empowerment. Inspire and motivate through leadership and strong connection with the Process R&D team.
  • Accountable to maintain and improve the expertise index for research technologists including appropriate succession planning and training plans.
  • Facility leader of the Process R&D building to enable a smooth operation and effective maintenance of Process R&D labs and pilot units.
  • Drive EH&S excellence to sustain the Vision of Zero Incidents at the Process R&D labs and pilot units.
  • Define optimal process conditions for producing products in the application area of pharmaceutical excipients, food additives, industrial specialties, and home & personal care.
  • Apply engineering and chemistry principles to identify and generate new process technology with improved capacity, cost and / or performance.
  • Support manufacturing plants by resolving process technology problems and issues to improve first pass target, prime yield, capacity, and manufacturing cost.
  • Collaborate with Manufacturing & Technology, Operations, R&D Product and Application Development, and other relevant functions within the global business. Job Requirements
    • PhD or M.Sc in Chemical Engineering or equivalent chemical / polymer process R&D or Manufacturing & Technology experience (2 - 5 years) is required for this position.
    • Relevant experience in managing teams is of preference.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to provide clear direction and manage with technologists in execution of the R&D plans as well as communicate results, conclusions, and recommendations to teams and leadership.
    • Top candidates will have a proven track record of creating innovative solutions and delivering new process technology to achieve business-valued targets
    • Capable of performing independently as well as interact effectively within multifunctional teams and demonstrated strong communication skills.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and effective application of process engineering technology, modeling tools and data analysis combined with good technical documentation.
    • Candidates will have experience in process development, have demonstrated good scientific method, and have some experience leading process research projects. Strong data analysis and technical documentation skills are required.
    • Solids processing & handling, reaction modeling and simulation expertise would be a plus.
    • Some limited travel will be involved, possibly to conduct trials at manufacturing plants or at external vendors (
      We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy. At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for an inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

      Visit IFF.com/careers/workplace-diversity-and-inclusion to learn more.

Keywords: IFF Family of Companies, Midland , Process R&D Engineer Group Leader, Engineering , Midland, Michigan

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