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Process Development Engineer

Crest Hill, Illinois
Job Type
30 Jul 2022

Job Description

Stepan is seeking a PTD Specialist II to join our PTD team in Elwood, Il. In this role, you will report to the PTD Sr Technical Manager. The PTD Specialist II demonstrates the ability to use and application of standard chemical engineering, project management, and other relevant principles, theories, concepts, and techniques to assignments where precedents may exist.   The PTD Specialist II will provide solutions to a variety of problems that require collecting and analyzing data from diverse sources to solve problems.  Demonstrates initiative and open-mindedness to identify and try new and different approaches. Contributes to the research and development of differentiated technology, products, processes, and systems.
    Independently perform projects and assignments, such as developing flow diagrams, P&IDs, F&CDs, MOCs, equipment specifications, executing experimental plans, etc.
    Design and modify processes according to internal safety standards  
    Apply basic chemical engineering principles, theories, and concepts to assignments with moderate supervision
    Ability to gather, analyze, interpret relevant data and draw conclusions 
    Develop solutions to problems of limited scope and complicity using basic scientific knowledge with moderate supervision
    Contribute to the research and development of new technology, products, processes, and systems
    Knowledge of engineering resources and tools (e.g. Supply Chain Process Map, Aspen, Projects, Fastlook, Wonderware, Visio,  etc.)   
    Understand and follow established Stepan work processes to complete projects (SOP, MOC, AFE, GMP, ISO, etc.)
    Appropriately document project activities following Stepan policies (ELN, technical reports, project tracking, etc.) with minimal supervision
    Share technical knowledge with internal customers
    Communicate project results internally as well as project background, impact, and status with team 


    Minimum of 3 years of experience 
    Ability to perform hands-on experiments at the bench-scale and pilot scale that will enable process development and optimization
    Develop pilot scale experiments and collaborate to develop technology transfer strategy towards product commercialization
    Collaborate on cross functional teams consisting of R&D, Operations, Maintenance, Analytical, and Engineering
    Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
    Individual must be a safety focused professional 


    Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering or related discipline 

Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.


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  • Job Reference: 671811409-2
  • Date Posted: 30 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Stepan Company
  • Location: Crest Hill, Illinois
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent