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Senior Process Engineers

Role Definition

This position provides process engineering support for the design, construction, start-up, and operation of a new chemical manufacturing plant that will include multiple, interconnecting, process units.  This includes:

·         Responsible for identifying, developing, designing and implementing manufacturing processes, equipment and plants working in      collaboration with technology licensors and major engineering contractors.

·         Provide process design and start-up support for major capital project

·         Lead and direct the work of contactors and consultants

·         Results oriented and relies on experiences and judgment to plan and achieve performance targets.

·         Propose and implement improvements to existing processes and procedures that will increase yield and production, improve product quality, and reduce costs

·         Maintain engineering documentation

·         Write accurate, clear and concise procedures and support start-up activities

·         Determine root cause of process problems and lead implementation of permanent solutions

·         Actively participate in PHA/HAZOP studies, safety audits, and incident investigations

·         Ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations

Key Tasks

·         Develop technical expertise in the process technologies and manufacturing for the major process steps in the manufacturing of   Methionine.

·         Evaluate, design and implement a major capital project working with engineering contractors and consultants, mfg representatives, and technology licensors in a cross-functional team environment.

·         Plan, Coordinate, and Manage the process technology transfer between Technology providers and Major Engineering Contractors.

·         Provide technical and process engineering support for major capital project.  This includes: developing justification and scope, process design, process experiments, cost management and startup support.

·         Provide technical assistance to maintain or improve safety and environmental compliance.

·         Establish and foster a strong working relationship with Engineering Consultants, Technology providers, Mfg Representative and other key interfaces.

Knowledge/skills required

·         BS in Chemical Engineering with 7-12 years of process engineering experience in a chemical manufacturing environment

·         Production manufacturing experience with start-ups

·         Increasing responsibility with project design and process engineering

·         Excellent leadership and communication skills

·         Demonstrated ability to work well independently with minimal direct supervision

·         Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment

·         Proven ability to manage improvement initiatives and/or capital projects

·         Experience using root cause analysis

·         Experience with OSHA PSM compliance requirements

·         Demonstrated ability to use Aspen Plus is a plus

·         Demonstrated ability to use SPC/SQC tools to monitor processes and make decisions

·         Working knowledge of PLC and DCS control hardware and software


·         MS in Chemical Engineering is an advantage

·         Experience with a world-class chemical company is desired

 About Novus 

Novus International, Inc. is headquartered in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. and serves customers in nearly 100 countries around the world. A global leader in developing animal health and nutrition solutions, Novus’s International’s products include ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, ACIDOMIX® preservative premixture, CIBENZA® enzyme feed additive, MINTREX® chelated trace mineral, SANTOQUIN® feed preservative, MERA™Met aquaculture feed additive, AGRADO® feed antioxidant and many other specialty ingredients. Stratum Nutrition, a division of Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC, focuses on human nutrition through specialty and functional ingredients for manufacturers of foods, beverages and dietary supplements ( 

Please send resume in confidence to Howard Curtis at:


Production Supervisor


This position is held responsible for the supervision of assigned personnel, the quality and safety of food products produced, the safety of personnel, the ongoing housekeeping of assigned areas and adherence to the production schedule, while minimizing scrap (food waste) and optimizing line efficiencies under the guidance from Production Manager.  Actively engages in root cause analysis and continuous improvement exercises, providing solutions to issues and how to optimize results.  Maximizes the use of personnel through ongoing training, coaching and regular daily feedback.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains the entire work area in a neat, safe and orderly fashion at all times using Lean Manufacturing techniques.  Complies with all Company and Plant policies and procedures including conformance to the facilities’ GMP program (Good Manufacturing Practices).
  • Ensures all OSHA guidelines are followed at all times and reports any unsafe conditions to superior immediately.  Validates the use of the Plants’ lock-out/tag-out procedures, job rotation program, etc. as needed.
  • Verifies quality standards (water activity, bar color, code dating, cartoning quality, weight control, etc.) are being met in the area assigned by ensuring employees complete requisite quality tests and record results on forms provided.  Visual inspections are made on an ongoing basis with corrective action as needed.
  • Accountable for raw material scrap reduction (elimination of food waste), ongoing superior weight control and elimination of hold product.  Effectively controls direct labor costs by ensuring high line efficiencies and first pass yields that meets or exceeds Plants’ goals.  Schedules employees to standard levels or below while minimizing the use of overtime.
  • Manages the cleanliness, scheduled maintenance and repair of all equipment through assigned machine operators.  Verifies all equipment is free of tape or other temporary repairs and submits work orders as needed to maintain equipment in like-new condition.
  • Team performs required set-up and changeovers using pre-flight checklists, testing of all equipment prior to scheduled start time and the use of SMED tools.  Change parts are to be maintained in designated area completely sanitized and protected.
  • Between flavors, validates that all prior runs’ materials are cleared from the area to prevent mixing of doughs, jams, film, cartons and master cartons.
  • Attains 100% of daily schedules as written to ensure total customer satisfaction for on-time departure.
  • Develops, maintains and posts visual key performance indicators (KPI’s) to provide ongoing feedback regarding productivity, quality, safety and sanitation and housekeeping.  Conducts daily “tailgate meetings” for employees covering prior days’ performance and current days’ requirements.
  • All paperwork required is filled out, maintained and entered into Production,Efficiency and/or ERP systems as required.  This includes but is not limited to recording of lot numbers of materials consumed, assigned quality checks, production quantities, etc.  Reconciles with QA records for verification of quantities to ensure ability to trace all materials at 100%.  Maintains and corrects payroll for assigned employees daily.
  • Supports various Corporate initiatives to include Lean Manufacturing, SPC, and others.
  • Manages direct reports providing timely feedback on goals and objectives.  Maintains and develops a motivated well-trained staff.  Addressed both positive and negative performance and behaviors as needed.
  • Provides well thought-out ideas to ongoing issues regarding food safety, quality, cost reduction, turnover, etc. and takes own actions for continuous improvement.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The following list that follows is representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, Industrial Management, Business Management or related experience.
  • 3-5 years of food manufacturing experience in Supervisory role.  Experience in a bakery with high speed wrapping and cartoning       equipment is a plus.
  • Ability to speak, read and write in English as a first or second language to properly follow quality standards, safety rules, operating   and maintenance instructions and detailed operating manuals
  • Adherence to safety, GMP and efficiency standards.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Must have solid math skills with the ability to interpret results.
  • Sound mechanical aptitude to “see” issues causing quality or throughput issues and assign resources to repair.
  • Position must have a keen attention to detail, ensuring all quality standards are met at all time.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Able to plan, organize and schedule machinery and personnel to scheduled requirements.
  • The stamina to keep pace with a brisk work environment, understanding that each minute of downtime results in increased costs and lost business.
  • Gets the job done in a timely manner with superior results while getting the most out of available resources (people, materials, equipment.)

Work Environment

This position works in a manufacturing setting, with some outdoor exposure during the workday.  The employee is exposed to airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The noise level in the work environment can be loud.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move objects up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move objects up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move objects that weigh more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Please apply by sending resume and cover letter in confidence to Randy Samuelson at:


Maintenance Manager for a growing Plastic extrusion blow molding manufacturing plant near Albany, New York

• This position reports to the Plant Manager.
• Responsible for overseeing, managing and performing maintenance/repairs on the equipment/systems to minimize downtime and achieve efficient operation and production while maintaining safety and quality requirements. 
• Organizes, assigns, coordinates and supervises work activities of the 6-7 Maintenance Employees.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Ensure a safe working environment for all employees through enforcement of OSHA regulations, company safety procedures & policies.
• Maintain equipment performance through enforcement of plant maintenance program based on best practices with an emphasis on planning/scheduling & preventive/predictive maintenance.
• Identify opportunities for improvement while responding to breakdowns; troubleshooting issues.
• Purchase parts for machines; prepare requisitions, shop for competitive pricing to align within budget parameters. 
• Review competed work orders and assure achievement of satisfactory work.
• Track and maintain preventative maintenance programs & records. This program will insure that all machines are periodically checked in detail with regard to their electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and other mechanical systems related to the equipment.

• Minimum of 5+ years’ experience in Maintenance Management in a manufacturing environment. 
• Experience in extrusion/blow/injecting molded plastics manufacturing.
• Knowledge of Bekum, Fisher, Uniloy and Rochelean type equipment along with associated support equipment is a big plus.
• Facilities knowledge/experience required.
• Working knowledge of Computerized Maintenance Management System (CCMS), ORACLE, Paycom or related mechanical systems required.
• Working knowledge of ISO 9001, SPC, SOC applications in a manufacturing environment; as well as GMP.

Please send resume in confidence to Sandra Smith at:



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