Senior Chemical Engineer

Senior Chemical Engineer

The Senior Chemical Engineer brings expertise in material sciences and commercialization of new materials by continuing the design, build, and implementation of new processing equipment at NFW. This person will also be a subject matter expert who leverages new technologies to keep NFW on the leading edge of (natural) materials science. NFW creates its own polymers, oligomers, and intermediate products based on bio-sourced materials using both industry standard and novel manufacturing processes. In this role, you will help NFW scale these materials and help move the industry away from petrochemicals in support of our mission – Plants. Not Plastic.®

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develops front-end engineering design
  • Works with internal engineering and outside contractors on sizing and specification of equipment, bringing on-line new process equipment
  • Designs new, or modifies existing, manufacturing processes
  • Researches, gathers support data, and proposes alternative methodologies for current processes
  • Communicates findings regularly and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Mentors junior engineers, technicians, and interns
  • Maintains a clean/organized work environment, contributes to general organization of lab spaces
  • Participates in proactive team efforts to achieve department and company goals
  • Complies with all safety practices and procedures and reports all unsafe activities
  • Other related duties as assigned


Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering with 3+ of experience in chemical industries
  • BS degree or MS degree in Chemical Engineering with 5+ of experience in chemical industries
  • Process design skills and experience including using reactors and distillation (preferred)
  • Experience in the scale-up of equipment from lab to pilot scale and from pilot to production
  • Experience in using basic shop tools
  • Knowledge of textiles, composites, or leather products and industries a plus
  • Experience leading/managing or mentoring individuals or teams
  • Thorough understanding and hands-on application of laboratory concepts, practices and standards

Competency Requirements

  • Ability to mentor junior engineers, interns and technicians who will assist in some job duties
  • Ability to pursue lab experiments with limited guidance and relate results to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Meticulous attention to detail is mandatory
  • Ability to work on a team as well as independently
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to adapt to ongoing change

Physical Requirements

  • Frequent talking, hearing and seeing
  • Regular standing, walking, sitting and reaching; must be able to stand up to 4 hours a day
  • Regular stooping, kneeling, crouching
  • Frequent lifting of up to 25 pounds

Vision Requirements

  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
  • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)
  • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
  • Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)
  • Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)
  • Ability to focus (ability to adjust eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

Work Environment

  • Much of the work is performed in a production environment with moderate to loud noise level
  • Regularly required to use personal protective equipment