Chemical Engineer - Operations

Located in Peoria, Illinois, Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. (NFW) produces a scalable and sustainable universe of peerless high-performance materials created from abundant natural sources. NFW is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, innovative ideas, and the desire to commercialize new products from nature and is composed of a team of scientists, engineers, and business leaders that are inspired to impact the world. We are looking for exceptional talent who can contribute to our exciting and fast-paced, rapidly growing organization. We are seeking a Chemical Engineer for our Operations Team. 

The Chemical Engineer, Operations works closely with research and development projects involving the study of chemical reactions and material properties to innovate and develop new products and optimize existing products and processes. The Chemical Engineer is essential to the transition of new technology and processes into a stable, repeatable and predictable production operation; and the safe, effective, and efficient operation of reaction, conversion and recycling equipment. The Chemical Engineer provides operational insight to Research and Development efforts to assure target results are defined within safe and scalable tolerances. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Monitors and supports execution of chemical manufacturing and recycling operations to assure continuous processing and establishment of standardized work.
  • Designs prototypes and models used to support the production scaling of improved and new chemicals, materials, products, and manufacturing processes.
  • Compiles and analyzes testing and operational performance data and coordinates the implementation of changes to establish or maintain a stable operations environment.
  • Presents research results used to estimate costs, establish performance standards, identify solutions, and facilitate processes.
  • Identifies Hazard and Critical Control Points within manufacturing processes (HACCP)
  • Implements and administers systematic data collection within critical control points.
  • Analyzes data, draws conclusions, and facilitates corrective action
  • Maintains plant safety procedures for chemical storage, handling, transport, and disposal
  • Complies with all safety and environmental regulations.
  • Implements and administers systematic data collection within critical control points.
  • Maintains accurate quality documentation related to critical control points.
  • Effectively communicates results with various departments, verbally and written
  • Prepares and publishes Standard Operating Procedures
  • Ensures compliance with company policies and procedures
  • Other related duties as assigned


Education/Experience Requirements

  • Requires a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and 2 to 4 years directly transferrable, practical experience. 
  • Working knowledge of HACCP, SPC, Practical Problem Solving, GMP
  • Experience in a chemical, and/or industrial manufacturing field strongly preferred
  • Experience with technical measurements and machines required
  • Analytical and technical skills with focus on data analysis and decision support tools

NFW is an EOE.