Senior Process Engineer

REG Grays Harbor   •  

Geismar, LA

5 - 7 years

Posted 244 days ago

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This position involves a variety of engineering duties, including design of new plants and upgrades, continuous improvement of production processes, management of medium to large capital projects, and evaluation/implementation of new process technologies.  This position will be a technical expert of multiple production processes, the chemistry involved, and process equipment and components within a biodiesel plant.  This position will be play a lead role in the design of plant upgrades and new plants.  Additionally, this position will provide operational support to existing plants, develop and maintain PSM programs, and preventative maintenance/reliability programs for facilities within the Renewable Energy Group network. 


Key Accountabilities:

Process Engineering

  • Responsible for adhering to all health and safety policies and guidelines within the REG network as well as 3rd party facilities
  • Work with Plant Managers to meet plant goals (budget, yields, etc.).
  • Participate in Monthly and Quarterly reviews with REG leadership
  • Monitor plant Key Performance Indicators using PI and Excel to maintain process towards plant goals
  • Recognize process improvement opportunities and work with plant management to prioritize and implement solutions
  • Maintain Process and Flow Diagrams and Piping & Instrument Diagrams of plant processes
  • Understand plant control systems and interfaces 
  • Maintain control narratives for plant processes, and lead the design of plant graphics and PI ProcessBook pages
  • Develop and maintain process safety information and other elements of the plants PSM program
  • Participate in or lead Process Hazard Analysis related to process changes
  • Review and approve Management Of Changes
  • Travel to REG plant locations to preform training, audit systems, and help troubleshoot systems as needed
  • Provide mentoring and coaching to junior process engineers

Project Management

  • Implement small to large-scale projects related to process or facility improvements; may include working with REG Construction & Technology (C&T) and/or outside contractors
  • May lead project efforts including scheduling, budgeting, and contractor management
  • Travel to facility as needed to monitor project activity/progress
  • Develop Capital Requests as needed
  • Train personnel on proper techniques in operations, equipment operations, equipment maintenance, testing, and other areas as necessary

Technical Leadership

  • Develop engineering standards for process design, equipment sizing, etc. as needed
  • Make proposals to Executive Directors for REG C&T and Manufacturing Operations
  • Assist in leading organization of plant engineering documentation in both print and electronic formats, using Windows file shares, SharePoint, and other document control technologies implemented by I.T.
  • Research and arrange for/participate in continuing education opportunities, for either an individual or group (such as a vendor presentation)

Other frequent duties:

  • Assist in development/improvement of spreadsheets for plant monitoring and reporting
  • Recognize opportunities to reduce double-entry of data and propose solutions for efficiency improvements
  • Perform process calculations for new opportunities for REG (i.e. potential plant expansions or acquisition of existing facility from another company)
  • Participate in new safety initiatives or incident reviews and assist in implementing corrective actions as needed
  • Act as primary contact person in Ames for plant business activities – coordinate with Technical Services, Sales, Procurement, I.T. to alleviate some of Plant Manager’s time dedicated to such activities 

Perform other duties as assigned


Education Required: 4 year bachelor’s degree – Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering or related degree

Required coursework: Material and Energy Balances, Fluids (Flow or Dynamics), Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Controls, and advanced Chemistry with associated lab work (Organic, Analytical, or similar)

**Masters or Professional Engineer license is a plus

Experience Required:  5-7 years in a process-related industry, preferably in biodiesel, edible oils, petroleum, petrochemical, ethanol, or other renewable fuels industries preferred

Skills Required: 

Advanced Excel skills

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Extensive math and basic financial analysis abilities

Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, Visio)

Strong organization skills

Strong technical background

Enterprise-level databases (JD Edwards, Maximo, SAP, etc.)

Special skills or knowledge preferred:


Knowledge of biodiesel production and related processes

Experience with various software programs

Experience with process simulations

Process data historians (PI ProcessBook)

3-D modeling

Office VBA

Microsoft Access

SQL Server experience