Sr. Process Engineer

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Design and optimize downstream processing steps including separation, purification, and waste management for the production of our target molecules organic acids.
Design and direct bench and pilot scale process trials; analyzing data to inform process intensification, improvement, and scale-up strategies
Collaborate with R&D to integrate upstream, downstream, and recycle streams, ensuring efficient and sustainable overall process performance.
Identify and interface with vendors and equipment suppliers for the design, procurement, and commissioning of downstream process equipment.
Drive continuous improvement initiatives, Lean methodologies, and cost reduction efforts while maintaining product quality and consistency.
Build and refine techno-economic analysis throughout process development
Be the single point of contact for, and manage projects with lab and pilot facility partners
Drive execution with engineering firms to translate processes into PFDs, P&IDs, and FEL packages
Align process development with existing manufacturing capabilities; design with the “end in mind”


Advanced degree in Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, or related engineering or scientific field plus 8+ year(s) in a development or production engineering position. Differing combinations of experience and education will be considered.
Demonstrated hands-on experience in DSP engineering principles and practice, with a strong understanding of chemical and biochemical fundamentals that drive optimal DSP design for fermented products.
Proven ability to lead projects at both development stage and through scale-up, build relationships with contractors and collaborators, and represent the company vocally.
Expertise with formal process and manufacturing engineering practices, including Lean Six Sigma, statistical process control, Quality by Design, and continuous process improvement principles.
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal; organizational skills and ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
Proficiency in computer software applications such as JMP, R, Python, ASPEN+, SuperPro Designer, or other modeling.
Possess a Growth Mindset and open mind that seeks continuous learning from feedback, setbacks and failure on the journey to achieving results
Embraces diversity, models equity in action and contributes to a high trust and inclusive work environment that supports team members in doing the best work of their careers at Bluestem
Humble, Hungry and Smart with a grounded “otherish” approach to collaboration, an ownership mentality with a bias towards execution, and the ability to read and lead yourself so that you can more effectively read and lead others