Process Technology Leader in Chester, VA at Volt

Date Posted: 7/14/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Direct Hire
  • Location:
    Chester, VA
  • Duration:
  • Date Posted:
  • Job ID:
  • Pay Rate
    $130000.0 - $180000.0/Year
  • Contact Name
    Volt Branch
  • Phone

Job Description

Position: Process Technology Leader

Location: Colonial Heights, VA

Status: Direct Hire

Job Summary

As a key member of the R&D Technology team, the Process Technology Leader will provide leadership and technical direction to support the technology and business/operations strategy.  This includes the development of process and performance improvement ideas, right first-time scale-up of new technology and shepherding the projects through client’s Stage-Gate portfolio management process.  The Technology Leader will play a key role in integration and coordination of critical process technology resources in delivering targeted benefits and results to the client business contribution margin by working closely with members of the polyamide and small molecule chemistry groups, application technology, process engineering, production engineering, operations, and commercial teams.

Targeted Outcomes

  • Develop and grow a capable process technology team who can deliver a pipeline of value generation projects
  • Coordinate development of the premise, business cases and execution plan (includes scale-up and pilot plant) for key growth and capacity improvement programs/projects
  • Lead the process technology growth and improvement programs to include execution of defined plans to deliver results 


  • Define process chemistry and unit operations for new processes for new and existing products
  • Develop process data for scale-up and plant design
  • Basic understanding of chemistry and chemical engineering
  • Scope, design and build small scale process equipment in labs and pilot plants
  • Process development and piloting of Chemical Intermediates, Ammonium Sulfate and Resins
  • Responsible for definition of technology (process technology data packages), including preliminary design creation
  • Preliminary process modeling and simulation
  • Pilot plant operations
  • Interacts with polyamide chemistry, small molecule chemistry and applications technology groups
  • Key R&D interface with Engineering & Operations
  • Provides process support and advanced trouble shooting, including root cause analysis for existing and new products
  • Knowledgeable in process economics
  • HSE to ensure inherent safe designs
  • Manage selection, transfer of definition of technology and process optimization at third party toll converters
  • Maintain ownership of process technology projects portfolio from idea generations through validation stages in the Stage-Gate model to ensure that business decisions are being made in a timely manner
  • Maintain and improve the technology development process in an opportunistic environment
  • Lead, mentor and develop process technology team members
  • Develop and implement a multi-year plan that builds high-quality laboratory and pilot plant capabilities which enable value pipeline generation
  • Coordinate technical sessions to generate ideas to address longer-term business and operational needs
  • IP creation and FTP input


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • 10+ years of chemicals or petro-chemicals R&D experience
  • 5+ years of direct team supervision or R&D administrative project leadership experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ideal candidate has BS in Chemistry and MS or PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Ability to lead and collaborate with cross-functional teams
  • Assertive, results-oriented leader with the ability to collaborate across multi-disciplinary teams in a fast paced, results oriented matrix organization
  • Ability to understand business financials and prioritize technology programs to drive business profitability
  • Ability to gather competitive intelligence especially on competitor’s production process and products
  • Strategic thinker with strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to integrate and influence across multiple functions within the organization to deliver results
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead teams to deliver results via multiple complex technical programs
  • Demonstrated process development experience with design for Six Sigma experience a plus

Relocation assistance is available for this position.

Please apply to position or contact Sondeep "Sunny" Singh at (317) 685-2200 for any questions and more details regarding this position.

Volt has been serving some of the nation's strongest companies for over 60 years. As a Volt employee, you can expect the highest level of on-site support. We have a long-standing tradition of developing lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with its employees.

Volt is an Equal Opportunity Employer