• Sr. Chemical Process Engineer

    Job Location US-NC-High Point
    High Point
    Job ID
  • Overview

    Kao Specialties Americas (KSA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kao Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. Kao Corporation is a global company that develops, manufactures and markets personal hygiene, laundry, food, cosmetic, and specialty chemical products. The majority of the global product lines are based on surface-active agents or “surfactant” chemistries. KSA is a specialty chemicals manufacturing company with three major business segments (1) Oleo Chemicals, (2) Performance Chemicals and (3) Specialty Chemicals including Imaging Materials and Aroma Chemicals.

    The facility is located in High Point, NC on approximately 60 acres. Kao Specialties Americas LLC conducts its daily operations in accordance with The Kao Way and principles of the Kao's Business Conduct Guidelines. Moreover, we support the commitment of the Kao Group to manufacture and market quality products while always embracing the corporate culture of Yoki-Monozukuri.


    KSA is currently recruiting for a Senior Chemical Process Engineer. This is a challenging engineering position in a large chemical processing facility. Daily duties include:

    Detailed design, configuration, integration and implementation of process control solutions for our chemical production units including batch configuration, PLC / DCS systems, HMI packages, SCADA systems. Troubleshoot and maintain the existing plant I/E and control equipment for safe, efficient and environmentally friendly plant operation. Provide technical direction as it relates to process control, I/E design, and equipment specifications. Essential duties include:

    • Apply engineering expertise, analyze data for trends, and identify process & operational improvements
    • Drive improvements, process optimizations, and improved process control to enhance product quality, yields, energy and other cost improvements
    • Preparing deliverables including: material balances, flow sheets, and design calculations
    • Follow all of the ISO procedures regarding process control and documentation
    • Investigate and plan corrective actions along with applying statistical techniques in order to improve, track, investigate quality problems
    • Promoting a culture of working safely and applying safety related concepts into process design.
    • Apply root cause analysis techniques and creative alternatives to technical related problems
    • Maintaining effective communications and working relationships with operators, maintenance, project engineering, contractor, administrative support, and R&D personnel
    • Provide knowledge of engineering concepts to include thermodynamics, heat transfer, etc.
    • Capital project management to include coordination of all phases of capital projects from business justification to start-up including scope development, evaluation, and selection of technical alternatives, construction management, and start-up


    Candidates for this position must have:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering
    • Chemical batch processing experience
    • Eight years’ experience in chemical processing industry or comparable experience in manufacturing
    • Possess thorough knowledge and have the ability to improve production and improving costs
    • Statistical Quality Control experience
    • Direct, chemical plant production involvement

    The ideal candidate would also have the following skills:

    • Experience with ethylene oxide & propylene oxide
    • PE License
    • Experience with Honeywell DCS

    KSA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to include medical, dental, life insurance, savings plan, and pension. http://chemical.kao.com/us/

    KSA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status.


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