Pilot Plant Engineer- Valent BioSciences, LLC

Valent U.S.A. LLC
 Osage, IA

Valent BioSciences is a global organization that embraces a team-focused, fast-paced, challenging and professional work environment offering its employees room to grow. As a leading supplier of environmentally friendly, highly effective products and services for agriculture, public health, and forestry, we are always looking for people who share our passion and commitment to improving the quality of life for people worldwide. The Valent Biosciences manufacturing site located on an expansive 73-acre site in Osage, IA is a state of the art 130,000 square foot plant and is the largest purpose-built biorational facility in the world. It serves as the manufacturing and quality control center for Valent Biosciences broad portfolio of fermentation products.

JOB SUMMARY and KEY OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this position is to assist production in meeting all safety, quality, delivery and cost goals set by VBC Management. The individual will have knowledge of fermentation science and biochemical engineering principles, theory and practice with special focus on microbial fermentation operations in an industrial setting or a strong interest in acquiring such skills. The Pilot Plant Engineer will also act as mentor and leader to Production Specialists and Interns.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Support and comply with all VBC safety and environmental training policies and programs
  • Optimize microbial fermentation processes of the existing fermentation products by conducting pilot (2L to 10,000L) fermentation experimentation.
  • Scale up new microbial fermentation processes from research to production.
  • Participate in new product development and realization projects
  • Track and trend yield and quality data for each fermentation batch for all products to identify and eliminate special cause variation and recommend continuous improvement projects
  • Identify, develop and implement creative practical solutions to improve the economics of the fermentation processes
  • Participate in cost-saving initiatives, and maintain or improve product quality and yield
  • Establish procedures to ensure efficient operation and maintenance of commercial-scale fermenters and all related fermentation equipment
  • Provide fermentation support to production
  • Advice and train plant operators, production specialists and supervisors
  • Foster a continuous process improvement environment and help implement new technologies

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES and TASKS

  • Write, review and execute process validation procedures
  • Write, update and maintain production master batch records, work instructions and other standard operating procedures and training manuals
  • Chart, track and analyze other production data to recommend and implement lean manufacturing projects
  • Proactively identify problems and develop solutions to improve manufacturing operations and safety
  • Review and adjust cost standards/bill of materials
  • Assist production with troubleshooting, drive root cause analysis investigations and implement fail safe solutions as corrective/preventive actions (CAPA)
  • Other duties as required

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS and EDUCATION

  • BS in chemical engineering, bioengineering, biotechnology, biochemical engineering, biology, or other related fields is required, M.S. or Ph.D. preferred
  • Hands-on experience with industrial scale microbial fermentation processes or a strong interest in developing such skills is desired
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work independently and as a part of an interdisciplinary, diverse team
  • Good working knowledge of chemical and biochemical process unit operations is a plus
  • Excellent computer skills are desired
  • Working knowledge and understanding of process control and automation is a plus
  • Industrial scale hands-on plant experience with process optimization and Six Sigma experience is a plus
  • Must have flexibility to work some limited off-shift and weekend hours in order to support all production shifts when needed

We welcome the opportunity to review your qualifications.

Valent BioSciences LLC is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V.

To apply for this job apply here or visit:

https://www.valentbiosciences.com/careers/

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