Project Manager/Process Engineer

 Skokie, IL

Welcome to the Post Pollution Future with LanzaTech

A post-pollution world is inevitable, and people will either be part of it, or the planet will go on without us. At LanzaTech, our technology platform is transforming waste carbon into everyday products, to meet the needs of this moment. Our science is state-of-the-art, but the idea is simple. We use nature to heal nature. We capture carbon emissions which are then fed into bioreactors where trillions of carbon-hungry microbes go to work. These tiny dynamos consume the waste gases and produce valuable raw material commodities. Pure enough to be resold, repurposed, and recycled again from sustainable jet fuel to beverage bottles, to yoga pants.

Founded in New Zealand, we are a global women-led company with an international footprint and a diverse employee population. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are a key part of our mission and core values which we show through our hiring, our leadership, our efforts to educate internally and willingness to learn.

In addition, we have announced our plan to merge with AMCI Acquisition Corp. II and expect to become a publicly traded company on Nasdaq. Come join the team as we strive to make a Post Pollution Future!

Exciting collaborations with LanzaTech (LT) CarbonSmartTM Products:

  • 2022 Coty, Inc. LT recycled carbon ethanol to be used in majority of fragrance portfolio by 2023
  • 2021 ZARA cutting edge, high fashion black dresses made from LT recycled carbon
  • 2021 lululemon sports apparel made from LT Recycled carbon
  • 2021 LOral partnership to make packaging with LT recycled carbon

Notable acknowledgments:

  • 2021 Biofuels Digest #1 Hottest Company in Renewable Fuels, Chemicals & Biomaterials
  • 2020 Biofuels Digest #3 Best Company to work for in the Advanced Bioeconomy
  • 2020 Fast Company World Changing Company
  • 2020 CNBC #43 on Top 50 Disrupter Companies list

Interested in learning more? Visit us at and download/stream our latest CarbonSmartTM Podcast on Apple, Google, Spotify or wherever you receive your podcasts!

This position is open to candidates authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. LanzaTech is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Position Summary: Process Engineer

Responsible for all phases of process design work for commercial projects supporting global customers across various industries. This includes developing heat and weight balances, equipment sizing and specification, developing PFDs and P&IDs, and developing and executing project plans for delivery of engineering packages. This position will lead various engineering projects and initiatives at any given time. Coordinating with a cross-functional global team is essential to ensure that the robust process is followed, resulting in timely and accurate project execution. This role will also mentor on all engineering disciplines assigned to projects.

Specific Job Function: Process Engineer

  • Develop and evaluate process concepts to optimize the manufacturing process.
  • Interact with internal teams/ external partners / third party service providers / process equipment manufacturers to conduct process development experiments and trials
  • Accountable for basic engineering packages which includes, but is not limited to:
    • Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs).
    • Detailed Heat and Weight Balances for new or modified processes.
    • Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs).
    • Equipment lists and specifications.
    • Delivering on-schedule and within project budgets
    • Respond to client needs in a timely manner with technically sound positions.
  • Utilize specified software, models and LanzaTech proprietary tools to size equipment.
  • Validate calculations, heat and weight balances data, equipment sizing and equipment specification information pre-packaged by other Process Engineers.
  • Work with plant operations personnel to troubleshoot operation issues.
  • Identify, evaluate, and justify process improvement projects
  • Interact with third parties such as equipment vendors, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors and industry consultants.
  • Participate in or lead process HAZOPs and risk identification and mitigation activities.
  • Develop and share best practices with the engineering team and throughout the company.
  • Prepare accurate calculations, some of which are non-standard.
  • Lead in the continuous improvement effort of LanzaTechs design methodologies and tools to address customers needs and the productivity within LanzaTech.
  • Provide R&D, sales, and Technical Services support, as required.

Position Summary: Project Manager

Responsible for managing multiple basic engineering packages (BEPs) and projects/contracts of broad scope and significant financial value. Project manager will have direct responsibility for customer communications and full responsibility for management of internal engineering activities with minimal supervision/guidance in coordination with the engineering management team. This position requires significant and detailed understanding of project financials analyses, resource allocation, change order management, and scheduling. Occasionally, this position requires traveling to client and vendor facilities as required for meetings, reviews, and client support. The PM is responsible for managing cost, project scope, and schedule. In addition to the project management responsibilities, the PM is expected to be available to mentor and assist with the training of junior level PMs and process engineers.

Specific Job Function: Project Manager

  • Manage projects from conception to completion with a keen focus on exceeding client expectations
  • Identify and align with client goals, objectives, and expectations
  • Professionally manage client communication and problem resolution
  • Direct internal project resources, coordinate meetings, and produce project reports
  • Ensure project documentation and deliverables meet client specifications
  • Manage project budgets, schedules, and cost expenditures to ensure contract requirements are met
  • Accurately forecast project duration and resource requirements
  • Manage and review change order impacts on project budget and schedule
  • Initiate and manage subcontracted projects for engineering, fabrication of piping, structural steel and vessels, and other services such as painting, insulation and E&I work
  • Ensure fabricated equipment met client specifications and regulatory requirements
  • Travel to client facilities for meetings, project reviews, and equipment inspections

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or comparable engineering discipline
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team player mentality.
  • Skilled in MS Office suite and MS Project
  • Able to demonstrate effective coordination, planning and organizational skills.
  • Able to prioritize and plan work activities
  • A valid passport is required

Project Manager Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of project management experience
  • Proven experience managing multimillion-dollar construction or manufacturing projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, possessing a high degree of professionalism and customer service
  • Demonstrated leadership, negotiation, and relationship building skills
  • Proven experience in managing and evaluating equipment suppliers, engineering firms, and subcontractors to ensure project schedule, budget, and quality requirements are met
  • Experience with quality control protocols throughout project execution
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to apply engineering fundamentals and industry best practices to solve problems
  • Proactively support continuous improvement processes by developing and recommending changes
  • Prioritize, organize and effectively manage project team's work
  • Assist business development, engineering, and other teams with technical recommendations
  • Provide leadership to the project execution team

Process Engineer Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in the position offered or similar
  • Demonstrated experience with developing basic engineering packages
  • Experience with specification of equipment such as reactors, tanks, heat exchangers pumps, and vessels
  • Ability to gather data, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of process instrumentation, control valves, and control loops
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to use chemical engineering principles and technoeconomic analysis to develop and evaluate new process concepts or configurations

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with fermentation, process development, and/or process operations in a bioprocessing facility
  • Prior plant commissioning and start-up experience
  • Track record of taking on big challenges and striving to change the world

Work Conditions:

  • Able to work in a general office and desk environment
  • Sitting and working at a desk for long durations
  • Working on a computer for long durations
  • Up to 25% of global travel is required. Some travel is for extended periods to support projects.