Pilot Plant Engineer
DescriptionCorteva Agriscience has an opportunity for a highly motivated Engineer to join our Pilot Plant team located in Midland, MI. The Pilot Plant team operates two separate Midland, MI facilities focused on demonstrating New Technologies emerging from the Corteva R&D pipeline, generating large samples (250-1000 kg) of new Intermediates and Active Ingredients, which supply our business with product for formulations development, field trials and toxicology studies. While executing campaigns, the team also generates process data useful in the design and operation of full-scale manufacturing of these new molecules. Through scale-up of novel chemical processes, the Pilot Plant team continues to be integral in the successful launch of next generation products, and this Pilot Plant Engineer fulfills a vital role in applying technical and leadership skills to support Pilot Plant preparations and daily operations, coaching and assisting others, resolving process problems and enabling safe and efficient execution of campaigns.This job is unique in that it straddles both Production and R&D work environments. The job includes traditional Production Engineer responsibilities, but with a requisite Exploratory Mindset to assist with the implementation and demonstration of new chemical processes through multiple short-duration campaigns (vs. long-term manufacturing of the same product).This Engineer aligns directly to the Pilot Plant Leader within the GAPTEC organization, yet collaborates closely with adjacent Corteva production plants here in Michigan Operations. Campaign preparation and execution is also supported by leveraged resources from Production, MSAT, R&D, EH&S, Maintenance and Engineering, and various Subject Matter Experts.Primary Responsibilities:Strong Client Focus:Understand the Pilot Plant related needs of Corteva R&D and new molecule Supply Teams, including timelines, and then demonstrate high responsiveness in execution.Demonstrate a strong sense of ownership and courageous leadership for safe and effective Pilot Plant operation.Respond urgently to Pilot Plant issues and any emergencies. Act as a technical expert during unplanned events and drive implementation of effective corrective and preventative actions.Influential Environmental, Health & Safety Leadership:Support a strong personal safety and process safety culture including self-assessment, plus environmental compliance and reporting.Positively influence team compliance with Life Critical Standards and other safety expectations through field and system assessments and personal interactions.Participate in Operating Discipline / Management System requirements, and support plant roles in procedure use, creation, reviews and updates.Participate in Management of Change and other review processes with the team and other experts and stakeholders to ensure that risks are adequately assessed and mitigated and that Pilot Plant operations are set up for success.Technical Support:Participate in the technical preparations and asset modifications, creation and review of procedures and operating discipline, preparation and delivery of training and then the daily operations associated with each campaign in order to achieve team objectives, sufficiently mitigate risks, address quality requirements, work within the timeline, etc.Provide leadership and coaching in the day-to-day decision making for Pilot Plant operations, including advanced trouble shooting.Optimize operations to meet campaign goals associated with Environmental, Health & Safety, Quality and Product Integrity, and Schedule.Serve in other Continuous Improvement capacities as appropriate, for example Operations Rep or Manufacturing Representative for capital and expense projects, Process Safety Focal Point, work with Plant Process Control Coordinator (PPCC) to enhance MOD V controls, or apply Six Sigma and LEAN principles to achieve gains.Provide on-call and on-shift campaign support as needed.QualificationsRequired Qualifications:A minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering is required.Minimum 2 years chemical industry experience.Preferred Qualifications:Experience in Production, R&D, EH&S, Process Engineering and other Manufacturing & Engineering disciplines would be beneficial.Understanding of various Chemical Engineering fundamentals, application and operation (e.g. batch processing, crystallization, centrifugation, distillation, solids handling and drying).Other Skills and Knowledge for Success:Thorough knowledge of Manufacturing & Engineering and EH&S standards, including strong commitment to safety and willingness to intervene upon unsafe behaviors.Flexibility of approach and agility to adapt to changing technology and evolving R&D and Supply Team needs within and across campaigns.Apply for this job.