Senior Process Development Chemist

Date:  Jan 12, 2023
Posting End Date: 

Webster Groves, MO, US, 63119

Company:  ICL Specialty Products Inc

Job Description

As the Senior Process Development Chemist, you will be a member of the Engineering and Technology Group based at our Webster Groves Technical Center, reporting to the Technology & Engineering Manager.  You will be responsible for the development of chemical process improvements for ICL’s manufacturing operations and in the development of new products and processes.  Application of sound scientific and chemical engineering principals is essential.  This person must also be a key resource for Scientific and Technical issues and decisions in the Corporation. This role is highly independent and should function with minimal supervision. 


I’m interested! What will I get to do in this position? 
•    Develop expertise in testing methodology critical to phosphate salts
•    Translate product functionality, characteristics and chemistry, including synthesis as it relates to new product development and application opportunities
•    Suggest ideas and projects that support ICL strategy
•    Plan and conduct lab studies to develop process chemistry and engineering knowledge
•    Plan and run pilot scale tests of products and processes
•    Design and support plant scale trials
•    Analyze process and lab data to develop fundamental understanding of chemistry and processes
•    Communicates and cooperates with all stakeholders ensuring work is relevant and understood; providing written reports and technical presentations
•    Document all learnings and important data
•    Investigate plant process issues and recommend solutions
•    Develop statistically sound process data on process capabilities
•    Maintain expertise and be available to Manufacturing and Commercial for consultation on technical and scientific issues and questions
•    Develop tools and models for plant operations and to support process engineers
•    Analyze customer and competitor process technologies for competitive advantage
•    Support Sales and MTS with customer issues, questions and opportunities
•    Identify proprietary process improvements
•    Provide education to plant engineers on relevant process chemistry; provide mentorship as needed
•    Provide training to Sales Reps, Distributors, other employees, etc as needed
•    Lead special projects that may be cross functional and multi-site
•    Participate in external technical and/or industrial organizations related to ICL businesses
•    Perform all tasks in safe and environmentally sound manner

What skills and experience do I need to be successful in this role?

•    M.S/Ph.D. In Chemistry, Inorganic or Physical Chemistry or related
•    8+ years experience in related technical area with demonstrated high performance
•    Strong Computer Skills (Spreadsheet, Database, Statistical, etc.)
•    Strong written, oral and electronic communication skills
•    Chemical process knowledge and experience
•    Ability to concurrently handle multiple tasks with conflicting priorities
•    Ability to work effectively as an individual, within a team and to lead a team
•    Ability to use broad spectrum of instrumentation effectively
•    Good working knowledge of Chemical Engineering and Physical Chemistry
•    Experience in inorganic synthesis and characterization required
•    Excellent analytical and laboratory skills
•    Working knowledge of data collection, data analysis, evaluation, and scientific methods
•    Excellent presentation skills, and written and oral communication skills- good judgment with the ability to make timely and sound decisions
•    Strong organizational, planning, problem-solving, and creative skills
•    Good working knowledge of analytical methods and instrumentation

What will set me apart?
•    Phosphate chemistry and process experience
•    Ability to design and construct lab instrumentation
•    Lab Automation Programming (e.g. LabView programming)
•    Good mechanical skills


Job Type:
•    Travel up to 20% 

ICL Job Level:  15-16, commensurate on skills and experience


Salary Range: $68K - $137K/year


Annual Bonus Target: 7%, subject to plan provisions.

We've Got You Covered

ICL is committed to offering you a comprehensive set of benefits to empower you and your family physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. The benefits we offer to our diverse and inclusive workforce include:
•    Competitive base pay and performance bonus
•    Medical, dental, vision, and life benefits that start quickly – the first of the month after hire
•    Tax-advantaged health savings and spending accounts (when applicable)
•    Wellness Incentive Program to lower your health insurance cost
•    Generous Leave and FMLA policies
•    Prescription program that provides most generic maintenance medications at no cost (including Insulin products & EpiPens)
•    401k eligibility from day one of employment with a generous company matching contribution. 100% vested after one year of service
•    Employee Assistance Program
•    Free membership to a program that offers various discounts for travel, entertainment, groceries, and much more

Who is ICL? 
ICL is a leading global specialty minerals and chemicals company that creates impactful solutions for humanity’s sustainability challenges in global food, agriculture, and industrial markets.  ICL leverages its unique bromine, potash and phosphate resources, its passionate team of talented employees and its strong focus on R&D and technological innovation to drive growth across its end markets. Our agricultural products feed the world’s growing population, our food additives enable greater access to higher quality food, our potash and phosphate products are essential components for the pharma industry and our bromine-based materials and phosphates contribute to a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly planet.  


ICL’s operations are organized under four segments: Industrial Products (Bromine), Potash, Phosphate Solutions and Growing Solutions. With approximately 12,000 employees worldwide, ICL operates mining and production sites located in Israel, Europe, North and South America and China which are supported by worldwide distribution and supply chains. Due to strong synergies between its business units and their mutual support, ICL benefits from its advantageous size, geographical spread, and operational flexibility. With a culture based upon leadership, innovation, and sustainability, ICL is well positioned to be an Employer of Choice within the communities in which we operate. To learn more about ICL, click here.


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