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Sr. Production Engineer

Company: Stepan Company
Location: Elwood
Posted on: October 13, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description

Stepan is currently seeking a Sr. Production Engineer for our Millsdale Plant located in Elwood, Illinois.  The Production Engineer will provide technical support to a production area to assure stable operations and provide continuous improvement.

The main responsibilities for the Sr. Production Engineer role include:
• Provide and facilitate technical process and equipment troubleshooting solutions using sound analytical troubleshooting methods
• Participate in and provide technical support for Root Cause Failure Analysis investigations
• Responsible for utilizing statistical process methods to verify control of batch and continuous processes
• Responsible for proposing Preliminary Scope Reports (PSRs) for new processes or projects and collaborating with appropriate individuals for input
• Participate in capital project meetings from design to startup and assure effective operability of new processes
• Key participant in Area Quality Teams
• Responsible for monitoring quality of production processes on a daily basis
• Responsible for issuing timely NCRs and collaborating with the likes of QA, R&D, and the pilot plant for effective resolution of quality issues
• Exhibit and demonstrate a zero tolerance mindset for quality deviations
• Responsible for utilizing SPC and SQC data as critical input to process changes for Quality
• Responsible for proposing, validating, communicating, and implementing process changes to address quality non-conformances
• Completes tasks associated with PCom or EPRs for new products/processes or changes to them
• Work with production team leader to develop effective and efficient solutions to open PSCA items
• Provide the technical review of process changes and issue thorough Management of Change documentation that includes timely PSSR completion
• Participate in Process Hazard Analyses for new processes and is the lead technical representative for PHA revalidations



  • Preferred 5 + years’ experience in chemical industry
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Solid comprehension of chemical processes and unit operations
  • Ability to facilitate troubleshooting efforts and team meetings
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills




  •  Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering required


Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.


Keywords: Stepan Company, Joliet , Sr. Production Engineer, Other , Elwood, Illinois

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