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Executive Leadership Solutions
Mason Carpenter
800-485-9726 ext. 203
Bioprocess Development Manager
Location: , Michigan (United States)
Compensation Range: $75,000 - $150,000
Employment Type: Full Time (Experienced) Job ID: 10962

Job Details:

BioProcess Development Manager Position Overview: This full time position offers a uniquely qualified, skilled and energetic chemical or biochemical engineer the opportunity for a key role in managing development and commercialization of proprietary technology. The role combines both technical leadership in a matrixed project environment and a significant amount of hands-on practical activity in translating the research into a robust and reproducible pilot scale operations with an eye toward large scale commercialization. The ideal candidate will be a player/coach with excellent written and oral communication skills and a track record of success in de-bugging, problem-solving, developing and designing chemical and biochemical processes from a research to pilot plant to commercial scale. The successful candidate must have the demonstrated ability and desire to work as a hands-on member of the team in chemical engineering and bioprocessing including developing and carrying out experimentation from lab to commercial scale and mass, energy and techno-economic modeling. A background in enzymes, bioreactor design, fermentation, Microbiology and Microbiological growth systems, testing and commercial operation is preferred. Role and responsibilities: This program management role is responsible for leading all development aspects of two key programs. The role includes leadership and ownership of the technical engineering programs, the identification and management of qualified external resources as well as the development and protection of any potential intellectual property. Project One: Plant Biology to Make Bio-based Chemicals and Biofuels Responsibilities include development of mass, energy balances and techno-economic model(s) of an early-stage (large-lab scale) plant cell biology system. Development will further include design, construction and operation of a pilot plant operations and process refinement to commercial readiness including robustness measurements, scale-up parameters, process and bioreactor unit operations design. Project Two: Ethanol Plant Optimization Responsibilities include technical program management to develop optimum fermentation process for metabolism of ethanol by-products and/or other forms of biomass propagation and growth, scale up and design at an ethanol partner site. Development to include evaluation of external microbial technologies and consideration of other forms of biomass propagation and growth strategies to remediate water and produce saleable products. Experience with heterotrophic organisms such as fungi, bacteria and/or algae is essential.  Skills: The successful candidate must possess the following: BS or MS in chemical engineering, bioprocessing engineering, cellular bioprocess engineering or directly related discipline with 10+ years of technical and group leadership experience including at least 5 years in an industrial scale up environment. A minimum of 5 years experience in successfully managing people as well as technical projects in an industrial biofuels, bioprocessing, or biotech environment. Example industries include renewable fuels, agricultural products and processing, biorefining. In-depth knowledge of chemical, physical chemical, aligned analytical and bioprocessing techniques – including demonstrated skills in the development of mass, energy and technoeconomic models and their role is translating processes from research to commercial scale. The ability to develop detailed engineering drawings to complement the process modeling and to act as the basis for scale up documentation. Demonstrated ability to identify, manage and incorporate the findings of qualified external technical resources to achieve the mission. Experience in team building and team leadership in a matrixed industrial, technical/business environment. Accomplishments in both engineering and management as evidenced by a track record of products and processes scaled from research through to commercial. The ability and desire to both lead and contribute hands-on on a daily and ongoing basis. Excellent oral and written communication skills Demonstrated experience and a track record of technical and project management success in a team environment.