Process Engineer

Job location:
Lompoc, California, USA
Created moment:
November 3, 2021
Job reference:
REQ - 04860

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Process Engineer

Job Summary

Based at our flagship manufacturing plant in Lompoc, CA, we are hiring a Process Engineer. You will be responsible for providing analytical and process engineering support for all production processes.  Responsible for operational data collection and analysis and operations process improvement initiatives. Monitors and manages operational processes and procedures to ensure productivity and cost control in line with facility and division goals. Ensures baseline data integrity and measures and reports on improvement trends to facilitate decision making in key production processes and business initiatives. Engages in facilitating and coordinating process and product development trials. Adheres to all Environmental, Health and Safety regulations, policies and procedures.


  • Evaluates, analyzes and develops NPD initiatives for transformation of existing businesses

  • Develops long and short term process and operational improvement goals, sustains direction toward achieving goals through communication of results and development of ideas and operational strategies

  • Partners with division engineering for development and implementation of capital projects and process improvement initiatives

  • Manages design, upgrades, modifications, troubleshooting and commissioning of process and equipment improvement initiatives

  • Assesses processes for relevance while assessing adequacy of equipment for processing

  • Applies the principles of mass, momentum and processing flow to existing processes and equipment design, including conceptual, scheme and detail design

  • Tracks, analyzes and suggest improvements for productivity data at plants including, but not limited to, tons / hour, tons per man hour, downtime by reason, chemical usage, natural gas usage and electricity usage

  • Develops risk assessments including hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies

  • Ensures processing at optimum levels, aligned with standards and quality parameters

  • Develops and maintains processes for scheduling and prioritizing activities in line with production and maintenance activities

  • Produces and demonstrates process simulation models, established baseline, post initiative and gap analysis views

  • Collates, processes and communicates operational historical data; provides correlation to process settings

  • Ensures quality production, throughputs, recoveries, and maintenance reliability in line with facility and division goals

  • Works closely with engineering and technical functions responsible for production and quality control of raw materials, intermediates and finished goods; plant maintenance, operational personnel and commercial support functions

  • Performs daily reporting and administrative functions as defined by the Site or Production Manager


  • Successful US-based candidates must be fully vaccinated before the employment start date unless exempted by applicable law.

  • BS in Engineering (Chemical, Electrical, Industrial, or Mechanical) 

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in daily plant operations, project development and planning and statistical model recording and reporting

Position Type

Full time



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