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Process Innovation Engineer

Job location : Vaulx-Milieu, France
Created moment : 10/13/2021 - 02:00
Job reference : REQ - 04946

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 Innovation Engineer

Job Summary


  • Contribute to the development of innovative processes, breakthrough, lab to pilot.
  • Choice of the industrial route for new products in order to reduce the time to market as well as Capex cost.
  • Support to optimize conventional processes using brand new methodologies as well as support around existing methodologies and subjects
  • Contribute to and implement technical strategies for new sustainable processes including design and acquisition of necessary pilot facility and equipment.
  • Contribute to open innovation.


Work on projects dealing with Innovative Process Scale-up studies, related to post- processing: solid/liquid separation, drying, particle shaping... 

The mission is to drive new product manufacturing via the development of  innovative process routes; to demonstrate the scale-up feasibility from laboratory scale to semi-industrial scale (Pilot) with the realization of the design, mass and thermal balances assessment, implementation of safety standards, OPEX forecast at industrial scale, and follow-up of CAPEX.

He/She will work closely with the scientists, managers and modeling engineer of the Process Innovation team. He/she will have interactions with laboratory technicians in the framework of his/her projects but will not have direct management.

The engineer will be expected to work transversally within his/her Business Area and possibly with the others.



Main mission details: 

  • Pilot-scale development regarding post-processing routes such as solid/liquid separation, drying, shaping particules, wet or dry processes.
  • Technical follow-up: support for the design of equipment, contact for external modeling companies, validation of scale-up robustness. He/She proposes and follows a timetable of setting, and leads or takes part in first trials, internally or externally at suppliers or subcontractors to validate the selected technologies.
  • Consolidation, diffusion, and collection of the know-how regarding the link process-product
  • Proposition and development of lab tests representative of industrial equipments 
  • Propose equipment investments, write technical specifications, support it and set up them. Make sure of administrative and technical aspects in accordance with internal rules.
  • Conduct literature and IP landscape evaluations in support of assigned projects, Write Invention Disclosures/Reports, drafts IP and assists in prosecuting patent applications
  • In contact with academics, modeling companies, or suppliers within the framework of these missions
  • Possible involvement in collaborative activities
  • Get expertise in this activity and possibility of organizing local training, in French or in English.
  • Take part in congresses, conferences, shows in his activity field
  • Technology watch: carry out surveys regarding his activity field


  • 3-5 years of experience minimum in development of new processes, or in a relevant adjacent field
  • Experience in project management 
  • Master / Engineering degree / PhD in a relevant academic field: Materials science, process design, chemical engineering, process engineering, industrial developments.
  • Optional: ability to use design and/or process softwares such as Solidworks, Aspen, ...
  • Safety focused and champion
  • Project and transversal Management: capacity to lead a technical project team
  • Result oriented and project priority focused
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to communicate with different stakeholders 
  • Self-motivated, keen on problem solving,
  • Be able to analyze and make scientific assumptions
  • Ability to make oral and writing synthesis, in French or in English
  • Reporting project progress 
  • Expertise in industrial development processes

Position Type

Full time



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To ensure fairness and legal compliance in our recruitment processes, only applications received through the online application process will be considered. 

IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.

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