R&D Engineer


Elwood, IL, US, 60421

Job Description

•    Independently design overall research strategy (including DOE) for complex projects
•    Apply extensive expertise with significant breath or depth of chemical engineering and other relevant principles, theories, and concepts to assignments where precedents typically do not exist.
•    Develop solutions to complex problems that require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity 
•    Lead product and process pilot development and scale-up
•    Identify opportunities and develop solutions to improve process efficiency and reduce product cost which result in tangible financial contributions (>$250,000/year).
•    Develop in-depth technical knowledge and vision in multiple areas
•    Contribute to major Project and Platform team
•    Conduct fundamental and innovative research, which contributes to Stepan growth
•    Remain abreast of current industrial developments, patents and literature pertinent to fields of expertise
•    Initiate projects improving department infrastructure and work processes
•    Have complete responsibility for managing/leading projects (planning, scheduling, coordinating, and following up)
•    Assist Sr. technical leaders to develop research programs or projects
•    Communicate project results and promotes technology of interests to ML plant technical team and R&D colleagues in multiple areas
•    Lead PTD safety/waste programs and act as a safety mentor to less experience engineers
•    Begin to review technical documents (ELN, technical report, presentations) for less experienced engineer to assure quality and value
•    Effectively utilize statistic tools for data analysis and results interpretation and provide trainings to less experience engineers


  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience 
  • Preferred research experience in a Pilot Plant 


  • Bachelors degree required 



Stepan Company does not accept or retain unsolicited resumes or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.


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 22 global manufacturing locations and over 2,500 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.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for over 90 years. Today, Stepan is a $2.7 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,500+ employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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