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Principal Process Engineer - Fermentation (Remote)


Remote, US

Job Description

Stepan Company is hiring a Fermentation Principal Process Engineer. The Fermentation Process Engineer will produce substantial organic growth based on technical advances and innovation and/or improve existing product lines. The candidate will champion initiatives to resolve critical process and technological related issues and frequently serves as the final technical decision maker.  May participate in developing long range staffing plans. The person in this role will have in-depth knowledge of product and process technologies in technically complex area or broad knowledge of multiple product and process technologies and maintains broad organizational knowledge. This role will travel between 25-50% annually.
Other Responsibilities:

  • Support Technology Development, Process Scale-Up, and Optimization for Stepan Rhamnolipid Surfactant program
    • Lead Engineering requirements for the Technology Transfer Package
    • Influence equipment and technology selection for new manufacturing process
    • Lead the scope development for incorporation of technology to the newly acquired manufacturing location
  • Use Front End Loading to define and scope projects, evaluating process engineering alternatives based on technical feasibility and economics
  • Provide leadership in the development and execution of Capital Projects from feasibility through construction and start-up.


• Minimum of 10 years of experience in Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food, Nutraceuticals or related industries is required. 
• Minimum of 5 years of industrial-scale aerobic fermentation operations experience, including technology scale-up, technical troubleshooting, and contamination control is required.
• Familiarity with DCS and/or PLC-based process operations.
• Experience in leading and facilitating risk studies such as PHAs, FMEAs, RCAs is highly desirable.
• Experience using Front End Loading is desired
• BSL2 experience is desired
• Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and use of data analysis tools are desired
• Demonstrated strong ability in process design including centrifugation, filtration, and solids separations
• Experience working with external engineering resources - prioritizing/delegating work and driving accountability/productivity is desired


• BS Chemical Engineering is required
• MS Chemical Engineering is desired



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.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 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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