Capital Project Manager


Remote, US

Job Description

Stepan is currently hiring a Project Manager to join our North America Regional Engineering Team and execute capital projects ($5MM-$50MM) using Stepan’s capital management process from Front End Loading (FEL) through start-up.

Position Responsibilities:
• Lead a Project Team to deliver the Project on the schedule, within budget, and with world-class safety performance. 
• Perform direct oversight and supervision of an Engineering Contractor to ensure adequacy and completeness of all engineering deliverables from FEL stage through construction and start-up.
• Participate in HAZOPs, Design & Constructability Reviews
• Lead the formulation, development, and management of a cohesive Project Team organization
• Assist in fostering a blame-free environment to drive productivity while being able to ensure accountability
• Work with Cost Estimating Manager to develop and implement a Work Breakdown Structure for the project
• Evaluate and propose appropriate capital project execution strategy.
• Work with Procurement organization to manage and track all purchases, contracts and invoices
• Coordinate with internal EHS group and consultants to manage environmental permitting process
• Manage, document, and track all Scope Changes, including effects on cost and schedule. 
• Track multiple aspects of project progress and barriers, and prepare summaries for communication with senior management (internal and external)
• Track all financial commitments & expenditures, and develop monthly updates with forecasts
• Follow Stepan’s Stage Gated Project Delivery Process for Technical/Stakeholder Reviews and Approvals
• Integrate Operations team support to produce a design with operability/maintainability/safety in mind
• Build and develop trust and business relationships vital to the success of capital project submission, review, and timely approval.  
• Manage and drive timely project closures and work with Finance team to ensure proper asset capitalization in accordance with Stepan Guidelines
• Create executive reports to communicate key information including budget, project approval summary, and capital project projections to stakeholders
• Directly supervise an extensive internal project support team, including project engineers, project cost controllers, construction managers, and QA/QC inspectors.


• Minimum of 10 years of industry experience is required
• Minimum of 5 years of project management experience is required in capital project execution, including demonstrated capability to execute projects >$5MM
• Experience in Chemical or related industries is required
• Ability to lead a cross functional project team, prioritizing/delegating work, driving productivity, and proactively overcoming obstacles in a complex project
• Ability to motivate a team of designers/engineers to achieve common success
• Experience successfully working with major Engineering and Construction firms is preferred
• Creative problem-solver who can adjust to challenging situations to meet the schedule/cost/safety targets
• Ability to influence stakeholders for a positive outcome
• Strong working knowledge of chemical plant operations and processes
• Willing to travel as required by project needs; expected travel > 50%
• SAP experience preferred


• Bachelors in a discipline of Engineering is 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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