Principal Process Engineer - Global

Date: May 16, 2023

Location: Belpre, OH, US, 45714

Company: Kraton

Make a +Difference at Kraton!

At Kraton, we make a Positive Difference, and we are looking for individuals who are also looking to make a difference in their jobs, for our customers and to the world.  We are looking to hire a Senior Engineer to be a key member of our Global Process Technology team at our Belpre, Ohio location. 

Kraton develops, manufactures and markets biobased chemicals and specialty polymers that deliver exceptional value and enhance the lives of people all over the world.  We are committed to safe and socially responsible operations. Therefore, we continuously work to improve our products and processes with the goal of reducing our own emissions and customers’ environmental footprint.  We’re committed to our employees, and through strong relationships and collaboration, we can make a positive difference to the world.  We believe in the power of ownership and collaboration, and our culture depends on everyone living the core values to achieve our vision. We are committed to an environment where all employees feel valued, have a sense of belonging, and are given opportunities to succeed and grow.

Key Responsibilities

  • Job requires a skilled engineer who has demonstrated the ability to diagnose develop and implement solutions to novel issues in a manufacturing unit.
  • Applies advanced technical first principles, theories and concepts.
  • Contributes to the optimization of existing processes and development of new ones.
  • Primary role is to identify and implement the best available technology for new capital projects.  Ability to work with vendors, write RFQ’s and where necessary conduct process trials.  This includes commissioning and start up.  Must have the ability to also develop and manage some small capital projects as well.
  • Self directed with the ability to recognize optimization opportunities, economically assess them and lead implementation in coordination with the manufacturing and commercial teams.
  • Stay up to date with changes in the engineering technology and identify new technologies that can be applied in manufacturing facilities.
  • Regularly called upon to lead multiple and intermediate level projects. 
  • Frequent contacts with internal personnel and at various management levels concerning operations or scheduling or specific phases of engineering projects or contracts. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly, mentor introductory level engineers, and contribute to knowledge management by teaching others.
  • Lead, determine scope, budget and timeline of intermediate sized projects

Required Skills

  • 20+ years of experience in engineering or related field. 
  • Must have experience in a chemical plant with polymers.
  • Ability to successfully lead teams and projects.
  • Process modeling tools such as Aspen, Pipe Flo.
  • Language skills other than English a plus specifically German or French. 

Education, Certifications & Licenses

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering or related field, advanced degree preferred.


The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification.  Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.


Kraton’s internal talent acquisition team manages our recruiting efforts and from time to time works with pre-selected/pre-approved external staffing agencies. We do NOT accept unsolicited resumes or candidate referrals from recruiters and/or agencies who are not pre-selected/pre-approved.


Kraton is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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