Senior Process Engineer - CP Kelco

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Date: Jul 3, 2022

Location: San Diego, CA, US

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: CP Kelco 

CP Kelco is a leading producer of specialty ingredients which are added to improve texture, consistency, and stability in food, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Our products are derived from renewable raw materials found in nature for use in jam, fruit and milk drinks, confectionery products as well as industrial applications. We work across the whole value chain from natural raw materials to customers’ end products. CP Kelco is part of the JM Huber Corporation, one of the largest privately held, family owned companies in the United States.  With approximately $2.3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a combined material presence in more than 20 countries.


Where permitted by applicable law, candidate must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered for U.S.-based job, if not currently employed by J.M. Huber Corporation or one of it's affiliates.

Position Summary

As a Process Engineer you will minimize product costs by improving the quality and quantity of biopolymer products.  Identify and minimize sources of process variation and then implement strategies for process optimization.  Coordinate the transfer and scale-up of designated new products and processes from Research and Development to Production.  Provide design review, cost analysis, and construction oversight for specified capital projects.  You will be responsible for performing preliminary engineering calculations in areas of potential cost savings by assignment.  Assignments may result from suggestions by the team based on engineering background, analysis of the current operation and/or other areas.  These will include preliminary experimentation and, if required, full-scale process experiments to demonstrate the process improvement.


Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Meet Profit Plan goals for volume, cost, and quality.  Coordinate transition of products from R&D to Production department. Represent Production in cross-functional product launch teams. Provide support required to meet plan objectives assigned products.
  • Implement capital projects to meet process, Sales, and Marketing requirements within approved budgets and on time. Identify and participate in design of Fermenter and utility improvements required to support production in the plant. 
  • Minimize the impact of these projects on current production. 
  • Meet goals for safety and environmental compliance.
  • Provide guidance to Engineering and R&D on projects to be implemented in Production.
  • Support Marketing of developmental product lines by ensuring that manufacturing meets customer requirements for designated products. 
  • Participate in process improvement/cost reduction fermentation team.
  • May coordinate major production shutdowns.  Minimize downtime while implementing needed capital projects.  Complete work with no recordable injuries, no reportable environmental incidents, and no major GMP violations.
  • Provide training and guidance for Operators, Mechanics, Supervisors, and Engineers necessary for the efficient operation of processes. 
  • Support cross-functional Fermentation Support and First Pass Success Rate teams.
  • Train Process Operators on the field and work with Maintenance on field related problems.


  • BS in Biochemical, Chemical Engineering or related field and 3+ years experience in manufacturing preferably in a fermentation environment or related business.
  • Requires special knowledge in the areas of fermentation science, chemical engineering, process control, and statistics.     
  • Strong organizational, communications, and leadership skills are required.  Must be able to work effectively with individuals at all levels within CP Kelco. Six Sigma a plus. 
  • Must be able to work in the plant on recovery, fermentation, cogeneration, and cooling towers to trouble shoot problems and train operators.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US and although we can offer domestic relocation assistance we are not able to offer International relocation.


J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO/AAP employer. Pre-employment drug screening is required.


Nearest Major Market: San Diego