Process Engineer (Jnr)


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£40,000 - £49,999
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Full Time
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About the job

Job Title: Process Engineer (Jnr)

Location: PQ Silicas - Warrington Site

Salary: Up to £43,470 per annum dependant on experience

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

For over 200 years, PQ (Silicas) has envisioned the future of performance chemicals through collaborative innovation, making products that touch all of us, every day.

We are a leading global supplier of silicate and derivative products that serve as environmentally friendly substitutes for materials used in a variety of applications. These include end uses such as matting agents in surface coatings, clarifying agents for edible oils and beverages, additives to paints and coatings for thermal insulation, and sensory particles in personal care products to improve feel attributes.

This role would suit a Chemical/Process Engineer looking to gain experience in process engineering and career progression opportunities. As a junior process engineer, guidance and training will be given by a team of experienced colleagues who will help to develop technical and non-technical skills to achieve personal, department and site objectives.

Job Purpose:

  • To develop & maintain process knowledge & expertise for manufacturing assets at the Warrington site
  • To lead, manage and participate in process engineering studies, process designs and engineering projects to support the development of the site & business
  • To provide troubleshooting and support to production processes at the Warrington site
  • To lead & execute plant trials in order to support new product and process development

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Ensure that process safety is properly addressed & included in all process designs
  • Ensure Health, Safety and the Environment are properly considered in all process interactions
  • Demonstrate appropriate training and competence in order to assist in the preparation of Hazop reviews
  • Monitor process performance, so that issues are quickly identified and corrected to maintain process stability, using tools such as Aspen Process Explorer to aid troubleshooting
  • Support management of change to ensure effective control and approval of process changes
  • Design and develop new processes/products and improve existing processes/products to meet the project objectives and to ensure the necessary HSE and engineering standards are met, including:
    • Equipment design and process specification
    • Equipment selection
    • Process economics
    • Commission, train operators and hand over to Operations
    • Process optimisation
  • Issue technical reports / process & equipment specifications so that information is readily available for internal use
  • Identify and evaluate process improvement opportunities
  • Provide technical / process troubleshooting to eliminate manufacturing problems
  • Work closely with people from different functions such as; Project Engineering, Quality, R&D, Operations and engage with external contacts such as equipment suppliers, toll manufacturers and professional services
  • Champion the use of the PQ methodologies for structural improvement (7 steps) and executing projects

Knowledge Skills and Experience Required:

  • A university bachelor or master degree in (chemical / process) engineering and minimum of 2 years' experience in the areas of process technology, engineering and project management within a large chemical manufacturing organisation
  • Be able to demonstrate practical experience in an industrial environment at the level expected for this role. Ideally this would include experience in process design, process optimisation, commissioning of new systems and production support
  • Good leadership, interpersonal, organisational and change management skills with the ability to converse with all levels of the organisation
  • The ability to work individually and as part of a team, interacting with different functions, relating to a wide range of personnel
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Good command of at least English and preferably another language or languages


  • Holiday allowance. 30 Basic, 8 Bank Holiday, Warrington Walking Day - Total 39
  • On site Physiotherapy and Occupational Health
  • Bike2Work Scheme
  • BUPA Cash Plan Scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Group Life Assurance Scheme
  • Company Discretionary Sickness Scheme
  • Pension Scheme

Additional Info:

  • 37.5hr Week

Please click on the APPLY button to send your CV and Cover Letter for this role.

PQ is not currently sponsoring VISA's for this role, unless able to work in the United Kingdom please refrain from applying at this time.

Candidates with the relevant experience or job titles of: Chemical Engineer, Process Design Engineer, Process Engineer, Operations Engineer, Production Projects Engineer, will also be considered for this role.

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