Sr. Process Engineer

  • Competitive
  • United States Texas Houston
  • Permanent
  • Alternative & Renewable Energy
  • Energy from Waste / Biomass
  • Sustainable Fuel
Role Specification  

Role title: Senior Process Engineer  

Department: Engineering  


Company Overview  

Velocys combines transformative technology, operational expertise and a partnership approach to deliver sustainable fuels technology to our clients.  

Velocys Group was formed by the merger of Oxford Catalysts in the UK which focused on development of Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) catalysts and Velocys Inc in Ohio, US which has developed specialist micro-channel reactor technology. The Company is accelerating the adoption of its technology via development of a reference project in the US. The Company also has international commercial clients deploying the Velocys technology at various scale.  

The Company is headquartered in Oxford, UK with sites in Columbus, Ohio and Houston, Texas, USA. The culture of the Company is that of an entrepreneurial start-up, with an exceptional teamwork ethos. The Company is focused on Client service excellence and technology delivery  

The role of Senior Process Engineer will be based at our Houston, Texas office. However, some business travel should be expected to include an element of international business travel.  

An overview of the role within the Company  

The role of Senior Process Engineer is an integral member of the engineering team and is responsible for supporting the Company’s Process Engineering function and delivery and commercialisation of Velocys technology. The successful candidate will join the Company at a pivotal stage of project development and will bring their enthusiasm and energy to deliver key milestones associated to the implementation of new technology and commercial applications for efficiency, environmental and economic benefits.  


Role Specification | Template  

The role involves technology development and project delivery of Company technology and projects. This role requires someone who can combine their extensive engineering experience with effective influencing skills to thrive in a fast-paced environment, in which change and innovation are required each day to ensure the delivery of net zero aviation travel by 2050.  

The successful candidate will be able to provide demonstrable experience of managing a Process team to include the management of external engineering contractors. Accountable for planning, directing, organising, executing and controlling Process engineering activities for specific projects, they will be able to make fact based and sound engineering decisions and be capable of creating innovative solutions to engineering challenges. This is a hands-on role requiring a ‘team player’ who is able to manage competing demands upon their time. They will be an effective communicator with the ability to apply their enthusiasm and passion for maintaining a first-class engineering capability for our clients.  


• Support company PDP and technology development  

• Support Company business development activities  

• Perform broad range of process engineering technology assignments  

• Plan and conduct work in evaluation, selection and application of standard process  

engineering techniques, procedures and criteria  

• Periodically review work of others to assure overall quality of process designs  

• Design of several process areas or units to develop drawings and specifications for study,  

feasibility, Front End Engineering Development (FEED), or Engineering, Procurement,  

Fabrication, and Construction (EPFC) for these units/systems  

• Routinely work on multiple projects simultaneously  

• Plan and conduct work in evaluation, selection and application of standard process  

engineering techniques, procedures and criteria  

• Develop process simulation  

• Design process equipment such as pumps, tanks, vessels, etc…  

• Conduct hydraulic studies  

• Create new and updated PFDs and P&IDs  

• Review work of others to assure overall quality of process designs  

• Contact and consult with other engineering disciplines within the Company and Contractors  

in addition to process engineers and supervisors  

• Develop, understand, control and follow the effort-hours budget and process schedule  

• Interact closely with client and contractor process engineers and project managers to meet  

design objectives, project deadlines, and budgets  

• Work with instrument controls group to write control narratives  

• Interact with vendors to select the most economical option for equipment  

• Apply knowledge of engineering principles and practices in all areas of assignments  

• Contribute to planning and coordinating work  

• Other duties as assigned  

Organisational interactions  

• Immediate supervisor: Vice President Engineering  

• Next level supervisor: Senior Vice President, Business Development & Technology Delivery  

• Other interactions:  

• Internal  


Role Specification | Template  

- Project Development Team  

- Catalysis team  

- Design and Manufacturing team  

• External  

- Engineering partners  

- Technology partners  

- Clients  

- Vendors  

Education and experience  

• A bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or equivalent demonstrable work based  

experience is essential.  

• Extensive industrial experience, with demonstrable global scale chemical processing industry  

experience either in petroleum refining/production, and or an energy related sector.  

• Proven experience in delivering large capital projects on time, within budget and to  

specification, with a bias of applying sound knowledge of engineering prinicipls to complex  

and integrated plant designs and operations, ideally with emerging technologies experience.  

• Experience across ranging from early engineering definition and technology development  

through to detailed engineering, construction, commissioning and start-up.  

• Experience of working across multiple project sites, on a gobal scale.  

• Previous engineering roles held at an EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction)  

contractor is desirable, but not essential.  

• Experience with XTL technologies, particularly Fischer-Tropsch, and/or renewable fuels is a  

distinct advantage  

• Proficient knowledge of MS Office to an advanced level is required  

• Prior experience of applying pragmatic problem solving and innovative thinking, working  

independently, but equally comfortable with operating in a team, delegating and providing  

motivation when appropriate.  

• Willingness to take ownership and responsibllty with ability to accept input from other  

indviduals as approriate  

• Ability to communicate effectively with audiences that include but are not limited to  

management, colleauges, clients, vendors, contractors, and visitors  

• Job related technical knowledge necessary to complete the job  

• Ability to learn and apply knowledge of applicable local, state/province, and federal/national  

statutes and guidelines  

• Ability to attend to detail and work in a time-conscious and time-effective manner

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