Director of Process Engineering | Envirotech

Samsara Eco

Samsara Eco

Australia
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024
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Samsara represents the coming together of co-founders, the Australian National University (ANU), one of Australia's largest retailers and Main Sequence Ventures, to address a big planetary problem and build the kind of solution the world has been waiting for. Not only will Samsara’s technology play a key role in solving the world's plastic recycling problems and eliminating the production of plastics from fossil fuels, our commercial potential is compelling.

We are a jaw droppingly unique company! Whilst we are an envirotech start-up creating infinite recycling to end plastic pollution, we are also building an incredible place to work. We know that to make the magic happen our day to day working lives and rewards for our efforts need to be unique and exciting for the extra effort put in.

Due to rapid growth and expansion we are looking for a Director of Process Engineering.

Purpose of the role

This role is integral to our technology team's leadership, driving the development and implementation of cutting-edge solutions. You'll oversee the design, enhancement, and integration of chemical processes with bioprocessing, including industry-scale enzymatic technology. Reporting directly to the Chief Technology Officer, you'll provide strategic direction, technical expertise, and leadership to advance our mission of sustainability and innovation. Your leadership will guide a team in adapting our core technologies for our new development facilities, initially concentrating on PET and nylon.

This position will require relocation to Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Key Responsibilities...

  • Strategic Leadership: Provide input into stakeholder-aligned strategy development and translate this into achievable and actionable targets for your team
  • Team Management: Lead, grow and mentor a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and technicians, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence.
  • Process Development: Drive process development efforts to optimise process steps to reduce costs, improve LCA and ensure our products can integrate seamlessly with existing polymerisation and downstream processing
  • Technology Innovation: Identify existing and emerging technologies, trends, and opportunities in related fields, and lead efforts to innovate and integrate novel solutions to address scale-up challenges.
  • Collaboration: Establish and nurture strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to foster collaboration, leverage expertise, and accelerate technology development and deployment.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensure compliance with relevant regulatory requirements, standards, and guidelines governing chemical engineering and bioprocessing activities, and drive efforts to obtain necessary approvals and permits for technology deployment.
  • Project Management: Oversee project planning, execution, and delivery, ensuring milestones are met within budget and timeline constraints, while maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety.
  • Communication and Stakeholder Engagement: Communicate technical concepts and project updates effectively to internal stakeholders, executive leadership, external partners, investors, and regulatory authorities, fostering transparency, trust, and collaboration.

Qualifications And Experience...

  • Advanced degree in Chemical/Process Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, or related field.
  • Demonstrable history of success in leading process development and scale-up in specialty/fine organics or polymer processing and by extension, a working understanding of the issues related to dangerous goods usage, storage, and handling.
  • Skilled and conversant with process design principles, preferably demonstrable by experience in design consultancy.
  • Experienced in HAZOP close-out, pre/commissioning, readiness to operate.
  • Demonstrable history of resolving process issues associated with scale-up, sizing and reactor design.
  • Experience in managing multiple constrained projects to successful conclusion and reporting on the same to senior management or board level.
  • Strong strategic thinking, analytical skills, and business acumen, with the ability to translate technical insights into actionable strategies and plans.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills, with the ability to effectively engage and influence stakeholders at all levels.
  • Knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements, environmental standards, and permitting processes is desirable.
  • Passion for sustainability, environmental conservation, and driving positive social impact through technology innovation.

If you are a visionary leader with a passion for scaling up enzyme production and contributing to sustainable technology, we invite you to apply. Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your experience and interest in the position.

What You Might Like About Us...

Remuneration - we offer competitive salaries in addition to the option of owning company shares.

Flexibility - at Samsara, flexible work means that our people are able to achieve work-life harmony. This includes support for how our people maintain health and wellbeing, parent or care for others, study, transition to retirement or pursue personal interests.

Autonomy - you are trusted to work independently, make sensible decisions, ask better questions, adopt techniques to work smarter and do what you say you will do.

Flat structure - we don’t entertain bureaucracy at Samsara! Our people are empowered to use their own initiative to solve problems collaboratively. Communication is fast which means quicker decisions and the flexibility to adapt quickly to changes.

Samsara is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and anyone seeking employment at Samsara is considered based on merit, qualifications, competence and talent. We don’t regard colour, religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship, sex, marital or family status, disability, gender, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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