Improvement Engineer

Department:  Engineering
Date:  Aug 5, 2022

External Overview:

FMC Corporation is a leading specialty company focused on agricultural technologies. FMC provides innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance crop yield and quality by controlling a broad spectrum of insects, weeds and disease, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control.


FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives. Your education and professional experience are valued and put to use from day one. Your success at completing key initiatives can result in a varied, progressive, and fulfilling career with FMC.


With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility, and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets.  If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.


Function Overview:


Active Ingredient Improvement Engineer will manage a variety of technical responsibilities including new product introductions, continuous improvement projects (capital and non-capital) and manufacturing support. This individual will work across FMC departments to support/lead strategic product launches and sourcing opportunities. The ideal candidate will have strong technical and communication skills needed to lead cross functional teams in resolving complex production/supply issues, upgrading products and processes by implementing modifications ranging from incremental improvements to large technology changes.  



New Product Introductions and Site Transfers:

  • Assessment of active ingredient site capabilities for the ability to manufacture potential new or re-sited products
  • Work cooperatively with the R&D organization to design safe, efficient commercial manufacturing processes for new products
  • Ensure all steps of MOC process are completed for new project implementation, including HAZOP, PHA and lessons learned meetings
  • Design and develop product launch test protocols and reports
  • On-site support of the commissioning of production units during trial production, optimization and validation. Help establish standard production rates & efficiencies which can be used for performance monitoring
  • Ensure QAR’s, QC and Contamination Prevention policies are appropriately incorporated at the AI site.
  • Encourage adoption of FMC’s EHS programs and support as needed to ensure proper execution of our processes.
  • Support in developing the capital plan for the AI network

New Technology and Capital Project Development:

  • Leverage process knowledge and data to research and provide recommendations for process technology advancements
  • Develop and execute test protocols to determine the viability of a new technology
  • Provide guidance and coaching on process design, equipment selection and sizing, control logic design, piping, utility requirements and preparation of construction packages for assigned projects (utilize FMC’s Capital Deployment Methodology as required)
  • Implement approved capital projects in coordination with the Third-Party personnel


Process Support

  • Support operations through supplemental review of performance data to identify and develop short- and long-term improvement plans to further optimize various processes
  • Drive strategic process improvements to deliver the Active Ingredient product supply plan.
  • Demonstrate ability to quickly understand new technologies and legacy processes and intermediates – must demonstrate the ability to learn on the fly.
  • Develop necessary trial plans to test optimization ideas, analyze data, and create reports of findings
  • Lead and/or participate in Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) for significant safety, quality, or manufacturing failures
  • Support periodic site audits for compliance with applicable regulations and FMC standards
  • Management and tracking of ongoing qualification efforts from initial testing and assessment by the R&D organization through production scale trials.
  • Develop project execution plans to support aggressive timelines including identifying required resources and managing risks
  • Work with internal groups to assess and track opportunities and risks such as cost impacts, relative quality, supply continuity, etc.
  • Utilize database decision making to identify and resolve problems.
  • Other tasks as assigned


Required Education:

  • Technical Degree (BS, MS, or PhD) in Chemical Engineering / related field or equivalent experience




  • 3 + years of experience in a chemical environment with reactive chemistry process experience.
  • Good knowledge of equipment design, scale-up procedures, troubleshooting and project management skills
  • Experienced knowledge of the technical field and working knowledge of business processes, technologies and applications.
  • Strong safety orientation in OSHA and PSM with a demonstrated commitment to Personal Safety & Environmental issues
  • General understanding of business processes and economic factors affecting the business
  • Strategic agility with foresight and the ability to create alternate plans
  • Experience presenting at both informal and formal training settings
  • Effective team building skills with an operating style that fosters high expectations, open dialogue, creates a strong sense of team, inspires and motivates
  • Knowledge of quality assurance programs or statistical quality control
  • Experience making data-based decisions
  • A demonstrated history of bringing projects in safely, on time and on budget.
  • Lean six sigma certification a plus




  • Adaptive
  • Inclusive
  • Accountable
  • Innovative



EEO Statement:

At FMC, diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive – regardless of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, color, age, religion or religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. FMC also supports employee participation in company employee resource groups that celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our workforce by providing communities for employees to connect with each other and raise awareness throughout FMC.


FMC complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact our Talent Acquisition department at



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