Pilot Plant Supervisor

Team hiring a pilot plant supervisor

We are Hiring a Pilot Plant Supervisor

This is a fantastic opportunity for a driven engineer to join an organisation with ambitious plans in the sustainable biorefining sector. Ideally suited for someone who wants to develop their design and operational experience into pilot plant management with the opportunity of becoming a key support in the full lifecycle project of Bio-Sep’s First Commercial Plant.

The Pilot Plant Supervisor will be responsible for the safe and effective daily operations at the Bio-Sep Pilot Plant located at Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. Reporting to the Principal Process Engineer, the Pilot Plant Supervisor will provide the technical leadership on the day-to-day pilot plant and test rig operations for pilot scale production. They will assist the Principal Process Engineer, Chief Engineer and Chief Chemist in applying the technology principles demonstrated on the pilot plant to the design and delivery of our first commercial plant.

Company  Overview

Bio-Sep is an early-stage green technology company pioneering the ultrasonic processing of woody biomass to extract high-value, renewable biochemicals with broad sector applications including bio-based materials, sustainable cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products.

The technology is being demonstrated on an industrial scale pilot plant, whilst the company are developing plans to design and build a full scale commercial biorefinery in the year ahead.

Key Responsibilities

Be the responsible person for the Pilot Plant developing through the role into the Subject Matter Expert for Bio-Sep Pilot Plant Operations.

Take ownership of the Pilot Plant Safety File and support the Principal Process Engineer in implementing Engineering Change Management including updating P&IDs, process documentation and participating in risk assessment/HAZOPs.

Improve and implement SHE best practices for the Pilot Plant Facility.

Compile and update the SOPs for safe and effective operations of the equipment at the Pilot facility.

Train, direct and supervise all personnel involved in Pilot Plant and Test Rig Operation.

Work with the Chief Chemist planning and implementing trial runs.

Trouble-shoot and identify Process Optimisation opportunities following Root Cause Analysis.

Point of contact with 3rd party engineering support contractor. Develop and build relationships with contractors for improved equipment management and maintenance.

Specify, prepare the case for and arrange subcontract engineering support for plant and test rig maintenance, repair and modification beyond the capability of BSL personnel including associated design services.

Procurement, storage, custody and handling of equipment, spares, materials and consumables for the Pilot Plant.

Liaise with the Melton Commercial Park site manager on operational and safety matters having PP3, test rig and laboratory implications.

Experience & Skills

  • Degree in chemical engineering or an HND in Chemical Engineering via an apprenticeship scheme from a chemical manufacturing organisation.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a Pilot and Chemicals Operations Facility.
  • Demonstrable competence in Plant Operations, Process Safety and Process Optimisation.
  • A pro-active attitude and mindset, with an inherent willingness to support a  variety of tasks and requirements.
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstratable ability to work effectively across teams.
  • Experience in Continuous Improvement and Lean Manufacturing Techniques are desirable but not essential.

Hiring-Process Chemist

Process chemist role complete

We are Hiring  - a Process Chemist -

Bio-Sep is seeking a talented process chemist to join our growing team as we scale our ultrasonic biorefinery technology.
At Bio-Sep, we are passionate about the circular economy and we’re on a mission to provide the world with ground-breaking technology that will produce sustainable biochemicals. 

Bio-Sep is a clean technology company based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. We have developed a sustainable, ultrasonic biorefining technology that transforms woody biomass, the by-products of forestry and agriculture, into high value biochemicals with a wide range of applications. After a period of intense R&D activity, we are now ready to scale up and commercialise our technology and we’re seeking a talented Process Chemist to join our growing team.

Based at the pilot plant site at Melton Mowbray, the Process Chemist will have day-to-day responsibility for operation of a kilo-scale R&D reactor and downstream separation and purification equipment. Working with our Process Engineer, you will also support operation of the pilot plant and, working with our Chief Chemist and Analytical Chemist, you will support analysis, characterisation.

Reporting to the Chief Chemist and the Senior Process Engineer, your main duties and responsibilities will be to:

  • operate the kilo-scale ultrasonic rig to inform scale-up parameters for a wide range of starting materials
  • support the design of trial plans and lead on data gathering, analysis and process optimisation
  • operate and maintain down-stream product separation and purification equipment with minimal supervision
  • accurately record all results, deviations and observations to support process development
  • work with the Chief Chemist and Marketing Director to support the development of robust pathways to commercialisation for Bio-Sep products
  • support operation of the pilot plant with the Senior Process Engineer
  • work in an agile and flexible manner, responding to changing company and customer needs
  • support other activities to grow and develop the company and its technology as appropriate

Person specification

  • Qualified to HND, degree or masters level in process engineering, chemical engineering, or other relevant scientific disciplines.
  • Experience of working in a pilot-scale or production environment, operating kilo-scale and larger equipment
  • Experience of carrying out trial procedures and using the results to solve problems and inform future research and scale-up.
  • Self-starter, able to plan their own time whilst managing multiple projects over different timescales with minimal supervision
  • Practical, active person with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Confident at interacting with all levels of seniority both within the company and externally
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Confident at handling and recording large volumes of data
  • Keen to learn new skills and support Bio-Sep to grow its business through access to accurate data

If this sounds like you and you share our vision of a sustainable future then apply now.

Please send your CV and cover letter by email to andy@bio-sep.com 

We are Hiring – Plant Chemist

Plant Chemist 

Based at the pilot plant site at Melton Mowbray, the plant chemist will have day-to-day responsibility for operating a small chemistry laboratory, carrying out analysis of samples from the pilot plant in order to support optimisation of the process. In addition, the candidate will support an engineer in the operation of the full-scale pilot plant, as well as carrying out trial experiments on a lab-scale ultrasonic unit.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Maintain a small analytical chemistry laboratory, including taking responsibility for health and safety requirements in the lab.
  • Operate and maintain analytical equipment including HPLC, ATR-FTIR and UV-Vis.
  • Carry out experiments and use data to inform pilot plant operation and optimisation
  • Support design of experiments, sample analysis and data interpretation
  • Support operation of the Bio-Sep pilot plant in combination with a process engineer
  • Design and carry out processing trials on a small-scale ultrasonic system
  • Working with the Chief Chemist, support development of robust pathways to commercialisation for Bio-Sep products
  • Other activities to support the growth and development of the company and its technology as appropriate

Person specification

  • Qualified to degree, masters or PhD level in chemistry or related subjects
  • Experience of working in an analytical chemistry environment, using standard analytical equipment including HPLC, UV-Vis, FTIR and wet chemistry techniques
  • Operation of pilot plants an advantage
  • Broad understanding of the biorefinery market, including competing technologies and key market players
  • Experience of designing experimental procedures, carrying out experiments and using the results to solve problems and inform future research
  • Self-starter, able to plan their own time whilst managing multiple projects over different timescales with minimal supervision
  • Practical person with excellent analytical skills
  • Confident at interacting with all levels of seniority both within the company and externally
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Confident at handling large volumes of data and distilling relevant information into documents/presentations for technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Methodical and organised
  • Keen to learn new skills and support Bio-Sep to grow its business through access to accurate data

Bio-Sep is a pre-commercial company based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, which has developed a novel, patented ultrasonic process for the fractionation of biomass into high value platform chemicals. After a period of intense R&D activity, Bio-Sep is now looking to commercialise its technology and seeks a talented chemist to join its expanding operation.

This position has now been filled, if you would like to find out about new vacancies or research opportunities when they open up please get in touch via email or the contact form.