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Corteva Agriscience Lead Campaign Engineer, Pilot Plant in Midland, Michigan


Who are we, and what do we do?

Corteva Agriscience has an opportunity for a highly motivated Engineer to join our Pilot Plant team located in Midland, MI. The Pilot Plant team operates two separate Midland, MI facilities focused on demonstrating New Technologies emerging from the R&D pipeline, generating large samples (250-1000 kg) of new Intermediates and Active Ingredients, which supply our business with product for formulations development, field trials and toxicology studies. While executing campaigns, the team also generates process data useful in the design and operation of full-scale manufacturing of these new molecules.

Through scale-up of novel chemical processes, the Pilot Plant team continues to be integral in the successful launch of next generation products, and the Pilot Plant Campaign Lead Engineer is critical in that process.

The Campaign Lead Engineer is responsible for scaling up the process from lab scale to pilot scale. This is typically done over 4-6 months prior to start-up and involves leading a small team of chemists and engineers to generate a design, safety review and implement and physical changes necessary. Campaign Leader Engineers primarily acts as project managers (schedule, resourcing, etc), but also dives into technical details and coordinates/supports the start-up activities. They often have a broad background in engineering, design and production allowing to also serve as mentors to plant engineers and operators.

This job is unique in that it straddles both Production and R&D work environments. It requires an “Exploratory Mindset” to assist with the implementation and demonstration of new chemical processes through multiple short-duration campaigns (vs. long-term manufacturing of the same product).

This Campaign Lead Engineer aligns directly to the Pilot Plant Leader and collaborates closely with adjacent Corteva production plants here in Michigan Operations. Campaign preparation and execution is also supported by leveraged resources from Production, PS&T, R&D, EH&S, Maintenance and Engineering, and various Subject Matter Experts.


How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!

Strong Client Focus:

  • Understand the needs of Corteva R&D and new molecule Supply Teams.

  • Build and maintain detailed timelines to ensure campaigns are organized and timely.

  • Demonstrate high responsiveness in leading preparation and execution.

  • Demonstrate a strong sense of ownership and courageous leadership for safe and effective Pilot Plant operation.

  • Respond urgently to Pilot Plant issues and any emergencies. Act as a technical expert during unplanned events and drive implementation of effective corrective and preventative actions.

Influential Environmental, Health & Safety Leadership:

  • Support a strong personal safety and process safety culture including self-assessment, plus environmental compliance and reporting.

  • Positively influence team compliance with Core for Life Standards and other safety expectations through field and system assessments and personal interactions.

  • Participate in Operating Discipline / Management System requirements, and support plant roles in procedure use, creation, reviews and updates.

  • Participate in Management of Change and other review processes with the team and other experts and stakeholders to ensure that risks are adequately assessed and mitigated and that Pilot Plant operations are set up for success.

Technical Support:

  • Lead the technical preparations and asset modifications, creation and review of procedures and operating discipline, preparation and delivery of training.

  • Accountable for the overall operation of each campaign in order to achieve team objectives, sufficiently mitigate risks, address quality requirements, work within the timeline, etc.

  • Provide leadership, coaching, and mentoring for Pilot Plant operations and the Pilot Plant Engineer for day-to-day decision making for Pilot Plant operations, including advanced trouble shooting.

  • Develops and maintains campaign schedule in collaboration with Corteva R&D and the Pilot Plant Leader.

  • Facilitates technology transfer from Corteva R&D and pilot plant process fit.

  • Accountable for EH&S documentation and reviews, including LOPA, RC/PHA, PPE grid, IH monitoring plans, waste characterizations, air permit exemptions (Rule 283), and SPCC/PIPP plan.

  • Serve in other Continuous Improvement capacities as appropriate, for example Operations Rep or Manufacturing Representative for capital and expense projects, Process Safety Focal Point, work with Plant Process Control Coordinator (PPCC) to enhance MOD V controls, or apply Six Sigma and LEAN principles to achieve gains.

  • Provide on-call and on-shift campaign support as needed.



What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?

  • A minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering is required.

  • Minimum 3 years chemical industry experience.

  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Production, R&D, EH&S, Process Engineering and other Manufacturing & Engineering disciplines would be beneficial.

  • Understanding of various Chemical Engineering fundamentals, application and operation (e.g. batch processing, crystallization, centrifugation, distillation, solids handling and drying).

Other Skills and Knowledge for Success:

  • Thorough knowledge of Manufacturing & Engineering and EH&S standards, including strong commitment to safety and willingness to intervene upon unsafe behaviors.

  • Flexibility of approach and agility to adapt to changing technology and evolving R&D and Supply Team needs within and across campaigns.


Let’s peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!

  • Strike a better work-life balance with robust time off benefits including paid maternity, paternal and family illness leave

  • Prepare for your future with our competitive retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement program, and more

  • Enjoy access to health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment

  • And much, much more!

Ready to grow your perspectives, impact and career? Start by applying to this opportunity today!

Corteva Agriscience ™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.


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