Process Engineer

Job Locations US-KS-Topeka
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/4/2021 10:40 AM)
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Futamura continues to invest millions in the renovation of our facility to increase production. We are now the single largest Cellophane production facility in the world, and still growing!  We are in need of qualified individuals to help support our growth.


The Futamura Group was established in Japan in 1950 & is now a global operation of 6 manufacturing divisions serving customers around the world.


Futamura’s objective is to specialize in high added value products. Among these is NatureFlexTM , a biodegradable, compostable film produced in the Tecumseh, KS facility. NatureFlexTM is based strongly on renewable resources and are fully certified to the European (EN13432) and American (ASTM D6400) norms for compostable packaging. Our products are shipped around the world and are utilized by major brands as well as specialized markets.  See the process here.


The process engineer position is responsible for determining operations to produce products and develops processes to ensure quality, cost and efficiency requirements are met. This position troubleshoots problems with production and takes corrective action.


Futamura is committed to its employees and their families by offering one of the most competitive pay and benefits packages including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, life, voluntary life, short term disability and long term disability coverages
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Paid vacations
  • Holiday pay
  • Sick pay
  • An unbeatable 401(k) with company match.

We believe in enriching our associates through training and development to best position them for internal promotional opportunities and career growth.



  • Directly support one or more process areas working closely with Operations and Maintenance to ensure consistent product quality and process reliability.
  • Identify and implement process changes to improve safety, productivity, quality and waste reduction.
  • Participate in and/or lead PHA studies and investigate process and safety incidents.
  • Develop and/or update standard process conditions.
  • Monitor product quality, process conditions, and process efficiencies utilizing statistical techniques. Issue reports including data analysis, financial impact and recommendations.
  • Troubleshoot and investigate process upsets and product quality issues.
  • Develop and/or update operating procedures and conduct training.
  • Lead or support trials for new or modified products or processes. Issue written reports of trial results.
  • Support major capital projects and manage smaller capital projects within budget and on schedule ensuring standards of safety, regulatory compliance, operability and reliability are met.
  • Develop and implement MOCs for process changes; update documentation including P&IDs, PFDs and procedures.
  • Identify, develop, and justify large capital projects along with implementation of small capital projects
  • Assist with project commissioning.
  • Lead and participate in PSSR reviews.
  • Specify and size process equipment and piping.
  • Assist in developing equipment and piping standards.
  • Be recognized both internally and externally as an expert in area(s) of expertise
  • Follows all environmental and safety regulations, related to the business sector, and acts in compliance with all U.S. laws


  • B.S. in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering
  • 3 – 5+ years process chemical plant experience.
  • Experience troubleshooting process upsets and ability to analyse process information using statistical methods. Six Sigma certification and MiniTab expertise desired.
  • Strong safety attitude and promotes safe work practices.
  • Knowledge and experience in OSHA PSM preferred.
  • Experience with SAP software preferred.


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