21 May, 2024

Staff Formulation Process Engineer

  • Syngenta Global
  • Greensboro, NC, USA
Formulation Engineer Chemicals

Job Description

Job description

Through leading innovations, we help farmers around the world meet the challenge of feeding a growing population and taking care of our planet. We are currently seeking a Staff Formulation Engineer for the Product Technology and Engineering team in Greensboro, NC. As a Staff Formulation Engineer, you will provide technical expertise and process optimization strategies in a pilot plant for both existing and novel manufacturing technologies to maximize quality, capacity, and efficiency outcomes during scale-up, and after launch, of newly formulated chemical products to commercial manufacture. You will work with cross-functional teams involved in process safety, continuous improvement, process simulation, and scale-up.

You will generate the process definition in Crop Protection (CP) capital projects, including process plant design and equipment evaluation and specification. Progress projects to increase manufacturing capacity, improve quality, and/or reduce manufacturing costs at CP sites or the bulk supply chain. Provide advice for the creation and implementation of development programs and procedures within the formulation engineering processing area. You may take a lead role in department teams or initiatives and help drive the overall success of departmental operations i.e., safety, efficiency, and productivity initiatives. You will be recognized as a technical resource for other engineers in North America.

This position will be onsite in Greensboro, NC, and may provide a relocation package. Up to 20% travel may be required.


  • Support all Safety and Compliance requirements, policies, and SOPs; lead by example.
  • Deliver the scale-up of formulation processes from lab to full-scale manufacturing ensuring process safety, health, and environmental subjects are fully anticipated.
  • Support technology transfer teams for inter-regional transfer or re-siting of products as the technical lead on product establishment teams, and a member of the technical start-up team for new processes and equipment at Syngenta manufacturing sites or tollers.
  • Design pilot plant trials and full-scale manufacturing trials - write operating procedures, train the operating team, provide technical supervision, document the outcomes, identify next steps, and share best practices.
  • Apply formulation engineering processing knowledge to identify solutions that improve capacity, quality, and cost efficiency at manufacturing sites and/or in the bulk supply chain and be a member of the project teams that implement these solutions.
  • Progress projects to seek out and introduce innovative manufacturing technologies for implementation in the pilot plant, production sites, or supply chain.
  • Progress evaluation and trials novel processing technologies and techniques, then work with site manufacturing teams to introduce them into full-scale manufacture in Crop Protection.

Company Description

As a world market leader in crop protection, we help farmers to counter these threats and ensure enough safe, nutritious, affordable food for all – while minimizing the use of land and other agricultural inputs.  

Syngenta Crop Protection keeps plants safe from planting to harvesting. From the moment a seed is planted through to harvest, crops need to be protected from weeds, insects and diseases as well as droughts and floods, heat and cold.  

Syngenta Crop Protection is headquartered in Switzerland. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Chemical Engineering or Materials Science preferred) with 5+ years of proven experience in a technical position related to chemical formulation process development or formulation manufacturing
    • Or, a Master’s degree with 3+ years of experience
    • Or, a PhD with 2+ years of experience
  • Manufacturing process engineering design experience/knowledge in at least 3 of these unit operations:  particle size reduction with both solid & liquid dispersions, mixing & milling operations, separation & crystallization in formulations, filtration & polymerization, heating & cooling effects on formulation stability, spray drying, extrusion & drying, liquid & solid discharge, etc.
  • Strong continuous improvement, process risk assessment, and HSE excellence mindset.
  • Experience working in cross-functional organizations, navigating a dynamic and uncertain environment ensuring effective and focused project delivery (on time and within budget).
  • Proven ability to prioritize activities and manage multiple requests from different stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the end-to-end processes for product development, formulation processing scale-up, and lifecycle management.


  • Proven manufacturing scale-up experience from a pilot plant environment is strongly preferred
  • Direct experience conducting processing studies for agrochemical or pharmaceutical products
  • Lean Six Sigma Belt certification
  • Process modeling knowledge

Additional Information

What We Offer: 

  • A culture that celebrates diversity & inclusion, promotes professional development, and strives for a work-life balance that supports the team members. Offers flexible work options to support your work and personal needs 
  • Full Benefit Package (Medical, Dental & Vision) that starts your first day  
  • 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution  
  • Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts, among other benefits 

Syngenta has been ranked as a top employer by Science Journal. 
Learn more about our team and our mission here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVCN_51GbNI 

Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. 

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