Pilot Plant Manager


  • Title: Pilot Plant Manager
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Travel: Domestic
  • Compensation: Competitive salary, health insurance, stock options
  • Reports to: Director of Engineering
  • Send Resumes to:Careers

Position Overview

This role lives between the engineering, manufacturing and R&D teams. This individual will help operate NuMat’s new pilot production facility, contributing to manufacturing and process development. This individual will also support the R&D organization by building equipment for process development, enabling NuMat to validate system level performance with our proprietary, high-performing adsorbent materials.


  • Build, install, operate and maintain equipment at NuMat. Including, but not limited to, flow systems (e.g. adsorbent breakthrough systems), analytical equipment, and pilot chemical production equipment
  • Pilot plant operation – follow batch recipes to synthesize, wash, form and dry NuMat’s proprietary adsorbents
  • Supervise toll manufacturing campaigns for adsorbent manufacture at multiple partner sites
  • Follow HS&E and quality standards
  • Implement and follow preventative maintenance program for pilot plant equipment
  • Identify and champion workflow improvements for existing manufacturing equipment

The Individual

A. Education

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably chemistry or engineering. Relevant experience will be considered in addition to education.

B. Experience

  • Minimum 5 years industrial experience in production or R&D for chemicals, adsorbents, catalysts
  • Preferred: Familiarity with pipe and tube fittings, and working with compressed gases
  • Preferred: Familiarity with agitated batch reactors, filtration, centrifugation, extrusion, granulation, solids drying, solids handling / conveying
  • Preferred: Experience working with hazardous chemicals
  • Preferred: Knowledge of electrical and control wiring (LabView, PLCs)

C. Personal characteristics

  • Entrepreneurial, meeting deadlines in a highly-collaborative environment while managing multiple priorities
  • You are a self-starter
  • You enjoy building things
  • Able to collaborate across functional and organizational lines and capable of working with all levels of individuals and cultures.


At NuMat's main office in beautiful Skokie, IL.


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