A career where you can enhance lives every day

At Kensing, we work together to improve the quality of life of our clients, their customers, and each other. It shows in our dedication to collaboration, in our commitment to teamwork, and in the culture of pride and respect each of us strives to exhibit day after day.

We combine the deep heritage of our Kankakee plant with a commitment to leading the world in safety and purity, along with an eagerness for expansion. If you are passionate about innovation, about improving products and lives, we want to hear from you. At Kensing, we have a bright future ahead. You can be a part of it.

Please send your resume and cover letter to HR@KensingSolutions.com.

Our client is a leading private equity firm that invests in middle-market businesses. They bring world-class operational, strategic, and financial resources to their portfolio of companies in various industries including chemicals, manufacturing, food, healthcare, and distribution.

They have recently purchased a portion of BASF’s business along with the associated manufacturing site in Kankakee, IL.  The company delivers natural high-quality vegetable-oil-based raw material sterols and natural vitamin E, anionic surfactants and esters used in nutrition and personal care products to global blue chip consumer product companies.

We are seeking a Key Account Manager to join this standalone, nearly 200MM dollar company poised for innovation and significant growth! Interested in those with either Domestic and/or Global Key Account Management, Relationship Management or Sales experience.

SUMMARY:

A Key Account Manager acts as the lead point of contact and the primary liaison between the customer and the company. They are responsible for successful growth and management of an existing book of business within their assigned geographic market.

Markets include: North America, Latin America, Europe, AsiaPac

LOCATION:   (Remote) within the 50 United States

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Promote Kensing products to existing customers with focus on continuous improvement to enhance the customer experience and overall satisfaction.
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of key customer needs and requirements
  • Build deep customer relationships with all relevant customer stakeholders
  • Ensure the correct products and services are delivered to customers in a timely manner
  • Resolve any issues and problems faced by customers and deal with complaints to maintain trust
  • Develop new business in existing or new markets and manage opportunity pipelines through generation and closing of new business opportunities.
  • Interface collaboratively with internal stakeholders including supply chain, purchasing, regulatory, legal and finance to manage processes and improve engagement with accounts.
  • Ensure PO processing, shipping and operational logistics are meeting requirements
  • Create call reports, update strategic account plans, report on key intelligence data collected, and lead documentation.
  • Work closely with Supply Chain/Operations to ensure inventory levels are maintained for sales forecasts and order fulfilment.
  • Establish and oversee internal and external budgets, including P&L responsibility.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of 5-8 years’ experience Key Account Management or Sales with proven success building and maintaining long term commercial relationships.
  • Chemical industry experience: natural chemicals or surfactants used in home and personal care products is preferred. Or complex ingredient companies.
  • Strong ability in problem-solving and negotiation.
  • Deep understanding of order to cash process preferred.
  • Exceptional ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time efficiently to meet critical deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written.
  • Proficiency with MS Excel; ideally with some familiarity of pivot tables.
  • CRM System and SAP experience is a plus.
  • Entrepreneurial – ability to adapt and create new processes
  • BS in business administration, chemistry, or chemical engineering. MBA is a plus.

 

Kensing is a new company recently carved out of BASF along with the associated manufacturing site in Kankakee, IL. The company delivers natural high-quality vegetable-oil-based raw material anionic surfactants, esters, sterols, and natural vitamin E, used in HI&I, nutrition, and personal care products to global blue chip consumer product companies.

We are seeking a new Key Account Manager to join this standalone nearly 300MM dollar company poised for innovation and significant growth! Interested in those with either Account Management, Relationship Management or Sales experience.

SUMMARY:

Key Account Manager acts as the lead point of contact and the primary liaison between the customer and the company. They are responsible for successful growth and management of an existing business within their assigned geographic market as well as developing new customers.

Markets include EMEA Region

LOCATION: Europe, preferable Spain

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Meet sales objectives and focus on customer retention as well as improving overall customer satisfaction.
  • Set strategies and targets for growth of customers in assigned territory (sales plan)
  • Establish and oversee account and territory plans to meet or exceed budgets and forecasts
  • Act as major point of contact to customers in assigned territory in all commercial matters and build deep customer relationships with all relevant customer stakeholders
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of key customer needs and requirements to assure growth and maximum profitability
  • Resolve any issues and problems faced by customers and deal with complaints to maintain trust
  • Frequently conduct customer visits and prepare the meetings using all available tools and reports, coordinate, negotiate and close proposals.
  • Create call reports, update strategic account plans, report on key intelligence data collected, and lead documentation.
  • Develop new business in existing or new markets and manage opportunity pipelines through generation and closing of new business opportunities.
  • Conduct market studies on potential new product opportunities by contacting customers to gather interest and test market demand
  • Interface collaboratively with internal stakeholders including supply chain, purchasing, regulatory, legal and finance to create in a timely manner the best solution for the customer and extract maximum value
  • Ensure PO processing, shipping and operational logistics are meeting requirements
  • Work closely with Supply Chain/Operations to ensure inventory levels are maintained for sales forecasts and order fulfilment.
  • Keep up to date with changes and updates in the product portfolio and in the market.
  • Keep up to date on competitive market and price movements

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of 10+ years’ experience in sales with proven success building and maintaining long term commercial relationships.
  • Chemical industry experience required; Knowledge in vitamins is preferred
  • Selling specialty ingredients in personal care and human nutrition is required
  • BS in business administration, chemistry, chemical engineering, or marketing. MBA is a plus.
  • Strong ability in problem-solving and negotiation.
  • Strong commercial understanding
  • High self-management capabilities
  • Customer-centric mindset, focused on creating a positive experience for the customer
  • Strategic thinking regarding long-term business development and growth
  • Deep understanding of order to cash process preferred
  • Exceptional ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time efficiently to meet critical deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written.
  • French language skills will be seen as an added value
  • Entrepreneurial – ability to adapt and create new processes
  • Sound computer skills in the use of Microsoft Excel including pivot tables, Word, PowerPoint, and Sales Force
  • Knowledge of SAP preferred
  • Work from home office; travel to customers and conferences required as per business needs
  • Periodical trips to our production site in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo, Spain) for coordination and training purposes expected. Frequency to be agreed depending on candidate´s residence place

JOB SUMMARY:

As the Technical Support Chemist (sterols and natural vitamin E product lines or SNVE) for Kensing, LLC, you will be an invaluable part of Kensing’s technical and regulatory team. This role is part of the Global Commercial Team and will report to the Global Director of Technical Marketing & Regulatory Affairs.

The Technical Support Chemist is a significant contributor to the success and growth of the product line, business, and company. This position provides technical assistance to production and commercial relevant to the SNVE products. The chemist will work closely with applications chemists, marketing, product management, regulatory and production personnel to assist with chemical related process or product questions. Responsibilities will include managing projects relating to lab-scale synthesis, scale-up of new products, and increasing operating efficiency.  Characterization methods for vitamin E, sterols, and other oil-based chemistry will be developed or optimized to improve quality control procedures.

Key responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Support qualification and testing of raw materials
  • Support R&D pipeline
  • Provide technical chemistry support to production (continuous improvement and quality)
  • Support characterization of product physical-chemical properties
  • Establish technical data for customer facing product documentation
  • Support resolution of non-conformances (NC) and support testing
  • Support benchmarking activities for business and marketing to create unique value propositions for our products, including testing of products
  • Ensure effective project execution and high success rate to meet timelines
  • Meet all chemical safety requirements

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, with at least five years industrial laboratory experience. Advanced degree (M.S) in chemistry or chemical engineering is preferred (including inorganic, organic, polymer or analytical chemistry), with at least two years of industrial experience.
  • Previous experience in chemical manufacturing or production support is desirable.
  • Previous experience in oil-based chemistry (tocopherols, vegetable oils) preferred.
  • Demonstrated history of effective teamwork required.
  • Planning and organizing skills required
  • Candidate will work in multi-disciplinary environment and must have effective communication skills (written and verbal) in dealing with colleagues, as well as internal and external customers.
  • Proven ability to support product development from chemical process developments to application
  • Strong data analysis and statistical analysis capabilities
  • Wet lab experience (GC, HPLC, TLC, organic purification and extraction techniques preferred)
  • Genuine interest and proven contribution to ESG
  • Previous project leadership experience
  • MS Office experience with strong Excel and Power Point skills
  • Experience with SAP preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with multiple teams in a fast-paced environment
  • Entrepreneur and self-starter

JOB SUMMARY:
Reporting to the CCO, the Procurement Director will be primarily responsible for the establishment of procurement strategies consistent with company strategic vision. Negotiating contracts that are commercially sound and provide optimal supply and Company protection is essential in the position. The successful candidate will be able to appraise and improve our sourcing activities by analyzing the company’s spending, maintaining existing and developing new supply partnerships, and managing high performance procurement team.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participate in the overall strategy of the procurement categories and implement best-in-class procurement management process
  • Develop negotiation strategies and secure and achieve savings objectives, compared to original budgets, by participating to in the development and implementation of new procurement strategies
  • Work cross functionally with Quality, Operations, Planning and Finance to resolve material constraints and pricing discrepancies.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of long-term contracts with suppliers to ensure adequate resources for all projects considering the Company’s internal resources and needs
  • Lead the development of RFQ/RFPs and analysis for supplier selection
  • Resolve conflicts in procurement objectives, priorities, and interests
  • Promote and survey the effective management of suppliers to sustain value throughout the life of the contract and ensure coherent communication and relationship with the whole supplier base
  • Establish and perform appropriate reviews to ensure that procurement processes including sourcing, selection, contracting, and risk management are understood and adhered to
  • Ensure compliance to budgets and provide analysis in case of deviations
  • Work with the CCO to establish departmental KPIs
  • Provide performance feedback and conduct supplier scorecard reviews to support future supplier selection activities
  • Communicate material shortage statuses to management staff and cross functional departments in daily “stand up” meetings, providing root cause and corrective actions to prevent recurrence
  • Manage the current purchasing buyers and motivate, encourage, and assist in the professional development of the purchasing staff
  • Manage toll ethoxylation relationships
  • Responsible for development, implementation and tracking of Sustainable Sourcing Initiatives
  • PTP Business Process Owner
  • Lead for PTP workstreams for integrations

 

REQUIREMENTS AND KEY QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business Administration or related field or equivalent work experience, master’s degree preferred.
  • 10+ years’ experience in procurement with experience in food and personal care markets
  • Ability to negotiate at the highest levels with suppliers
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills at senior levels to influence acceptance of a new way of working
  • Excellent team management and people skills are essential
  • Good IT skills to include wide experience of word documents, Excel spreadsheets (including pivot tables and charts) and PowerPoint
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and to draw valid conclusions.
  • Solid business judgment, collaboration, and critical thinking skills
  • SAP knowledge required

Kensing provides equal employment opportunity. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated. Kensing is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or

JOB SUMMARY:

The Production Supervisor manages the safe and efficient day-to-day operation of production area personnel through active engagement of employees. The role will supervise a continuous seven-day manufacturing plant. The production supervisors are role models to help employees develop the competencies needed to ensure safe and reliable operation. They will motivate and challenge employees to drive high performance and reach their full potential. Finally, a team leader at Kensing must establish and support our safety culture in which all accidents are preventable. This is a 12-hour rotating shift position that will include sharing responsibility with other Production Supervisors as needed.

Key responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

Operations

  • All supervision is within the framework of a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Ensures all environmental, health, and safety requirements are met
  • Issue hot work and confined space permits for maintenance
  • Serve as Incident Commander
  • Evaluate operations and ensure plant is meeting multiple key process indicators by daily communication with shift operational personnel
  • Ensure operations comply with plant procedures
  • Lead daily shift change meetings to review safety messages, communicate work assignments, and review production status
  • Maintain time and attendance program for hourly personnel
  • Manage training completion of direct reports
  • Ensure products quality specification and communicate to cross functional teams across the plant
  • Assist engineers in operational procedure reviews
  • Create and/review lock out/tag out plans for safe plant maintenance
  • Maintain high standard of housekeeping within the department, and monitor through documented housekeeping audits
  • Submit work notifications to address repairs and participate in the prioritization of maintenance work
  • Update and maintain operation shift logs
  • Complete incident reporting when necessary
  • Participate in incident root cause investigations
  • Help with site turnaround activities
  • Assume responsibility for general production issues

Leadership

  • Establish and model a safety culture in which all accidents are preventable
  • Coach and develop team members to reach their full potential
  • Support development assignments and movement of talent across units
  • Motivate and challenge to drive high performance
  • Create an inclusive environment which embraces and derives value from diversity

Required Knowledge and Experience:

  • 2+ years in a manufacturing environment
  • Process knowledge and/or technical experience
  • Values EHS principles demonstrating personal accountability resulting in a Zero-Incident Mindset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to establish effective relationships quickly
  • Experience working in cross functional teams
  • Possess solid communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Display initiative and a have a strong drive for results.
  • Skillful in leading change

Preferred:

  • Experience with isolating equipment for maintenance (LOTO)
  • Familiar with root cause failure analysis
  • Manufacturing troubleshooting
  • Leadership experience
  • Proficiency in a variety of computer applications including e-mail, inventory, production reporting and maintenance system (SAP), payroll systems (Paylocity), word processing and spreadsheets.
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Educational Requirements:

High School Diploma or GED

Must be able to perform all essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

               Kensing is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled Vet and Drug Free Workplace

As the Technical Product Manager (Surfactants Chemist) for Kensing, LLC, you will be an invaluable part of Kensing’s technical and regulatory team. This role is part of the Global Commercial Team and will report to the Global Director of Technical Marketing & Regulatory Affairs.

The Technical Product Manager is a significant contributor to the success and growth of the product line, business, and company. The role will assume responsibility for three vital functions for the surfactants and specialty esters business and their key customers in personal care, cosmetics, and HI&I. The technical product manager contributes directly to both customer satisfaction and sales growth by providing technical support to customers, salespeople, and marketing. He or she will also support manufacturing, assisting in resolution of any quality or processing issues. And finally, he or she will be responsible for driving new product development – from ideation to product launch into the market.

The role is broad, highly visible, fast paced, has both immediate and long-term impact, and represents an opportunity to join a growing entity – which has the excitement of a startup – but where the product line, the customer base, and the market recognition is outstanding.

Key responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Provide technical and marketing support to enable growth of surfactants and specialty esters business
  • Drive development of our new product pipeline, including customer-specific solutions
  • Be the “Owner” of the surfactant product line specifications and management of associated documentation and projects
  • Define specification and release criteria for products in collaboration with QA
  • Establish technical product data and documentation
  • Support customer questionnaires and Kensing customer communications
  • Support customer technical questions – specification, product application, production, release testing, quality, etc.
  • Support/accompany sales with technical calls with customers
  • Understand regulations and compliances for surfactant product lines and support regulatory communications
  • Technical lead for innovation and R&D projects – product development and analytical assessments
  • Surfactant application lab testing – rheology, viscosity, pH, foaming, wetting, cleaning, etc.
  • Provide technical support for raw material qualifications
  • Support resolution of non-conformances (NC) and be the lead contact for customer until NC resolved
  • Provide technical support for operations/production for all continuous improvement related projects
  • Provide technical support to marketing/sales for product lines presentations, sales sheets, and collaterals for trade shows
  • Work with business and marketing to create unique value propositions for our products, including testing of products
  • Propose new ideas and develop solutions to support market needs and provide differentiators
  • Ensure effective project execution and high success rate to meet timelines

Key Requirements

  • Master’s degree in scientific field (e.g., chemistry, physical chemistry) with minimum 7- 10 years of industry experience in sulfates and betaines surfactants for personal care and home care applications
  • A global expert in sulfates and Betaines surfactant systems
  • Proven ability to support product development from chemical process developments to application
  • Proven experience in personal care and home care application laboratory
  • Strong data analysis and statistical analysis capabilities
  • Good understanding of Personal Care and home care regulations in NA
  • Genuine interest and proven contribution to ESG
  • Previous project leadership experience
  • Experience with document management systems
  • Strong Excel and Power Point skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills Excellent organizational skills
  • Proven ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with multiple teams in a fast-paced environment
  • Entrepreneur and self-starter

Southeast Asia Account Manager

Kensing is a new company recently carved out of BASF along with the associated manufacturing site in Kankakee, IL. The company delivers natural high-quality vegetable-oil-based raw material sterols and natural vitamin E, anionic surfactants and esters used in nutrition and personal care products to global blue chip consumer product companies.

We are seeking an Account Manager to join this standalone company poised for innovation and significant growth! Interested in those with either Account Management, Relationship Management or Sales experience.

Summary

An Account Manager acts as the lead point of contact and the primary liaison between the customer, our distribution network and the company. They are responsible for successful growth and management of an existing book of business within their assigned geographic market.

Market: Southeast Asia

Location: TBD or Remote

Responsibilities

  • Promote Kensing products to existing customers with focus on continuous improvement to enhance the customer experience and overall satisfaction.
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of key customer needs and requirements.
  • Build deep customer and distributor relationships with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure the correct products and services are delivered to customers in a timely manner.
  • Resolve any issues and problems faced by customers and deal with complaints to maintain trust.
  • Develop new business in existing or new markets and manage opportunity pipelines through generation and closing of new business opportunities.
  • Drive growth goals and act as a liaison with regional
  • Interface collaboratively with internal stakeholders including supply chain, purchasing, regulatory, legal and finance to manage processes and improve engagement with accounts.
  • Ensure PO processing, shipping and operational logistics are meeting requirements.
  • Create call reports, update strategic account plans, report on key intelligence data collected, and lead documentation.
  • Work closely with Supply Chain/Operations to ensure inventory levels are maintained for sales forecasts and order fulfilment.
  • Establish and oversee internal and external budgets, including P&L responsibility.

Requirements

  • Minimum of 5-8 years’ experience as in Account Management or Sales with proven success building and maintaining long term commercial relationships. Distributor management experience is strongly preferred as this is a distribution-heavy role.
  • Chemical industry experience: natural chemicals used in nutrition and/or personal care products is preferred or complex ingredient companies.
  • Southeast Asia Account Management
  • Strong ability in problem-solving and negotiation.
  • Deep understanding of order-to-cash process preferred.
  • Exceptional ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time efficiently to meet critical
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and
  • Proficiency with MS Excel; ideally with some familiarity of pivot
  • CRM System and SAP experience is a
  • Entrepreneurial – ability to adapt and create new
  • BS in business administration, chemistry, or chemical engineering.

Production Engineer

This position is part of an eight-member engineering team responsible for daily production and operational engineering needs for the site. Each member of this engineering team will focus on capital investments, process optimization and production quality for their assigned areas. This position works with Operators, Maintenance, Supply Chain and Quality to ensure daily production needs are meet.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Maintain daily production demands through troubleshooting with operator and maintenance
  • Lock out, tag out documentation completed for maintenance and shutdown activities
  • Management of Change for temporary operations, and/or process improvements.

Key Qualifications

Education

  • B.S. Chemical Engineering
  • Less preferred B.S. in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering

Experience

  • 3-5 years production engineering experience preferred
  • 1-2 years hands-on field production support a must
  • Small 50k – 250k project experience a plus
  • Mechanical Integrity planning or management a plus
  •  Surfactant experience a plus
  • Vegetable Oil processing experience a plus

Knowledge/Specialized Skills

  • DeltaV experience a plus
  •  OSIPI experience a plus
  • GMP and PSM experience a plus
  • Distillation column experience a plus
  • Six Sigma and LEAN manufacturing experience a plus

Laboratory Technician

At Kensing, our goal is to deliver peace of mind to our customers and help them deliver better products, day after day. That’s why we continue to invest in the industry’s purest ingredients from natural feedstocks. It’s why we embrace sustainability and digitization of our assets. Are driven to innovate. And are committed to leading the world in safety. We combine proven expertise and agility with a contagious passion to make our products, your products and the world around us a better place.

As a Laboratory Technician for Kensing,  you will be an invaluable part of the site quality group and a member of our unionized work force.

The Chemical Plant Lab Technician will provide quality control and assurance testing of raw materials, intermediates, and finished products, in a safe manner, for Kensing within the scope of the ISO 9001  Quality Management System, RCMS Management System in compliance with all certification requirements (ie FSSC). They will also evaluate data using appropriate software to ensure the results meet internal and external specifications. Notify management when testing results do not meet required specifications. Support the continuous improvement of lab and plant processes through QA/QC activities to meet and/or exceed customer expectations.

In addition, the following activities will be performed:

Primary Responsibilities

  • Testing & sampling
  • Calibrate instruments and standardize solutions according to documented procedures and complete required records.
  • Prepare standards and solutions needed to maintain calibration of instruments.
  • Complete routine sample analysis following documented methods and communicating with Operators and Shift Supervisors about the quality of material
  •  Maintain chemical standards documentation and ensure re-certification is completed and documented as needed.
  • Participate in laboratory housekeeping and safety inspections
  • Assist analytical chemists with analysis of samples and method development as needed.
  • Prioritizing and managing sample testing.
  • Troubleshooting and root cause analysis.
  • Reporting atypical sample or equipment behavior to supervisor.
  • Additional duties which a Laboratory Technician may carry out include routine chemical reactions or bench-scale tests of plant processes; sample collection in the plant; environmental monitoring; or plant analytical instrumentation maintenance/calibration.
  • Assist with lab supply management including restocking lab supplies

Data entry

  • Utilizing equipment and data software programs.
  • Create SPC charts
  • Analyze, interpret SPC charts
  • Enter in-process data in LIMS.
  • Processing and releasing shipments.

Processing paperwork

  • Evaluating raw material COAs versus approved specifications to authorize material into plant using SAP.
  • Assist with writing or revising work instructions.
  • Auditing quality documents.
  • Document non-conformances.
  • Generate COAs and review for accuracy.
  • Optimize existing procedures
  • Manage archival of Quality Documents

Additional Duties

  • ISO/RCMS internal auditor.
  •  Implement QA CAPAs
  • Trainer for testing, data entry and processing paperwork.
  • Participate and make recommendations in safety meetings.
  • Maintaining housekeeping.
  • Preparation / labeling of samples for shipment.
  • Ensure compliance with all assigned training.
  • Perform assigned duties as outlined by supervisor, management or designee.

Required

  • Associates degree in Sciences or 2 year Technical degree in Analytical Testing or relevant experience. In lieu of degree, 5+ years’ experience working in a QC production lab environment supporting manufacturing demonstrating skills outlined in principle responsibilities section, preferable in positions of increasing responsibility.
  • 3+ years working in a lab environment.
  • Developed understanding of general chemistry and laboratory safety.
  • Developed understanding of the techniques of quality assurance and quality control.
  • Developed understanding of math and statistics.
  • Developed computer skills using software packages such as Microsoft Office, SAP.
  • Well-developed analytical methodology and an insight into troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • Detail oriented with the ability to record and report pertinent data.
  • Support & participate in the Kensing Process Safety Program (i.e. Zero Incident Mindset, complete training, report all incidents, participate in investigations etc.).
  • Must be able to achieve a passing score on a pre-placement aptitude test.
  •  Must be able to follow both written procedures and verbal instructions.

We are committed to developing products and solutions that help lead us toward a better and more sustainable future, a world where economic growth and environmental protection go hand-in-hand. It’s why we invest in renewable resources. It’s why sustainable sourcing is at the core of what we do.

Kensing is driven to improving the quality of life of every one of our team members, and every one of our customers and their consumers. Our long-term global goals for the environment, safety, employees and society drive us. At Kensing, we bring the same passion for our products into improving the world around us.

Kensing is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

E&I Technician

The E&I Technician is responsible for performing daily tasks as part of a team to ensure safe, productive, reliable, and cost-efficient maintenance of plant equipment and facilities.  In addition, these positions provide field level support for reliability efforts, innovation, and continuous improvement.  The E&I Technician executes condition monitoring of electrical equipment and grounding systems for the overall reliability program of the site.  This position is responsible for infrared and electrical grounding inspection, analysis, documentation, and reporting results. Performs duties in a manner that fosters good teamwork between maintenance and operations and is consistent with our vision of maintenance being a high-performance work team.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Follow all Kensing corporate safety culture and procedures.
  • Work in a safe manner to prevent injury to self or others.
  • Practice safety and housekeeping in the performance of job duties
  • Responds to emergency or unplanned work as needed, including callouts.
  • Requires carrying an off-shift pager for one week on a rotation basis with other E&I Technicians.  Typically, one week every 4-6 weeks.
  • Maintain and repair components on systems, such as PLCs, DCS, pressure/level/temperature transmitters, motors, electrical switchgear, and control valves.
  • Works on plant modifications, expense, and capital.
  • Execute maintenance tasks in a quality manner to avoid rework
  • Troubleshoot, repair, and maintain electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) components of chemical production processes
  • Perform E&I preventative maintenance procedures and repairs.
  • Provide feedback to planners on quality of job plan detail and accuracy
  • Follow SAP workflow process required for technician craft.
    • Document actual time spent on work.
    • Close notifications and TECO work orders, as required
    • Document work repair history – detailed description of what was done: “as found, as left”
  • Utilize blueprints, schematics, manufacturer specifications and manuals to troubleshoot and repair equipment
  • Recommend changes to existing systems or equipment to improve reliability or accuracy or further optimize process.
  • Recommend tools, equipment, or methods to improve the safety or timeliness of system repairs.
  • Communicate any alterations to existing equipment to ensure all site records are current and proper documentation is completed.
  • Support and continually apply all Quality Improvement, Safety, Ecology, and Legal Compliance, policies, and procedures.

Key Qualifications

Education

  • High School diploma or equivalent experience. Kensing recognizes schools accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Experience

  • 3 years maintenance experience in an industrial setting.

Knowledge/Specialized Skills

  • Familiarity with general I/E maintenance practices, such as instrument selection and proper/safe use.
  • Knowledge and experience using PCs, software, e-mail, etc.
  • ISA Certified Control Systems Technician Level 1 Certification or higher is preferred, if not must attain certification within 2 years of starting in the position.
  • Capability to perform basic mathematics, including fractions, decimal, and minor algebra.
  • Detailed knowledge of common automation and control instrumentation, electrical code requirements, and process safety.
  • Knowledge of wiring diagrams, loop sheets, P&IDs, and instrument diagrams.
  • Prior SAP experience is preferred.
  • DCS / PLC experience is preferred.
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting experience.
  • Prior experience with Predictive Maintenance (PdM), Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Condition Monitoring programs with exposure to Process Safety Management (PSM) is preferred.
  • Demonstrate competency of Microsoft Office products.

Essential Functions

  • Communicate with supervision and Production
  • High sense of urgency
  • Deal effectively with the unknown and unexpected and possess the ability to handle non-routine and emergency activities, such as plant shutdowns, start-up, commissioning, etc.
  • Be able to lift 60 lbs., walk, sit, squat, bend, push/pull with arms/legs, body, reach overhead, stoop.
  • Available for flexible hours and overtime as required to support Maintenance activities including shutdown both planned and un-planned.
  • The process problems include dealing with the technical difficulties of corrosive and hazardous chemicals and operating temperatures up to 2400°F.

Capital Project Manager

The Project Manager is an experienced project leader and is accountable for overall project implementation activities. The project manager is passionate, high energy, and results oriented with a creative and analytical mind and is experienced with advanced PM tools and processes and has the ability to manage critical situations.

As a Project Manager, you are relied upon to execute and coordinate projects with efficiency and cost effectiveness. Project designs must consider personnel safety, process safety, ergonomics, environmental compliance, operational functionality and adherence to Codes a top priority.

Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain relationships with project Stakeholders (Manufacturing, Maintenance EHS, Quality and Supply Chain representatives).
  • Meet with the Stakeholders to assess, define and clarify the requirements of each project.
  • Follow the Kensing project process flow chart. Set up meetings and gate approvals to drive the projects through the steps.
  • Coordinate with outside off-site Engineering Firms and equipment vendors for detailed design and engineering as needed.
  • Coordinate and manage bidding of equipment and construction services.
  • Ensure that Site’s standards and preferences are met while managing project expectations.
  • Identify and mitigate project risks.
  • Lead interactive planning sessions to establish the alignment of scope, schedule, budget and quality.
  • Create a detailed work plan / schedule which identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the project. Microsoft Project is available.
  • Regularly update project forecast, manage the project design team to achieve project objectives, and provide direction to the project team.
  • Schedule, manage and document regular team meetings and be the primary point of contact for the project design team and Stakeholders.
  • Responsible for ensuring positive team environment and facilitating conflict resolution.
  • Ensure that all project information is appropriately distributed, documented and saved. Project files, Equipment Database, Drawings Database, FL build, hand over to Maintenance, etc.
  • Coordinate internal resources as well as external resources.
  • Learn and use SAP to
    • Enter Purchase Requisitions and/or POs.
    • Create and close projects.
    • Track spending
  • Ensure the quality assurance procedures are followed and completed throughout the execution of the project.
  • Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, check project progress toward project plan and objectives, and take corrective actions to address project deviations, i.e. avoid scope growth.
  • Communicate with Management as soon as any overrun projections are recognized.
  • Ensure that all relevant Site Procedures are followed on projects. Procedures are found in a database called Documentum.
  • Act as construction manager on smaller projects. May utilize a contracted construction manager on larger projects.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – Minimum
  • 10+ years of industry experience
  • Professional Engineering License is optional
  • Knowledge and awareness of Project Management principles
  • High Initiative, self-starter, strong drive and resilience
  • Action and result oriented.
  • Strong leadership skills; ability to motivate, encourage, demonstrate enthusiasm and influence others
  • Strong management, presentation, decision-making, problem solving and people skills.
  • Proficient with required software and management tools. Microsoft Office (Excel, Power Point, Word), Notes databases, Microsoft Project (or equivalent)
  • Willingness to take on project ownership and accountability.
  • Ability to manage multiple, set priorities and manage multiple tasks.

JOB SUMMARY:

As the Technical Support Chemist (sterols and natural vitamin E product lines or SNVE) for Kensing, LLC, you will be an invaluable part of Kensing’s technical and regulatory team. This role is part of the Global Commercial Team and will report to the Global Director of Technical Marketing & Regulatory Affairs.

The Technical Support Chemist is a significant contributor to the success and growth of the product line, business, and company. This position provides technical assistance to production and commercial relevant to the SNVE products. The chemist will work closely with applications chemists, marketing, product management, regulatory and production personnel to assist with chemical related process or product questions. Responsibilities will include managing projects relating to lab-scale synthesis, scale-up of new products, and increasing operating efficiency.  Characterization methods for vitamin E, sterols, and other oil-based chemistry will be developed or optimized to improve quality control procedures.

Key responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Support qualification and testing of raw materials
  • Support R&D pipeline
  • Provide technical chemistry support to production (continuous improvement and quality)
  • Support characterization of product physical-chemical properties
  • Establish technical data for customer facing product documentation
  • Support resolution of non-conformances (NC) and support testing
  • Support benchmarking activities for business and marketing to create unique value propositions for our products, including testing of products
  • Ensure effective project execution and high success rate to meet timelines
  • Meet all chemical safety requirements

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, with at least five years industrial laboratory experience. Advanced degree (M.S) in chemistry or chemical engineering is preferred (including inorganic, organic, polymer or analytical chemistry), with at least two years of industrial experience.
  • Previous experience in chemical manufacturing or production support is desirable.
  • Previous experience in oil-based chemistry (tocopherols, vegetable oils) preferred.
  • Demonstrated history of effective teamwork required.
  • Planning and organizing skills required
  • Candidate will work in multi-disciplinary environment and must have effective communication skills (written and verbal) in dealing with colleagues, as well as internal and external customers.
  • Proven ability to support product development from chemical process developments to application
  • Strong data analysis and statistical analysis capabilities
  • Wet lab experience (GC, HPLC, TLC, organic purification and extraction techniques preferred)
  • Genuine interest and proven contribution to ESG
  • Previous project leadership experience
  • MS Office experience with strong Excel and Power Point skills
  • Experience with SAP preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with multiple teams in a fast-paced environment
  • Entrepreneur and self-starter
Kensing is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.