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Ashland LLC has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as a Process Engineer.


**This position is located in Hopewell, VA.


The Ashland Hopewell site is a specialty chemicals plant with a heavy emphasis on chemistry.  We produce a variety of cellulose-based chemicals in 5 distinct operating plants.  Our varied products are used by a broad range of other industries including Paint & Coatings, Food, Pharmaceutical, Energy, and Construction.  This broad base provides many opportunities for growth.  On the Hopewell plant, there are many of the classic unit operations.  This includes Reactions, Distillation, Separations, Drying, and Grinding. The Pilot Plant for Ashland cellulose-based products is also located at the Hopewell site.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. 

  • Determines root cause of chronic operating problems. Recommends and assists in implementing solutions.
  • Analyzes production data and quality data to determine optimum operating conditions.
  • Provides technical support for capital projects including investigating new equipment.
  • Process design to support Plant Expansions
  • Investigates alternate raw materials for cost and quality improvements.
  • Investigates opportunities to improve plant through-put and capacity.
  • Actively participates in area Safety team.

**This job is based on a ladder structure and the job level (salary) will be determined by the quantity and quality of your experience.



  • Previous experience with Control Systems
  • Previous experience in Production Operations
  • Hazard Analysis - HAZOP, PHA, Good Manufacturing Practices, ISO Systems
  • Team Player with excellent written and oral communications
  • Proven data analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven planning and organization skills.
  • Execute projects as part of a team, as a team leader or independently.
  • Proven self-starter with urgency for delivering results.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Process Engineer II, III; 3+ years of chemical manufacturing experience
  • Process Engineer I; 0-3 years of chemical manufacturing experience
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, please select the Apply button. If no Apply button is provided, please visit Ashland's Career Center. Once there, enter job number 2017-6958 in the Keyword Search field to find this posting and apply on-line.


NOTE:  We do not accept resumes from external staffing agencies or independent recruiters for any of our openings unless we have a signed recruiting agreement in place to fill a specific position.


Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a premier global specialty chemicals company serving customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. At Ashland, we are 6,000 passionate, tenacious solvers - from renowned scientists and research chemists to talented engineers and plant operators - who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems for customers in more than 100 countries. Ashland also maintains a controlling interest in Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a premium consumer-branded lubricant supplier. Visit to learn more.


Ashland. always solving


We are passionate, tenacious, solvers who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


Our people—molecular scientists, chemists, process engineers, logisticians, research scientists, economists, analysts, compliance auditors, salespeople, safety experts and more—are distinguished by their ability to create and apply specialized chemistry in ways that enable customers to amplify the efficacy, refine the usability, add to the allure, ensure the integrity, and improve the profitability of their products and applications.


The Ashland Way


Our vision, mission, way and values are the foundation for what makes Ashland, Ashland. What we aspire to accomplish, how we work every day toward that vision, and the way that we do things are what give substance to the promises we make to each other, customers and investors.


Our vision is to make a better world by providing creative solutions through the application of specialty ingredients and materials.


Our mission is to develop practical, innovative, and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


Our way is to respect, protect, and advance the people we work with, companies we serve, shareholders who invest in our future, communities we’re a part of, and planet we share.


Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. 

Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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