Senior Project Engineer
The Heritage Group - Indianapolis, IN

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For over 80 years, The Heritage Group (“THG”) has managed a diverse set of prominent companies involved in the highway construction, environmental services, and oil refining and specialty chemicals industries. This vast experience combined with a team management style, allows for the diversity of a large conglomerate and the personal service of a smaller, customer-focused organization. With —$5 billion in annual revenues and —5,000 employees, THG is a growth-oriented company with operations in North America, Europe and Asia and a customer network that spans the globe. As a family-owned business, a long-term financial approach and conservative investment philosophy has placed the Company on a solid foundation to pursue growth opportunities as they appear. The organization has a creative culture, always searching for opportunities and researching industry-changing solutions. THG is a builder of businesses. The company has grown impressively over the past 30 years both organically and by acquisition, often turning around distressed businesses.

THG operates as a portfolio of independent companies that are organized into four operating industry groups: Construction and Materials, Environmental, Oil Refining, and Commercial Fuels. Heritage Construction & Materials (“HCM”), a client-focused, innovative provider of high-quality construction materials and services, is one of the major businesses of THG. HCM companies provide expertise in asphalt products, aggregate supply, and road construction services.

The Environmental industry group is comprised of four businesses. Heritage Environmental Services, the largest privately held environmental service business in the United States, is a leading provider of waste treatment and disposal for industrial and laboratory customers across the continental United States and into Canada. Heritage Crystal Clean [NASDAQ: HCCI] is a provider of parts cleaning and waste services to small and mid-sized customers in the manufacturing and automotive service sectors. Heritage Interactive Services provides sustainable solutions for by-product management with a focus on reducing landfill use and increasing recycling while minimizing risk and managing cost. Micronutrients was founded on the concept that high-performance, bio-active compounds for nutrition can be economically manufactured by carefully tailoring their chemical structure to achieve controlled release in the digestive tract of an animal.

Calumet Specialty Products Partners (“Calumet”) is the largest component of the Oil Refining and specialty chemicals industry group. Calumet [NASDAQ: CLMT] is an over $3 billion independent producer of high-quality, specialty hydrocarbon products in North America. Calumet’s business is organized into two segments: specialty products (customized lubricating oils, solvents and waxes) and fuel products (gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel). Legacy Resources is an oil and gas production company with the primary objective of acquiring or drilling high-quality, low-risk prospects based on careful economic study and analysis. Legacy operates oil and gas fields in the Southern United States and in the Gulf of Mexico. Monument Chemical is the newest addition to THG, formed in 2008 with the acquisition of the Johan Halterman specialty chemicals plant from Dow Chemical in Texas and the subsequent acquisition of a similar facility in Europe in 2010. The company focuses on both product manufacturing and toll processing for the specialty chemicals industry.

The Commercial Fuels division is comprised of Crystal Flash Energy, a Michigan-based distributor of energy-related products and services. The company was founded in 1936 on one small site in Grand Rapids, and today the company’s fleet of over 100 delivery trucks serves all of western and northern Michigan with gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, propane, home heating oil and lubricants.
THG is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of members of the Fehsenfeld family, and Fred Fehsenfeld (third generation) has been the Company’s CEO since the early 1980s when THG was a $100 million business. THG’s growth into a $5 billion company has been enabled by a positive culture comprised of the following characteristics: entrepreneurial and decentralized, lean and nimble, informal and non-hierarchical, loyal and supportive. THG is well positioned financially to continue to grow effectively.


THG is currently seeking a Senior Project Engineer to work in The Heritage Research Group

Heritage Research Group evaluates customer byproducts for possible re-use or recycle opportunities. The Senior Project Engineer will work with Heritage Group staff to:

  • Evaluate practical conversion routes and products;
  • Design, procure, install & operate pilot plant equipment;
  • Develop reuse equipment RFQs and costs, facility capital cost and raw material, utility and operating costs and product sales pricing to prepare economic analysis of opportunity;
  • Design, procure and manage new facility construction projects;
  • Be responsible for new reuse facility employee operator training and startups, including process evaluations and process improvements;
  • Be used as an engineering expert to support other Heritage Group company projects;
  • Provide technical input on safety issues, developing, tracking and maintaining data used to improve facility operations, and financial performance, in addition to other duties as assigned;
  • The senior project engineer will report to Heritage Research Lab Director.

Desired Traits

  • Team player
  • Practical vs. theoretical problem solving ability
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible / adaptable to changing conditions
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment and communicate with people of all levels within the organization
  • Ability to work in a less structured, less hierarchical organization (no job is beneath me, not all things are written down – I will have to figure out things on my own by asking questions of key resource personnel)

Required Skills or Experience

  • Chemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering degree
  • At least 15 to 20 years process and project engineering experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills (Office, MS Project and AutoCAD)
  • Project management – from capital request, to collecting bids, to awarding work, to managing contractors, to start up and training
  • Quick learning ability to evaluate new processes
  • Ability to oversee external design firms and oversee construction management firms to meet budget and schedule.
  • Process design experience including mass and energy balances, PFDs and P&ID development.
  • Ability to work effectively with equipment vendors on RFQs, POs, deliveries, installation and startups.
  • Cost estimating ability for “never-been done-before” processes
  • Ability to look at a process (either in engineering drawings or at the actual physical equipment) and develop an understanding
  • Ability to study a process and develop key metrics to measure, then develop improvement plans, track progress

Skills or Experience Considered a Plus

  • Wastewater treatment experience a plus
  • Experience with air and water permitting requirement and familiar with RCRA regulations
  • Safety experience specifically with Process Hazard Reviews and Maintenance of Change Procedures

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