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Gasification Program Manager at Institute of Gas Technology in Des Plaines, Illinois

Posted in Engineering 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a leading research and development organization serving global energy markets, is seeking a senior-level technology development Program Manager with international industrial project development and commissioning expertise to lead a commercial-scale demonstration project for GTI’s advanced R-GAS™ gasification process in partnership with a leading Chinese coal/chemical company. The objective of the gasification demonstration program is to successfully demonstrate the commercial-scale performance and reliability of the R-GAS™ dry-feed, entrained flow, gasification technology which has been successfully piloted by GTI in Chicago, IL in a facility built and constructed with GTI’s Chinese partners in mainland China.


About the Position

This position will be based out of either Woodland Hills, CA, or Chicago, IL, depending on the candidate’s preference. GTI does offer a formalized relocation program for those who are eligible. The Program Manager will report to the Senior Director R&D Programs and will be responsible for the overall operational success of the gasification demonstration project, including ensuring all cost, schedule and technical performance metrics are met or exceeded; maintaining a high-performance project team; execution of key partner agreements; ensuring a seamless working relationship with suppliers and international program partners/suppliers in China; and delivering on all program commitments.  The Gasification Program Manager will be the primary GTI interface with the project stakeholders and provide overall team leadership and execution responsibility for the demonstration hardware design and development as well as the demonstration plant construction, commissioning and performance testing.  In addition, the Gasification Program manager will help to develop and secure and will oversee the execution of complementary R&D and Engineering projects to advance GTI gasification technologies including the R-GAS™ and U-GAS™ platforms.



A minimum of 15 years relevant work experience including direct leadership or significant involvement in developing, constructing and commissioning advanced chemical or industrial equipment projects is required.  A Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering is required and an advanced degree is preferred. The qualified candidate shall have a demonstrated capability to work under pressure and work independently on complex engineering development, equipment installation, and commissioning and test projects. An exceptional ability to communicate clearly and professionally both orally and in writing, and to work effectively as a multi-disciplinary team/project leader are essential requirements.



Frequent travel to China for 2 – 3 weeks at a time is a component of the position.


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in managing complex, technology development programs – preferably involving chemical and thermal processes

  • Demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary teams involving multiple, multinational companies

  • Demonstrated, strong project management skills managing complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth

  • Experience with planning and developing detailed, step-by-step program plans and schedules with well-defined tasks, implementing effective mechanisms for controlling and meeting program schedule and financial commitments, preparing budgets, analyzing variances, and initiating timely corrective actions

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to relate well to others, to dictate responsibilities, to offer constructive feedback, and to support and encourage others, including the ability to motivate team members and earn the respect of team members, peers and customers

  • Demonstrated communication skills with all functional disciplines including engineering, manufacturing and quality in addition to demonstrated ability to work effectively with executive leadership

  • Language skills in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese is strongly preferred

  • Demonstrated success in developing and successfully commercializing innovative industrial technology

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and be able to think quickly and adeptly about how to effectively address issues when they arise, implement effective risk mitigation plans to avoid impacting overall program objectives and to implement lessons learned to avoid recurrence

  • Experience in developing and promoting a high-performance, collaborative, and constructive team working environment

  • Strength in managing, developing, coaching, and retaining individuals and teams, empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility, span-of-control and performance.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for operational excellence

  • Other duties as assigned

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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