Process Design Lead

Location: Kitchener and Burlington, Ontario

Experience: 3+ years of relevant experience

Education: Bachelor of Applied Science or equivalent

H2nanO is creating the next generation of water treatment technology. We provide solutions for hard-to-treat water contaminants to enable sustainable industry and clean drinking water. Built from the nano-scale, our systems aim to improve the cost and efficacy of enhanced treatments from oil sands to pharmaceutical industry wastewater.

Each day, H2nanO’s team works to improve the safety and purity of our world’s most valuable resource. Join us in building a sustainable future and translating nanotechnology into real-world solutions.


About The Job

H2nanO is scaling-up from the lab and onto the factory floor! Partnered with Ontario’s leading industrial water experts, we are creating our first pilot plants. We need capable and ambitious engineering talent to oversee pilot build and demonstration who can grow to become a leading force behind our first commercial successes.

You will be responsible for managing our relationship with our scale-up partners and first customers; managing project timelines, budgets and proposals; designing and implementing improvements to the pilot systems; and operating on-site treatment studies for product validation. You will split time between our new office at a partner’s facility in Burlington and at our home base in Kitchener/Waterloo to engage directly with the pilot execution. You will also help us grow and manage our solutions engineering team, who will drive our pilot implementation and development of treatment and production systems.

You will be a key liaison for our first commercial clients and will assist in managing our pilot and commercial contracts’ execution. This opportunity will place you on track to a management position in which you will contribute your vision to help develop the company as we grow into new applications.

This is a chance to make your mark on the future of water treatment! 

Technical Roles:

  • Develop and review process designs, system specifications (P&ID, electrical schematics, 3D assemblies, etc.), engineering equipment sizing; procurement of mechanical equipment including pumps, valves, piping, tanks, mixing equipment, solid/liquid separation devices, etc.

  • Create and modify drawings, 3D CAD models (e.g. - Solidworks, AutoCAD) and simulations (e.g. - COMSOL, ANSYS) for design of proprietary process equipment.

  • Specify, assemble, fabricate, and commission prototype and pilot process equipment, including directing other engineers and technicians.

  • Operate pilot plant equipment, conduct optimization and data generating tests, and create standard operating procedures. Conduct treatability studies for troubleshooting recalcitrant wastewater.

  • Complete data analysis, generate comparative treatment case study reports for clients.

  • Conduct on-site visits for treatment assessment and system audits.

Management Roles:

  • Create treatment economics models, project quotations, and technical activity schedules.

  • Lead product development plans and interface with existing customer systems and processes.

  • Draft proposal submissions to qualified leads, and manage project correspondence and reporting.

  • Direct and plan project activities, including capital and labour budgets, task scheduling, and coordination with project partners.

  • Manage process and product engineering sub-team members, including partner staff.

  • Assist management with human resource planning, staff training, and R&D expense forecasting.


About You

You want to work for a small company (nano-sized!), ready to make outsized changes in the water treatment field. You are enthusiastic about cleantech and want to contribute to creating sustainable water solutions for Canada and the world. You are excited by the prospect of introducing a new technology to industry and creating innovative solutions to both new and old problems. You have a bright and creative technical mind, but are grounded by solid organizational, communication, and management skills. You enjoy applying your technical skills to solve problems quickly and resourcefully. You want to get your hands dirty building the technology today and grow the team that will make our vision a reality. You are eager to place yourself in a position where you will have substantial influence on the vision and direction of product development and are an undaunted force for execution.

Required Experience:

Bachelor of Applied Science or higher - Chemical / Mechanical / Environmental Engineering

  • 3+ years of chemical and process engineering experience.

  • Proven ability to lead and manage relationships, project scope, and execution.

  • Technical expertise in chemical and electromechanical systems design, selection and validation, ideally with scale-up of novel technologies.

  • Ability and confidence in completing hands-on work in fabrication or industrial system operation.

  • Experiential knowledge of industrial engineering design, project structure, and best practices.

  • Aptitude in management of staff; planning and adding talent and liaising with partners.

Helpful Additions:

  • Experience in water treatment, environmental, and/or cleantech sectors.

  • Knowledge and experience applying for and executing scale-up grants, especially cleantech.

  • Exposure to managing relationships in joint industry projects and multi-stakeholder negotiations.

  • Entrepreneurial disposition; experience in scale-up business and assessing project/product economics.

  • Great taste in water!


How To Apply

Please send application PDF packages including cover letter, resume, and 1-2 page portfolio (if applicable) to H2nanO will consider all qualified applicants and will contact selected prospects to schedule interviews on a continuous basis.

H2nanO supports a culture of diversity and accessibility and seeks the best team members, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender identity, gender expression, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, record of offences, marital status, family status or disability.

We aim to make the application and interview process accommodating for all qualified applicants. If you require assistance for any portion, please contact 1 (226) 868-8646.