VP of Project Engineering

Preference for Los Angeles, CA; Hybrid possible
Engineering /
Full Time /
About Us
Ambercycle is a materials company founded in 2015 to create a circular supply chain for the apparel industry, making decarbonized raw materials across industry verticals. We're doing this by developing and deploying new technologies to increase the scope and scale of regenerated materials in the global apparel supply chain, and reduce the use of raw agricultural and petroleum resources. Our products avoid the use of new raw materials and go into the highest quality applications, exceeding the expectations of end customers with a fraction of the environmental footprint. Our success is the result of the talent, curiosity, and drive of our people. They bring solutions every day to realize our vision to improve humanity’s relationship with the material world.
Visit www.ambercycle.com to learn more.

The Job
As VP Project Engineering you will steward the design and build process through operation for FOAK Ambercycle commercial plants, and optimize our process for the production of decarbonized materials. You will also have the opportunity to build and lead talented teams that form the core of Ambercycle's project management and project execution functions. The ideal candidate will be driven, confident, and will do what it takes to ensure successful commercialization and scale-up of our process technology. This individual will work to ensure effective decision-making and execution of our strategic priorities across the organization. You will report to the CTO, and will interface with Ambercycle management team as well as key internal and external stakeholders across the functions of the business.

Who You Might Be
You are a true builder and execution-focused leader. You are thrilled by the prospect of constructing things and watching them work, and take great satisfaction in taking concepts into real-world solutions at massive scale, in fact you're wired to do so. You are extremely detail-oriented and thrive in turning ideas into realized, full-scale commercial projects.

You have the perfect mix of strategic, operational, analytical, and people skills. You are a clear, confident communicator who loves taking a complicated problem, deconstructing it, and finding + implementing solutions.


    • Independently manage and lead a team in management of a project portfolio with project values of $100MM+
    • Develop full scope project plans for process design and technology scale-up to commercial scale.
    • Define, communicate, and manage project scopes, expectations and deliverables that support Ambercycle business goals in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Assemble, oversee, take responsibility for, and manage project-related disciplines and associated resources, including: process, electrical/instrumentation, mechanical, safety, civil, procurement, construction, commissioning, and startup.
    • Full cycle project management through completion. Oversee a number of scale-up related functions such as concept design, site selection, EPC & vendor partnerships, technology/equipment selection, detailed engineering, procurement & construction, and commissioning.
    • Project management, commissioning, startup, and operations with a focus on risk, regulatory, and environmental operability permits and compliance across Ambercycle facilities as well as with contract CMO facilities at different global locations.
    • Responsible for leading the process safety and hazard analysis in the facility, process safety focal point, PHA/HAZOP, reactive chemicals audits and layers of protection analysis (LOPA).
    • Partner with the executive team, finance, business, and commercial groups to execute a cohesive long-term strategy to enable business success.
    • Travel to domestic and international company locations and facilities for meetings, training, or information gathering will be required. Must be available to travel up to 40%.

Minimum Qualifications

    • B.S. in engineering required, mechanical, electrical or chemical focus preferred.
    • Proven leader with a track record of EPC / EPCm project execution in both brownfield and greenfield capital projects.
    • 10+ years of project engineering/project management experience from concept to start-up.
    • Successful execution of new product and process commercialization at large company and small start-up environments with international teams involving Operations, Process Technology, Supply Chain, Procurement, Finance, and Legal.
    • Experience overseeing large-scale industrial projects involving the manufacturing and processing of chemicals or polymers.

Preferred Qualifications

    • Techno-economic analysis, trade-off studies and financial evaluation.
    • Project documentation, planning, risk tracking, and management - across pre-FEED, FEED, detailed engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, and startup phases.
    • Must have a strong background in chemicals/polymers projects, contracts development and administration, project controls, and quality management.
    • Experience with process engineering, solids handling, and technology scale-up as well as a commanding knowledge of thermodynamics is a plus.
    • Must have an incredible enthusiasm for building first-in-kind projects, a strong desire to change the world, and passion for solving difficult engineering and project problems.
    • Highly capable to reach a thorough understanding of a situation, finding gaps and opportunities, in order to develop and execute the right strategy to get the required results, while communicating with all levels of the organization.
    • Preference is given to individuals with extensive experience in downstream petrochemical, specialty chemical, polymer, and mineral processing industries.
    • Must be comfortable in a fast-paced, open environment.


    • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Pet Insurance
    • Unlimited PTO
    • 401(k)
    • Healthy snacks & beverages
    • Lunch Provided in office on Fridays
$180,000 - $280,000 a year
Ambercycle is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Ambercycle is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.