At POET Research, Inc. our vision is to discover and deliver a robust portfolio of high value process and product innovations that utilize renewable resources as effectively as possible.
The POET Research Center (PRC) is a unique plant within POET and requires unique leadership. PRC is the original POET plant and over the last 32 years has transformed from the original biorefinery to a research center. Although small in size compared to today’s biorefineries, PRC is large in its contributions to POET. The plant continues to operate as a biorefinery but now mainly operates to be a key step in POET’s innovation delivery process. The PRC General Manager manages the overall facility and in addition has responsibility for the process development team within POET Research. The process development team consists of engineers whose mission is to rapidly and effectively scale up technology for commercial deployment.
The PRC General Manager must minimize the cost of operations of the facility while maximizing its technology development efforts. Teamwork is essential, not only within the PRC team but also with other POET companies. Technology development and commercialization efforts involve all POET companies and projects at PRC are frequently the focal point of collaboration efforts.
The PRC General Manager also frequently represents POET with external collaborators. Developing collaborative relationships while focusing on commercialization and project confidentiality is essential.
A TYPICAL DAY (if there is one…)
Insure PRC is operating safely, efficiently, and creating value for POET.
Communicate to the entire PRC team on plant activities and plant priorities.
Play an active role in brainstorming new technology and commercial opportunities.
Lead the scale up and commercialization of new technology across POET’s entire platform of starch, cellulosic, and bioproducts.
Be a member and participant of the POET Research leadership team.
Interface with POET commercial teams including POET Grain, POET Ethanol Products, and POET Nutrition.
Effectively manage the team by recruiting, selecting, orienting and training team members. Leadership responsibilities also include delegating, coaching, managing performance and career development to effectively execute departmental strategies and support company objectives.
At POET, we’re all on the same team. We all help out with responsibilities that may not be specifically listed here.
Have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering, preferably chemical engineering.
Have experience leading a technical and/or plant operations team.
Have a passion for innovation.
Are enthusiastic about research and creating new value.
Are a team player and can also lead a cross functional teams to develop new technology.
You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.
Have experience developing new products and technology.
Have a background of microbiology, fermentation, or bioprocessing that complements engineering skills.
Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s our code.
The work environment for the PRC General Manager ranges from being “hands on” in the process to presenting information at technical conferences or within POET.
Occasional travel is required, more frequent travel to Sioux Falls is typical.
Imagination, Discipline and a Lasting Impression. At POET, we are changing the world for the better while leaving a legacy that promotes health and sustainability through renewable biofuels.We believe in creativity from common sense. We believe the solution to our nation's growing energy crises is not some far-flung work of science fiction. It's the domestic energy we're producing today. The people of POET are currently replacing millions of barrels of imported oil every year with clean, renewable energy. All while pumping billions of dollars back into the American economy.In our three decades on the job, POET has developed an unmatched record in technology, reliability and efficiency. That's a legacy we intend to pass on. And every day we keep building on it. Today, we have a network of 28 plants in seven states and produce more than 1.7 billion gallons of biofuels annually.More important than volume is the efficiency with which we produce our products. POET provides turnkey development, design, engineering, construction, management and marketing services for our plant network. Our facilities are the most successful and profitable in the industry.Our technologies were developed an...d refined through years of hard work and collaboration with leaders in clean technology, biochemistry and animal nutrition. As a result, we reap more value from a bushel of corn than anyone.In addition to biofuels, we've perfected the leading brand of premium dried distillers grains with solubles on the market, Dakota Gold®.