Biofuels, Biodiesel Technology and Product. Manager

Also called: Analytical Research Program Manager, Biodiesel Division Manager, Biodiesel Engineering Manager, Biodiesel Product Development Manager, Biodiesel Product Manager

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Biofuels/Biodiesel technology and product Development Managers define, plan, or execute biofuels/biodiesel research programs that evaluate alternative feedstock and process technologies with near-term commercial potential.

 

 

  • Design or conduct applied biodiesel or biofuels research projects on topics, such as transport, thermodynamics, mixing, filtration, distillation, fermentation, extraction, and separation.
  • Analyze data from biofuels studies, such as fluid dynamics, water treatments, or solvent extraction and recovery processes.
  • Prepare, or oversee the preparation of, experimental plans for biofuels research or development.
  • Provide technical or scientific guidance to technical staff in the conduct of biofuels research or development.
  • Propose new biofuels products, processes, technologies or applications based on findings from applied biofuels or biomass research projects.
  • Conduct experiments on biomass or pretreatment technologies.
  • Prepare biofuels research and development reports for senior management or technical professionals.
  • Develop lab scale models of industrial scale processes, such as fermentation.
  • Oversee biodiesel/biofuels prototyping or development projects.
  • Conduct experiments to test new or alternate feedstock fermentation processes.
  • Develop methods to estimate the efficiency of biomass pretreatments.
  • Develop carbohydrates arrays and associated methods for screening enzymes involved in biomass conversion.
  • Perform protein functional analysis and engineering for processing of feedstock and creation of biofuels.
  • Conduct research to breed or develop energy crops with improved biomass yield, environmental adaptability, pest resistance, production efficiency, bioprocessing characteristics, or reduced environmental impacts.
  • Develop computational tools or approaches to improve biofuels research and development activities.
  • Develop separation processes to recover biofuels.
  • Design chemical conversion processes, such as etherification, esterification, interesterification, transesterification, distillation, hydrogenation, oxidation or reduction of fats and oils, and vegetable oil refining.
  • Design or execute solvent or product recovery experiments in laboratory or field settings.
  • Develop methods to recover ethanol or other fuels from complex bioreactor liquid and gas streams.
Work Context
  • Electronic Mail — 97% responded "Every day".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 89% responded "Every day".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 55% responded "Extremely important".
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 50% responded "A lot of freedom".
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 49% responded "Some freedom".
  • Telephone — 68% responded "Every day".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 81% responded "Every day".
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Work Activities
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Model operational processes.
  • Develop technical processes to improve the efficiency of biofuel production.
  • Develop technical processes to improve the efficiency of biofuel production.
  • Supervise workers performing environmentally sustainable activities.
  • Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures for green or sustainable operations.
  • Communicate green energy production information.
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Knowledge

English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Chemistry
  • Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Engineering and Technology
  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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Skills

Reading Comprehension
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Speaking
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving
  • Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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Abilities

Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning
  • The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Problem Sensitivity
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • SAP Hot Technology
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