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Research Engineer - Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, KS, US, 66210

Cement Division Corporate



Job ID:  462021


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, provides Portland and masonry cements to help build the foundation and infrastructure for the world around us.  We ship millions of tons of cement from our plants and network of terminals located across North America. When you work for Ash Grove, you are connecting to something bigger. We stand together to reinvent the way our world is built. Join our team and help Ash Grove build America.




Ash Grove Cement is looking for a research engineer at the Technical Center in Overland Park, KS. The Ash Grove Technical Center supports our business in product development, sustainability, and innovation projects. The Research Engineer follows a corporate strategic CO2 and clinker factor reduction roadmap. Implementation of relevant technologies and product portfolios at our manufacturing facilities and markets are the key functions. The position is of critical relevance to Ash Grove’s vision for innovation. Exposure and proper handling of confidential information which may have a competitive or intellectual property value to the company or its customers are expected.  The person will report to the Technical Center Lab Manager.

What you’ll be contributing:


  • Promote and follow all plant safety guidelines.
  • Develop and advance research projects in line with the Ash Grove/CRH innovation strategies 
  • Communicate with internal and external workgroups
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge relevant to the cement and concrete field, through academic outreach, professional organizations involvement, and participation in internal and external training
  • Provide data-driven solutions for process and product improvement, and advance applicable innovation concepts into product portfolio in a cost-efficient and timely manner
  • Interact with production facilities, and serve as a technical expert to troubleshoot issues and optimize operations
  • Organize project records and present the findings to key stakeholders. Keep track of decisions, and action plans made during those meetings 
  • Take direction to complete Ash Grove clinker factor reduction, IP/IT product development projects through lab product development and industrial trials, with accurate results and sound technical interpretations 
  • Travel for training/support to various Ash Grove Cement locations, and communicate with internal/external customers, university researchers, and innovators (15-20% travel)
  • Other duties as assigned


To succeed in this position, you will need:


  • The candidate should hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in technical, engineering or scientific background.
  • At least 3 years of experience in research and project delivery required

  • Working knowledge of cement manufacturing and concrete production, admixture technologies required

  • Demonstrated experience in new products or process development, preferably in the technical field of cement/concrete materials 

  • Proven experience in people coordination and network creation

  • Ability to multitask. Handles non-routine, challenging work at a short notice, and delivers satisfying results dependably

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Capable of simultaneously managing multiple technical projects with direct technical contribution.
  • Understanding of reporting requirements, tools and processes
  • A self-starter who can effectively work within a fast moving and innovation driven team culture, committed to grow within and outside the manufacturing & technical services team


What’s next for you?


We provide stability and advancement opportunities across North America. Use our tuition reimbursement program to help you meet your career goals.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. The employee will be required to follow all job instructions of his/her supervisor and to perform other work assignments related to plant operations that are not inconsistent with the current labor contract, past practices, or safety policies.


What CRH Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion



About CRH


CRH has a long and proud heritage. We are a collection of hundreds of family businesses, regional companies and large enterprises that together form the CRH family. CRH operates in a decentralized, diversified structure that allows you to work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of large international organization.


If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our official employment application. Please complete your online profile and it will be sent to the hiring manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest!


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


EOE/Vet/Disability--If you want to know more, please click on this link




Date Posted:  Nov 25, 2022

Nearest Major Market: Overland Park
Nearest Secondary Market: Kansas City

Job Segment: Research Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Engineer, Engineering