Houston, TX 77035


Engineering E&I Manager

About Solugen

Solugen is a groundbreaking technology company on a bold mission to decarbonize the physical world. At the heart of our innovation is the world’s first sustainable molecule factory—the Bioforge. This unique manufacturing platform uses a chemienzymatic process to convert plant-derived substances into essential materials that have historically been made from fossil fuels—all with minimal emissions and no hazardous waste. A highly scalable and localized alternative to conventional approaches, the Bioforge enables us to produce a range of high-performance, cost-competitive, and sustainable solutions to meet the diverse needs of our customers.

Ready to shape the future? Join us.

Are you passionate about sustainable solutions and combating climate change? We're always on the lookout for dynamic individuals who blend passion with adaptability. You thrive in an environment where curiosity propels you, questions are celebrated, and insights power your work. As a self-starter, you’ll embrace the pace and uncertainty of startup culture– that’s where the best ideas flourish. At our core, we prioritize safety above all, value respect for others, and consider creative problem-solving a superpower.


Reporting to the Director of Automation, this individual will support the in-house automation projects execution, including conducting gap analysis of automation tactics, technology and capabilities required to achieve desired outcomes; develop automation strategies, tactics, and capability to support process innovation. The Engineering E&I Manager will coach teams through problem solving and execution phases to drive rigor in outcome development, supporting tactics, and process and technology.

Key Outcomes

  • Work alongside company leadership to improve process performance
  • Identify and address gaps in competency and technology to improve plant and personnel performance
  • Provide a structured problem-solving approach and collaborate with engineers to maximize performance
  • Seek and follow up on the use of innovative new technology that has potential to improve productivity, reduce costs and enhance safety performance
  • Participate as key member of Engineering group to design all aspects of control systems and low voltage power distribution, from cradle to grave, to support new and expansion plant projects, to include:
    • Low voltage power distribution
    • Control power distribution
    • Control panel design
  • Support Operations and Maintenance by providing I&E troubleshooting support

Key Competencies

Job Specific

  • Attention to detail and organization
  • Good communication, negotiation, leadership, and project management skills with the desire to further develop these skills as the company grows
  • Commitment to safe workplace goals and practices that ensure operational integrity, including compliance with all regulatory policies and procedures
  • Comfortable following safety protocols and wearing personal protective equipment—including hard hats, gloves, earplugs, and respirators--in work zones
  • Good familiarity with Office products as well as a general level of comfort with online communication and work management platforms such as Dropbox, Google Doc, and Slack
  • Basic understanding of project scheduling software (e.g. Microsoft Project, Primavera)
  • Analytical approach to problem solving, with a focus on managing a team environment with attention to results and a sense of urgency
  • Competent in plant control systems, primarily Rockwell Automation, but also Siemens, IDEC, and Automation Direct platforms
  • Demonstrated ability to engineer and design low voltage power distribution systems (MCC, switchgear, switchboard, etc.) for 480 VAC and below

Company Specific

  • Be nimble, embrace the speed and ambiguity of startup culture
  • A passion for green chemistry and fighting climate change
  • Ability to self-manage and set your own priorities and schedule
  • Be comfortable working in multiple roles
  • Emphasize safety above all else
  • Respect for others
  • Creative problem solving
  • Willingness to learn and research new engineering/science concepts


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field and minimum 5 years full-time experience, or a minimum 15 years full-time as an Controls/I&E professional.

Solugen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.