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Sr. Project Engineer/Associate Director of Capital Project

Windfall Bio

Windfall Bio

San Mateo, CA, USA · San Mateo, CA, USA · California, USA
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024

TITLE: Sr. Project Engineer/Associate Director of Capital Project

LOCATION: San Mateo, CA, hybrid

SALARY RANGE: $175,000 - $215,000 a year


Windfall Bio is a nature-based technology company that harnesses methane-eating microbes (mems) to transform harmful methane into organic soil nutrients on site. Windfall’s proprietary microbes are capable of consuming dilute methane from various sources such as landfill gas, coal mine vent gas as well as low-quality concentrated methane streams such as raw biogas from anaerobic digester, vented gas and flared gas from upstream oil well operations, etc. The resulting biomass is a nitrogen-rich organic fertilizer. Mems represent a potential low capex opportunity for increasing the revenue potential of decentralized methane production by providing a high value, locally consumable product. In particular, the organic fertilizer produced by the mem process can serve as a domestic source of fertilizer for nearby local communities, improving soil health and local water quality, increasing local food security, and creating high-paying local jobs and industry.

We are looking for leaders who have directed large capital projects with broad experience in project management to lead the commercial deployment team. The capital project director will manage project safety, schedule, quality, cost control, risk, suppliers, and client relations daily. Join our team and build the future with us.


  • Responsible for all aspects of multiple capital projects from concept to completion, including overall safety, quality, engineering design, procurement, construction, commission and start up
  • Establish project team, coordinate activities of multiple disciplines and lead the development of a fermentation pilot plant to convert methane to organic fertilizer
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for clients, suppliers and manage the review, negotiation, approval and execution of capital projects, contracts, and subcontracts
  • Provide technical leadership and project management skill to long-term partners and commercial contract organizations (CMOs)
  • Support business development process and lead the commercial project deployment team
  • Build and develop a team of project and process engineers
  • Influence internal stakeholders and lead coordination with cross functional teams (engineering, microbiology, analytical, regulatory, business development) to ensure goal delivery across multiple projects.


  • MS or BS in chemical engineering, bioengineering or related field of study.
  • 5-15+ years of relevant experience in managing large capital projects
  • In depth understanding of critical project delivery aspects including delivery strategy, contracting strategy, procurement, cost management, value engineering and project execution
  • Prior experience in fermentation processes and downstream processing (DSP) at pilot and/or manufacturing scale is a plus
  • Proven track record of leadership and management and development of technical teams is essential
  • Experience in methanol and gas fermentation and industrial scale DSP would be an advantage
  • Ability to influence and collaborate in a senior cross-functional team across technical and commercial departments
  • Strong technical and analytical proficiency, self-motivated, creative, and flexible with the mindset to succeed in a fast-moving ‘start -up’ environment.


  • Significant travel to domestic and international locations might be required to support field trials.