Hopkinsville, KY

Apex 1 Facility
Transforming black mass into high-value materials via Hydro-to-Cathode® direct precursor synthesis. This state-of-the-art manufacturing campus will be North America’s first commercial-scale cathode precursor (pCAM) facility.

UP TO $1B INVESTMENT

PRODUCING PCAM, CAM, AND LITHIUM CARBONATE

UP TO 400 HIGH-QUALITY JOBS

OPERATIONAL IN Q4 2024

Materials Receiving & Inventory Coordinator – Contract/1099

Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We are looking for a detail-oriented and organized individual to join our team as a Materials Receiving & Inventory Coordinator at our site in Hopkinsville, KY. In this critical role, you will be responsible for managing the receiving, inspection, and inventory control of materials used in our chemical processing operations.


Duties/Responsibilities:



  • Materials Receiving: Receive incoming materials, accurately verify quantities against purchase orders, and inspect for any damages or discrepancies. Work closely with suppliers and logistics partners to ensure timely and efficient receipt of materials.

  • Inventory Control: Maintain accurate inventory records using electronic systems or manual logs. Monitor inventory levels, track usage, and identify reorder points to prevent stockouts or excess inventory. Conduct regular cycle counts and coordinate with procurement to reconcile any discrepancies.

  • Quality Assurance: Collaborate with the quality control team to ensure that received materials meet the required specifications and quality standards. Manage non-conforming materials by initiating appropriate actions, such as returning or rejecting them, and coordinating replacements with suppliers.

  • Documentation and Reporting: Prepare and maintain accurate documentation related to material receiving, inspection, and inventory transactions. Generate reports on inventory levels, stock movements, and consumption patterns. Provide regular updates to management and other stakeholders.

  • Safety and Compliance: Ensure compliance with all applicable safety regulations and internal policies during the materials receiving and inventory control processes. Adhere to proper handling, storage, and disposal procedures for hazardous materials.

  • Continuous Improvement: Identify opportunities to optimize receiving and inventory processes, such as implementing automation, barcode scanning, or other efficiency-enhancing technologies. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to improve process flows and reduce lead times.

  • Supplier Relationship Management: Build and maintain strong relationships with suppliers. Communicate effectively regarding delivery schedules, quality issues, and any other related matters.

  • Problem-solving and analytical skills to troubleshoot inventory discrepancies and implement process improvements.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.


Required Skills/Abilities:



  • Previous experience in materials receiving, inventory control, or warehouse operations in a chemical processing or manufacturing environment.

  • Knowledge of applicable safety regulations and best practices for handling chemicals and hazardous materials.

  • Proficient computer skills, including experience with inventory management software or ERP systems.

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize work effectively.

  • Detail-oriented mindset with high accuracy in data entry and recordkeeping.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, for effective coordination with suppliers, internal teams, and management.

  • Ability to accurately sort, count, and verify items received.

  • Basic understanding of dock and warehouse procedures.

  • Good problem-solving skills.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and/or inventory software to maintain records, input data, and create reports.

  • Experience in shipping/receiving hazardous goods is a plus.


Education and Experience:



  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred.

  • 5+ years warehouse shipping/receiving experience.


Physical Requirements:



  • Must be able to traverse distribution warehouse and access a variety of storage spaces and shelving units by stretching, squatting, and reaching.

  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at a time.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures in the warehouse and on the loading dock.



Security and Emergency Response Coordinator

Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.



We are currently hiring a Security and Emergency Response Coordinator who will be responsible for overseeing facility security and emergency response to protect employees and company assets.



***This position is located at our new facility in Hopkinsville, KY



Responsibilities include but are not limited to:



  • Manage and/or implement security protocols related to the storage of confidential information, develop and implement security strategies, create security policies and procedures, and coordinate security staff.

  • Collaborating with department managers to determine security needs.

  • Planning and implementing comprehensive security strategies.

  • Supervising and training security personnel.

  • Gathering security intelligence and implementing preventative measures.

  • Developing work schedules, allocating tasks, and monitoring personnel performance.

  • Coordinating responses to emergencies and alarms, as well as compiling incident reports.

  • Preparing surveillance equipment maintenance schedules and facilitating repairs in a timely manner.

  • Takes proactive steps to provide a safe and secure working environment to staff and visitors.

  • Provides specialized security for and monitors access to limited and restricted access areas such as inventory areas, network equipment areas, and employee files and confidential records.

  • Conducts regular walk-throughs and security inspections for assigned facilities.

  • Keeping abreast of new technologies and advancements in security services.

  • Ensuring compliance with company policies and security industry regulations.

  • Oversees the daily workflow, schedules, and assignments of security staff including security guards and access control clerks.

  • Coordinate and contract with local emergency response organizations: EMS, Fire, Police, Spill Response.

  • Develop, maintain, and update emergency response plans, including evacuation, shelter-in-place, and lockdown procedures.

  • Act as the incident commander during emergencies, coordinating the response efforts of internal security teams and external emergency services.

  • Conduct post-incident reviews and adjust emergency plans as necessary based on lessons learned.

  • Provide comprehensive training to new hires on security policies and emergency response procedures, ensuring preparedness and compliance.


Required Education and other Skills:




  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, or a related field is preferred. However, relevant work history demonstrating a minimum of 7 years of experience in security management will be considered in place of a degree. This may include roles in corporate security, law enforcement, military, emergency management, or related fields.

  • Demonstrated expertise in emergency management planning and implementation.

  • Strong leadership qualities, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Familiar with relevant laws, regulations, and standards pertaining to security and emergency management.

  • Preferred certifications in security management or emergency management (e.g., CPP, CEM).

  • Ability to pass a comprehensive background check.



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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Quality Engineer

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


The Quality Engineer supporting Ascend Elements APEX 1 facility in Hopkinsville, KY will be responsible for the overall quality of a specific part of the site production process.


Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Monitor daily production quality performance using SPC (Statistical Process Control).

  • Initiate and lead RCI (root cause investigations) on non-conforming production results using 8D and Six Sigma methodology with a cross functional team.

  • Report weekly and monthly SPC and process quality performance for internal and external customers.

  • Update and maintain SAP Quality Management views.

  • Lead change management initiatives related to quality improvements.

  • Participate in establishing quality parameters and systems for new product launch.

  • Participate in vendor, customer, and internal audits.

  • Maintain customer specific PPAP and control plans.

  • Participate in PFMEA reviews.

  • Analyze quality and production data and propose and lead continuous improvement.

  • Adherence to established ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards and policies.

  • Conduct Internal, External, and Layered Process Audits.

  • Identify problem areas and follow up with countermeasures and solutions.

  • Schedule, review, and document dock audits in the automated audit system.

  • Respond to customer inquiries and complaints.

  • Develop, submit, participate in the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), for new or existing product(s) to meet APEX 1 requirements.

  • Coordinate pre-launch production trial run process monitoring.

  • Serve as administrator of calibration system, which includes performing calibrations, and scheduling.

  • Perform test as requested for production support.

  • Supplier product quality monitoring – assist / submit Supplier Corrective Actions.

  • Oversee the disposition of the non-conforming area.

  • Develop and update quality system procedures.

  • Generate process capability analysis.

  • Effectively coordinate and provide timely completion of supplier corrective action activities.

  • Comply with all company guidelines, policies, and procedures.

  • Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and making recommendations.

  • Determines quality improvement parameters by identifying statistical methods relevant to manufacturing processes.

  • Respond to ongoing non-conformities, review for disposition and materials release.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.



Essential Skills




  • Working knowledge of ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards and policies experience strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and various types of testing instruments.

  • Working knowledge of the relationships and roles of internal/external customers and suppliers, including their impact on product and services.

  • Customer quality assurance experience.

  • Chemical industry experience preferred, but not required.

  • Working knowledge of inspection and testing techniques, including various types of sampling plans.

  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints (drawings) GD&T.

  • Understanding of the audit process including types of audits, planning, preparation, execution, reporting, and follow up.

  • Ability to analyze and understand data produced by statistical process control (SPC).

  • Ability to plan, control, and assure product and process quality in accordance with company’s quality principles.

  • Understanding of problem solving and quality improvement tools and techniques.

  • Ability to work well in a multi-functional team environment, portray the company in a professional manner, work non-regular hours as needed.

  • Ability to safeguard the confidentiality of the company, customer, and employee information.

  • Commit to and participate in activities for continuous improvement.

  • Statutory and Regulatory requirements.



Core Competencies



  • Ability to prioritize, handle multiple tasks, customer demands and flexibility in job assignments.

  • Strong commitment to safety, environment, workplace organization and housekeeping.

  • Good communication and negotiation skills.

  • Very good social competence.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Able to work non-standard weekly schedule including off shifts.




Education and Experience



  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, or Engineering with minimum 5 years of experience in quality and manufacturing environment or equivalent on the job experience.

  • Prior experience and knowledge of ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards.

  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint to compile and present information.

  • Knowledgeable in SPC.

  • Familiar with JMP and SAP software.

  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) certification(s) desired.



Physical Requirements:




  • Physical working conditions are consistent with a typical office environment.

  • Must be able to work in a manufacturing environment production facility where there is exposure to (noise, heat, cold, dust, fumes).

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, respirator, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods (minimum of eight hours).

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


  • Thank you.





Position located in Hopkinsville, KY


May require up to 25% of business travel.



We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package.



Read about Ascend Elements:


https://ascendelements.com



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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




Instrument and Controls Technician

Ascend Elements® is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered greenhouse gas emissions. The results are lower cost, better performing batteries, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. This closed-loop process also allows for fewer end-of-life batteries being discarded in landfills. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


Position Overview


The Instrument & Controls (I&C) Technician will be responsible for providing repair, calibration, and emergency maintenance services to production, utility operations, and infrastructure systems as necessary to provide for safe operations, regulatory compliance, and equipment availability related to instrument, controls, and low/mid voltage equipment systems plant wide.


Job Responsibilities



  • Incorporate safe behavior into all activities and consistently comply with all established safety and health policies and procedures including Lock, Tag, Try and Test Before Touch.

  • Perform maintenance of production units, utility, and infrastructure systems.

  • Troubleshoot, repair, and calibrate instrument and control systems. Example assets include instrumentation and controls for compressor systems, shredders, bagging stations, conveyors, pumps, gearboxes, piping flow control, tank level control, and the Distributed Control System (DCS).

  • Troubleshoot and perform preventive maintenance tasks upon 480V 3-Phase switch gear.

  • Perform routine and emergency maintenance on production unit, utility, and infrastructure equipment. Example activities include calibrating level/temperature/flow/pressure transmitters, installing control valves, performing control loop checks, performing interlock test procedures, wiring motor junction boxes, terminating electrically driven equipment at switch gear, pulling/installing 480V buckets, wiring actuators/sensors, performing switchgear IR scans, performing GFCI checks, replacing lighting and indicators, megging motor leads, etc.

  • Use Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) effectively to document and accomplish required maintenance in an efficient and organized manner.

  • Optimize plant preventive maintenance program to meet OEM recommendations, regulatory requirements, and corporate maintenance philosophy.

  • Provide maintenance procedure and training development assistance for new equipment.

  • Provide start-up support to production operations.

  • Perform On-the-Job Training with new members of the team.

  • Cooperate with groups and individuals within the Engineering & Maintenance department, Operations, contractors, and other service units.

  • Act as liaison between suppliers/manufacturers and manufacturing partners for problems with electrical equipment.

  • Perform all tasks and assignments in accordance with company policies and procedures.

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety

  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.


Required Skills / Abilities



  • Proficiency in the safe use of precision measuring instruments, power tools, and hand tools

  • Applied knowledge of industrial common instrument, controls, and electrical maintaining skills pertaining to instrument calibration, control loops, 12VDC to 480V Three Phase power distribution, hand rigging/hoisting, control valves, interlocks, gaskets, motors, and photosensors.

  • Thorough understanding of basic electrical theory, troubleshooting techniques, and safe work practices

  • Able to read and comprehend single line drawings and process schematics

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong multi-tasking competency

  • Team player attitude


Physical Requirements



  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


Education/Training



  • High School Diploma (or higher-level education) in the field of Mechanical engineering and/or industrial maintenance

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience preferred, maintaining instrument/control/electrical systems preferably in a chemical plant, refinery, or large process plant


**Located in or near Hopkinsville, KY


Competitive Pay!!


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Process Engineer (Wastewater Systems)

Ascend Elements (AE) is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements (AE) is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We’re hiring a Process Engineer (Wastewater Systems) to join our team in Hopkinsville, KY! In this role you will provide technical expertise and day-to-day engineering support to the wastewater systems supporting the manufacturing facility. This will include interaction with the operations, warehouse, and maintenance employees, design, and modification of existing and new facilities, gathering and analyzing data, troubleshoot problems, identify root cause(s), present conceptual solutions, detailed engineering, equipment sizing, feasibility studies, recommend and implement process improvements. This individual will be part of the commissioning of new equipment and managing production trials. They will be focused on benchmarking and improving performance against plant metrics and implementing robust systems to sustain improvements. They must lead the effort to achieve superior Health, Safety and Environmental performance, especially in the areas of process safety (PSM, RMP, PHMP etc), procedure writing and training of plant employees.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:



  • Provides technical and leadership for the Wastewater Treatment system. Includes assessment of current Equipment capabilities, HSE issues, and capital requirements.

  • Analyzes performance statistical control charts. Works toward establishing in-control processes. Identifies areas of variation (raw materials, process, or quality analysis), implements measures to reduce variation, and tracks effectiveness of reduction measures.

  • Use heat and material balances, fluid flow/hydraulic principles to troubleshoot process problems and design new equipment.

  • Analyzes batch cycle times. Identifies and implements process optimization improvements to establish consistent cycle times and reduce overall cycle times.

  • Reports cycle time, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and other key metrics for key equipment and key product lines.

  • Investigates off-grade or abnormal batches. Identifies root cause, reports findings, and implements corrective actions.

  • Manages small capital projects associated with unit. Responsible for determining justification, scope definition, safety reviews, ‘ punch-list ‘ items, coordination of implementation with production schedule, startup, chemical commissioning, and performance report on agreed deliverables.

  • Prepares flow diagrams, P&ID’ s, and equipment and control specifications.

  • Utilize management of change for applicable situations.

  • Trains production operators and laboratory technicians on unit operations, chemistries, and batch recipe or DCS changes/enhancements in regard to each product line.

  • Responsible for day-to-day troubleshooting associated with the wastewater system.

  • Utilizes and works within the ISO 9001 standard framework/system.

  • Influence people’s opinions, attitudes, and judgments and demonstrate the ability to compromise opinion to develop the best solution for the issue.

  • Up to 10% travel on average, as high as 50% during plant commissioning phases.


Education and Other Requirements:



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering preferred, others considered.

  • 7-10 years of process engineering experience with focus on wastewater, pretreatment, metals extraction, pH adjustments, and scrubbers.

  • Knowledge of and hands on experience using APQP tools including FMEA, SPC, and design and process validation as well as Lean and 6 Sigma tools.

  • Experienced in liquid/solid separations such as precipitation, filtering, drying. Supplier identification and assessment, equipment build tracking, factory and site acceptance testing, installation, commissioning, and ramping to metrics.

  • Experience in running wastewater systems.

  • Experience, judgement, and technical knowledge to drive data-based decisions.

  • Knowledge and experience in continuous liquid process and batch reactions in a series of reaction vessels.

  • Skilled user of MS office tools including Word, EXCEL, Outlook, Project.

  • Written and verbal fluency in English.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.

  • Be committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • Follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.


This position is located in Hopkinsville KY!


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Information Systems Security Analyst

Information Systems Security Analyst


Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


Location – can be on site, Westborough, Kentucky preferably or Covington.


This position will report to the IT Team Lead


Position Summary


Information Systems Security Analyst will manage and enforce policies and procedures that protect our organization’s computing infrastructure from all forms of security breaches. You will be responsible for identifying vulnerabilities and working with our IT department to resolve them, ensuring that our network and data remain secure. To be successful as an information security administrator, you should have expert analytical skills and in-depth knowledge of best practices to prevent a wide range of security threats. Top candidates will also be excellent communicators, able to train and educate our staff in various information security topics.



Responsibilities:



  • Identifying vulnerabilities in our current network and cloud infrastructure.

  • Managing, continually developing, and implementing a comprehensive plan to secure our computing network and systems.



  • Monitoring network usage to ensure compliance with security policies.

  • Keeping up to date with developments in IT security standards and threats.

  • Collaborating with management and the IT department to improve and enforce better security.

  • Documenting any security breaches and assessing their damage.

  • Educating colleagues about security software and best practices for information security.

  • Managing and implementing Office 365 Defender policies, and Entra group policies.

  • Maintaining, configuring, and monitoring single sign-on with Entra and 3rd party software.

  • Other local site duties as assigned.


Requirements:



  • Degree in computer science or a technology-related field.

  • 3 years of hands-on experience

  • Professional information security certification.

  • Experience in an information security role.

  • Solid knowledge of various information security frameworks.

  • Solid knowledge of Office 365 defender and security settings.

  • Knowledge of MS Entra and security features.

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.

  • Ability to educate a non-technical audience about various security measures.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Plus, to have SAP security and access control knowledge.

  • Is on-site


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    Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




Analytical Lab Technician

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


POSITION OVERVIEW:


The Analytical Lab Technician supporting Ascend Elements APEX 1 facility in Hopkinsville, KY will be responsible for running the analytical tests needed to support the final quality checks of raw materials, in-process and finished goods.


Schedule: Shift 12 hours with possibility of rotation


Duties / Responsibilities include but not limited to:



  • Perform analytical material characterization testing notably ICP-OES, various titrations, and analytical equipment.

  • May collect or log in samples for testing in LIMS.

  • Solve technical problems related to routine testing.

  • Follow test plans and protocols.

  • Analyze tests results and report results/conclusions.

  • Performs troubleshooting on lab equipment as required.

  • Run and enter Quality Checks per Quality Assurance Program

  • Report test progress to management.

  • Observe all company, state and federal safety and environmental regulations.

  • Assist with waste and chemical management.

  • Maintain a clean and productive lab environment by following a 6S program.

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.


Education / Experience:



  • Associate degree in chemistry or related field

  • 1-2 years of work experience in R&D or battery testing environment or chemical/materials lab related experience in University or Industry preferred.


Required Skills / Abilities:



  • Understanding of Chemical Processes (i.e acid/base reactions, chemical characterization)

  • Prior experience with analytical equipment to perform ICP-OES, Karl Fischer Titration, Tapped Density, PSA is a strong plus.

  • Ability to work flexible work hours.

  • Computer Proficiency (MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

  • Good lab practices such as safety, recording and documentation.

  • Willingness to comply with safety and quality regulations, including wearing protective gear when necessary.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and teamwork skills.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures

  • Some travel may be required for initial training.


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Senior Chemical Process Engineer

Ascend Elements (AE) is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements (AE) is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We’re hiring Senior Chemical Process Engineers to join our team in Hopkinsville, KY! In this role you will provide technical expertise and day-to-day engineering support to the manufacturing facility. This will include interaction with the operations, warehouse, and maintenance employees, design, and modification of existing and new facilities, gathering and analyzing data, troubleshoot problems, identify root cause(s), present conceptual solutions, detailed engineering, equipment sizing, feasibility studies, recommend and implement process improvements. This individual will be part of the commissioning of new equipment and managing production trials. They will be focused on benchmarking and improving performance against plant metrics and implementing robust systems to sustain improvements. They must lead the effort to achieve superior Health, Safety and Environmental performance, especially in the areas of process safety (PSM, RMP, PHMP etc), procedure writing and training of plant employees.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:



  • Performs feasibility studies for technology transfers and new product introduction. Includes assessment of current Equipment capabilities, HSE issues, and capital requirements.

  • Analyzes quality for multiple product lines utilizing statistical control charts. Works toward establishing in-control processes. Identifies areas of variation (raw materials, process, or quality analysis), implements measures to reduce variation, and tracks effectiveness of reduction measures.

  • Analyzes process data and quality critical parameters for control of manufacturing processes. Troubleshoots problem areas and identifies measures for improvement.

  • Use heat and material balances, fluid flow/hydraulic principles to troubleshoot process problems and design new equipment.

  • Analyzes batch cycle times. Identifies and implements process optimization improvements to establish consistent cycle times and reduce overall cycle times.

  • Reports cycle time, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and other key metrics for key equipment and key product lines.

  • Investigates off-grade or abnormal batches. Identifies root cause, reports findings, and implements corrective actions.

  • Manages small capital projects associated with unit. Responsible for determining justification, scope definition, safety reviews, ‘ punch-list ‘ items, coordination of implementation with production schedule, startup, chemical commissioning and performance report on agreed deliverables.

  • Prepares flow diagrams, P&ID’ s, and equipment and control specifications.

  • Utilize management of change for applicable situations.

  • Trains production operators, warehouse staff, and laboratory technicians on unit operations, chemistries, and batch recipe or DCS changes/enhancements in regard to product line.

  • Responsible for day-to-day troubleshooting associated with product line.

  • Utilizes and works within the ISO 9001 standard framework/system.

  • Influence people’s opinions, attitudes, and judgments and demonstrate the ability to compromise opinion to develop the best solution for the issue.

  • Up to 10% travel on average, as high as 50% during plant commissioning phases.


Education and Other Requirements:



  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering preferred, others considered.

  • 7-10 years of process engineering experience with experience in process engineering at the plant level. Experience in CAPEX projects, plant design, build out, and optimization of chemical or advanced materials technologies desired.

  • Knowledge of and hands on experience using APQP tools including FMEA, SPC, and design and process validation as well as Lean and 6 Sigma tools.

  • Experienced in liquid/solid separations such as precipitation, filtering, drying. Supplier identification and assessment, equipment build tracking, factory and site acceptance testing, installation, commissioning, and ramping to metrics.

  • Experience leading, mentoring or supervising junior engineers is preferred.

  • Experience, judgement, and technical knowledge to drive data-based decisions.

  • Knowledge and experience in continuous liquid process and batch reactions in a series of reaction vessels.

  • Skilled user of MS office tools including Word, EXCEL, Outlook, Project.

  • Written and verbal fluency in English.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.

  • Be committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • Follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.


This position is located in Hopkinsville KY!


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Chemical Plant Production Supervisor

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


Job Overview:


The Chemical Plant Production Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the chemical processing departments. Monitoring the productivity of the staff as well as handling employee relation issues, planning, and optimizing the production lines, reporting incidents or malfunctions of equipment, and recommending continuous improvement activities to help improve quality and reduce cost. The Chemical Plant Production Supervisor role is a rotating shift position and will be the responsible person on site when rotating in the off hours of the 24/7 process.


Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Ensure all staff are trained and follow safety regulations, including wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Oversee assigned production buildings to ensure all work is performed in compliance with Company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) regarding safety, health, and the environment.

  • Communicate with production team regarding safety, production, quality, or any other operational issues.

  • Assist with continued training and disciplinary actions of production staff.

  • Actively participates in pre-shift meetings to assist in the development of individual work plans.

  • Assist in creating work schedules based on production plans to meet deadlines.

  • Complete and accurately record data such as process, equipment, downtime occurrences, raw material lot numbers, process and reaction conditions, and process yields in accordance with good documentation practices.

  • Maintain a clean and productive area by ensuring that equipment and work area is cleaned after use and the equipment is maintained per the preventative maintenance schedule.

  • Assist with maintaining adequate supplies to ensure team has necessary supplies available to complete projects.

  • Weigh, measure, and check raw materials/products to ensure batches manufactured contain proper ingredients and quantities and that accurate inventory is maintained.

  • Active member of the first responding team of facility

  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Essential Skills



  • Ability to function in a fast-paced environment with many interruptions.

  • Willingness to conduct team member interactions.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent data gathering and analysis.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Excellent time management skills with proven ability to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to perform basic math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

  • Must be able to stand, walk, climb, kneel, balance, swat, and twist; use hands to operate machinery, tools, or controls; be able to reach with hands and/or arms when necessary to complete job tasks.


Education and Experience



  • High School diploma or equivalent required.

  • College Degree preferred

  • Minimum of 3 years of manufacturing and/or production experience or management evaluation approval.


Physical Requirements:



  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package.


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https://ascendelements.com


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Environmental Manager

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


Job Overview:


The Environmental Manager provides support in maintaining the facilities environmental, industrial, health and safety programs with ownership of the environmental compliance and permitting areas. Responsibilities include the Environmental aspect of material procurement, Permit compliance and updates, outfall inspections and sampling, and managing the hazardous waste program.


Essential Job Responsibilities:



  • Review, maintain and improve management systems Environmental regulatory areas.

  • Responsibility to apply and maintain the permitting required to operate the site: Title V, NPDES, WWTP Discharge, RCRA.

  • Produce and submit all environmental reports to Federal, state and local agencies.

  • Facilitate departmental EHS coordination teams around site objectives and targets.

  • Review and coordinate site compliance management with regulatory standards, insurance requirements and local EHS policies and procedures.

  • Work with site HR to establish and maintain EHS awareness, training, and communication according to site risk and impact assessment.

  • Provide and monitor Environmental training modules for staff including creating and uploading new content to the CBT program. Provide in-person training for operators, maint and other staff.

  • Manage the site EHS self-evaluation and audit program.

  • Review risk assessment and environmental impacts and assist departments in establishing improvement plans.

  • Coordinate on site Emergency Response Plans and Procedures; keep updated and ensure appropriate exercises/drills are conducted. Participate on the site Emergency Response Team and act as an emergency response coordinator.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.



Required:



  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, Engineering, or related field.

  • 10+ years’ experience in environmental compliance.

  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment.

  • Experience with major environmental programs: Title V, RCRA, NPDES


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Health & Safety Coordinator

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


Job Overview:


The Health and Safety Coordinator provides support in maintaining the facilities Occupational Safety as well as the Process Safety programs. Focus will be on developing and improving the industrial health and safety programs (chemical safety, ergonomics, illness, and injury prevention), and ownership of the computerized EHS tracking/control of work software. Maintains safety equipment inventory, performs periodic safety inspections, and monitors hazardous waste removal.


Essential Job Responsibilities:



  • Review, maintain and improve management systems in line with Health and Safety best practices.

  • Assist and lead root cause investigations for near misses and incidents.

  • Implement the VelocityEHS software package and become the superuser. Includes set up, master data, record keeping, and training of employees.

  • Ensure team members have access to and use appropriate safety and environmental supplies and equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Facilitate departmental EHS coordination teams around site objectives and targets.

  • Participate and/or lead the employee safety committee.

  • Review and coordinate site compliance management with regulatory standards, insurance requirements and local EHS policies and procedures.

  • Work with site HR to establish and maintain EHS awareness, training, and communication according to site risk and impact assessment.

  • Provide and monitor EHS training modules for staff including update CBT content.

  • Participate with the site EHS self-evaluation and audit program.

  • Identify, implement, maintain, and document all operational control programs as per local requirements on Occupational Safety and Health, Worker Safety, Loss Prevention, Environmental Sustainability, and Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs.



Required:



  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, Engineering, or safety.

  • High level of computer literacy.

  • 3-5 years’ experience in health and safety.

  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment.

  • Experience in chemical manufacturing, PSM facility preferred.


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Facilites and Engineering Manager

Ascend Elements (AE) is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements (AE) is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We are currently hiring a Technology Manager of Facilities and Engineering who will be accountable for the maintenance and reliability of all Hopkinsville, KY site assets. This position leads a team of maintenance planners, managers, engineers, and field technicians.  Scope includes Mechanical Integrity, Maintenance, Utilities, Process Safety, and CAPEX. 


Responsibilities included but not limited to:



  •  Incorporate safe behavior into all activities and consistently comply with all established safety and health policies and procedures.

  • Develop, evaluate, implement, and maintain reliability systems and standards in support of production, utility operations, and infrastructure systems.

  • Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the maintenance and reliability function.

  • Participate in employee career growth, recruiting, and hiring.

  • Plans, reviews, and approves the preparation of budgetary items and capital planning for maintenance department (long and short term).

  • Participates in management discussions and planning sessions to help formulate cost reduction, product improvement, problem solving activities, and presents operational performance.

  • Establish metrics to monitor and improve maintenance and facilities improvements.

  • Maintain a high level of communication with a cross-functional team and partners.

  • Develop processes for documenting process changes, driving process / fixture improvements, driving lead and cycle time improvements, cost of quality (COQ), and Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) actions.

  • Assure that all engineering designs, procedures, and technical data are complete and accurately documented to provide an accurate technical/historical base for future reference and to meet customer / end user requirements.

  • Presents projects plans, technical roadmaps, risks, and recommendations to senior business leaders within technical space.

  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.


Education and Other Requirements:



  • BA/BS degree in an Engineering discipline.

  • 15+ years’ experience in chemical manufacturing such as specialty chemicals, polymers, fibers, oil and gas.

  • 7+ years’ supervisory experience.

  • A high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with a focus on Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Project.

  • Familiarity with maintenance and reliability best practices and engineering principles including pressure vessel, rotating equipment, and control systems engineering.

  • Ability to lead teams and provide overall program coordination and direction to multiple functional areas.

  • Capability to lead and empower teams.

  • Strong problem solving, planning, and project management skills.

  • Ability to understand and develop scope of work.

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate clearly across all levels of leadership.

  • Self-starter, highly motivated individual with the ability to work on their own without managerial or supervisory assistance.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


This position is located in Hopkinsville KY!


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Mechanical Integrity Engineer

Ascend Elements (AE) is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements (AE) is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We’re hiring a Mechanical Integrity Engineer to join our team in Hopkinsville, KY! In this role you will be responsible for providing repair, preventive, improvement, and emergency maintenance services to fixed equipment. This scope includes structural assets as well as pressure vessels, piping, boilers, heat exchangers, relief valves, etc. This position is responsible for the ongoing stewardship of the Ascend Elements® Mechanical Integrity program and welding Quality Control/Quality Assurance program.


Responsibilities included but not limited to:



  • Incorporate safe behavior into all activities and consistently comply with all established safety and health policies and procedures.

  • Perform engineering activities such as writing welding repair plans, assisting/reviewing welding Quality Assurance Inspection Test Procedures, designing/coordinating small improvement design projects, investigating reliability incidents, establishing appropriate Bill-of-Materials and stores order quantities, updating/reviewing equipment and process drawings, establishing/monitoring the pipe/vessel thickness inspection program, designing engineered temporary leak repair, performing Damage Mechanism Analysis for projects, and sustaining pressure vessel equipment records within SAP-PM.

  • Provide mechanical maintenance technician support for troubleshooting.

  • Review and approve design packages from external engineering firms and contractors.

  • Provide site maintenance support, as needed, and per an emergency duty roster.

  • Provide support for capital projects, Process Hazards Analysis, and long-term preventative/predictive maintenance for mechanical equipment.

  • Network with other Ascend Elements® sites to ensure alignment in design solutions, emerging best practices, and standardization of design.

  • Use Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) effectively to document and accomplish required maintenance in an efficient and organized manner.

  • Optimize plant preventive/predictive maintenance program to meet OEM recommendations, regulatory requirements, RAGAGEP, and corporate maintenance philosophy.

  • Provide maintenance procedure and training development assistance for new equipment.

  • Provide start-up support to production operations.

  • Perform On-the-Job Training with new members of the team.

  • Cooperate with groups and individuals within the Engineering & Maintenance department, Operations, contractors, and other service units.

  • Act as liaison between suppliers/manufacturers and manufacturing partners for problems with mechanical equipment.

  • Perform all tasks and assignments in accordance with company policies and procedures.

  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.


Education and Other Requirements:



  • BS of Mechanical Engineering or similar field of study.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a chemical plant, refinery, or large process plant (7 years preferred).

  • Applied knowledge of fixed equipment industrial standards such as API 510/570/579, B31.3/B31.1, B16.5, ASME PCC-2.

  • Knowledge of Reliability Principles such as Failure Mode and Effect Analysis, Mean Time Between Failure Analysis, and Uptime Management.

  • Thorough understanding of mechanical theory, troubleshooting techniques, and safe work practices.

  • Able to read and comprehend equipment blueprint files, ISO Metric drawings, and process schematics.

  • Willing to Flow-to-work and learn and improve upon base skillsets.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong multi-tasking competency.

  • Team player attitude.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


This position is located in Hopkinsville KY!


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Chemical Process Engineer

Ascend Elements (AE) is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements (AE) is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We’re hiring Chemical Process Engineers to join our team in Hopkinsville, KY! In this role you will provide technical expertise and day-to-day engineering support to the manufacturing facility. This will include interaction with the operations, warehouse, and maintenance employees, design, and modification of existing and new facilities, gathering and analyzing data, troubleshoot problems, identify root cause(s), present conceptual solutions, detailed engineering, equipment sizing, feasibility studies, recommend and implement process improvements. This individual will be part of the commissioning of new equipment and managing production trials. They will be focused on benchmarking and improving performance against plant metrics and implementing robust systems to sustain improvements. They must lead the effort to achieve superior Health, Safety and Environmental performance, especially in the areas of process safety (PSM, RMP, PHMP etc), procedure writing and training of plant employees.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:



  • Performs feasibility studies for technology transfers and new product introduction. Includes assessment of current Equipment capabilities, HSE issues, and capital requirements.

  • Analyzes quality for multiple product lines utilizing statistical control charts. Works toward establishing in-control processes. Identifies areas of variation (raw materials, process, or quality analysis), implements measures to reduce variation, and tracks effectiveness of reduction measures.

  • Analyzes process data and quality critical parameters for control of manufacturing processes. Troubleshoots problem areas and identifies measures for improvement.

  • Use heat and material balances, fluid flow/hydraulic principles to troubleshoot process problems and design new equipment.

  • Analyzes batch cycle times. Identifies and implements process optimization improvements to establish consistent cycle times and reduce overall cycle times.

  • Reports cycle time, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and other key metrics for key equipment and key product lines.

  • Investigates off-grade or abnormal batches. Identifies root cause, reports findings, and implements corrective actions.

  • Manages small capital projects associated with unit. Responsible for determining justification, scope definition, safety reviews, ‘ punch-list ‘ items, coordination of implementation with production schedule, startup, chemical commissioning and performance report on agreed deliverables.

  • Prepares flow diagrams, P&ID’ s, and equipment and control specifications.

  • Utilize management of change for applicable situations.

  • Trains production operators, warehouse staff, and laboratory technicians on unit operations, chemistries, and batch recipe or DCS changes/enhancements in regard to product line.

  • Responsible for day-to-day troubleshooting associated with product line.

  • Utilizes and works within the ISO 9001 standard framework/system.

  • Influence people’s opinions, attitudes, and judgments and demonstrate the ability to compromise opinion to develop the best solution for the issue.

  • Up to 10% travel on average, as high as 50% during plant commissioning phases.


Education and Other Requirements:



  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering preferred, others considered.

  • 3-5 years of process engineering experience with experience in process engineering at the plant level. Experience in CAPEX projects, plant design, build out, and optimization of chemical or advanced materials technologies desired.

  • Knowledge of and hands on experience using APQP tools including FMEA, SPC, and design and process validation as well as Lean and 6 Sigma tools.

  • Experienced in liquid/solid separations such as precipitation, filtering, drying. Supplier identification and assessment, equipment build tracking, factory and site acceptance testing, installation, commissioning, and ramping to metrics.

  • Experience, judgement, and technical knowledge to drive data-based decisions.

  • Knowledge and experience in continuous liquid process and batch reactions in a series of reaction vessels.

  • Skilled user of MS office tools including Word, EXCEL, Outlook, Project

  • Written and verbal fluency in English

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


This position is located in Hopkinsville KY!


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


MRO Sourcing Manager

Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


Learn more about us in our website and don’t miss our “News & Insights” page, where we (and others!) explain more about our amazing company!


We are looking for a MRO Sourcing Manager to be an individual contributor in the Supply Chain Organization that will be responsible for developing, communicating and executing sourcing events for all MRO category. As Ascend Elements is a growing company, this person will be requested to go beyond the leadership of Sourcing Events, this person will work with key stakeholders to help develop the Indirect strategy and then lead the Sourcing events to support it.


The main focus of this candidate will be to support our future site in Hopkinsville, KY.



Responsibilities include but are not limited to:



  • Responsible for leading engagement with the R&D team to map demand for equipment

  • Develop strategy for sourcing events and execute the entire process, in partnership with key stakeholders

  • Provide sourcing expertise to contribute to the best decision making process on the best suppliers to hire

  • Request and analyze requests for proposals and lead negotiation strategy

  • Build robust documentation to support the sourcing event and ensure the sourcing even is compliant with requirements, including technical requirements as well as providing fair chance for every potential supplier to earn the business

  • Manage spend to identify opportunities and compliance to contract approval strategy

  • Ensures a data driven approach to category management

  • Ability to develop tailored strategies, such as traditional RFQs leading to contracts for specific purchases as well as working to enable Catalogs if applicable

  • Lead activities related to supplier relationship management

  • Responsible for tracking and reporting savings.



Essential Skills:



  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in Manufacturing and/or MRO Purchasing in Chemical, Pharma, Battery or Automotive Industry

  • Strong negotiation and vendor management skills

  • Strong communication skills that will allow for effective oral and written communication with suppliers and internal customers.

  • Knowledge of supply chain and materials management principles

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

  • Strong organizational and team-building skills

  • SAP and Ariba knowledge will be a considered a plus



Travel Requirements



  • Candidate should be able to travel, as a reference, up to 25% of his/her time. Travel requirements might vary based on business needs.



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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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Future opportunities within Plant Operations

Thank you for your interest in Ascend Elements. We are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team. If you did not see a position that fits what you are looking for, submit your resume for consideration for future opportunities at one of our 4 locations.


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