Position Types

Pace & Jacobs LLC is a nationwide headhunting firm serving the chemical and allied industries. Below is a summary of our niche positions, which typically are manufacturing process-related and occur within a production plant or at a corporate engineering site supporting production plants. While we are happy to do our best in helping anyone in their career path, we unfortunately do not have a lot of connections in such fields as sales, marketing, business, supply chain, R&D, program management, or product development.


In addition to the more specific technical roles below, we are always looking for strong leaders with the right industry experience.

Plant Manager, Production Leader, Operations Manager, Maintenance and Reliability Leader, Engineering Manager, EHS Leader, Quality Manager

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is one of the most flexible degrees, spanning manufacturing, controls, process design and development, safety, and aspects of mechanical engineering. As such, the career path has many options, often beginning with a more general production engineering discipline that involves many different aspects.

Production Engineer, Process Engineer, Operations Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Improvement Engineer, Six Sigma Black Belt, Production Supervisor, Process Development/Scale-up Engineer, Process Safety/PSM Engineer

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering primarily involves equipment, either from an installation or maintenance perspective, although design is also important in some disciplines. .It is generally a flexible discipline with similar principles throughout different industries, although some professionals may become specialized in a particular type of equipment, such as rotating or fixed.

Capital Project Manager, Capital Project Engineer, Plant Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Mechanical Integrity Engineer, Mechanical Design Engineer, Equipment Engineer, Civil Engineer, Piping Engineer, Packaging Engineer

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering in its classic sense usually refers to power and electrical equipment, such as pumps, motors, and breakers. In the manufacturing world, though, there are three major categories: power, instrumentation, and controls. Controls are the logic-based automated processes (software, usually DCS or PLC), while instruments are the measuring and feedback equipment (hardware) in the process. Electrical Engineers may work in any, some, or all of these disciplines and typically focus around maintenance, reliability, improvements, and/or capital projects.

Electrical Engineer, Power Distribution Engineer, High-Voltage Power Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer, Process Controls Engineer, Automation Engineer, EIC Engineer, E&I Engineer, I&C Engineer, Electrical Reliability Engineer, Electrical Project Engineer


Most of our clients require stringent quality standards, since the materials are either hazardous chemicals or directly sold to consumers. As such, quality systems are a major part of manufacturing and often the intersection of all departments. Quality includes both Quality Assurance, which focuses on quality systems, reporting, and process improvement, and Quality Control, which is more focused on the actual chemistry and analytical lab equipment. Candidates may have diverse degrees in this field, although chemistry and engineering are common.

Quality Assurance Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Site Chemist, Laboratory Chemist

Environmental, Health, and Safety

Dedicated EHS professionals have become a fast growing field in manufacturing, as companies have dedicated financial resources to leaving smaller environmental footprints and committed to the safety of its employees. Most EHS professionals work with numerous government agencies, such as OSHA, EPA, and state/federal regulation boards to meet compliance standards.

EHS Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Occupational Safety Specialist, Health and Hygiene Specialist