Production Engineer - Specialty Chemicals

Our Surface Chemistry Business Unit is one of the world's leading specialty chemical manufacturers of surfactants, polymers and solvents, providing innovative surface chemistry technologies and solutions in industries such as agro, asphalt, cleaning, fabric care, mining, personal care and petroleum.
Key Objectives/Principal Accountabilities

  • Evaluates loss data and generates specific reports that identify production performance improvement opportunities to be pursued by other work processes

  • Identifies and communicates operating unit goals and technology plans with respect to health, safety, and environmental concerns, unit operations, and technical opportunities.

  • Selects, defines, and schedules analysis of systems critical to business goals; collects relevant data on selected systems

  • Leads the criticality review and determines the risk management strategy

  • Monitors and analyzes the reliability program performance

  • Establishes the root cause analysis (RCA) level criteria

  • Identifies the level of RCA to be performed and the Team as appropriate

  • Process optimization on continuous and batch units

  • Troubleshooting and problem solving in continuous and batch units

  • Support Production Management with process chemistry related issues

  • Analyze process problems using structured problem-solving techniques

  • Conduct safety and design reviews to ensure compliance with engineering best practices, plant engineering specifications and managementof change process.

  • Train operators and maintenance technicians on new and existing equipment procedures.

  • Act as the plant engineering representative on large corporately managed projects.

  • Participate in the plant management of change process and quality awareness team.

  • Monitor yields and make recommendations for bill of material adjustments, process SAP transactions related to notifications, capital project accounting, and purchase requisitions.

€ Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering
€ Six Sigma black belt preferred
€ 5+ years of proven capabilities and good understanding of chemical process engineering aspects such as:
o Chemical and physical unit operations
o Process equipment
o Reaction chemistry and technology
o Mass and energy transfer
o Fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and
o Process control systems
€ Experience from chemical process industry site related Engineering work a plus
€ Teamwork and team leadership, ability to manage resources, excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, attentive to detail, strong drive and strong results orientation
€ Seeks to understand the Health, Safety, Environmental and Security (HSES) aspects of his/her area operations and the consequences if an upset occurs
€ Ability to analyze and solve complex problems using SPC, Pareto diagrams, SWOT analysis, and cause and effect analysis
€ Experience with Lean Six Sigma, 5S and other continual improvement tools are a plus. Experience from laboratory and pilot scale reactors a plus
€ Ability to make decisions and take action consistent with current developments and trends
€ Physical demands: Must be able to access all areas of site
Discover the opportunity to join an international, dynamic, and responsible company that fosters the development of its employees globally. We want to be the best - to use our leading market positions to deliver a leading performance - and for that, we need YOU! Find out how our values make AkzoNobel the employer of choice.
As a leading specialty chemical company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.
Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.
AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.
AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).

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