Engineering Manager

Job Description
Engineering Manager (180003IG )
Closing Date: Ongoing
Location: United States-Illinois-Morris
Organization: Surface Chemistry Operations
Number of employees needed: 1
Job Family:Engineering
Employment Contract:Full-time

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is world leader in the production of essential chemistry with operations in 80 countries and over 10,000 employees.? We invest approximately $120 million in RD&I every year, are #1 or #2 in 80% of our market segments, and we are ranked #1 in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Here in North America, we have nearly 2,000 employees across 22 production, research and office sites, including the world?s largest fatty amines facility, located in Morris, IL. We are dedicated to providing industries worldwide with the materials they need to manufacture everyday essentials such as paper, plastics, detergents, personal care and hair styling products, as well as key ingredients for the construction, oil and gas, agricultural, mining and pharmaceutical sectors. Building on our long-standing commitment to safety, sustainability and open innovation, we have established a world-class business built on strong partnerships with our customers. The global headquarters for two of our core businesses ? Surface Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry ? are located in Chicago, and the region as a whole accounts for approximately one quarter of Specialty Chemicals? annual worldwide revenue. For more information visit www.akzonobel.com/

Are you talented, ambitious, and looking to develop yourself in a challenging international environment? Do you want to work for a company that values your opinion, will push you to do your best, and is committed to doing our part to make the world a better place? Search no further because our Surface Chemistry Business Unit is seeking an Engineering Manager to join our organization in Morris, IL. ??

Surface Chemistry 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.

The Engineering Manager will be responsible for development, proposal and implementation of goals for the Morris Site Engineering Department with SBU strategy in mind. ?He/She will develop operational action plans and implement controls which assure targets are met and business opportunities are identified, assessed and implemented within the framework of the global strategy of the business. Core Member of the Site Leadership Team

Reports To: Site Director

Direct Reports: Sr. Process Engineer (1), Process Engineers (2), Sr. Project Leader (3), Automation Engineers (3), Process Safety Manager (1)


  • Provides daily engineering and troubleshooting support for plant operation, plant equipment and processes and utilities equipment

  • Supports the Site Director by ensuring the Morris Site Master Plan is kept current along with the associated 5-Year CAPEX long range plan?

  • Manages the Plant?s Capital budget (CAPEX), prioritizes and schedules projects

  • Ensures accurate and timely CAPEX forecasting for entire project portfolio

  • Facilitates monthly site CAPEX meetings and provides output to the BUSC Asset Management Director

  • Identifies projects, prepares cost estimates and ARs, manages project implementations (i.e. construction, contractors, specifies equipment, procurement, start-up etc.)

  • Collaborates with P&E to manage projects which are determined to be of the complexity and size which requires centralized engineering office to manage

  • Performs design reviews, pre start-up safety reviews, and initiates MOC?s as needed

  • Maintains all engineering standards and procedures for the Morris plant

  • Drive the PSM standards and improvement process to ensure PHAs are completed, action items from PHAs are completed

  • Maintains and implements a hopper of acceptable Six Sigma engineering projects

  • Manages Engineering Department in a manner that promotes interdepartmental cooperation, and ensures that department goals are met

  • Communicates and promotes the approved BU-strategy and develops plans and budgets for plant engineering activities

  • Radiation Safety Officer for the site

Environment, Health, Safety, and Security Specific Responsibilities:???????

  • Understands and helps implement the SBU HSES / Responsible Care Policy and related objectives

  • Aware of potential environmental, health, safety and security impacts in area of responsibility and the consequences if an upset occurs

  • Understands and implements any parts of the Houston Environmental Compliance Plans, Waste Management Plans and Emergency Response Plan that applies to area of responsibility

  • Participates in the site's on-going Pollution Prevention Process

  • Participates in the site?s HSE&S processes and training activities

  • Is knowledgeable and complies with all state, federal, and local regulations and complies with AkzoNobel standards and directives

  • Other duties as required by site director

  • Ensures sustainability assessments are done on projects according to the requirements of the corporation


  • B.S. Engineer, preferably Chemical or Mechanical

  • 10+ years? of direct management experience and equivalent leadership roles

  • 6-8 years related chemical manufacturing operations experience

  • Proven leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Six Sigma and good working knowledge of SAP a plus

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization

  • Ability to plan, communicate, and execute CAPEX projects

  • Ability to lead and work effectively in a team environment?

  • Strong safety background

What can AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals offer you??

If you share our values and ambitions, we can give you a career where your knowledge and ambitions will be recognized and rewarded. You will be working in an international environment with many possibilities to develop, both personally and professionally.?You will be offered interesting and challenging projects that open your view and challenges your enterprise. You will be working with likeminded people that share your attitude and enthusiasm. By working for AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals you will also help us to achieve our ambition ? to be the first choice by our customers, shareholders and employees, all over the world.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both a pre-employment background check and a drug screening.? In some case, pre-employment physicals may also be required.

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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