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Continuous Improvement Manager

About AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals
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/
Our Pulp and Performance Chemicals Business Unit is a leading global force in pulp bleaching technologies, paper chemicals, colloidal silica and expandable microspheres.
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.
Requirements for Job (education or experience required to be able to perform this job):
€ BS. 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
Qualifications
Requirements for Job (education or experience required to be able to perform this job):
€ BS. 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

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