NatureWorks is an advanced materials company offering a broad portfolio of renewably-sourced polymers and chemicals to the packaging, polymers, fibers, and chemicals markets. Creating performance through chemistry, Vercet™ lactide-based solutions help innovators realize significant, measurable performance and cost advantages in products such as C.A.S.E. (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers), toners, and surfactants. With performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers, naturally advanced Ingeo™ polymers are valued for their unique functional properties and used in products from coffee capsules and electronics to diapers and wipes. NatureWorks is jointly owned by Thailand’s largest and ASEAN’s leading integrated petrochemical and refining company, PTT Global Chemical, and Cargill, which provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. www.natureworksllc.com; follow NatureWorks on Twitter @natureworks.
This Senior Process Control Engineer is responsible for managing the automation resources at the organization’s manufacturing facilities. This role supports day-to-day production as well as project work. In this capacity, the Senior Process Control Engineer works with operations, project engineers, maintenance & reliability, research & development, and supply chain functions to ensure the automation systems safely & consistently meet the needs of these clients.
Evaluate and Define Automation Requirements for Projects & Improvement Opportunities (70%)
Manages automation resources at manufacturing facilities to support operations and engineering
Oversees the automation and process control code and ensures implementation per company standards.
Acts as the Subject Matter Expert for Process Automation and Control.
Manages and implements changes to both the DCS and SIL control systems hardware and software systems.
Investigates and defines future upgrades or modifications to automation hardware and software based on operations and capital project requirements.
Evaluates upgrades and modifications to the automation hardware and software to ensure these assets stay up-to-date and integrate best available technologies.
Third Party Contractor Management (15%)
Manages the relationships with 3rd party contractors with expertise in the automation systems to prioritize and coordinate tasks to maintain and improve the automation systems.
Network Security for Plant Automation Systems (15%)
Maintains adequate network security for the plant automation systems in conjunction with the IT Group to ensure cyber security for the automation systems is in line with the current best practices established by IT Group.
FREEDOM TO ACT:
This position is responsible for making key decisions for the business regarding best practices for automation in the manufacturing facilities. These decisions are captured in writing & vetted to the necessary team members before any changes are implemented. When appropriate, proposed changes will go through the Management of Change process for a more extensive review.
Education and Experience Required:
Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university in Chemical or Electrical
Demonstrated proficiency in developing strategies for plant instrumentation and advanced process control
Demonstrated proficiency in deploying complex process control systems
7-15 years of experience in a chemical/plastics manufacturing environment or process development environment
Education and Experience Preferred:
Advanced degree in Chemical or Electrical Engineering
Experience in facilitation of Continuous Improvement evens such as Kaizen, Six Sigma or Lean processes
Other (knowledge, skills and abilities):
Ability to identify new opportunities, develop business cases and manage process control projects
Strong knowledge of process engineering fundamentals and unit operations
Ability to operate independently and effectively in a multidisciplinary team
Ability to work successfully in a manufacturing environment
Professional engineering license in chemical, control systems, or electrical engineering is desirable
Knowledge of process instrumentation is desirable
Working knowledge of NFPA 85 and 87 for burner management standards of fire equipment.
Working knowledge of ISA/IEC-62443 cybersecurity standard for industrial control systems
Experience working with plant data historians (i.e. OSIsoft PI, AspenTech IP21, etc…)
Experience developing & maintaining model-predictive control systems (i.e. AspenTech DMCplus or DMC3, Honeywell Profit Suite, Schneider Electric SimSci APC, etc…)
Experience with configuring and maintaining Allen Bradley VFD’s.
Experience as a plant process engineer with a proven history of implement improvements successfully
Experience implementing automation changes including conception, programming and testing in a manufacturing environment
Project startup experience
History of successfully managing a portfolio of improvement opportunities through a team of engineers, technicians and/or 3rd party contractors
Good written & oral communication skills, particularly developing technical documents
Good knowledge of safety, electrical and fire protection standards
Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Standard work hours with some overtime required for project support, etc.
Some non-standard working hours are required on an on-call basis to support plant operations
Time split between office location and plant environment
Some travel required, including occasional travel internationally