Spectrum Brands – The Home & Garden business unit of Spectrum Brands is based in St. Louis, Missouri with distribution, manufacturing and sales offices throughout the US and globe. We are a leading supplier of consumer products nationally for the home, lawn and garden, insect and weed control markets. We deliver groundbreaking products of exceptional value and top-notch quality to consumers with our well-recognized brands including Spectracide®, Hot Shot®, Cutter®, Repel®, Black Flag®, Garden Safe®, EcoLogic® and Liquid Fence®.
The Plant Engineer plays a vital role in driving performance and continuous improvement activities in a liquid fill production operation that includes both automated and manually operated production lines. Critical activities include researching expansion and upgrade projects, developing capital requests for new machines and processing lines, working with new product development to introduce new products and innovations, and continuous improvement in safety, quality, and efficiency.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Work to improve key performance indicators (KPIs) focused on safety, quality, productivity, cost improvement, OEE, and 5S activities.
Conduct routine trouble-shooting activities on the mechanical and electrical equipment.
Document preventive maintenance procedures.
Manage, with the involvement and support of key stakeholders, the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for equipment inspection, operation, set-up, and maintenance.
Assist with the design of products and/or mechanical, electrical, and control systems.
Develop, design, and implement annual capital plans and strategic projects.
Evaluate production capabilities for New Product Development (NPD) projects.
Lead and organize Lean Six Sigma activities to support continuous improvement initiatives.
Identify and solve root causes of recurring downtime.
Identify and implement methods/improvements to increase output efficiency.
Implement cost savings/improvement projects.
Maintain project and equipment files to ensure accuracy and availability.
Research and analyze data such as customer design proposals, specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application.
Direct and coordinate fabrication and installation activities to ensure products and systems conform to engineering design and customer specifications.
Supervise field installations and recommend design modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions
This position is responsible for providing technical training on production line equipment as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience Profile
Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
At least 5 - 7 years relevant experience in a manufacturing environment.
Experience in consumer-packaged goods, Lean Manufacturing, and root cause analysis is required.
Experience with trouble-shooting PLC programs (ControlLogix, MicroLogix, RSLogix) is a plus.
Experience with VFDs is a plus.
Experience with Six Sigma Methodology is a plus.
Experience with an MES system is a plus.
Experience with Aptean’s Factory MES a strong plus.
Experience with aerosol manufacturing or liquid filling a plus.
Strong verbal and written communication/presentation skills.
Ability to effectively collaborate and partner with different functional groups and customers.
Must be detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
Demonstrated project management skills required.
Experienced computer user in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, AutoCAD.
Demonstrated ability to implement process and cost improvements.
Must be results oriented with strong problem-solving skills.
Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
25% office environment
75% manufacturing environment
This position is primarily 1st shift, but may require work on off-shifts as business needs dictate
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this job/classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
Spectrum Brands is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Job Reference: US12177