Hahnville (St. Charles), LA, United States
Employment Type: Regular
Category: Production / Operations
Posting Date: Sep 24, 2020
The Improvement / Production Engineer role leads the plant level improvement process by evaluating existing improvement opportunities, analyzing data and business trends to discover new project/process opportunities, implementing those projects to realize the gains to the benefit of the organization, and effectively managing contractors and related activities for the construction phase of such projects. This role also acts as a technical resource for Operations personnel, applying technical skills to optimize plant operations, resolve plant problems and enables production of low cost, quality products.
Key Activities and Responsibilities
With direction from the Plant Manager and/or BU, lead plant capital projects, projects budgets, project construction, and project records. Maintain 3-5 year plan database for capital projects. Work with the ACR Capital Coordinator on maintaining the 5-year capital plan for the site.
Effective use of the AGATE process to manage capital projects. Implement best practices identified by the ACR Capital Coordinator.
Provide engineering support in the design, operation, and maintenance of plant processes, equipment, facilities, and Mechanical Integrity initiative.
Maintain and update all P&IDs, drawings, and flow diagrams. Conduct and/or participate in all MOC as required by this role.
Support plant operations to ensure effective implementation of business-supported projects as identified in the technology plan, while identifying technology gaps, improvement opportunities and potential liabilities of plant for future project planning.
Work with exterior entities (i.e. construction contractors, government agencies, Arkema corporate purchasing, and consultants) as needed for project work.
Develop and execute Operational Excellence Projects as part of the ACR BU initiative to drive fixed and variable cost reduction projects as well as improving yield, OAU, and reducing energy consumption (Arkenergy) projects.
Provide support to plant operations and production concerning equipment failures, bottleneck issues and periodic troubleshooting of systems.
Process Safety Management: Have a working knowledge of the standard and assist in resolving issues identified in internal and external audits. Lead or participate in Process Hazard Analyses, Process Safety Startup Reviews, and participate as requested in Incident Investigations.
Understands all applicable process technology, equipment, unit operations, and control technology. Works with Technical Advising, Process Research, and plant personnel to optimize operations and meet Business and Plant goals for HES, production, cost, and quality.
Participate in advanced troubleshooting, conduct appropriate root-cause analysis, and ensure corrective actions are implemented to address unplanned events as defined in department trigger criteria.
Supports daily activities and production requirements, helping ensure goals and commitments are achieved safely and within budget.
Monitor, report, and provide input to daily production, shipping activities, product quality and direct adjustments to production and shipping plans as appropriate. Ensure continuous evaluation and implementation of improvements.
Communicate technical information and issues to plant personnel and technology centers
Initiate changes to Plant Operating procedures and work with Production Technicians to ensure changes are valid and up-to-date
Understands and applies skills and knowledge in Statistical Process Control (SPC) technology to maximize plant asset utilization and produce low cost, quality products
Deliver value to the businesses through effective use of Lean Six Sigma methodologies, asset utilization, and project management work processes
Context and Environment
High profile / key position within the plant, which works closely with every department.
Has direct daily involvement with most of the activities in the facility.
Maintain High level of communication with operations, process research, process automation, and management teams.
Commitment to HSEQ
Comply with the HSEQ Policy.
Comply with Regulations, Legal and Internal Requirements as made known by the site and by the business unit (BU).
Comply with the rules of the specific location to which one is assigned as well as the rules set by the business unit (BU) and Arkema Inc.
Comply with all standard procedures and work instructions, aka SP, SOP, PWI, TM, to ensure productivity, quality assurance and cost effectiveness.
Review their work areas for potential losses and Report hazards to the direct supervisor.
Report Near Misses to the direct supervisor.
Report Incidents or Accidents to the direct supervisor.
Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents
Qualifications / Experience Required
Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical, Biochemical or equivalent.
4 years of experience in engineering and project management in a manufacturing environment required (chemical batch processing experience preferred).
Experience in applying Six Sigma methodologies strongly preferred. Six Sigma certification is a plus.
Familiarity with AGATE Process.
DCS and batch manager experience preferred
Familiarity using IP-21 or similar data historian preferred
Process Safety Experience preferred (PHA, LOPA, Safety Instrumented Systems)
Root Cause Investigation Experience preferred (TapRoot)
Experience with HES Performance & Compliance, PSM, RMP
Strong communication skills (both written and verbal)
Strong Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required
Solid understanding of both technical and financial impacts of process-related decisions
Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to shift priorities and meet deadlines
Strong interpersonal, listening and leadership skills
Excellent judgment and problem analysis skills are required as well as tolerance for stress
Demonstration of the ability to solve problems and take independent action
Highly motivated team player able to work at a fast pace
Strong initiative and able to work with very little oversight
Self-motivated, capable decision-maker that is able to effectively influence others
A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.8 billion ($10.4 billion USD) in 2018, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.
Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.
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