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Process/Improvement Engineer Job


Axis (Mobile), AL, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Engineering & Technology
Posting Date:  Jun 5, 2022

The Process/Improvement Engineer is a member of the High Performance Polymer (HPP) business unit at Axis, supporting the monomer and polymer production unit located in Axis, AL, reporting to the Lead Production Engineer of the Kepstan production unit. 
•    Support the Kepstan manufacturing process at Axis 
•    Responsible for process expertise on monomer and polymer production, including integration of next-generation technology into the existing footprint at Axis
•    HES: Take ‘team leader’ role for Process Hazard Analysis.  Lead root cause analysis and lead investigations.   Demonstrate leadership in use and knowledge of HES regulations in engineering work. Own and manage process safety documentation for the unit.  (10%)
•    Support operations. Give direction to hourly workers and hold accountable for results. (10%)
•    Assist operations as needed during deviations; use analysis skills for troubleshooting, turnaround support, etc. (10%)
•    Own and improve process including integration of next generation technology.  Conduct Greenbelt projects to improve OAU, cost savings and quality.  Improve PFD’s, P&ID’s, heat and material balances, etc.  (30%)
•    Prepare engineering packages for unit improvements.  Lead, develop & implement capital and other stage gate projects (40%)
•    <10% travel required
•    Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
•    Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, PGI’s, etc.)
•    Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents
•    Works with little supervision and sets own priorities for the process.  High level of theoretical and practical engineering understanding and track record of successfully solving problems and meeting deadlines. Solutions and projects are expected to work reliably. 
•    Must consider personnel and process safety to be of critical importance and have demonstrated skills in these areas. 
•    Well versed in the laws and rules governing the design and implementation of solutions regarding chemical processes, including but not limited to federal laws regarding environmental compliance issues, process hazards techniques, engineering standards, OSHA requirements, PSM, etc.  Experienced and supporting occupational safety activities at the site.
•    Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering required.
•    2 to 5 years of industrial experience in process engineering required.
•    Six Sigma certification preferred
•    Some Capital project management experience (scope  execution) preferred.
•    DCS coding capability, specifically with the DELTA-V platform, is desired.
•    SAP experience desired
•    Fluent understanding of process chemistry and engineering; applies know-how to problem solving and troubleshooting
•    Demonstrated leadership skills; as well as demonstrated ability to develop goals and actions to improve performance
•    Strong problem solving skills and ability to implement process improvement from concept through project completion (project management skills).
•    Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
•    Team player who can function efficiently across all departments within the plant.
•    Open minded to a fluid work environment.
•    Strong organizational skills in addition to practical knowledge and experience.

Arkema Engineering Competencies
•    Competence in manufacturing digital tools and handling of plant historian data and Trendminer.  Developed expertise in one or more digital tools, including simulation at plant level with tangible results.
•    Efficient use of six sigma tools in the normal work process and develops project opportunities based on data analysis.
•    Completes core Arkema technical training and actively develop deeper understanding of technology relevant to the PEKK and EKKE processes (“as-is” and “to-be”).
•    Develops high competency in modelling and Arkema methods and tools.
•    Project team member; supports capital projects by gathering and providing data for the options being analyzed.
•    Actively networks and consults with members within BU.  Actively participates in corporate initiative(s).  Active team member in projects and programs using Arkema work processes.  May lead some programs.  Messaging, presentations and written reporting to site audience.
•    Has network internal to BU and begin to network outside the BU (e.g. internal conferences). Mentors less experienced engineers within BU.
•    Application of historian data and multiple manufacturing digital tools, simulation and databases at plant level with tangible results.

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

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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