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Lead Pilot Plant Project Engineer Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Engineering & Technology
Posting Date:  Mar 7, 2023

This position is a member of the Central Process Technology organization, supporting all Arkema processes and is located in King of Prussia Pilot Plant, reporting to the Pilot Plant Manager.  This position has no direct reports, but is expected to give direction to process operators, contractors and contribute through teams.


Key Activities

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Projects (100%)

  • Conduct internal alignment meetings
  • Study process alternatives and develop preliminary project analysis with stage gate checkpoints before proceeding with the design.
  • Lead stage gate process and ensure quality of deliverables, ensuring critical project reviews are conducted in coordination with other functional departments.
  • Coordinate preparation of PFD’s, P&ID’s, heat and material balances, etc. engaging needed SMEs.
  • Prepare equipment lists and equipment specifications.
  • Develop project execution plans.
  • Prepare estimates.
  • Review designs, estimates and execution strategies and ensure appropriate management and technical approvals
  • Coordinate safety, CSR and environmental reviews, partipating in Hazard Reviews and leading capital related Hazop action closure.
  • Coordinate with internal goods and services department to prepare bid packages and vendor selection process.
  • Manage external engineering, construction, material and service providers
  • Interface with construction crews including safe work permits.
  • Assemble and present project updates to business leadership and other project stakeholders
  • Manage project budgets and records.
  • Manage KPIs to control project and maintain project objectives, identify and communicate project risks and implement appropriate action plans.
  • Participate in commissioning and start-up activities to ensure effective implementation of projects.
  • Coordinate Management of Change, Pre Startup Safety Reviews, and construction incident investigations and execute associated action items. 


Context & Environment

  • The position in based in King of Prussia, and requires frequent presence in the pilot plant operating area with occasional travel to contractors and vendors.
  • Works with Pilot Plant Manager to develop priorities and executes assignments with moderate supervision and matrixes with Engineering and Technology management.
  • Works with engineers, research scientists, technicians and other personnel to provide engineering support.
  • Supports Engineering and Technology initiatives, such as digital program, process book initiative, Team of Teams, etc.
  • 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, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents
  • Sets own career directions and customizes own development plan. 


Required Education/Qualifications/Work Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering required.
  • More than 5 years industrial experience.


Demonstrated Competencies

Competencies listed below are expected of an individual who is proficient in the role.  Candidates would be expected to achieve these competencies within 2 years.

  • Basic understanding of chemical process industry and the technical aspects of process and project development.
  • Basic knowledge of project design and construction, including vessel design, piping, instrument/electrical, civil/structural, process and environmental.
  • Working knowledge in scheduling, cost estimating, and project controls.
  • Proficient in project manufacturing digital tools and utilizes digital tools such as cost and schedule software and CAD.
  • Ability to prioritize and delegate project activities and influence resources external to Arkema.
  • Basic knowledge of contracting strategies and schedule control.
  • Leads efforts to develop and analyze project options by assessing all considerations (technical, financial, safety, CSR/ESG and environmental).
  • Well-versed in stage gate and coaches less experienced engineers to use the methodology.
  • Efficient use of six sigma tools and develops project opportunities based on data analysis. Coaches less experienced engineers to use appropriate data analysis tools.
  • Expert in internal methods and tools.
  • Provides cross business unit/departmental support.
  • Good understanding of environmental and safety issues associated with the chemical process industry.
  • Actively networks and consults within and outside business unit or support function.  Actively participates in corporate initiatives.  Work processes leader.  Messaging, presentations and written reporting to director level.
  • Has internal and external networks.
  • Mentors less experienced engineers across KOP.
  • Proficient in completion of CSR (ESG) deliverables for projects and plant support programs.
  • Is recognized across the site as a skilled project engineer.

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 €9.5 billion ($10.6 billion) in 2021, 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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