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Improvement Engineer - Pilot Plant Job

Company: Arkema Americas
Location: King Of Prussia
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Lead Improvement Engineer - Pilot Plant

S ituation in organization

-Member of the Central Process Technology organization, supporting all Arkema processes.

-Located in King of Prussia Pilot Plant and reporting to the Pilot Plant Manager.

-No direct reports, but expected to supervise contracting companies, process operators, field contractors and lead multi-functional teams.

Job dimensions

- Apply thorough knowledge of chemical engineering to lead facilities improvement and engineering in the Pilot Plant or other areas on the King of Prussia site.

-Perform moderately supervised engineering work and requires routine presence in the pilot operating units and a strong desire to work hands-on in the unit.

-Good understanding of the technical aspects of chemical process and project development and execution, as well as ability to understand and satisfy internal customers' needs/requirements.

-Ensure that improvements meet or exceed all corporate expectations, guidelines, and procedural criteria.

-Indirect interfacing with government agencies and neighboring communities, especially in terms of environmental and safety issues.

-Lead improvement and project teams including technical resources and reporting to project sponsors

-Knowledge of chemical processes, cost estimating, project controls, and project scheduling and schedule control.

-Communication of project status at project Steering Committee level.

-Manage multiple projects and programs concurrently up to $10M

Key A ctivities and responsibilities

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Process Improvement (50%)

  • Understands pilot plant process technology, equipment, unit operations, and control technology and apply new technology to improve existing processes.
  • Conduct basic engineering work and process analysis on complex plant unit operations.
  • Leads advanced troubleshooting and appropriate root-cause analysis and accountable for implementation of associated corrective actions.
  • Applies statistical methods and Six Sigma tools to analyze problems, optimize operations, identify improvement opportunities and implement solutions to deliver value to BU customers.
  • Lead preparation of PFD's, P&ID's, heat and material balances, etc.
  • Lead preparation of equipment lists, specification sheets and other process input to projects.
  • Team lead PHA and facilitate DHA Reviews. Lead action closure for HAZOP and DHA Projects (50%)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Lead coordination with internal goods and services department to p repare bid packages and vendor selection process.
    • Manage external engineering, construction, material and service providers and approve the design output.
    • 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.
    • Coordinate 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. C ontext and 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 improve the processes, develop priorities and executes assignments with moderate supervision and matrixes with Engineering and Technology management.

      -Works with other 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 Arkema local HES policies and international process safety policies and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements and participates in HES activities provided by Arkema.

      -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/Q ualifications /Work experience
      • Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering.
      • More than 6 years industrial experience in a chemical environment 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.
        • Good understanding of chemical process industry and the technical aspects of chemical process and chemical project development.
        • Basic knowledge of chemical process engineering, 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 process and project manufacturing digital tools and utilizes digital tools such as cost and schedule software and CAD.
        • Ability to prioritize, lead and delegate process and project activities and influence resources external to Arkema.
        • 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 chemical 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.

          Job Segment: Chemical Engineer, Six Sigma, Construction, Plant Operator, Engineer, Engineering, Management, Manufacturing

Keywords: Arkema Americas, Philadelphia , Improvement Engineer - Pilot Plant Job, Professions , King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania

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