Operations Engineer

Magnolia, Arkansas, United States of America
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Job Description

Operations Engineer

Core Work – Principal Function of Role

The Operations Engineer primarily functions as a technical resource and support role leveraging knowledge and technical skills related to chemistry and engineering to ensure that assigned production units are operating safely as designed and permitted with a continuous improvement mindset.

Accountabilities – Provide leadership to:

  • Endure that assigned production units are operating as designed (production rate, quality, raw material utilizations)
  • Support the continuous improvement of assigned production units
  • Ensure all Environmental and PSM obligations are fulfilled for assigned production units
  • Support site-wide HS&E and continuous improvement initiatives

Key Activities and Responsibilities

  • Learn the process design, constraints/limitations, regulatory and permit conditions, common causes of process upsets, and past/present/future improvement plans to function as the process expert for assigned production units
  • Play a support role for capital projects for assigned unit
  • Provide primary support to resolve process upsets to reach production targets and minimize waste
  • Track daily production volumes and downtime in site OEE system
  • Track raw material utilizations, verify accuracy of utilization standards, and provide technical support to ensure that production units are performing to standards.
  • Participate on Continuous Improvement Teams and Capital Projects teams, providing guidance and support and approving decisions and MOCs for new processes and equipment
  • Generate MOCs and ensure they progress to completion in a timely manner
  • Generate Incident Reports, lead and/or participate in investigations/RCFAs, help generate effective technical corrective actions, and ensure timely completion of actions and reports
  • Manage Process Safety Information (P&IDs, Critical-Safety-Systems, Interlocks)
  • Ensure compliance with environmental regulation and permit requirements (DEQ reportable quantities, Point Source Emissions limits, Process Safety Incident threshold quantities) and perform release calculations as needed

Key Performance Indicators

  • Units achieve monthly production targets at designed raw material utilizations within set quality specifications, and all final product shipments leave the plant on schedule
  • Zero non-conformances of PSM requirements and minimal MOCs, incident reports, and corrective actions > 1 year old
  • Assigned units realize production rate, reliability, cost, and quality improvements that impact overall profitability

Essential Qualifications

  • B.S. or higher degree in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical preferred
  • Experience in manufacturing facility (Chemical Industry preferred)
  • Strong problem-solving skills and technical ability
  • Strong time management, organization, interpersonal, and communication skills

Critical Partnerships

  • Area and Shift Supervisors – Collaborate on resolution of process upsets, generation/implementation of process improvements (technical focus), and support and approval of equipment preparation effectiveness for maintenance
  • Technical Advisor – Consult for additional assistance/support for resolution of process upsets and generation/implementation of process improvement ideas
  • Product Managers – Collaborate with business team to communicate production needs and challenges
  • Operations Analyst – Collaborate to understand and address raw material utilization issues

Magnolia site employees should be aware of both the Albemarle Magnolia Site Quality Policy and the Albemarle Magnolia Site Quality Objectives plus understand how their role contributes to each.  Employees are required to follow and support the requirements of our quality management system which is available on the ISO Sync site and can be accessed through Albert by all site workers. #LI-JH3

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