Process Automation Manager at Dow

Posted in Other 10 days ago.

Location: Freeport, Texas

Job Description:

Dow has an opening for a Process Automation Manager located in Freeport, TX. This role serves as a technical associate or a process automation lead for small through large capital and improvement projects regionally and/or globally. Directs and leads both Dow and contract resources. Is involved in all three phases of projects: front end loading, detailed design and construction, and commissioning and startup. In a technology associate capacity, leads technical problem solving in a specific technology area to deliver value for Dow. Recognized within the discipline and geography for the expertise and participates in global teams. Leverages technical know-how and implements best practice applications within an area of expertise of a discipline themselves and by providing technical coaching, consulting and support for others within the site and region. In a discipline lead capacity, coordinates the discipline engineering activities of the project and will direct and administer discipline activities with external contractors/suppliers as required. Leads the coordination with the global discipline technical experts to ensure MET is applied and/or variances are indicated and worked through in a timely manner. As the lead, accountable for designing the control strategy, including both the safety and control systems, as well as design and implementation of the basic process control system (BPCS), which is not typical within the industry. Typically this role is the most senior lead for site executed projects or manages significantly large projects regionally and/or globally. Requires in-depth conceptual and practical knowledge in own job discipline and basic knowledge of related job disciplines.

Responsibilities / Duties

In a project leadership capacity:

  • Establishes project goals and planning. Tracks progress, schedules, and costs for the PA team during all project phases.

  • Completes technical review of the control team work and provide coaching/corrective feedback.

  • Determines testing scenarios and oversees the simulation of the control system to test the strategy and improvements.

  • Works with other engineers to determine the project and control requirements.

  • Creates the process control overview for the project and develops user requirement system specifications.

  • Estimates the process control cost and schedule for the project and manage against these baselines.

  • Develops functional requirement specification (FRS) for the system and creates detailed requirement specifications (DRS).

  • Develops control software, operator graphics and simulation software.

  • Completes the factory acceptance test (FAT) Commissioning.

  • Provides training of operations and support commissioning and start-up of the new asset.

In a manufacturing execution system (MES) engineer capacity:

  • Serves as the subject matter expert for work execution, tools and systems supporting and interfacing in the space of Production Operations Management.

  • Participates in project scoping activities.

  • Drives strategic solutions in partnership with stakeholders.

  • Engages with stakeholders and cross-discipline and cross-functional global project teams.

  • Performs high level functional activities, such as requirements gathering and gap analysis of user requirements, requires functional and business expertise.

  • Participates in the design specifications, configuration, testing, implementation and startup of manufacturing execution systems (MES) solutions.

  • Identifies and deploys Most Effective Technology (MET) standard solution components to meet project requirements.

  • Supports training of operations and support commissioning and start-up of the asset.

  • Supports future process improvements and product development/solution roadmap.

In a technology associate capacity:

  • Provides technical support, coaching and consulting for project teams, operations, maintenance, and other technology centers.

  • Identifies and develops both technology and work process enhancements which deliver value.

  • Supports the implementation of discipline technology strategy and provides input/feedback on the strategy in specific area of expertise.

  • Serves as site or regional technology focal point, providing timely technical reviews and input to complex designs and/or any variances from MET on capital projects or in support of maintenance/operations.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree in engineering

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience (i.e. automation, engineering, manufacturing or related)

  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Hydrocarbons processing experience

  • ABB800xA Control System Experience

  • Previous experience managing process automation projects

Note: Domestic relocation assistance is available for this role and may be provided based on eligibility.

Dow Offers:

  • A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits

  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment

  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth

  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world

  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

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