Production Engineer at Ashland Inc.

Posted in Engineering 13 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Hopewell, Virginia

Job Description:

Ashland Specialty Ingredients, GP

Are you the kind of person that is always thinking, sketching, seeking, and adjusting? Who needs to understand how things work and then figure out how they can work better? Are you a passionate, tenacious, solver who loves to work with others who share your drive? Are you positive, constructive, and ingenious?

Are you always solving?

Then we’d like to meet you and bet you’d like to meet us.

Ashland has an exciting opportunity for a Production Engineer to join our Specialty ingredients G.P., business at our Hopewell, VA location. This is a very visible, significant role within the Company, and the Plant Engineering and Operations functions. This position will report to the Operations Manager, Ethylcellulose (EC) Division.

The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identify, develop, and drive or assist in the implementation of continuous improvement solutions for the entire EC unit value stream with focus on First Pass Quality (FPQ), optimized operability, increased throughput, elimination of bottlenecks and single point failures.

  • Analyze, develop, and implement systems and processes to drive daily optimized quality and stable operating conditions of the EC unit.

  • Provide technical expertise and knowledge base transfer to EC unit Supervisor/Operation Manager and operators.

  • Create production schedules and Finished Product Blend sheets for the EC Unit.

  • Collaborate to expand and support the implementation of Ashland Production System throughout EC department.

  • Develop and standardize metrics for the continuous improvement of the EC unit.

  • Provide technical expertise in the review and improvement of the EC unit procedures, WI, forms, and all other documents.

  • Support the improvement of the current training system for EC operators.

  • Provide technical support for capital projects in EC unit.

  • Participate and provide technical expertise in EC unit PHA’s.

  • Provide Management of Change (MOC) support for the EC unit.

  • Provide effective technical support during EC planned shutdowns and restarts.

  • Responsible for technical support in the day-to-day troubleshooting of EC unit issues.

  • Be a positive contributor to the safety and environmental programs of the Hopewell plant.

In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering

  • Delta-V and SAP experience

  • 5-10 years’ chemical plant manufacturing experience

  • ·Must be able to handle multiple projects concurrently and work in a team environment. 

The following skill sets are preferred by the business unit:

  • Previous experience in Production Operations

  • Previous Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) batch manufacturing experience

  • Previous experience working within a union environment

  • Hazard Analysis - HAZOP, PHA, Good Manufacturing Practices, ISO Systems

  • Experience in or knowledge of using Lean Six Sigma processes

  • Excellent written and oral communications

  • Proven data analysis and problem-solving skills.

  • Proven planning and organization skills.

  • Proven self-starter with urgency for delivering results.

Third party recruiters and agencies (“Agency”) should not contact employees of Ashland or its subsidiaries directly. Any resumes sent by an Agency to a hiring manager, recruiter or submitted to Ashland’s career portal are considered unsolicited and property of Ashland. Ashland will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume, unless the Agency has a signed contract with Ashland’s Human Resources/Procurement department in advance of submitting a candidate for consideration. Verbal and written approvals will not be considered a valid contract for service.

In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland LLC. (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, personal care and pharmaceutical. Visit to see the innovations we offer.
At Ashland our vision is to be a leading, global specialty chemicals company whose inspired and engaged employees add value to all we touch. In fact our people, employees, customers and vendors define who we are. They are the driving force behind everything we do.
Not only do we value our customers but we value our employees, and we work to offer them a dynamic and challenging environment. We hold ourselves to high standards at Ashland, and we value integrity and honesty.
Ashland has a history of attracting the best people and keeping them. The reasons are simple: industry competitive salary and benefits, pay-for-performance incentive plans and a diverse work environment where employees feel challenged and valued. People come to Ashland and stay. As a growing Fortune 500 specialty chemicals company, we offer opportunities for development and advancement throughout our global organization. Our values define who we are and what we care about as a company. If you are looking for a relationship with a company instead of simply a job, this may be a great fit.

Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. NOTE:  We do not accept resumes from external staffing agencies or independent recruiters for any of our openings unless we have a signed recruiting agreement in place to fill a specific position.

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