Project Engineer - Paint & Coatings Industry

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Date: Jun 13, 2024

Location: Pontiac, MI, US

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

Leads projects and initiatives in line with site and business needs, tracking all stages to deliver on production, quality, health/safety/environmental, and cost targets. Projects and initiatives include capital, strategic, expense; and site, business, or company-wide engineering, HSE, or other unique requisites.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participates in project initiation to develop a need or business case and obtain a high-level overview of project objectives from the project originator.
  • Tracks and controls project budgets and timelines to ensure completion and reports regularly on project status.
  • Contributes or leads project planning, refining the project charter, creating work scope and request for quote/bid documentation, obtaining and tabulating cost estimates, developing engineering and execution/construction timelines, and obtaining buy-in from stakeholders on project/initiative progression.
  • Oversees execution/construction and commissioning, coordinating with external resources and internal labor and production schedules. Is the first point of contact for outside vendors and contractors. Has an in-the-field presence to supervise key aspects of execution and commissioning as needed and reports back issues or deviations from plan to site stakeholders.
  • Co-leads development of maintenance plans/equipment maintenance strategies, spare parts decisions, training, procedure creation, and ensures project is not closed until documentation is complete.
  • Leads handoff, ensuring all relevant documentation such as manuals, procedures, drawings, and studies are completed and correctly digitally filed, with copies given to relevant parties for frequent use as needed. 
  • Occasionally takes ownership past handoff, overseeing day-to-day operation and ensuring project goals continue to be achieved for up to several months. Trains team members to take ownership and continues to support development during extended handoff activities.
  • Interfaces with other functions such as R&D, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Engineering at other sites as it relates to owned projects and initiatives. 
  • Provides expertise for onsite operations and maintenance groups related to owned projects and initiatives.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering discipline or 3-5 years project management experience and 3-5 years manufacturing support in a paint or chemical factory.
  • Experience with safe work permit (PTW), management of change (MOC), and OSHA PSM requirements
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, and climb in a manufacturing environment wearing appropriate PPE (hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toed shoes)
  • Strong Microsoft Office, Power BI, and SharePoint skills.
  • Experience with PLC control systems
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, across multiple organizational levels

Rewards & Benefits

Base salary range for this role is: $ 95,000 to $105,000. This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This salary range may also be modified in the future.

  • Benefits beginning Day 1
  • 401K retirement savings with 6% company match
  • Annual bonus
  • Medical insurance with HSA
  • Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D benefits
  • Generous vacation, personal and holiday pay 
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Career growth opportunities
  • Active Diversity and Inclusion Networks


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Requisition ID: #LI-SS1

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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