Engineering Manager

Date: May 6, 2022

Location: Waukegan, IL, US

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

Job Purpose

Manages  engineering projects, concerning all the machines, utilities, facilities and buildings. 

Maintains facilities and equipment, ensures equipment availability and drives technical improvements, necessary for both existing and new processes and products.

Key Responsibilities

  • Performs and oversees project management and engineering of capital and expense projects including scope development, safety reviews, equipment specifications, quotation of equipment, bid package development-quoting for installations, field supervision of construction, cost control, commissioning, and project closure. 
  • Plans, coordinates, controls and fully embeds engineering changes up to agreed thresholds in accordance with quality and costs objectives.
  • Manages capex plan on behalf of Site Manager and delivers project studies, pre-projects and capital project at quality, in time and within budget
  • Contributes in defining needs by bringing technical expertise and by formalizing the strategic elements of the project. Supports the site departments in their investment request applications
  • Joins regional team to lead multi-sites projects and to exchange best practices
  • Develops and manages the Maintenance and Engineering budget (costs, quality, service & HSE) including cost allocation model
  • Ensures that site maintenance operations are planned and executed in accordance with timing, quality and costs objectives
  • Ensures timely and accurate availability of reports and metrics required to manage M&E costs and service
  • Secures reliability and availability of installation through establishing appropriate preventive maintenance and inspection plans that satisfy regulatory and business needs
  • Manages and scales up the manufacturing implementation of new products on site in line with the New  Product Introduction Procedures (Stage Gate Process)
  • Enables and contributes to the implementation of CI / ALPS initiatives
  • Stays informed about, amongst others, relevant technology, company news and current SHE standards, and takes action if necessary. Identifies what the pertinent information is to use
  • Is familiar and complies with all the applicable corporate as well as site and laboratory policies/procedures with regard to personal conduct, HSE and Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs (PSRA) standards

Level of Autonomy

  • Inspires commitment to AkzoNobel’s purpose, vision, strategy, core principles, values and leadership behaviors
  • Acts as an ambassador and creates an open environment in which the team as a whole and its members individually can perform at their best
  • Stimulates, manages and follows through on employee engagement and builds on the workforce to reflect the societies and markets in which we do business (D&I)
  • Ensures that job profiles are in place, sets objectives for team members, reviews development and provides clear, open and constructive feedback on performance combined with the appropriate actions
  • Strengthens the talent pipeline by developing talent and regularly assesses and discusses talent and internal movement. Continuously monitors and evaluates retention risk
  • Ensures reporting line is fully informed and acts in line with HSE and Compliance regulations
  • Manages and plans relevant budgets and proactively manages costs
  • Reports on progress on a continuous base

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree (chemical, mechanical, electrical, civil engineering or equivalent)
  • 7-10 years of significant experience in chemical or mechanical construction project engineering
  • Familiarity with the codes and standards regulating the chemical process industry
  • People management experience


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AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 16045 


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