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Process Engineer

Date: Oct 15, 2021

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

Monitors and improves processes in order to maintain or enhance quality, HSE, service and costs level by troubleshooting (Root Cause) manufacturing processes and is responsible for the industrialization of new products & new manufacturing processes,  on a manufacturing site including transfers, MOC´S and NPI´S.

Key Responsibilities

  • Monitors the process performance through metrics such as RFT, MME, OEE, cost productivity, customer complaints,  Waste Indices and takes action as required to correct adverse trends, performing plant based process investigations
  • Develops plans to improve the above performance through focused improvement activities (in conjunction with the operations group) along with capital project and othe CI/ALPS initiatives
  • Interfaces with off site functions such as R&D/marketing/Supply chain  and central engineering for the industrialization of new products, new raw materials, new packagings  and recipe changes ensuring that changes on site are controlled and managed
  • This Process Engineer will need to be multi-faceted:  Able to communicate to various levels, able to understand quickly and interpret need, lead teams, drive results through others that are not direct reports
  • Provides expertise for on site operations group during process related troubleshooting issues- hands on with production operators/quality techs
  • For capital projects, executes process studies, contributes to pre-projects and performs initial project scoping and business case development, handing over to the project group for execution (except minor projects, <500k)
  • During project execution, plays a major role in commissioning,start-up and training, and then owning the technology for the site
  • Multiple concurrent projects at any time varying from small to large ($500K) in scope
  • Stays informed about, amongst others, relevant technology, company news and current quality and  SHE standards, and takes action if necessary. Identifies what the pertinent information is to use
  • Develops process standardization (where applicable) and contributes to reduce variability on the different site processes
  • Manages manufacturing related NPI activity coordination
  • Promotes the quality system through adhering to the elements of and being familiar with the philosophy, quality statement, quality manual, and procedures
  • Attend and participate in Powder Plant Programs/Committees/Training as required, such as Department Safety, Plant Safety, Behavioural Safety, Housekeeping Audit Teams, ISO, Life Saving Rules or any other safety programs
  • Participate in the Powder Safety Journey. Adhere to the Golden Principle which is   Simply to intervene to stop work if conditions or behaviour are unsafe
  • Promotes health, safety and environmental regulations by ensuring that standards, policies, and procedures are adhered to in compliance with corporate, federal, state, and local requirements
  • Performs other duties as required for the success of Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc.

Job Requirements


  • Degree in mechanical, chemical, or Process engineering 
  • 3-5 years of experience as CI, Process Engineering or Chemist roles experience, 2-3 years preferably in the Coatings industry, ideally in Powder Coatings industry
  • Ability to utilze usual IT tools and software  eg. SAP and MSOffice 
  • Ability to work independently, but as part of a team
  • Ability to manage projects, sometimes multiple projects
  • Ability to communicate to employees in different business units and different levels in same business unit


  • Fluent in English


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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: 13532 


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