Process Engineer

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Date: Nov 28, 2023

Location: Waukegan, IL, 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

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
  • Manages manufacturing related NPI activity coordination

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

Rewards & Benefits

  • Medical insurance with HSA
  • Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D benefits
  • Annual bonus
  • 401K retirement savings with 6% company match
  • Generous vacation, personal and holiday pay
  • Paid Parental leave after 1 year
  • Hybrid work for most exempt roles
  • Active Diversity & Inclusion Networks
  • Career growth opportunities on a regional and global scale
  • Tuition Reimbursement after 1 year
  • Career growth opportunities
  • Active Diversity & Inclusion Networks
  • Employee referral bonus



At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 31414 

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