Project Engineer

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Date: Jan 12, 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

The primary purpose of this position is to define, prepare, lead and execute projects, in line with business needs and project management methods and techniques. Ensure project objectives are met and conduct the conceptual design, development, cost estimation, execution and completion stages. Projects will include the optimization/modification of existing production processes, replacement of obsolete equipment and installation of new safety devices and controls. All projects will be executed in accordance with HSE and operations guidelines.

Key Accountabilities

· Develops, executes and/or manages engineering projects at the site to meet the proper efficiency, time, scope, budget, quality, and stakeholder satisfaction

· Provide input for process modifications and/or modifications of existing operation, and develop business cases as appropriate

· Delivers the site capex investment plan in accordance with agreed site priorities

· Identify opportunities and make suggestions for improvement in production process

· Functional excellence in HSE policies, project management, construction management and contractor management

· Executes applicable AkzoNobel policies, guidelines, processes, methodologies, working methods and systems

· Ensures projects and documentation are compliant with all local, state and national regulations (eg. OHSA PSM, NFPA, etc…)

· Drives collaboration and engagement with all levels of the site for design, constructing and implementing improvement projects.

· Ensures operator buy-in on process improvement projects

· Responsible for safe delivery of projects through correct management of contractors and third parties

· Effectively engages with key site stakeholders (and other levels) to manage expectations on site (handover, training)

Education and Experience

  • BS in Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering
  • 3-5 years of applicable project or process engineering experience, ideally in a paint or chemical factory
  • Experience designing and selecting equipment for Class 1 Div 1 environments
  • Experience with PTW, MOC and PSM requirements
  • Ability to climb stairs wearing steel-toed footwear
  • Ability to work in hot and cold environments and inclement weather
  • Ability to work in a heavy manufacturing environment with limited exposure to chemical agents


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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: 26569