Project Engineer

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Date: May 26, 2024

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.

Job Responsibilities

  • 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 (e.g., 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)

Job Requirements

  • 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.


Compensation Data

The salary range for these skills is: $82,000.00 - $92,000.00. 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: 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 • Hybrid work for most exempt roles • Active Diversity & Inclusion Networks • Career growth opportunities on a regional and global scale • Tuition Reimbursement • Career growth opportunities • Employee referral bonus •




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: 34024



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