10 Nov, 2021

Process Engineer

  • Dupont
  • Tonawanda, NY, USA
Process Engineer Chemicals

Job Description

DuPont Run Plant Engineers serve as a vital resource for Operations by applying technical skills to optimize plant operations, resolve plant problems, and enable safe and efficient production of low cost, quality products.  Run Plant Engineers generate tremendous value to DuPont through their knowledge, skills and abilities. Understand customer needs and drive high levels of quality, responsiveness and reliability for the customer.  Identify metrics and management systems to drive optimization of plant value/EBITDA by all of operations (operators, Technical Advisors, maintenance, etc.).  Responsible for Key Performance Indicators and trends to ensure optimal performance.  Responds urgently to emergencies and issues.  Works with Production Coordinator to determine production capabilities.

This is a 24/7 operation, primary work hours 7am-4pm. May be required to be on call as needed.



  • Possess strong sense of ownership and are accountable for the success and failure of their assigned unit.

  • Show courageous leadership by coaching, asking questions, and intervening when needed.   Challenge status quo and past norms to make the operation more effective and safer.

  • Role model the professionalism and behaviors expected in the plant because their actions or lack of actions affect the culture. 

  • Learn and apply continuous improvement, value creation, and financial acumen skills to accelerate profitability and low-cost service of the facility.

  • Understand customer needs and drive high levels of quality, responsiveness and reliability for the customer.

  • Know how much money the plant makes per day, the margins generated from the plant’s production slate, and actively work to maximize total margin.

  • Know the total cost (raw material, conversion cost, etc.) of production for the plant(s) he/she operates and continuously works to improve the cost position and EBITDA generation.

  • Set up metrics and management systems to drive optimization of plant value/EBITDA by all of operations (operators, Technical Advisors, maintenance, etc.).

  • Earn respect and trust of operations team because of their great problem-solving skills and technical expertise.

  • Elevate and appropriately apply knowledge of their plant and technology – study historical data, convene with other Subject Mater Experts (SMEs), etc.

  • Ensure Manufacturing Technology is utilized, and that process automation is used as a tool to optimize plant performance.

  • Partner with the experts to perform advanced troubleshooting and improve operating discipline.  Diagnose and document root causes of asset utilization losses in the facility.

  • Understand why specific procedure steps and precautions are needed and keep a strong field presence to reinforce the importance.  

  • Conduct daily review of logbook and alarm history to better understand the plant operation and stay engaged with daily activities.  Maintain, own, and review daily Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)/trends to ensure optimum performance.

  • Works with Production Coordinator to determine production capabilities.

  • Works with Supply Chain and Production Planning to optimize production schedule.

  • Convert business plan into daily operating plan.

  • Respond urgently to plant issues and emergencies.  Act as a unit technical expert during unplanned events and drive implementation of effective corrective and preventative actions.

  • Provide leadership, expertise, diagnosis, and optimization in plant Raw Material Efficiency, which may include yield or waste generation.

  • Ensure compliance with plant operating permits.

  • Understand site integration and provide input to optimize the overall system


Capabilities Required for this Role (Knowledge Skills & Abilities)

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

  • Discipline: Engineering

  • Lean/Six Sigma experience beneficial

  • Continuous Improvement beneficial


Behaviors Required for this Role

  • Learning agility - A personal drive to learn, pivot when necessary, and adapt to the ever-changing needs of our company in the face of a changing world and customer base

  • Intellectual curiosity - Proactively investing time and energy into learning more and personally developing, in the interest of improving yourself and delivering better results

  • Functional skills - The specific skills and experiences needed to deliver and accelerate in your current role and throughout your career

  • Actively listening - Knows what she/he doesn’t know; welcomes input from others; takes time to clearly understand and respond; allows people the time to express their point; open to influence

  • Self-driven - “Sense of purpose”; driven by a higher agenda; demonstrates the ability to elevate and remain objective; able and willing to take risks and do difficult things

  • Collaborating with others - Empowers purposeful engagement; “servant leader”; keeps things simple; engages individuals/team to achieve superior results; creates an atmosphere of value-driven outcomes

  • Accountable - Takes responsibility for actions; communicates with transparency; recovers from mistakes; owns their impact


Implementation Guidance:

  • For small sites, the Run Engineer role is recommended to be aligned with the Production Coordinator / Asset Scheduler role to form a job.

  • For large sites, the Run Plant Engineer role is recommended to be the primary or sole role of one or more jobs.



  • BS engineering discipline required

  • 2-5 years of manufacturing or related experience required

  • Line of business experience preferred (Chemicals industry

  • Process Safety Management (High Hazard Process/Low Hazard Operation) experience preferred

SGL 6-7


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