09 May, 2023

Senior Improvement Engineer

  • Dow
  • Deer Park, TX, USA
Lead Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals Chemicals

Job Description


Our purpose

Join a team that’s passionate about partnership. With careers at Dow, we take time to explore questions and talk to each other. We love to learn. Our people are driven by limitless curiosity.

We are an innovative, customer centric, inclusive, and sustainable materials science company.

  • Employing 36,500 individuals
  • Across 109 manufacturing sites
  • In over 31 countries

Our portfolio of products and solutions include:

Plastics: With new technology trends, our plastic additives can be experienced in many everyday items including vinyl, blow-molding bottles, film, rigid containers, PVC plastics, siding, decks and rails, foam pipes and profile formulations, window frames and high-efficiency lubricants.

Industrial intermediates: As the product of a reaction that is beneficial when used as a precursor chemical for another product, industrial intermediates can take on many shapes and forms. Ours are used in home comfort and appliance, building and construction, adhesives, and lubricants, and more.

Coatings: Whether it’s a water-based coating or solvent-based coating, a thin film is deposited on materials to enhance specific properties such as enhanced performance, durability, aesthetics, and sustainability.

Silicone businesses: Our silicone-based materials can withstand more demanding applications, from those operating at extreme temperatures, to those under harsh environmental conditions for long periods of time.

Learn more about our partnerships, collaborations, and innovations on LinkedIn (@Dow) or Twitter (@DowNewsroom). 


We make diversity and inclusion a priority—because sharing our perspectives and building on each other’s ideas will drive innovation. Could you imagine yourself in a place like this?


Dow has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Improvement Engineer located at Deer Park Operations (DPO), located in Deer Park, TX.  DPO is part of the Performance Monomers business and the improvement organization aligns through the Performance Monomers Technology Center. The DPO units are highly integrated with each other and with the rest of the site infrastructure.  Reliability of these facilities is vital to the business. 


About you

You will lead the prioritization and implementation of all plant improvement opportunities, which includes capital, expense and/or Six Sigma-type projects.  You will partner with the Plant and Operations leaders to solicit and collect ideas, define opportunities, and implement projects. You will meet global business goals through optimization of the process technology, implementation of improvement projects and implementation of Most Effective Technology (MET).


Your duties and responsibilities are:

  • Partners with plant operation and maintenance personnel to identify and track performance indicators to be used in identification of technology gaps and continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Identify plant gaps versus critical plant performance metrics and develop project scopes to close gaps.
  • Partners with the experts to develop and implement a Plant Specific Technology Plan that delivers positive year-over-year ROC (return on capital) and non-capital continuous improvement while meeting the Plant Level Environmental, Health & Safety improvement goals.
  • Leads continuous improvement activities for the facility and serve in specific Global Project Methodology related roles of project manager or manufacturing representative on capital and expense projects.
  • Supports the capital plan for the facility and completes capital and expense projects according to identified schedule and budget.
  • Supports the facility root cause investigation process by serving as a team member or facilitator for incidents related to process technology.
  • Assist run plant team by sharing assignments during high work-load periods, providing technical support, leading Root Cause Investigations, etc.
  • Lead successful shutdown and start-up operations for large turnarounds or process trials.
  • Support operating discipline development as well as commissioning of assigned projects.
  • Fully participate in facility improvement/tech team or any other assigned teams.


Required qualifications:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any Engineering discipline.
  • A minimum of 3 years of chemical industry related experience.
  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degrees in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering.


Willing and able to meet physical demands of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations:

  • Wear safety equipment, such as earplugs, goggles, and steel-toed shoes
  • Wear and use respirators. 
  • Perform frequent bending, reaching, and lifting.
  • Work in tight or closed-in spaces.
  • Climb stairs/ladders and work high off the ground.
  • Stand or walk for extended periods of time.  
  • Lift a maximum of 50 lbs.
  • This role does involve elevated work greater than or equal to four feet above the ground.


Your skills, knowledge, and abilities include:

  • Being proficient in Microsoft applications, such as Word and Excel
  • Demonstrating competencies in the areas of leadership, initiative, teamwork, and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Ensuring a safe work environment by working safely and, complying with environmental, health and safety standards
  • Strong work ethic and being able to remain productive in an empowered team environment.
  • Plant or capital project experience would be beneficial
  • Possesses in-depth process technology and continuous improvement skill sets helping to establish credibility with the operations team


Additional notes:

  • Domestic relocation assistance is available for this role and may be provided based on eligibility.
  • No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.
  • Essential functions of this position may require, among other things, that the employee use particular types of equipment -- such as on-site safety equipment that has specific weight limitations whereby the individual’s own weight, plus the weight of tools and other items and materials, must not exceed a certain threshold.  (For example, some types of safety equipment may be rated for a maximum weight limit of 300 pounds total.)  In the event a job offer for this position were (conditionally) extended and provides for a pre-employment medical examination, the individual will be appropriately evaluated in regard to their ability to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to meet all applicable requirements related to business travel (e.g., as to immigration and visa rules, public-health mandates, airline rules, etc.) into and out of (and physical presence in) various countries world wide


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Dow Offers: 

  • A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits
  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment 
  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth 
  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world 
  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others 




About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance leadership to achieve profitable growth and help deliver a sustainable future. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated, science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Dow operates manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,800 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $57 billion in 2022. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.



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