25 Mar, 2024

Run Plant Engineer

  • Dupont
  • Richmond, VA, USA
Engineer, Plant Manager Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

At DuPont, we are working on things that matter; whether it’s providing clean water to more than a billion people on the planet, producing materials that are essential in everyday technology devices from smartphones to electric vehicles, or protecting workers around the world. 

If you would like to be a part of a premier multi-industrial company that is delivering sustainable solutions that bring real purpose and value, of a company with collaborative spirit because it believes that we work best when we work together as a team and values the diversity of thought, then DuPont is the company for you!


Our purpose is to empower the world with essential innovations to thrive. We work on things that matter! 

Have the Opportunity to chart your own course, challenge yourself, and acquire new capabilities to build a rewarding and fulfilling career. We reward employees with competitive pay and incentives to recognize skills, competencies, and contributions to business results. 

Get to Experience a collaborative environment where teamwork is celebrated with flexibility that enhances balance and an inclusive atmosphere that is welcoming to all!

Get to know our Purpose and make it yours by bringing innovations to market that improve the world, share a commitment to sustainability that makes our planet better and give back to communities in which we work and live.

DuPont is seeking and experienced Run Plant Engineer to 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. 

The Run Plant Engineer role generates 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.). 

The successful candidate will be responsible for Key Performance Indicators and trends to ensure optimal performance, respond urgently to emergencies & issues and work with Production Coordinator to determine production capabilities.


  • 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


  • BS engineering discipline required
  • 0-5 years of manufacturing or related experience required
  • Line of business (Kevlar®/Tyvek®/Nomex®) experience preferred
  • Process Safety Management (High Hazard Process/Low Hazard Operation) experience preferred

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