11 Jun, 2024

Lead Improvement Engineer | Poly A

  • Dow
  • Plaquemine, LA, USA
Improvement Engineer Chemicals

Job Description

At Dow, we believe in putting people first and we’re passionate about delivering integrity, respect and safety to our customers, our employees and the planet.  


Our people are at the heart of our solutions. They reflect the communities we live in and the world where we do business. Their diversity is our strength. We’re a community of relentless problem solvers that offers the daily opportunity to contribute with your perspective, transform industries and shape the future. Our purpose is simple - to deliver a sustainable future for the world through science and collaboration. If you’re looking for a challenge and meaningful role, you’re in the right place. 



About You and this Role


Dow has an exciting opportunity available for a Lead Improvement Engineer to support our Poly A Polyethylene Plant in Plaquemine, LA!   The Poly A Plant is a five-train facility that is key to Dow’s Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) business. 


In this role, 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 meet global business goals through optimization of the process technology, implementation of improvement projects and implementation of Most Effective Technology (MET).  In addition, you will implement Process Safety improvement projects and will eventually develop technical expertise to serve as the Plant Process Safety Focal Point.




  • Serve in a business leadership role leading the development and completion of technology plans supporting global business and functional strategy by application of the continuous improvement work process.
  • Lead the continuous improvement work process to develop and implement Plant Specific Technology Plans in alignment with the Global Technology Plan including data collection, gap analysis, idea generation, prioritization, improvement project implementation, and review of results.
  • Coordinate and leverage globally, the resources required for implementation of the Technology plans.
  • Monitor and measure implementation of the technology plans.
  • Provide input for improvement of work practices and priorities using plant and improvement project data.
  • Interface with the business and participates in business plan technology development.
  • Work with the technology center to set priorities for MET definition needs.
  • Provide coaching and direction on goals and plans for Improvement Engineers.
  • Ensure validation of project performance objectives after implementation
  • Has an in-depth understanding of technology and work practices as well as problem-solving and troubleshooting ability.
  • Serve as a change agent for driving technology.
  • Assure the proper technical advice and knowledge are present in key decisions impacting plant safety.
  • Assure implementation of Dow’s requirements and technology for process safety and reactive chemicals at the plant level.
  • Plant Resource on Process Safety/Reactive Chemicals issues. 




  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience (i.e. engineering, manufacturing, or related).
  • Willing and able to travel in order to support business need.
  • Ability to work comfortably and safely at elevated heights. Candidates must be familiar with, or willing to undergo training in, the proper usage and maintenance of safety equipment to ensure safe movement and operations at heights.
  • Possession of a TWIC card or eligibility to obtain a TWIC card may be required for this position based on final hiring location. Per the US Government and Department of Homeland Security policy and regulations, you may apply for a TWIC card if you are a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, naturalized citizen or a nonimmigrant alien, asylee, or refugee who is in lawful status.
  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States.  No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.



Preferred Skills

  • Prior experience working with Polyethylene.
  • Prior project execution experience.



Additional Notes

  • Domestic relocation assistance is available for this role and may be provided based on eligibility.





Benefits – What Dow offers you 

We invest in you. 

Dow invests in total rewards programs to help you manage all aspects of you: your pay, your health, your life, your future, and your career.  You bring your background, talent and perspective to work every day. Dow rewards that commitment by investing in your total wellbeing.  

Here are just a few highlights of what you would be offered as a Dow employee: 

  • Equitable and market-competitive base pay and bonus opportunity across our global markets, along with locally relevant incentives. 
  • Benefits and programs to support your physical, mental and emotional well-being, to help you get the care you need...when you need it. 
  • Competitive retirement program that may include company-provided benefits, savings opportunities, financial planning and educational resources to help you achieve your long term financial-goals. 
  • Become a Dow shareholder through various employee stock programs.
  • Opportunities to learn and grow through training and mentoring, work experiences, community involvement and team building. 
  • Workplace culture empowering role-based flexibility to maximize personal productivity and balance personal needs. 
  • Global Paid Time Off (PTO) policies:
    • Paid time off for new parents (birthing and non-birthing, including adoptive and foster parents).  
    • ​Paid time off to care for family members who are sick or injured.  
    • Paid time off to support volunteering and Employee Resource Group’s (ERG) participation. 


Join our team, we can make a difference together. 


About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) is one of the world’s leading materials science companies, serving customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Our global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation, leading business positions and commitment to sustainability enable us to achieve profitable growth and help deliver a sustainable future. We operate manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employ approximately 35,900 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $45 billion in 2023. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. ​​​​Learn more about us and our ambition to be the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world by visiting www.dow.com.



As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to equal opportunities in employment.  We encourage every employee to bring their whole self to work each day to not only deliver more value, but also have a more fulfilling career. Further information regarding Dow's equal opportunities is available on www.dow.com.

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