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Production Engineer

Date: Jun 6, 2019

Location: Albany, OR, US, 97322

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 3425 

Grace is built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 3,700 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

The Oregon plant of W. R. Grace & Co. manufactures fine chemicals for a broad range of pharma, biotech and nutraceutical customers. We are currently seeking a Production Engineer to enhance our dynamic team. This position is responsible for product quality monitoring, analysis and control (response charts, sampling plans, GLIMS templates, quality release, CAR's ISO, etc) for all production manufacturing. 


Essential Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Prepares standard operating conditions, interprets process results, recommends & implements corrective action for optimum plant operation (stream rate, yield, quality, CPK/Ppk, cost, etc) and applies Six Sigma and Lean methodologies to improve processes. 
  • Determines and implements corrective action, conducts economic studies for optimization of production rates and costs, and for justification of projects concerned with plant changes and/or fixed capital additions, and supports the commissioning/start-up of the projects. 
  • Prepares or assists in preparation of process designs including equipment specifications, PFD's, P&ID's and SOP's for modification of additions to existing plant and provides training for the Operations Team.
  • Ensures that the plant meets GMP and ISO requirements and incorporated these standards into daily work.
  • This position will also work closely with Operations to ensure the smooth functioning of the process. 
  • Monitors and optimizes raw material yields including waste tracking and minimization (SARA, Title V, stack testing, etc). 
  • Updates operating procedures, PFD's and P&ID's to account for process changes and maintains conformance to the PSM (PHA, MOC, PSSR, etc). 
  • Is a team member of the Operations Area. 
  • May backfill for Production Coordinator. 
  • Uses Six Sigma tools to drive productivity and performance improvements. 

Required Skills

The successful candidate will be able to learn processes quickly, work well with others at all organizational levels, organize and prioritize multiple tasks and changing priorities, lead and/or participate on cross-functional teams and troubleshoot plant problems.

Other skills include:

  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment (leading and participating) with excellent interpersonal skills, make data driven decisions and implement recommendations, and learn and use Six Sigma tools to improve plant operations
  • Must have excellent communication (verbal and written)
  • Strong organizational skills, including leading ad hoc teams
  • Must be able to maintain focus on Safety and Environmental in all activities and wear requisite PPE

Required Experience

  • 2 – 5 years engineering experience within a chemical manufacturing plant
  • BS Degree in Chemical Engineering OR A degree in chemistry or another engineering discipline

Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Salem