Manufacturing Engineer

Ascend Performance Materials Decatur , AL 35602

Posted 3 months ago

Ascend Performance Materials is the premium provider of high quality chemicals, fibers and plastics. With world scale integrated manufacturing facilities we are able to develop new products from our core technologies, and provide flexibility to respond to the expanding needs of our customers. Ascend has global sales and distribution with five manufacturing facilities in the United States.

The primary purpose of the Manufacturing Engineer is to run the unit safely, reliably, and efficiently. The manufacturing engineer is responsible for unit operating performance to include production, raw material usage, energy usage, quality, daily performance tracking, troubleshooting, and basic unit optimization. The manufacturing engineer adds direct value to the business by driving real-time unit performance in these areas.


  • Become functional area expert in assigned unit

  • Understand unit control strategy, including alarm system

  • Analyze opportunities and develop plans to drive operational ownership and entitlement performance in assigned unit

  • Develop relationships to allow for influence across the organization in driving performance


  • Demonstrates leadership in driving Ascend's zero-incident safety culture through safe work practices and operator engagement

  • Develop excellent, collaborative working relationships with Operations, Manufacturing, Production & Process Engineering, Reliability, Quality Assurance, Production Planning, & other support groups

  • Design, put into practice, lead, and champion the use of best-in-class and lean/six sigma based work processes to meet safety, regulatory compliance, operating cost, reliability, quality and other performance goals directed at achieving Entitlement performance

  • Drives continuous improvement culture through participation and guidance in cross-functional teams

  • Leads in developing and maintaining a healthy pipeline of Six Sigma projects to deliver on safety, quality and productivity goals

  • Consistently meet all Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), budgeted, and forecasted commitments

  • Manages production plans vs Sales Order Inventory Planning to optimize inventories

  • Functions as a technical resource for the area in key processes including Process Hazard Analysis (PHA's), Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA's), & Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA's)

  • Lead Management of Change (MOC's) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA's) as needed to drive safety & unit performance

  • Ensure quality requirements are met consistently. Represents manufacturing in determining and eliminating the root causes of customer complaints

  • Coordinate with Operations, Maintenance, & Reliability to schedule and execute outages safely and efficiently

  • Partner with the Site Engineering organization to develop cost-effective capital projects that drive KPI goals

  • Provide support on executing technology programs that deliver break-through solutions to achieve entitlement performance

REPORTS TO Manufacturing Manager


  • Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering

  • Minimum of 5 years Chemical manufacturing experience

  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of self-directed team

  • Commitment to plant safety, environmental, and industrial hygiene practices

  • Excellent oral and written communications

  • Strong Computer skills including Microsoft Office, SAP, Minitab

  • Demonstrated ability to simplify complex technical issues down to basic terms and economic impacts to upper management

  • Demonstrated ability to coach & mentor other manufacturing engineers

  • Time management and organizations skills

  • Familiarity with Process Flow Diagrams and P&ID's

  • Ability to generate heat and material balances

  • Knowledge of basic accounting and plant cost economics

  • Proactive leadership & team building skills with the ability to work effectively throughout the organization in a fast paced environment

  • Strong sense of ownership and a drive to improve existing systems and processes by creative & innovative approaches


  • Certified Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt

  • Knowledge of PSM, Title V, and ISO9001

  • Provox/DeltaV based DCS System knowledge


If you are looking for a career with one of the plastics industry's most enlightened employers, Ascend Performance Materials offers an opportunity to develop a true sense of fulfillment and pride in your achievements. Ascend provides an exciting platform from which you, your family and your community will benefit.

You'll become a trusted member of an interdependent and safe working environment where your opinions and ideas will be encouraged and respected, regardless of your position. Working alongside a diverse range of renowned technical experts on a continuous stream of industry-leading products and technologies, you'll find a wide variety of opportunities within our growing business for both learning and career development.

Our culture is built on a strong set of core values that foster innovation and collaboration across every level of the organization. It is a culture grounded in open relationships between every member of the Ascend team. All of this is driven by an inspirational leadership team, intently focused on maximizing the new investment in the business.

The essence of our organization is embodied in the words 'inspiring everyday,' and we have built a strong and confident business with performance at its core. It will be challenging but holistically rewarding and will enable you to achieve your personal and professional aspirations. Ascend is an organization that genuinely seeks to inspire our people to inspire others. We believe this gives Ascend a higher purpose, making it a unique work environment for you to consider when choosing career options.

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