Ascend Performance Materials is a rapidly growing global leader in the production of Polyamide 6,6, and we are seeking a Sr. Engineer of Compound Process Technology with proven capabilities to join our strong and competent team of industry professionals.
As a member of Ascend Performance Material's technology organization, the Compound Process Technology position will be responsible to support all global compound operations for the nylon engineering plastics business. The position serves as the resident expert for twin screw compounding operations, and will be responsible to collaborate with plant operations to drive improvements in all Ascend compound operations with respect to Quality, Productivity, and Safety. Furthermore, the Process Technology position will be responsible to work with the product technology organization to lead all relevant process development aspects from pilot to full commercial scale.
Networking globally with various engineering organizations and equipment vendors, this Sr. Engineering position will understand the latest industry trends and will translate that knowledge into an applied growth strategy for twin screw compounding. The successful candidate will consistently demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit by not just thinking, but working "outside the box".
The Compound Process Technology position has a variety of job responsibilities, including:
Identify and assess new/advanced compounding technologies to enable new product technology launch or to improve overall plant performance.
Lead compound process and product development trials on R&D, scale-up and plant assets.
Develop processes and product specifications in-house and at all tolling locations for new product introductions.
Provide input to design packages for future capacity expansions at all compounding locations for Ascend.
Identify and initiate continuous improvement projects.
Monitor the balance between compound business demand and overall production capacity and advocate an effective asset growth strategy.
Support products and processes focused on improving KPIs such as yields, on stream times, equipment reliability, etc.
Utilize root cause analysis methods to problem solve compound process issues.
Conduct process and equipment audits to review critical product characteristics and critical process variables and implement sustainable corrective actions for process upsets.
Maintain engineering level relationships within targeted equipment vendor companies.
Planning and leading high level projects from concept to commercialization using a structured stage gate process
Monitoring competitive activities and emerging technologies.
Providing detailed information to senior executives in a precise and accurate manner.
Influencing business asset strategy with technology.
This position will be an integral part of the Ascend global technology organization and will serve as the in-house twin screw compounding expert for Ascend's engineering plastics business.
Integration and collaboration with operations teams both at Ascend and at tollers will be important.
The successful Sr. Engineering candidate will have a degree in a relevant engineering discipline (chemical preferred):
Industry experience in plastics extrusion processes, preferably twin screw compounding of engineering plastics.
In depth knowledge of typical additive and reinforcement technologies utilized in engineering plastic products (glass fiber, mineral fillers, impact modifiers, flame retardants, etc.).
Familiar with principles of statistical analysis of data and application to process development and process improvement.
Preferred candidate will have experience with six sigma training and methodology.
Experience in delivering complex technical presentations to large groups of non-technical executives.
Experience utilizing gated project management systems preferred.
In depth knowledge of typical plastic compound processes and secondary operations associated with the engineering plastics industry.
Must be a strategic and innovative thinker with strong organizational and people development skills.
Why work at Ascend?
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 option
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