Ashland Corporate

  • Production Area Engineer

    Job Locations US-KY-Calvert City
    Job Post Information* : 3 weeks ago(8/1/2018 1:24 PM)
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  • Overview

    Are you the kind of person that is always thinking, sketching, seeking, and adjusting? Who needs to understand how things work and then figure out how they can work better? Are you a passionate, tenacious, solver who loves to work with others who share your drive? Are you positive, constructive, and ingenious?


    Are you always solving?


    Then we’d like to meet you and bet you’d like to meet us.


    Ashland has an exciting opportunity for a Production Area Engineer to join our Ashland LLC business at our Calvert City, Kentucky location. This is a very visible, significant role within the Company. This position will report to the Operations Manager.


    The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Work under direction of senior production area engineer on process improvements using problem solving skills and continuous improvement methodologies including six-sigma, waste reduction, process reliability improvement, etc. This includes responsibility for production/ yield/product quality improvements & investigations and corrective actions.
    • Learn and actively use Incident Prevention tools including: CLAWS observations, JSA (job safety analysis), Work Risk Assessments, etc.
    • Focus on reducing energy usage and cost, including identifying ideas and developing opportunities and projects to reduce utilities (nitrogen, electricity, steam, natural gas, DI water) consumptions.
      • Work under direction of senior production area engineer to:
      • support the Area & Unit chemical processes
      • maintain the production aspects of the SAP system, including BOM (bills of material), MR (master recipe) and PV (production version) transactions
      • provide technical support for optimizing processes
      • ensure daily operation per standards
      • support all aspects of GMP and EFCI manufacturing standards and then develop/ update operating procedures following the standards as required
      • participate in Root Cause Analyses for Safety/Environmental incidents, complaints, quality issues, etc. and customer and regulatory audits
      • develop and implement small projects /AFE’s projects (<$100K)
    • Work closely with department staff, production scheduling, reliability, process and project engineering. Leading and/or participating in natural work groups and other process efforts and teams.


    In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:


    • BS in Chemical Engineering with a minimum 3.0 GPA is required.
    • Must have a good understanding of unit operations and engineering principles.
    • Minimum 6 months - 1 year of engineering and/or manufacturing experience is required. This could include time as intern or co-op program participant.
    • Must have effective interpersonal and communication skills.
    • A commitment to working effectively within an empowered workforce and team structure is required.
    • Critical thinking skills and sound ability to apply data-based problem-solving methods is required.
    • Willingness and aptitude to learn and apply lean/six sigma and statistical process improvement tools and project management skills is a must
    • The production engineer must demonstrate a strong commitment to zero incidents and injuries in the workplace and beyond. The incumbent will be required to utilize and wear appropriate personal protective equipment as required to perform duties within the manufacturing area including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety foot wear, respirator, FRC Clothing and other PPE as determined to protect the individual.
    • The incumbent must possess ability to remain calm during site emergencies and respond appropriately as directed by the Ashland Site Emergency Director.
    • Must be capable of evacuating the manufacturing process areas in a timely manner should an emergency arise.
    • Incumbent must have demonstrated productivity and effectiveness in a teamwork environment and must have demonstrated competency and willingness to adapt to change. 
      • Work is performed 50% of the time in a chemical operating area including elevated platforms.
      • The incumbent must be able and willing to work extended hours at a 24-hour, 365-day operation. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, reach, demonstrate manual dexterity, talk, hear and see.
      • The incumbent may occasionally be required to lift light to moderately heavy objects (up to 25 lbs.) and perform other similar actions during the workday. Individual may also be required to operate a Company vehicle on Company business

    TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, please select the Apply button. If no Apply button is provided, please visit Ashland's Career Center. Once there, enter job number 2018-7266 in the Keyword Search field to find this posting and apply on-line.


    NOTE:  We do not accept resumes from external staffing agencies or independent recruiters for any of our openings unless we have a signed recruiting agreement in place to fill a specific position.


    Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a premier, global specialty chemicals company serving customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. At Ashland, we are approximately 6,500 passionate, tenacious solvers – from renowned scientists and research chemists to talented engineers and plant operators – who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems for customers in more than 100 countries. Our people are distinguished by their ability to create and apply specialized chemistry in ways that enable customers to amplify the efficacy, refine the usability, add to the allure, ensure the integrity, and improve the profitability of their products and applications. Visit to learn more. 


    Ashland. always solving


    We are passionate, tenacious, solvers who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


    Our people—molecular scientists, chemists, process engineers, logisticians, research scientists, economists, analysts, compliance auditors, salespeople, safety experts and more—are distinguished by their ability to create and apply specialized chemistry in ways that enable customers to amplify the efficacy, refine the usability, add to the allure, ensure the integrity, and improve the profitability of their products and applications.


    The Ashland Way


    Our vision, mission, way and values are the foundation for what makes Ashland, Ashland. What we aspire to accomplish, how we work every day toward that vision, and the way that we do things are what give substance to the promises we make to each other, customers and investors.


    Our vision is to make a better world by providing creative solutions through the application of specialty ingredients and materials.


    Our mission is to develop practical, innovative, and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


    Our way is to respect, protect, and advance the people we work with, companies we serve, shareholders who invest in our future, communities we’re a part of, and planet we share.


    Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. 

    Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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