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Process Improvement Engineer

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Date: Jan 9, 2021

Location: Wilmington, MA, US, 1887

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

Under the direction of the Engineering & Maintenance Manager, the Process Improvement Engineers serve as a vital resource for Operations by applying technical and organizational skills to drive the plant level continuous improvement program targeted at delivering maximum value from the assets, while continuously improving process safety and production efficiency.  Process Improvement Engineers generate tremendous value for Lubrizol through their technical and financial knowledge, skills and abilities.


An improvement engineer is responsible for their projects from A to Z. They are involved from the very first phase in determining the scope and building the case to get business approval and funding, through working with engineering to design and construct, to finally working with the plant engineers to start up and commissioning.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Possesses in-depth process technology and continuous improvement skill sets helping to establish credibility with the operations team.
  • Drives knowledge exchange with technology experts to increase awareness of potential improvement opportunities for the technology.
  • Partners with the experts to develop and implement a Plant Specific Technology Plan that delivers positive year-over-year ROC (return on capital) and non-capital continuous improvement while meeting the plant level HSES improvement goals.
  • Champions process safety activities and acts as a resource for relevant process safety concerns.
  • Partners with plant operation and maintenance personnel to identify and track performance indicators to be used in identification of technology gaps and continuous improvement opportunities in HSES, Quality, both production throughput and OEE as well as efficiencies and cost control. 
  • Leads and supports plant continuous improvement activities aligned to the PSTP and also supports the capital plan for the facility. Serves in specific project management related roles of project manager or manufacturing representative.
  • Champions the “next unplanned event” exercise for the plant and ensures potential solutions are captured in the appropriate prioritization system.
  • Serves as the implementation arm of the technology center.
  • Provides advice to operations day support roles.
  • Adheres strongly to the management of change process to ensure that reviews are completed thoroughly, risks are adequately assessed, and personnel are properly trained prior to implementing changes in the production facility.


Technical Requirements:

Demonstrate and validate expertise of both the technology and the continuous improvement process, including:

  • Fundamental principles (mass balance, energy balance, process parameters, governing equations) 
  • Plant unit knowledge (tracing lines, equipment, process control technology)
  • Technology and process safety knowledge
  • Knowledge of key continuous improvement systems (Six Sigma, LEAN)
  • Knowledge and adherence to the core Work Processes for the plant
  • Financial Acumen


Educational Requirements:

  • BS in Engineering or equivalent.
  • Three to five years experience in a manufacturing environment.


Physical Requirements:

  • Time Factors/Weight Factors: Occasional—over 15% up to 40% of the time / Light 5# to 25#
                                                             Rarely—up to 15% of the time / Average –25# to 60#
  • Vision correctable to 20/20.
  • Climbing stairs
  • Hearing correctable to unamplified human voice.
  • Manual dexterity: excellent
  • Ability to complete and deliver oral/written reports.
  • Ability to meet safety, regulatory, and health guidelines without assistance.
  • Ability to travel by auto/air unassisted.
  • Continuous mental/visual concentration.


In addition to the listed duties and requirements, all employees are required to comply with the following standards:


  • Regular punctual attendance.
  • Adherence to all safety rules and vigilance in safe workplace practices.
  • The consistent display of positive attitude.
  • Good housekeeping practices.
  • Courtesy and respect toward co-workers, management, customers and suppliers.
  • Regular constructive communications with management.
  • Compliance with the laws of local, state, and federal government.
  • To behave in a manner that reflects positively on Lubrizol.
  • To take no actions detrimental to the success and reputation of Lubrizol.
  • To work whatever reasonable extra hours or overtime is necessary to successfully complete your work in a timely manner.
  • To comply with all the Standard Operating Procedures of Lubrizol.
  • To maintain your dress and grooming in a manner consistent with the professional image expected in your position.
  • To perform to a standard of quality and technical ability consistent with the skills and requirements demanded by your position.

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