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Process Engineer

Kankakee, Illinois 60901 | Direct Placement

Post Date: 02/27/2018 Job ID: 75145 Category: Manufacturing Engineer

Process Engineer

With direction from the Commercial Manufacturing Manager, this position has product and process control responsibilities for the Lines operation as it applies to production, overall equipment effectiveness, and continuous improvement efforts. The incumbent will monitor the day-to-day execution of the operations plan, plan optimization, changeovers, maintenance plan execution and other key process indicators.

Position located at  Kankakee, IL facility. 

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Support and model the  safety process.
  • Proactively provides engineering and technical assistance to the commercial production lines, processes and supporting facilities.
  • Participates and leads Value Stream Mapping and Analysis to creatively identify new projects, establish business case and leads project implementation. These projects are expected to be on-time, generate projected productivity gains and achieve aggressive performance budgets and targets.
  • Able to quickly learn and utilize a variety of information systems to extract required data and information necessary to identify, summarize and prioritize issues. Use critical thinking to analyze complex problems, identify root cause, develop creative solutions, establish improvement plans, lead projects and follow up to successfully complete implementation. 
  • Directs and coordinates product flow through the lines by reviewing weekly orders and communicating with the Logistics Manager to ensure schedules are organized to meet customer demand, maximize production efficiencies and ensure preventive maintenance and projects are included in the overall Production Scheduling and Inventory (PSI) plan.
  • Reviews order and production schedules for possible revisions which will better meet customer demand in the event of production interruptions. 
  • Coordinates with Maintenance and Engineering Manager to direct maintenance activities required to maintain integrated manufacturing operations by establishing priorities of maintenance items.  Meets daily with maintenance supervisors to improve the manufacturing line efficiency. Coordinates and schedules OPM’ s and other preventative or predictive maintenance to be performed routinely. 
  • Facilitates down time planning sessions to optimize efficiency to support production needs and customer service requirements.  Serves as primary link between operations and maintenance group for communication and identification of issues.
  • Works with the Commercial production supervisors in the weekly scheduling of employees to determine staffing requirements within department to meet cost objectives and maintain fair scheduling of employee overtime.  Supports the supervisor in developing training requirements and plans for optimal operating costs.
  • Monitors daily production and downtime reports to ensure compliance to objectives. Tours operations daily to observe process problems pointed out through daily crew meetings.  Works closely with supervisors to validate production reporting and resolve discrepancies.
  • Monitors raw material consumption to determine the accuracy of raw material inventories and usage, formula verification and variances to budget, materials and packaging inventories. Reduces or eliminates discrepancies in production reporting.  Provides input to the Commercial Manufacturing Manager for supervisor and operating personnel performance reviews.
  • Communicates effectively with leadership, cross-functional departments and all levels of personnel. Able to discuss complex issues, educate, train and document procedures to sustain improvements and achieve repeatable outcomes. 
  • Leads and participates in lean initiatives that place creativity above capital and seeks to transform traditional culture, drive improvements and raise the overall performance of the plant and company.
  • Leads and coordinates New Product Launches (NPD), Training and documentation.


Required Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • BS / BA degree required, preferably in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • 5 years of manufacturing experience required, preferably in a lean - continuous process environment
  • Must possess shift and schedule flexibility of regular time (any shift that may include off-hours and/or weekends), and overtime, as needed
  • Must agree to follow safety guidelines and wear applicable safety equipment; e.g., safety glasses, side shields, approved safety shoes, and other PPE as needed.
  • Candidates must be willing to submit to a post offer physical which includes a visual acuity test, lifting test, and drug screen.
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