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Manufacturing Engineer

Company: Ascend Performance Materials
Location: Pensacola
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

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.

Ascend is currently searching for a manufacturing engineer for our Pensacola, Florida location. The primary purpose of the manufacturing engineer is to run the assigned 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.


  • Drive unit performance to operational entitlement with respect to yields, usages, reliability, and quality

  • Achieve annual operating productivity targets by maintaining a unit performance tracking program

  • Maintain accurate accounting of all unit production losses and drive actions to correct


  • Monitor unit performance by tracking key process indicators (KPI's) and key operating parameters (KOP's)

  • Maintenance of performance tracking tools to include setpoint or target changes

  • Basic troubleshooting and optimization of the process to address gaps identified through daily performance monitoring

  • Accounting and categorization of daily production losses

  • Drive targeted actions in response to performance gaps in KPI's as well as production losses

  • Assist in tracking of unit regulatory compliance

  • Facilitation of MOCs originating from unit needs

  • Lead or assist in delivering technical training to operators

  • Assist with production planning, tracking, and closing

  • Maintain unit process safety information (PSI)

  • Interface with production engineering, process engineering and other site business teams

  • Optimize the current process using operational entitlement models

  • Implement advanced performance tracking tools

  • Implement new technology projects

  • Execute annual productivity plans

  • Escalate technical issues which are too complex to handle within the unit

  • Initiate projects to improve the process

  • Escalate technical issues which require advanced modelling


  • Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering (will consider other engineering degrees with 7 plus years directly related experience)

  • Minimum 3 years experience working in a Manufacturing Engineer role

  • Working knowledge of ASPEN products, heat transfer, hydraulics, etc.

  • Strong knowledge of Process Safety Management

  • Proven technical and analytical skills with the ability to innovate and solve complex problems

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with cross-functional teams

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written

  • Proven ability to perform in a highly dynamic work environment


  • Certified Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt

Why work at Ascend?

Our vision is to be the recognized leader in the nylon 6,6 value chain, creating new possibilities with PA66 for everyone, everywhere, every day. We achieve that through living our Ascend values.

We care. We operate safely with high integrity for our employees, our customers and our communities. Our people are our greatest assets, and our Total Rewards Program extends beyond traditional benefits to include access to on-site medical clinics at our U.S. facilities, a global wellness rewards program and Performance Matters, an employee-driven recognition plan. Our Commitment to Zero demonstrates our belief that is it possible to operate with zero personal injuries, zero process safety incidents and zero environmental releases. And the Ascend Cares Foundation, led by Ascend employees, supports Ascend families in times of need, provides inspiring opportunities for community engagement and facilitates community leadership.

Customer-focused. We exist for our customers; they drive our actions. Their success is our success. Our plastics and chemicals are building blocks that help make everyday essentials safer and more sustainable, and we constantly strive to develop new and innovative products to meet the future needs of our customers. And that customer focus doesn't only apply to the marketplace - it also applies to how we treat our colleagues and our fellow community members.

Better every day. We invest in our people and our processes to improve every day. A2E, our continuous improvement program, guides the way we do business. And this way of problem solving applies not only to our manufacturing practices but also to our commitment to developing our people. You'll see it during your career at Ascend in our leadership development, skills training and mentoring programs

Agile. We think broadly and lead proactively in a constantly evolving organization and industry. Agility doesn't mean simply working quickly - it means critical thinking, creative problem solving and novel approaches to everyday challenges.

One Ascend. All together, with a common set of goals and an eye toward the future. We don't accept silos. We look for ways to share across departments, sites and geography. This means you won't be boxed into a single role at Ascend - you could get the chance to work with teams across the globe to improve the way we serve our people, our customers and our communities.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, citizenship, genetic information or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.

Keywords: Ascend Performance Materials, Pensacola , Manufacturing Engineer, Other , Pensacola, Florida

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