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Lead Process Automation Engineer

Date: Dec 3, 2022

Location: Midland, MI, US, 48640

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description

The job involves the managing of process automation activities for two chemical manufacturing and one R&D facilities located in Midland, Michigan.  While in this role, you will be involved in control strategy design, write and load control software on the DCS, identify and implement process improvement opportunities, manage priorities for automation implementation, and manage, as a team leader, the work of other automation resources from central engineering, plant technicians, and contractors.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Take ownership and management of the Distributed Control Systems for the Midland, Michigan site.  These systems include ABB, MOD 5 and Siemens PCS7.
  • Maintain a plan to support and sustain process automation assets for the facilities (system upgrade planning).
  • Serve as systems administrator for the process control area network.
  • Support identification and implementation of required cyber-security measures.
  • Serve as Process Automation Owner for the site facilities – taking full accountability for the automation improvement program.
  • Identify process automation improvement opportunities and provide value assessments and prioritization
  • Support day-to-day operations to meet business goals.  This will include gaining basic knowledge of the unit operations as well as ability to develop software for the DCS systems.
  • Drive continuous improvement of process automation performance metrics including alarm management, manual intervention reduction, and Safety Instrumented System trips.
  • Design and develop creative and effective process control strategies to optimize plant operations.
  • Maintain a prioritized work list for process automation improvements for the site.
  • Serve as the primary process automation representative for the plant for all capital projects which involve process control changes.
  • Monitor automation workload for the site and identify resource gaps.
  • Manage the work of automation resources allocated to the Midland site (which may include technicians, engineers, and external contractors).
  • Assure Safe & Unplanned-Event free implementation of process automation projects.
  • Manage and provide guidance in Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) for Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA).
  • Responsible for maintaining all process information systems / historian (MES) site-specific applications for the plant and develop new applications for MES / Process Information.
  • Responsible for coordinating Process Automation related training for applicable personnel on the site.
  • Work with peers (locally, regionally and across the business) in the technology group to share knowledge, ideas as well as develop standards and best practices.


Critical Success Factors:

  • Strong technical skills and experience or aptitude in process automation.
  • Ability and desire to develop a thorough understanding of the manufacturing process.
  • Ability to partner with daily operations engineers, technologists, and operators.
  • Facilitative leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to apply capital project work processes which involve process automation solutions.
  • Troubleshooting process control logic in a live plant environment and in simulation.
  • Keep up-to-date on process control and process information technology advances.
  • Partner with control systems vendors, contractors, and central engineering.
  • Role may require up to 10% travel.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree (Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or I/E is preferred). 
  • Previous experience in process automation design / development is preferred. 
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in either process automation or manufacturing.
  • Must be fluent in English.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks at one time
  • Familiarity with plant operations as well as project work in the process control discipline.
  • Highly motivated and results-driven individual with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact with cross functional teams, engineering groups, plant operations, research and commercial organization and management.
  • Strong written and organizational skills.

Nearest Major Market: Midland Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Saginaw