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Production Engineer

Date: Aug 6, 2022

Location: Midland, MI, US, 48640

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 374961 

Job Description


The Production Engineer reports to the Plant Manager and is part of a high-performance team, serving as an influential leader and technical resource to optimize plant operations, resolve plant problems, and enable safe and efficient production of high-quality products. This role at times will also serve as the manufacturing representative for capital projects to install new capabilities and/or add capacity at the facility.  A continuous improvement mindset and toolbox (Six Sigma, LEAN) are important attributes for success in the role.    

This role will also lead root-cause investigations in response to unplanned events, and with their cross-functional teams, propose and implement strong corrective actions to prevent recurrence.  At Midland METHOCELTM, we pride ourselves on being purposeful in fostering and developing leaders and empowering our workforce to make decisions with the customer in mind.


  • Understands all applicable process technology, equipment, and control technology. Works with plant personnel and technology subject matter experts, process R&D, and technical services to optimize operations to meet customer needs and business and plant goals.  (Environmental, health & safety, quality, regulatory, reliability, throughput, and cost).
  • Participates when required in advanced troubleshooting and coaches’ others to learn these skills.  Ensures findings are documented in plant operating discipline for future usage.
  • Provides leadership and direction in the day-to-day decision making for the operating area of responsibility.  Consistently demonstrates strong ownership and encourages this in the plant culture through a continual commitment to excellence.
  • As required participates on and leads teams in his/her area of accountability.
  • Networks with other engineers on site and within the multi-national business to leverage knowledge on plant operations and technologies.
  • Ensures most effective technology is understood and utilized. 
  • Understands and applies continuous improvement methodologies (LEAN/6σ) to enhance plant operations.
  • Works with plant process control coordination to ensure process control is optimized in the facility.
  • Supports plant roles in procedure usage, creation, reviews, updates, and approvals.
  • Works with the plant team and quality coordinator to continuously improve product quality performance and to meet and exceed requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and FSSC 22000.
  • Utilizes plant information systems to gather data for troubleshooting and streamline tasks for various roles.
  • Diagnoses and documents the root causes of asset utilization losses for tracking in global systems. 
  • Assists with implementation of all aspects of process safety including process hazard analysis, layers of protection analysis, and loss prevention principle application.
  • Utilizes statistical analysis methods to produce data-based decisions and results. 
  • Leads and participates in root cause investigations (RCI) for unplanned events that meet standardized criteria.
  • Provide training in responsible area as process SME to technical staff and operations as needed.  Serve as the technical subject matter expert for operator learner review boards as part of the operations training system.
  • Works with R&D and technical services to develop and qualify novel products in the production facility that create value-added differentiation in the marketplace.
  • Part of plant on-call rotation.

Job Requirements


  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Engineering is required.  Chemical or Mechanical preferred.
  • Skilled in the use of MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) required.
  • 2 yrs of engineering experience in a manufacturing and/or design capacity preferred.
  • Experience in continuous improvement methodologies (eg. Six Sigma, LEAN, etc) preferred.
  • Experience with Aspen IP21, ABB 800xA, SAP, and VBA are strong assets, but training will be provided.
  • Demonstrates strong integrity in placing safety, the environment, and quality ahead of production volume.
  • Strong technical, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills are required to be successful in this job.
  • Ability to influentially lead teams and individuals utilizing performance-based leadership or similar behavioral based science.
  • Facilitative leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks at one time.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply Six Sigma, LEAN, and process control fundamentals in daily activities.
  • RCI leadership skills.

We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy. At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for an inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

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Nearest Major Market: Midland Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Saginaw