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Chemical Production Engineer

Date: Sep 11, 2021

Location: Belpre, OH, US, 45714

Company: Kraton

Make a +Difference at Kraton!

At Kraton, we make a Positive Difference, and we are looking for individuals who are also looking to make a difference in their jobs, for our customers and to the world.  We are looking to hire a key member of our K3 Operations team at our Belpre, Ohio location.  

The Production Engineer is responsible for development and long term strategy implementation within the operating unit.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with unit manager to develop and execute long-term strategy for K3
  • Identify and prioritize on-going unit performance gap issues and work with the Area Technical Manager to develop plans to resolve those gaps
  • Provides Technical Assurance for change activities within the operating unit
  • Ownership of the unit HSE Management Systems (PSSR Leader, PSS, SOCs, Overpressures, Process Descriptions, and MOC)
  • Ownership of Unit Production / Capacity and Reliability Management Systems
  • Ownership of Unit Quality Management Systems
  • Primary owner for customer complaint resolution
  • Interface for Projects within the Operating Unit
  • Applies technical principles, theories and concepts.
  • Provides technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems.
  • Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignments.
  • Plans and conducts assignments generally involving the larger and more important projects.
  • Able to solve complex operating issues through collaboration with peers, and the assistance of direct reports or next management.
  • Manages small to intermediate project teams.
  • Defines the scope and objectives of projects based on operational needs.
  • Provide direction to junior engineers and evaluates their work.
  • Determine scope, budget and timeline of projects, understanding the profitability impact of projects and manages accordingly.
  • Own the financial results of assigned projects in functional areas and influences others to do the same

Required Skills

  • 4+ years of engineering experience.
  • Knowledge and capability to use advanced systematic and creative problem solving tools.
  • Ability to conduct briefings to senior management.
  • Supervisory training and project management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interface seamlessly with operating technicians, support staff, technical staff, and other aspects of the business such as supply chain and sales.
  • Ability to frame up, prioritize and execute process improvements according to value, cost and risk with limited supervision.
  • Opportunity identification, solution development, cost estimating, field implementation, and technical success within budget for small capital projects.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of employees to plan, organize and complete multiple programs from inception to start up.
  • Manufacturing experience in an OSHA 1910.119 PSM facility (large quantities of flammable or highly hazardous chemicals) with demonstrated excellent safe work behavior
  • Comfortable functioning in a variety of roles ranging from plant floor troubleshooting and problem solving to leading long term process improvement projects.
  • Polymerization knowledge and experience, especially if in a solvent based system is preferred.
  • Experience with chemical batch processing is preferred.

Education, Certifications & Licenses

  • Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering or other related field of study. 
  • Six Sigma and/or Lean Manufacturing experience preferred.   Green Belt or Black Belt certification would be advantageous


The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification.  Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.


Kraton’s internal talent acquisition team manages our recruiting efforts and from time to time works with pre-selected/pre-approved external staffing agencies. We do NOT accept unsolicited resumes or candidate referrals from recruiters and/or agencies who are not pre-selected/pre-approved.


Kraton is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Nearest Major Market: Athens