Process Automation Engineer - Ingénieur Procédés et Automatisation H/F

Date: Mar 9, 2023

Location: Niort, FR, 79000

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 Technical team at Niort, France. 

As Process Automation Engineer reporting to the Technical Manager, you are aligning software with process needs for new or existing equipment to leverage existing or future assets used at the Niort plant.

Key Responsibilities



  • Provide role model leadership for Safety culture and behaviors.
  • Support facility needs during safety or environmental related emergency events.


  • Read, interpret, and analyze data in the light of scientific principles, theories, and concepts to support decision-making and help the plant to meet its goals of Safety, Quality, Availability and Productivity.
  • Manage process for prioritizing and completing improvement activities for the plant with the help of production support team.
  • Solve complex operating issues through effective collaboration and coordination with local and global Kraton resources.
  • Start up new equipment and train production operators. Maintain high process performance and availability of new or existing equipment.

Process Automation

  • Assist Production and Maintenance with troubleshooting DCS, PLC and instrumentation performance.
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive plan to monitor process control performance, resolve control loop issues and alarm management.
  • Take initiatives to sustain and enhance the DCS, based on Production Operators/Engineers feedback.
  • Align Process Automation activities with other ongoing initiatives. Coordinate with other stakeholders to meet Process Safety, Personal Safety or Reliability commitments.
  • Write Functional Specifications based on process needs and oversee their effective implementation in DCS and PLC’s during continuous improvement or capital projects.

Required Skills

  • Theoretical and some field experience with DCS platforms, PLC’s, Process Information including networking and interaction between them.
  • Demonstrated capability in implementing process control systems based on chosen process strategies, including basic knowledge of advanced process controls.
  • Comfortable having multiple assignments and working with conflicting priorities.
  • Effective Communications Skills (verbally, written, presentation) both in French and in English.
  • Proficient in the use of a personal computer and of the Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.
  • Knowledge of DCS and PLC’s programming logic/language are a plus.

Education, Certifications & Licenses

  • University Education in Chemical/Process Engineering, ideally 5 years.
  • 7+ years of combined experience in the field of Process Design, Controls, Automation, and/or DCS programing, preferably in Oil & Gas and/or in Chemical Manufacturing environments.
  • Yokogawa Centum VP training certifications are a plus
  • Lean Six Sigma belt is a plus
  • PIX certification is a plus


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.