Manufacturing Engineer - Sr. Manufacturing Engineer IV
The purpose of this position is to develop, implement and
maintain methods, operation sequence and processes in the
manufacture of Crop Protection Chemicals to meet rigid EPA
and other agency regulations.
Valent U.S.A. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited, engages in the development, registration, sales and marketing of integrated technological solutions for crop production and pest management that deliver value for our customers and stakeholders. A leading crop protection firm serving the agricultural and non-crop products markets in North America, Valent products help growers produce safe and abundant food and fiber crops, and horticultural professionals improve the quality of life for their customers. The corporate motto, Products That Work, From People Who Care®, describes the company's business philosophy. Valent seeks out and provides customers with innovative and effective solutions to their production challenges. Our vision is to be the best company delivering integrated solutions of biorational and traditional crop protection solutions to our customers. Valent is dedicated to creating a world that is healthier and more comfortable, and that has a sustainable abundance of quality, affordable food, helping crops to be the ultimate renewable resource.
The purpose of this position is to develop, implement and maintain methods, operation sequence and processes in the manufacture of Crop Protection Chemicals to meet rigid EPA and other agency regulations. Interfaces with formulations, plant engineering and venders in coordinating the release and maintenance of new and existing products. Negotiates manufacturing fees from 3rd party toll facilities, manufacturing optimization and makes recommendation for best in class process requirements of new or existing product lines. Maintains records and reporting systems for coordination of manufacturing operations including monitoring all tolling expenses.
- Identify process improvements in the formulation and packaging of company products to improve cost of goods and quality results
- Evaluate each product complaint for continuous process and packaging improvements.
- Extensive travel to all formulation facilities during production campaigns. Total facilities are approx. fifteen sites. Travel planning is subject to plant availability and could change regularly at last minute
- On-site representative with multiple North American Formulation/packaging facilities to assure facilities adhere to process and procedures using supplied manufacturing documents
- Participate on new product development projects with formulations team as active member. Incorporate future vision in manufacturing business goals and assuring access to meeting capacity requirements and recommending sustainability practices.
- Assure products are manufactured without cross contamination potential through regular visits and providing clean-out guidelines.
- Coordinate with outside labs for bacteria analysis for formulation plants manufacturing sensitive formulations
- Coordinate communication between various internal groups and each formulation facility
- Work with Formulations Group to identify increased efficiency & sustainability through process improvements.
- Assure that products are produced safely including recommending and assuring that processes are followed correctly
- Manage rework or off-specification inventory and collaborate with formulations and supply chain team members to make the best rework processing decisions. Analyze all campaigns to assure all raw materials are used in accordance with loss allowances. Provide supporting documentation when a yield is not achieved including billing for excess losses over contractual targets.
- Evaluate process improvement opportunities for each product.
- Optimize product flow, on-hand work in process inventory, QC and manufacturing processes through standardization, validation and simplification strategies.
- Develop written manufacturing specifications working collaboratively with Formulations Team and other teams.
- Meet regularly with Formulations Group to provide support representing Supply Chain.
- Attend all Supply Chain Meetings as required to be liaison with needs from toll manufacturers including line time availability or special needs.
- BA/BS in Chemical Engineering or other related degree program, MBA or equivalent, with 10+ years’ experience in the Chemical industry with a thorough understanding of engineering project management and chemical unit operations.
- Experience with OSHA Process Safety Management, DOT, EPA, Air Quality, Waste Disposal
- Strong written and verbal communication, analytical and technical skills, keen interest for problem solving and troubleshooting are essential
- Strong analytical skills that can provide details of manufacturing to assure customer satisfaction.
- Experience in process excellence environment – Lean Manufacturing or Kaizan
- Knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) and SAP preferred.
- Knowledge of FIFRA regulations to assure compliance
- Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with employees at all levels within the organization and other business partners including venders and 3rd party tolling facilities.
Physical Demands and Work Environment (OFFICE Position)
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical Demands include constant sitting, walking, standing, simple grasping and fine manipulation with hands; frequent bending at the neck and waist; and occasional squatting, climbing, kneeling, crawling, twisting at the neck and waist, power grasping, pushing and pulling with hands, reaching above shoulder level, lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs.
- Work Environment includes exposure to or working in or around equipment and machinery including a computer keyboard and mouse.
- Extensive travel – 40 - 60% to visit Formulations and packaging facilities
- Frequency Definitions: Constant = Over 40% / Frequent = Up to 40% / Occasional = Up to 10%