The Process Control Leader will be responsible for developing and implementing a 2-3 year plan to improve and standardize Grace controls systems. The plan will include assessing and upgrading existing infrastructure, including DCS/PLC systems, trending/analysis tools, and field instrumentation. The position will also work with the manufacturing network to implement improved controls strategies and intelligent/advanced process control systems.
Develop a vision and strategy for controls systems across Grace, including software/hardware infrastructure, instrumentation requirements, optimized control strategies, and advanced process control systems.
Develop overall capital expenditure plan and timing associated with the plan.
Manage a high performance controls team to execute on Grace's global control strategy.
Lead discovery and selection of key partners and suppliers for future investments in process control
Interact with manufacturing sites and process technology group to identify and implement optimized basic and advanced control strategies
Identify skills and training requirements for process engineers, plant operators, and process control staff to utilize upgraded controls systems
Support productivity initiatives targeting reduced raw material and energy consumption, increased production rates, and improved product quality
Communicate progress on a monthly basis to manufacturing and business organizations, indicating progress versus plan and upcoming initiatives
Create and maintain systems that promote safety and comply with all safety procedures and regulations
Document control design standards and strategies for common unit operations in the manufacturing process
Advise management of all issues related to control, instrumentation and produce business proposals for new projects
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills needed to manage and collaborate with internal and external resources
Strong business acumen and ability to prioritize needs based on financial and business impacts
Ability to manage complex projects across many facilities and functions
Analytical skills for process development, administration and documentation
Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
Excellent critical thinking skills
Minimum 15+ years of technical experience in a manufacturing environment
Minimum 10+ years of experience with process controls including control systems, instrumentation, and process automation in a chemical environment
Process experience in wet and dry material handling systems
Weight loss control and instrumentation technology in bulk handling environment
Leadership experience in migrating to current Honeywell and Rockwell process controls systems
Previous management responsibilities
BS or MS in Engineering (Chemical)
Must be based out of one of our following locations (Lake Charles, LA ; Pasadena, TX ; Columbia, MD)
Ability to travel 35+%
· Knowledge of current Honeywell and Rockwell controls technology strongly preferred
· Strong operations and project management experience in a related industry preferred