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AI Production Engineering Group Leader

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Job Title: AI Production Engineering Group Leader
Location: St. Gabriel, LA, South United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology
Career Type: Logistics/Distribution
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: Competitive
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About Syngenta


Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.


As the Production Engineering Group Leader, you will manage a team of unit production/efficiency engineers within the Active Ingredients AI Business Unit at the St. Gabriel site. You will be responsible for assisting AI Unit Superintendents in meeting production targets necessary to meet volumes and customer requirements. In addition to directly providing technical support to the HPF unit, you will lead the other AI Unit Efficiency Engineers to maximize raw material yields, maximize energy yields and maintain product cost effectiveness in all AI Production Units.  You and your team of Efficiency Engineers will also be responsible for leading continuous improvement and Overall Equipment Effectiveness OEE in all AI production units as well as manage and maintain a list of fixed cost reduction projects.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    Manage a team of 5 Production/Efficiency Engineers. Responsible for OEE and Continuous Improvement Efforts within the AI Production units. Ensure consistency of OEE metrics, reporting, and dashboards as well as Continuous Improvement methodology across all AI Units. Assist in development and maintenance of operational procedures, safety critical limits, and quality parameter limits. Support of month-end accounting closure for consumption of raw materials and energy. Support unit through real time production reporting, yield and raw material efficiency monitoring. Support environmental improvements, reporting and calculation with regards to permitting and release reporting. Support unit operations in incident investigations related to production processes. Lead and Maintain a list of productivity/cost savings projects in all units. Responsible for the supervision and development of direct reports including the completion of yearly performance evaluations and Personal Development Plans. Works closely with Unit Superintendents and site process technology group to improve unit efficiency and overall cost effectiveness. Provide direct technical support to the HPF unit and Triazine Supply Chain.  Initially Accountable and Responsible for HPF department budgeting and costs. Lead and Maintain a list of productivity/cost savings projects in all AI units.


    Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. Minimum 5 -10 years of experience in a chemical or manufacturing setting as Production Engineer.  Production Manager/Superintendent experience strongly preferred. Strong understanding of OEE and plant reliability. Demonstrated understanding of best engineering practices and the application of RAGAGEPs to assets and processes. Strong background in Engineering with some interdisciplinary or cross functional experience preferred. Working knowledge of OSHA PSM and EPA RMP.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities:

    Strong personal accountability, leadership and decision-making skills.        Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.  Ability to communicate at multiple levels throughout the site organization. Have a high level of ownership in making a measurable positive impact to plant performance and Syngenta profitability. Demonstrated ability to develops plans to attain targets. Be a team player in a team environment.  Ability to manage change, set direction, and increase organizational capability. Be a self-starter and self-motivator. Have good computer skills including Microsoft suite and working knowledge of SAP. Expert knowledge of Pi or other Data Historian and ability to design and interpret trends. Experience with both continuous and batch chemical production processes and technology. Six Sigma Black belt or Lean Manufacturing experience a plus. 

What We Offer:

    A culture that celebrates diversity & inclusion, promotes professional development and offers flexible work options to meet both your work and personal needs. Full Benefit Package Medical, Dental & Vision that starts the same day you do. 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution. Paid Vacation, 12 Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others.


Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


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Job Post Date: 09/26/21
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