Operations Engineer – Chemical Manufacturing – Permanent Staff – North West

Our client is a global specialty chemicals company that leads the field in the development, manufacture and marketing of intermediate products. Their North West site is currently enjoying significant investment with several new products in the pipeline and as a result a new opportunity for an Operations Engineer has arisen. This role carries the key responsibilities of designing, integrating or improving manufacturing systems or related processes to track plant performance.
The Operations Engineer also works alongside the shift production team to provide technical support and guidance, liaising with other stakeholders and departments to manage change integration with production. Specifically, you will:

• Contribute to the analysis of information, the specification of the methods, process steps, and the plant, machinery and equipment required to design and continuously improve manufacturing of materials processes and process systems, to deliver the end product within specified cost and quality parameters.
• Monitor yield in order to control material usage, variances and waste generation within budget. Monitor and update production model and inputs into the inventory management process, Identifying opportunities to optimise process efficiency and reduce cycle times.
• Approve, prepare and introduce operational instructions in order to achieve uniformity and quality of business operations.
• Provide input from the production department with regards to initiating, scoping and implementing plant improvement and CAPEX projects.
• Provide operational input into the Change Management projects as necessary.
• Identify shortcomings in existing processes, systems and procedures and use established change management programs to address them.
• Identify opportunities for optimisation / improvement in all areas. Provide point of contact and process ownership of improvement projects carried out on the processes you own.
• Solve production / quality problems that the shift cannot independently solve with their knowledge / experience / skill. Ensure the use of root cause analysis tools as appropriate in order to implement corrective / preventative measures.
• Stand in for the Production Manager during absences.

To be successful in the role you will be a degree-qualified chemical engineer with demonstrable experience post-grad, ideally in a similar chemical manufacturing environment. You must be eligible to work in the UK, and you’ll be an excellent communicator, with the drive and ambition to develop your career in the production department. This is an excellent opportunity, with a clear development plan, offering an excellent salary and benefits package.

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