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Quality Engineer Job

Date: Nov 20, 2018

Location: Birdsboro, PA, US

Company: Arkema

Req Id 30308 - Posted 11/20/2018 - Manufacturing Management - Birdsboro. Pennsylvania. US

<span style="font-family: "Trebuchet MS", sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">Arkema Inc. is actively recruiting for a Quality Engineer in our Birdsboro plant. The Quality Engineer will report directly to the QC Lab Manager.


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Arkema’s Specialty Polyamides Business Unit is the worldwide leader in the Long Chain Polyamides Market, with Production Sites, Sales Offices and Research and Development Centers in North America, Europe, China and Japan.

  • This position requires Specialty Polyamides Quality systems and processing expertise for our Rilsan® PA-11, Rilsamid® PA-12 and Orgalloy® PA Alloys product lines.
  • This position coordinates the external and internal nonconformance investigations, systems and reporting efforts.
  • This position interacts with global R&D, Sales, Business Development and Manufacturing teams drive continuous improvement of product quality, performance and repeatability.
  • This position will be responsible for the trouble shooting, upkeep and implementation of Quality Control Instrumentation and Testing Procedures with intent of improving efficiencies, repeatability and reducing inherent variability of control testing.
  • This position coordinates the North American collaboration with our various Quality Control Laboratories in France, Japan, and China.
  • This position supports Product Stewardship and Processing Trials within North America.


Key Activities and responsibilities

           Safety 10%

  • Safety is paramount in daily work practices. The individual should be experienced in laboratory work and be familiar with standard laboratory health and safety practices.
  • Respects the site safety protocol and participates regularly in safety programs and initiatives.
  • Actively promotes safe behavior, and takes responsibility for personal safe lab operation.

    Demonstrates Technical expertise in Quality Systems and on Rilsan®, Rilsamid® and Orgalloy® material 25%

  • Organizes and analyzes data, explains conclusions/outcomes to management, production and research personnel.
  • Coordinate and lead quality investigations and validations.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and proficiency in Quality Control concepts and testing procedures.
  • Coordinate and lead product investigations and process validations.
  • Conducts Extrusion and Injection Molding trials as well as basic property characterization.
  • Ability to interact with the mechanical and analytical test laboratories.

    Coordinates External and Internal Nonconformance Systems 30%

  • Ethically maintains with precision and vigor the tracking systems for External and Internal Nonconformance
  • Coordinates and/or conducts fair assessments with Production and Technical Service personnel to determine the root cause of non-conformances.
  • Coordinates the efforts laboratory, analytical or processing investigations of non-conformances.
  • Elicits and/or proposes corrective actions and advocates for their implementation at internal or external locations.
  • Creates concise, accurate reporting for each external nonconformance in 8D format for distribution to plaintiff party.
  • Creates a comprehensive monthly, quarterly and yearly overview of non-conformaces; determining trends and insights to be shared with the Technical Polymers Business

    Leads Quality Control Troubleshooting Investigations and Improvement Projects 35%

  • Actively leads Quality Control Improvement Projects to improve efficiencies, repeatability and reduce inherent variability of the solution.
  • Clearly outlines project details, goals and milestones through stakeholder approved charters and delivers timely exceptional results.
  • Engages active personnel in solutions to ensure integration into process flow.
  • Leads Capital Expense and Procurement activities for Quality Control Laboratory.


Context and environment

  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


Required Education/Qualifications /Work experience

  • BS in Engineering, preferably related to material science, polymer chemistry or polymer processing
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in chemical industry, thermoplastic polymers experience is needed. An expertise in the field of polymer processing is preferred.


<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; font-size: 12pt;">Demonstrated Competencies

  • Ability to adapt to the various needs of our business.
  • Can act as a project leader; needs to respect milestones, deadlines and deliver results.
  • Capable of operating with a long term vision (strategically), and day-to-day (tactically).
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to solve problems logically, make sound conclusions, communicate effectively, and propose new ideas for growth.
  • Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing.  Has ability to make effective presentations to multiple levels within the company.  Is able to express both verbally and in writing complex concepts, thoughts and idea clearly and concisely.
  • Understands functional group’s products and technologies.
  • Understands when to operate under a CDA.
  • Needs to be fully computer literate and be able to effectively use Office 365 Suite (Excel, Word and PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Ability to work effectively with other team members on a global basis

<span style="font-family: "Arial", sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation and the need for lighter materials. With operations in close to 50 countries, some 19,000 employees and research centers in North America, France and Asia, Arkema generates pro forma annual revenue of some $8.1 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands.

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<span style="font-family: "Arial", sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;">Arkema Inc.  provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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