Reliability Engineer,

United States, Illinois, Morris

Business unit: Surface Chemistry

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


The Surface Chemistry manufacturing site in Morris, IL has an outstanding opportunity for a passionate, experienced professional to assume the role of Reliability Engineer Lead.  
This position will lead, implement, sustain and build the Reliability strategy and improvement program at the Morris Site to minimize the risk associated with unexpected failures in a manner consistent with business needs.  It will contribute toward the development and implementation of continuous improvement programs including utilities optimization; keeping abreast of industry codes, practices, standards, and best practices in the industry.
The Morris site primarily produces Fatty Amines which are used in many industries. Uses for the nitrogen derivatives include fabric softeners, oil field chemicals, asphalt emulsifiers, petroleum additives, mining, and others.

- Participate in all plant safety processes and compliance with Life Saving Rules.

- Provide equipment reliability input for Process Hazard Reviews and other HSES studies as needed.

- Provides technical support to optimize PPM’s, such as RBI (risk based inspection) plans.

- Provides technical support to perform equipment criticality analysis.

- Develop, Oversee, and Implement the reliability strategy and plan for the site.

- Track and report key performance indicators from the reliability program.

- Drive reliability performance using the most appropriate and effective tools and techniques.

- Manage PM/PdM programs, historical trends, and KPI data for early identification and resolution of reliability issues. 

- Communicate PM/PdM scope changes to the Planner/Scheduler for inclusion in SAP.

- Continuously improve Maintenance efficiency and costs through improved equipment reliability by monitoring performance and addressing failures and trending bad actors.

- Develop and implement risk management strategies to include predictive and preventive maintenance systems (vibration analysis, lubrication oil analysis, motor circuit evaluation, corrosion monitoring, thermography, equipment laser alignment, steam trap monitoring, etc.).

- Develop Maintenance procedures to improve equipment reliability/efficiency and minimize repair cost.

- Provide troubleshooting support to operating units on equipment reliability including emergency work reviews.

- Lead and coach others in Root Cause Analysis problem solving efforts, including leading the bi-weekly maintenance Root Cause Problem Solving session.

- Lead disciplined and systematic equipment maintenance strategy development efforts.

- Lead the monthly review of equipment “bad actors” creating action plans for increasing reliability, and monitoring performance vs. expected results of the changes from the action plans.

- Work with Maintenance Supervisor on follow-up from completed work packages.

- Identify and promote skills training for departmental personnel to support the reliability strategy.

- Participate in all incident investigations as required and report all incidents within the plant’s required time frame. 

- Support and lead other Engineering Projects as assigned and those resulting from reliability improvements.

- Provide reliability input to Engineering group for equipment design, specification and purchase.

- Develop and implement departmental procedures that either need to be improved to further support reliability program or need to be created.

- Other duties as required.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both a pre-employment background check and a drug screening.  In some case, pre-employment physicals may also be required.
All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US. 
AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer. 
AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities / Females / Disabled / Veterans (M/F/D/V)

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States





Business unit

Surface Chemistry

Sub business unit

Surface Chemistry America

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

- BS in Mechanical Engineering (preferred) or Chemical Engineering, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the areas of Maintenance, Engineering, Reliability in a chemical manufacturing site
- Demonstrated ability to drive sustainable reliability improvements within a plant site
- Experienced at developing Predictive Maintenance program
- Proficient in MS Office, Excel, Mini-Tab, PowerPoint
- Proficient in performing Root Cause Analysis and Problem Solving
- Proficient in analyzing data and trends
- Must have excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with operations, technical, mechanical/electrical maintenance technicians
- Knowledge/experience using Six Sigma tools and methods preferred
- Experience with SAP Plant Maintenance preferred 

Physical demands:
- Must be able to access all areas of site
- Mixture of sitting and standing
- Occasionally lifting 55 pounds
- Ergo requirement for computer usage
- No special PPE requirement in working area, but needs to comply with site regulation for PPE while in plant