Senior Project Leader– Specialty Chemicals,

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.


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The Surface Chemistry manufacturing site in Morris, IL has an outstanding opportunity for a passionate, experienced professional to assume the role of Sr. Project Leader. This position is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of a project to ensure completion of the project on schedule and within budget.  Responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the design, purchasing, cost and construction ensuring conformance to the project scope, philosophy and application of sound engineering practices to attain cost and schedule targets presented in the Appropriations Request (AR).  

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.  This is a union site with approximately 140 employees and the operation runs 24/7.

Reports to: Engineering Manager

Relocation Assistance: To Be Determined

Travel: No

·    AR Preparation and Submission.  Assists in project scope definition including functional specifications and project deliverables.  This includes clear definition of off-sites and utilities.  Coordinates and reviews inputs for capital cost estimates.  Reviews estimate before inclusion in AR to assure total scope is reflected in the AR estimate.  Prepares reasonable, attainable schedule consistent with Project Leader’s and Business Unit’s needs and available resources.  Ensures HSE&S and Operational Eco Efficiency considerations are properly reflected in the AR.  Coordinates risk analysis for evaluation and ultimate inclusion in the AR.   
·     Facility Design.  Establishes philosophy, assists in site selection and evaluation.  Provides inputs of cost and schedules to ensure optimum plant capacity decisions.  Organizes and directs engineering projects.  This includes process study, process design, cost control, equipment specifications, equipment selection, plant layout, equipment layout, instrumentation, material specifications, construction scheduling, cost control and progress reporting.  Assures that all necessary permits are obtained.  Keeps Process Engineer and/or Engineering Dept. informed of any deviations from established scope, cost and schedule.  Anticipates problems before they become critical.  Will initiate scope changes when applicable.  Continually reviews designs and schedule to ensure most economical route is being taken with respect to both capital and operating costs.  This includes new technical developments, construction techniques and innovative designs.  These reviews are always made with safety, operability and maintainability as equally important considerations.  Ensures design schedule is compatible with construction and overall project schedule and makes changes as needed.   Reviews and approves drawings, specifications, schedules, designs, field design changes, start up procedures and other planning/construction procedures.  Ensures adherences to OSHA and other applicable regulations.

·    Construction.  Meets with “Field Execution Project Managers” ”.  Approves selection of contractor and type of contract.  Makes frequent visits to review construction progress, quality, problems, etc.  Anticipation of construction needs to effect minimum cost and on-schedule progress is paramount. 
·     Start up and Project Completion.  Assists start up as required.  Generally acts in “consultant” status, but can be part of a start-up team.  Ensures information on spare parts, operating instructions etc. has been sent to the plant as early as possible.  Has Engineering and Vendor Print Manuals prepared in time for start-up use.  Prepares close out report for project leaders approval.  Prepares final report covering all aspects of the project.  Organizes “Post Mortem” (lessons learned) project review.

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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Business unit

Surface Chemistry

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering (preferred) and 7 or more years of degreed professional experience in chemical manufacturing or a related industry environment.
- 4 or more years of experience in a Project Manager or Project Engineer role.
- Solid working knowledge of best practices for project management work processes.
- Working knowledge of chemical process equipment: rotating equipment, heat transfer, solids handling, storage tanks and vessels.
- Demonstrated work experience in project execution
- Very strong customer focus capabilities to closely interact with multiple organizational levels.  Strong interpersonal, communication, administrative, personal motivation, and personal adaptability skills.
- Must have generic competencies of analytical thinking, communication and interpersonal understanding, initiative, team working and team leadership, and quality, orientation/attention to detail.
- General computer skills.
- Physical demands: Ability to wear respirator, steel toed shoes and hard hat and work outside. Activities include standing, stooping, and climbing tanks
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)