Manufacturing Engineer I

Ascend Performance Materials • Pensacola, FL 32501

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

The primary purpose of the Manufacturing Engineer is to run the unit safely, reliably, and efficiently. The manufacturing engineer is responsible for unit operating performance to include production, raw material usage, energy usage, quality, daily performance tracking, troubleshooting, and basic unit optimization. The manufacturing engineer adds direct value to the business by driving real-time unit performance in these areas.


  • Drive unit performance to operational entitlement with respect to yields, usages, reliability, and quality
  • Achieve annual operating productivity targets by maintaining a unit performance tracking program
  • Maintain accurate accounting of all unit production losses and drive actions to correct


  • Monitor unit performance by tracking key process indicators (KPIs) and key operating parameters (KOPs)
  • Maintenance of performance tracking tools to include set point or target changes
  • Basic troubleshooting and optimization of the process to address gaps identified through daily performance monitoring
  • Interface with production engineering to:
    • Optimize the current process using operational entitlement models
    • Implement advanced performance tracking tools
    • Implement new technology projects
    • Execute annual productivity plans
    • Escalate technical issues which are too complex to handle within the unit
  • Interface with process engineering to:
    • Initiate projects to improve the process
    • Escalate technical issues which require advanced modelling
  • Accounting and categorization of daily production losses
  • Drive targeted actions in response to performance gaps in KPIs as well as production losses
  • Assist in tracking of unit regulatory compliance
  • Facilitation of MOCs originating from unit needs
  • Lead or assist in delivering technical training to operators
  • Assist with production planning, tracking, and closing
  • Maintain unit process safety information (PSI)


  • Education - BS or MS in Chemical Engineering
  • Systems - ASPEN products, heat transfer, hydraulics, etc.
  • 3 years minimum chemical manufacturing experience
  • Strong knowledge of Process Safety Management is essential
  • Strong technical and analytical skills with the ability to innovate and solve complex problems
  • Willingness to provide after-hours support
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with cross-functional teams
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to perform in a highly dynamic work environment


If you are looking for a career with one of the plastics industrys most enlightened employers, Ascend Performance Materials offers an opportunity to develop a true sense of fulfillment and pride in your achievements. Ascend provides an exciting platform from which you, your family and your community will benefit.

Youll become a trusted member of an interdependent and safe working environment where your opinions and ideas will be encouraged and respected, regardless of your position. Working alongside a diverse range of renowned technical experts on a continuous stream of industry-leading products and technologies, youll find a wide variety of opportunities within our growing business for both learning and career development.

Our culture is built on a strong set of core values that foster innovation and collaboration across every level of the organization. It is a culture grounded in open relationships between every member of the Ascend team. All of this is driven by an inspirational leadership team, intently focused on maximizing the new investment in the business.

The essence of our organization is embodied in the words inspiring everyday, and we have built a strong and confident business with performance at its core. It will be challenging but holistically rewarding and will enable you to achieve your personal and professional aspirations. Ascend is an organization that genuinely seeks to inspire our people to inspire others. We believe this gives Ascend a higher purpose, making it a unique work environment for you to consider when choosing career options.


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