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Sr Project Manager

Company: Vantage Specialty Chemicals
Location: Gurnee
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

The SR Project Manage r is a new role at our Gurnee, IL location. The role has direct oversight responsibility for capital projects undertaken at Vantage. The normal flow of events in a project may includes: completion of project design and developing a firm cost estimate, firm project design and a commitment on equipment, developing bid packages and going to contractors for bids on equipment and installation, coordinating and checking the actual construction, start-up and modifications of finished equipment and an Advice of Physical Completion for the project, and recommending routing maintenance, spare parts, listing necessary information and a financial closing (over or under estimate and why). May act as a Field Construction Manager or, in some cases, the Commissioning Manager.

In the area of technical assistance, the incumbent looks into problems of a production, maintenance or technical nature, such as equipment failure or a process bottleneck. Incumbent researches and defines the problem, designs or modifies equipment and/or process bottleneck. Incumbent researches and defines the problem, designs or modifies equipment and/or process after determining cost feasibility and receiving departmental approval. The position is also responsible for implementing management systems (procedures, training, and assessments) to comply with the company's Engineering Procedures.

Perform all or segments of the necessary engineering work on assigned studies and projects to modify equipment and processes to increase output, reduce costs, eliminate safety hazards, and/or improve product quality. (60%)
Lead Vantage efforts to implement procedures and practices to comply with aspects of the companies Engineering Procedures. (25%)
Conceive and recommend projects for improvement of existing practices and conditions to increase output, reduce costs, improve working conditions, eliminate safety hazards, and/or improve product quality. (15%)

Problem Solving:
Study existing situations (equipment, processes, manufacturing procedures, etc.), considering possible improvements or modifications, and preparing reports complete with conclusions and recommendations as a result of studies. Incumbent plans or assist in planning the approach to projects or segments of projects assigned by supervisor and for plant turnarounds. When assigned complete responsibility for small projects, supervises and participates in all aspects of the projects from inception to start-up (designs, estimates, calculations, test runs, etc.) and resolves all problems encountered. Resolves all problems relevant to particular engineering disciplines (chemical, civil, electrical, etc.) when assigned responsibility for portions of major projects. Draws on particular engineering knowledge to assist in troubleshooting equipment and/or process malfunctions. Detailed technical process assistance may be provided by other Engineers, but the incumbent is expected to make relevant and innovative contributions wherever possible.

Works routinely with other department heads and managers to assist in formulation of Vantage capital plan and refines proposals for submittal.

While reporting directly to the Engineering Manager, there remains a strong dotted line to the site manager and his staff. Actions taken and plans developed must be formulated with an eye to the site manager being the real customer.

Responsible for assisting in the development of technical improvements in equipment, processes, manufacturing procedures, etc. Directly affects profits by assisting in trouble-shooting equipment and/or process malfunctions and thereby restoring the plant to maximum operating efficiency. Responsible for adherence to safety and health rules & regulations.

Plays a major role in executing the Capital budget of approximately $10 Million. Annually supervises or participates in 10-12 small ($25,000 or less) construction projects from inception to start-up. Annually manages 1 or 2 major ($.5MM and up) projects, assuming total responsibility for cost, scope, and technical success.

Bachelor's degree in a related technical field BSME is highly preferred
Minimum five (5) years of engineering experience.
Supervisory experience with small groups
Well-developed human relations and communication skills, particularly as this pertains to a Union environment.
Experience in the chemical industry or other process plants, with related technologies is strongly preferred.

Keywords: Vantage Specialty Chemicals, Waukegan , Sr Project Manager, Executive , Gurnee, Illinois

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