Technical Manager

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Date: Apr 22, 2021

Location: Fairmount, GA, US

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: Huber Engineered Materials 

J.M. Huber Corporation is one of the largest privately held, family-owned companies in the United States. Established in 1883, we are a diversified, global supplier of specialty and commodity chemicals, hydrocolloid solutions, engineered wood products and natural resources to customers spanning a wide variety of industries. With approximately $2.3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a material presence in more than 20 countries.

Position Summary

  • Provide guidance to maintenance department to become a proactive, world class maintenance organization focusing on predictive and preventive maintenance.  Work closely with Maintenance Supervisor on a daily basis to identify opportunities for improvement and enhanced reliability.  
  • Provide support for plant operations.  Work closely with operators and production manager on a daily basis to identify opportunities for improvement (quality, yield, capacity, cost reduction).  Serve as primary backup for Fairmount Production Managers and Kennesaw Operations Manager.
  • Lead productivity and capability improvement efforts to ensure that all plant processes and equipment are operating a peak performance.
  • Support product quality efforts at the plant level.  Work with the plant QC Manager to document / trend product quality and coordinate resolution of issues.
  • Participate in implementation of capital projects.  Work in cross-functional teams to install new facilities or modify / expand existing facilities.  Work with Operations and Engineering to optimize new and existing processes (quality, yield, capacity, etc.).
  • Coordinate Plant trials in support of new product development (NPD) activities. .
  • Support plant EH&S objective by serving a subject matter expert for MMSR 220 A (Site Level Change Management) and ensuring all maintenance activities comply with site EH&S policies and procedures and applicable regulatory requirements.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee Maintenance on a daily basis to identify and correct maintenance issues.   Implement controls to sustain improvements. 
  • Assess maintenance skills and develop maintenance staff.
  • Ensure adequate spare parts are maintained at the plant
  • Identify and Implement predictive maintenance tools to improve performance
  • Track maintenance metrics including cost, unscheduled down time, work order aging, etc
  • Work closely with Operations on a daily basis to understand the production planning and scheduling process and to identify and correct process capability issues.  Implement controls to sustain process capability improvements.  Serve as primary backup for production managers.
  • Assist Operations in quality improvements, cost reduction, and equipment utilization through statistical analysis and Six Sigma techniques.
  • Coordinate / focus maintenance and/or capital resources to resolve quality deficiencies. 
  • Communicate maintenance metrics, cost, and activities within Fairmount.
  • Analyze and document processes and procedures (pertaining to maintenance).  Assist in drafting procedures and training plant operators as related to process changes.
  • Provide technical expertise relating to equipment operation and repair.
  • Implement and manage expense and minor capital projects.  Prepare project documentation, including feasibility reports, project estimates, project schedules, scopes of work, EH&S reviews, and capital appropriations requests (CAR).  Provide schedule and cost control for projects.
  • Process development activities to include creation / modification of process flow diagrams (PFD’s), piping & instrument diagrams (P&ID’s), equipment specifications, control logic, etc.
  • Project activities may include creation / modification of detailed design documents, including equipment arrangements, piping arrangements, civil and structural details, electrical elementaries, PLC schematics, loop sheets, etc.
  • Manage on-site construction activities for capital projects, including selection / supervision of contractors, safety orientations, safety inspections, coordination with operations, resolution of design conflicts, and management of change orders, etc.
  • Work with the FRA Technology department in support of customer technical service and new product development.  Duties will include scale-up of processes, analysis of product performance and management of vendor and / or plant trials.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Specialized/Technical Knowledge or Required Skills

  • A 4-year engineering degree at an accredited university with a minimum of 5 years experience in manufacturing.  Experience in Mineral Processing or Chemical Process Industries strongly preferred.
  • Previous supervisory experience required.
  • Experience in evaluating processes and implementation of process improvements. 
  • Experience in unit operations such as particle size reduction, classification, bulk material handling, pneumatic conveying, powder drying, and processing preferred.
  • Maintenance management experience a plus
  • Operations experience a plus
  • AutoCAD experience is a plus.
  • Six Sigma training and familiarity with statistical analysis software (Minitab) is a plus.
  • Process control experience and PLC programming knowledge is a plus.
  • Must work well without direct or constant supervision and adjust to changing priorities

Our employees are our strongest asset, and their safety, health, and well-being is our highest priority. We respect the individual by providing opportunities for professional and personal development. Our Principles drive us to create an inclusive workplace where employees share core values, show dignity and respect toward others, and work hard to achieve their best performance.  

J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO / AAP employer. Pre-employment drug screening is required


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