Chemical Production Engineer- Chemical Manufacturing

US-NC-High Point
1 month ago
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Kao Specialties Americas (KSA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kao Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. Kao Corporation is a global company that develops, manufactures and markets personal hygiene, laundry, food, cosmetic, and specialty chemical products. The majority of the global product lines are based on surface-active agents or “surfactant” chemistries. KSA is a specialty chemicals manufacturing company with three major business segments (1) Oleo Chemicals, (2) Performance Chemicals and (3) Specialty Chemicals including Imaging Materials and Aroma Chemicals.

The facility is located in High Point, NC on approximately 60 acres. Kao Specialties Americas LLC conducts its daily operations in accordance with The Kao Way and principles of the Kao's Business Conduct Guidelines. Moreover, we support the commitment of the Kao Group to manufacture and market quality products while always embracing the corporate culture of Yoki-Monozukuri.


KSA is currently recruiting for a Chemical Production Engineer. This is a challenging engineering position in a large chemical processing facility. Daily duties include:

Providing technical guidance to the plant leadership team to ensure processes and equipment are installed, maintained and operated safely, efficiently and reliably to achieve business goals. This position is also responsible for technology documentation, corrective action and minor capital projects initiated by the department. Essential duties include:

  • Evaluate current production activities and make recommendations for productivity/quality improvements and projects
  • Responsible for applying statistical techniques in order to improve, track, investigate quality problems and meet customer requirements.
  • Participate as lead operations representative in PHA’s and HAZOP studies
  • Responsible for leading investigations and planning corrective action for nonconforming products.
  • Responsible for assisting in investigations and planning corrective action with maintenance for equipment problems and bottlenecks. Assisting with annual maintenance shutdown.
  • Responsible for maintaining data necessary to measure plant capacities. Areas of focus include production history, safety, quality, material inventories, maintenance, trouble reporting and training.
  • Conducts a regular search of new materials, process, and procedures to enhance and improve the process, implement cost reduction, quality, and manufacturing cost.
  • Follows PSM program requirements for implementation of process, product, raw material and equipment changes. 


Candidates for this position must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering
  • Five years’ experience in chemical processing industry or comparable experience in manufacturing
  • Experience with batch chemical processing and automated process control systems
  • Ability to interpret CAD drawings and P&IDs


The ideal candidate would also have the following skills:

  • Experience with ethylene oxide & propylene oxide or highly hazardous chemicals
  • PE License
  • Experience with Honeywell DCS


KSA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to include medical, dental, life insurance, savings plan and pension.

KSA is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status.


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