• Process Safety Management Engineer

    Posted: 06/05/2022

    Are you the kind of person that is always thinking, sketching, seeking, and adjusting? Who needs to understand how things work and then figure out how they can work better? Are you a passionate, tenacious, solver who loves to work with others who share your drive? Are you positive, constructive, and ingenious?

    Are you always solving?

    Then we’d like to meet you and bet you’d like to meet us.

    Ashland has an exciting opportunity for a Process Engineer to join our Specialty ingredients G.P., business at our Hopewell, VA location. This is a very visible, significant role within the Company, and the Plant Engineering and Operations functions. This position will report to the Technical Process Engineering Manager.

    The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Safely follow Ashland policies and procedures
    • Support Process Safety Management (PSM) through acting as an MOC coordinator and conducting Process Hazard Analysis (PHA), Design Safety Reviews (DSR), and Pre-Start-up Safety Review (PSSR) activities.
    • Work with the site staff to ensure completion of regulatory requirements
    • Participate in Facility Risk Assessments and development of Strategic/Tactical goals
    • Responsible for working with production, maintenance, engineering, and resource support groups to identify risks and implement corrective actions.
    • Execute continuous improvement projects as an individual or team member, including capital projects
    • Conduct and document regular health and safety inspections and provide coaching to employees, contractors, and visitors to ensure continuous improvement and trend results of facility inspections to develop improvement plans
    • Act as Root Cause Analysis (RCA) leader cident responses including emergency response procedures, incident investigations, and implementation of corrective action plans

    In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:

    • Bachelor of Science Degree, Chemical Engineering, or related field
    • 3+ years in a chemical manufacturing, refining or pharmaceutical environment
    • Ability to work effectively with personnel in all departments and roles within the facility
    • Proven communication, planning, and organization skills
    • Proven self-starter with urgency for delivering results

    The following skills sets are preferred by the business unit:

    • 5+ years of OSHA PSM experience
    • Experience with hazard/risk assessments (HAZOP/LOPA, siting studies, etc.)
    • ASP, CSP, CIH, or ability to obtain certification
    • Computer skills: Outlook, Excel, Sharepoint, Word, PowerPoint


    Individual must be able to respond appropriately during site emergencies as directed by the Site Emergency Manager.  Must be capable of evacuating the manufacturing process areas in a timely manner should an emergency situation arise.  The candidate must also be able to wear and properly utilize appropriate personal protective equipment if required to work or visit within the manufacturing process area.  This may include hard hat, safety glasses, respirators, ear plugs, steel-toed shoes, or other equipment as required by the work performed and location the work is being performed.  Other physical activities may include walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, lifting up to 25 lbs., or reaching depending on the work activity required.  Work is performed in an office/plant environment with frequent trips to the operating units to assess equipment or processes, perform inspections and/or collect data.  May be required to operate Company vehicle on Company business.  Confined space entry may be required.  Training required to perform the job properly may require this position to travel around the United States of America.

    Candidate must also have the ability to 1) identify critical issues and formulate action plans with all levels of management, including Corporate, 2) develop and foster a positive work environment at all levels, and 3) resolve conflicts through problem resolution skills.

    The individual must also have the ability to identify quality improvement opportunities and formulate action plans for implementation.  This requires exceptional work planning and problem-solving skills.

    Must be authorized to work in the US.  

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