We have as little to do with the fascination for Formula 1 racing as we have over the wonderful feelings you experience at a great concert. However – you will often find OXEA products in the fuel for racing cars, in car body paints, in the many plastics used in sound engineering, and in DVD and Blu-ray discs. OXEA is one of the world‘s largest manufacturers of Oxo products and is Number 1 in the Merchant Market. We are economically sound and continually growing – with a strong environmentally green conscience and a respect for cultural values. With approximately 1400 employees worldwide, we offer a working environment with a streamlined hierarchy which provides a wide variety of responsibilities that will challenge you professionally and provide opportunities to advance your career development.

Manufacturing/Production Engineer


Bay City, US, 77414

OQ Chemicals Company Overview |World leader in Oxo Chemicals

Oxo products are the core competency of OQ Chemicals. We are producing more than 70 oxo intermediates and oxo derivatives for customers in a wide range of industries with various end market applications. Our chemicals are important ingredients in products that are used in daily life around the world. "We" refers to more than 1,400 OQ Chemicals employees worldwide. At our plants in Germany, the USA, China and the Netherlands, we produce intermediates and derivatives.


Job Purpose:

The Production Engineer will monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize operating units to drive process and product improvements. During a typical day, the engineer will apply engineering/technical knowledge to detect causes of deviations in quality, capacity, yield, and energy consumption. The individual will identify, recommend and implement strategic projects to improve unit performance.  The Production Engineer will also collaborate with unit supervisors and other engineers to support process design and implementation of capital projects. The goals will relate to production quantities and quality, along with ensuring safety and environmental compliance.  The Production Engineer will be focused on removing barriers in the system that prevent the unit from attaining the above goals, and fostering continuous improvement. The Production Engineer position will report to the Area Manufacturing Lead. The position will also be acting as back up for Production Engineer from other area and to the Manufacturing Lead and the Manufacturing Supervisor as needed.


Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • The Production Engineer works with the unit support personnel and the operations shift personnel to implement the Product Line goals established by the Marketing, Supply chain, and Sales Organizations.
  • Identifies, develops and implements continuous improvement programs for the operating area.
  • Responsible for the integrity of the unit safety shutdown system, including leading the annual review of the  safety system.
  • Coordinates or conducts training of Operators/shift personnel on quality, unit operations, safety, control schemes, or environmental issues as needed.
  • Actively participates in unit safety, environmental and reliability investigations.
  • Assists in planning/coordinating annual turnarounds.
  • Steps up for the Manufacturing Lead (as needed).
  • Represents Operations to provide engineering support for technical /capital projects.
  • Maintains strong safety and environmental compliance focus.
  • Troubleshoot and problem-solve advanced process problems.
  • Develop recommendations to improve unit performance.
  • Develop and manage Key Performance Indicators for plant performance.
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize operating units.
  • Contribute in a team environment and establish work relationships with onsite and offsite functional groups to achieve target results.
  • Balance day-to-day operational priorities with long-term strategic objectives to ensure alignment with company goals.
  • Knowledgeable about OSHA 1910.119 Process Safety Management.
  • Provide technical expertise in PSM activities (PHA, MOC, PSV calculations, Safety Critical Equipment/Variables, Incident Investigations, etc.,).
  • Responsible for Management of Change initiation for unit related changes (per PSM).
  • Knowledgeable about Relief System, RV, design and evaluations.
  • Production plan support in alignment with supply chain and unit leadership.
  • On stream reliability data reporting to management.


Education Requirements:

  • B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering


Experience, Skills, Knowledge Requirements:

  • Minimum of 1 year of relative experience supporting chemical plant operations
  • Lean Manufacturing Experience is a plus
  • Process/Process Control Engineering tool knowledge is a plus (Aspen/Chemcad/HTRI/DeltaV/OTS)
  • Process Safety expertise preferred (OSHA PSM or international best practices)
  • Six Sigma experience or certification is a plus
  • Knowledgeable in chemical and process engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to apply engineering concepts to solve performance problems
  • Knowledgeable of Safety Design Systems
  • Knowledgeable in the EHS/PSM regulations
  • IT capability in Microsoft Office Suite, simulation tools is a plus.


All individuals are invited to participate regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, marital status, religion, disability or veteran status, and any other criterion prescribed by law.


Check Out Our Benefits

  • Excellent Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Plans
  • Health Equity Health Fund for health and dependent care
  • Disability Benefits
  • Basic Group Term Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Paid Time Off for a balanced life
  • Competitive salary, bonus, 401(k) plan with match and profit-sharing match

Nearest Major Market: Houston