Allen Plant - Senior Process Improvement Professional

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Date: Jun 17, 2024

Location: Blacksburg, SC, US, 29702

Company: Milliken and Company

Milliken & Company is a global manufacturing leader whose focus on materials science delivers tomorrow’s breakthroughs today. From industry-leading molecules to sustainable innovations, Milliken creates products that enhance people’s lives and deliver solutions for its customers and communities. Drawing on thousands of patents and a portfolio with applications across the textile, flooring, chemical and healthcare businesses, the company harnesses a shared sense of integrity and excellence to positively impact the world for generations. Discover more about Milliken’s curious minds and inspired solutions at and on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.


A Senior Process Improvement Professional / Engineer is responsible for directing and controlling several distinct chemical processes in accordance with defined policies and procedures which he/she may develop.  He/she must have a thorough knowledge of the chemistry and equipment associated with each process and can suggest and implementing equipment and process changes.  He/she is responsible for equipment design/changes, procedural safety, quality, cost, waste reduction, and process training.  He/she may also manage and train a new engineer in the above areas.


The work schedule for this role is Monday – Friday, 1st shift. Work outside hours and on-call.




  • Analyze process reliability and develop and implement process changes to improve this measure.
  • Write and modify batchsheets (Pilot Plant or Production) for assigned processes for new or existing products detailing in adequate detail the processing steps and key parameters to ensure process reliability and capability while following established procedures.
  • Submit recommendations for process changes or equipment modifications to improve manufacturing methods.
  • Review all equipment preparation procedures prior to major maintenance, freeze thaw, or equipment modifications.
  • Provide 24-hour assistance on emergency situations, start-ups, scale-ups, production difficulties, etc. as required.
  • Maintain Technical Files for products and processes.
  • Maintain all necessary records on assigned processes such as quality, yield, productivity, cost, and reliability.
  • Improve product capability (CPK) of assigned products within process areas and investigate and implement corrective action on out-of-control products.
  • Develop corrective and preventive action for processing failures in the areas of off-quality, late orders, and complaints.
  • Respond to Quality Audits by promptly and effectively completing action requests.
  • Understand quality requirements and see that requirements are met in assigned areas.
  • Generate cost improvement projects within assigned process areas and elsewhere as feasible and report progress periodically.
  • Prepare training schedule and proper guidance for management trainees and help in coordinating the training, so that trainees may develop into effective Process engineers.
  • Responsible for process safety and environmental compliance/implementation projects.
  • Ensure process PSM requirements are met.
  • Actively participate in plant safety program/process.




  • Bachelor's Degree in a Technical Field, Chemical Engineering preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience in relevant or similar field and setting.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with multiple levels within an organization as well as outside vendors.


Preferred strengths in the following:


  • 5+ years of progressive experience in chemical manufacturing in a process and/or project focused role.
  • Experience in control systems (Siemens PCS7, Modicon, Delta V).
  • Experience with both batch and continuous processes.
  • Experience with PSM covered chemical processes.
  • Experience with Capital project and control system startups.





Ability to sit down at least

50% of day


Ability to stand while working at least

50% of day


Ability to move throughout the plant at least

25% of day


Ability to lift to at least 35 lbs. without assistance

10% of day


Ability to walk upstairs or use ladders at some frequency

10% of day


Ability to bend or stoop

10% of day

Visual Acuity

Visual acuity adequate to perform job duties, including reading information from printed sources and computer screens at least

As Required


Ability to make decisions, reason & understand information

As Required





Milliken is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, including but not limited to lactation), sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran or military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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