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Valway-Engineering Services Engineer

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Date: May 30, 2021

Location: LaGrange, GA, US

Company: Milliken and Company

Headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Milliken & Company is a global, innovative, industrial diversified manufacturing company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, the company works around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make our world more sustainable. Milliken has long led the way for "knowledge-based" investment, employing over 100 PhDs, and has accumulated over 2,200 U.S. patents – and more than 5,000 patents worldwide. Milliken is widely acknowledged as an international leader in research technology, innovation, and customer service. With over 35 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France, China, India, Mexico, and Australia, and other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, Milliken's more than 7,000 associates work to deliver innovations that do good for the world, create new experiences, and build for the future.

Position reports to the Plant Engineering Services Manager. 


Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the troubleshooting function for mechanical and electrical downtime. 
  • Control Equipment Technicians will report to this position.
  • Included in major equipment overhauls, plant safety projects, infrastructure projects requiring internal labor. 
  • Engage, advise, and develop the Valway Engineering Services associates
  • Schedule Valway maintenance in order to maintain process and material handling equipment in world class condition. 
  • Review any significant Valway downtime losses and take appropriate actions to respond.
  • Ensure appropriate spare part inventories are maintained to avoid significant downtime events. 
  • Track and document all associate performance for ES direct reports, including safety, quality, productivity, and attendance.
  • Control labor costs through the management of non-straight time labor, including training pay, Gaines McArthur premium, and overtime for ES associates.
  • Ensure that all ES equipment is maintained by competent associates who have been properly trained.
  • Owner of  ES Continuous Skills Development for direct reports.  Maintain the training records of all direct reports.
  • Scheduling of Valway ES and maintenance technician associates and resources in order to fulfill customer delivery requirements.
  • Owner of ES Daily Team Maintenance in shop areas.  Ensure that all equipment meets operating standards.
  • Engage ES associates and technicians on a daily basis in a positive manner.
  • Assist with the acquisition and/or the installation of new or existing equipment inside the Valway Complex within budget.
  • Ensure the contractor safety program is being executed successfully.
  • Oversee utilities function and work to reduce utilities cost.
  • Oversee the supply cost centers and work to maintain and/or reduce supply cost.
  • Ensure that Valway equipment is capable of meeting all environmental and regulatory permit requirements.
  • Work with the ES Leader at Valway to assist in Plant Facilities maintenance and repair activities.


Key Competencies:
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Business Acumen
  • Supervisory Responsibility/Feedback
Required Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in related field or 5+ years Engineering Services experience preferably in fabric finishing.


Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Milliken & Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.