Strategic Technical Engineering Leader

Richmond, VA

AdvanSix plays a critical role in global supply chains, innovating and delivering essential products for our customers in a wide variety of end markets and applications that touch people’s lives, such as building and construction, fertilizers, plastics, solvents, packaging, paints, coatings, adhesives, and electronics. Our reliable and sustainable supply of quality products emerges from the vertically integrated value chain of our three U.S. based manufacturing facilities. AdvanSix strives to deliver best-in-class customer experiences and differentiated products in the industries of nylon solutions, chemical intermediates, and plant nutrients, guided by our core values of Safety, Integrity, Accountability and Respect.

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Why work at AdvanSix?

• We provide benefits that are industry competitive and focused on employee well-being

• Total Rewards program includes a competitive compensation, health, dental, vision & wellness programs, paid vacation, 401K with company matching, health savings programs, disability & life insurance, employee assistance program

• Tuition reimbursement for continued education, certifications, training, and development

• Work within a fast paced and innovative company, meeting passionate colleagues and partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences



Position Summary: The Strategic Technical Engineering Leader is responsible for leading a highly trained team of engineers to own and drive the largest and highest priority plant improvement, growth, and sustainability projects.



Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Lead a team of 4-7 experienced technical engineers to identify and implement both near and longer term process improvements, with the overall goal being to achieve improved  and sustained safety, environmental performance, higher yields, productivity, better production rates, and higher attainment.  Leverage team to support Daily operation as needed.
  • Support plant level incident investigations including leadership of to drive to root cause and prevent reoccurrence.  Manage/Support OSHA-PSM elements including management of change, pre-startup safety review, standard operating procedures, and process hazards analysis.
  • Become an expert on the process chemistry, operating philosophy, and the process design basis for the equipment within the plant.
  • Identify and implement process technology and automation improvements including basic control schemes and advanced process control strategies. 
  • Assist in development of strategic activities for assigned areas such as STRAP roadmaps, AOP, capital strap, Innovation, and new products.
  • Interface with Supply Chain, Logistics, Quality, Operations, Capital, Process Engineering, and Maintenance to ensure continuous improvement, seamless delivery of customer needs, and value stream integration improvements.
  • Mentor and Coach junior engineers. Lead activities to teach and share critical technical knowledge.
  • Support collaboration/partnership efforts with critical vendors, suppliers, and customers. Serve as the technical expert in those activities.
  • High involvement in the Capital FEL process to ensure design captures best available technologies (robust, efficient), process safety best practices, past plant event learnings, and aligns with volume/yield performance plans of record.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical or mechanical engineering
  • Six Sigma and/or Lean certification preferred
  • 20+ years of experience in production, process and/or manufacturing engineering within the chemical, petroleum, or polymer industrial manufacturing environments
  • 5+ years of experience in engineering or manufacturing leadership or equivalent preferred



Additional Qualifications:

  • Proven history of delivering productivity through non-capital improvements and capital projects of all sizes.
  • Deep experience in the fundamentals of production optimization and process design for a broad range of unit operations including reaction, distillation, refrigeration, and fired heaters, heat integration, and process safety systems.
  • Strong process and mechanical troubleshooting experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills that translates to all levels of organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with hourly union and salaried coworkers at all levels of an organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership in behavioral and process safety as well as environmental compliance.
  • Strong computer skills, including process monitoring and process simulation and design.
  • Familiarity with DCS programs such as Experion, Provox, Foxboro, or DeltaV.
  • Experience in managing and developing people.
At AdvanSix, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past work experience doesn’t perfectly align with every qualification in the job posting, we encourage you to still apply. You may just be the right candidate for this or other roles.

AdvanSix is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, religion, veteran status, or any other protected classification.

To all agencies: Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee of AdvanSix about this opening. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee at AdvanSix via-email, the internet or in any form and/or method will be deemed the sole property of AdvanSix, unless such search firms/employment agencies were engaged by AdvanSix for this position and a valid agreement with AdvanSix is in place. In the event a candidate who was submitted outside of the AdvanSix agency engagement process is hired, no fee or payment of any kind will be paid.

Application Process

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  • It is easy to apply for AdvanSix jobs online. Create a profile in DayForce and upload your resume or fill in the form with your job history.
  • Your profile and resume will be reviewed by a recruiter and you’ll be notified via email whether you will be proceeding with the interview process
  • The first interview will be a telephone screening with the HR and recruiting team, If there is mutual interest, there will be additional interviews with the team and an in-person site visit
  • Once interviews are completed, if you are determined a good fit for the AdvanSix team, a formal offer will be extended. Offers will first be verbally given and quickly followed by a formal letter via email
  • Every offer is contingent on the successful completion of the pre-employment and background checks required for the position.
  • We can’t wait for you to join the team!