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Senior Process Engineer

Company: Compass Minerals America Inc.
Location: Ogden
Posted on: March 9, 2023

Job Description:

Compass Minerals (NYSE: CMP) is a leading global provider of essential minerals focused on safely delivering where and when it matters to help solve nature's challenges for customers and communities. The company's salt products help keep roadways safe during winter weather and are used in numerous other consumer, industrial, chemical and agricultural applications. Its plant nutrition products help improve the quality and yield of crops, while supporting sustainable agriculture. Additionally, the company is pursuing development of a sustainable lithium brine resource to support the North American battery market and is a minority owner of Fortress North America, a next-generation fire retardant company. Compass Minerals operates 12 production and packaging facilities with nearly 2,000 employees throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Visit compassminerals.com for more information about the company and its products.
This position functions with a high degree of autonomy and reports to the Process Engineering Manager, while actively supporting operational needs. The primary focus is utilization of process engineering skills to support plant stability, optimization and cost reduction in support of achieving the business goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: (Management reserves the right to add or modify the duties and responsibilities at any time.)

  • Support company EHS requirements and practices. Embrace cultural values.

  • Ensure compliance with company standards, practices, and procedures.

  • Learn plant processes, equipment, practices and utility systems in order to study, analyze and interpret data.

  • Monitor, observe, analyze, troubleshoot, recommend and implement changes to support improvements in process flow, uptime, productivity, yield and cost reduction.

  • Respond to operations, maintenance and management requests to analyze and troubleshoot urgent system issues.

  • Develop collaborative relationships and function with a team approach to develop solutions, by involving appropriate members of operations, maintenance, engineering, EHS, procurement and accounting staff.

  • Develop understanding of the business and key cost drivers.

  • Update or create operating instructions, engineering drawings (PFDs/P&IDs) and procedures.

  • Support Capex projects functioning in both project support and team leader (small cap) roles providing scope development, conceptual design and budget estimates.

  • Work with outside engineering firms, vendors, on site construction contractors, and consultants.

  • Support MOC process and change implementation.


    • Plant optimization as defined by improvements in: cost, throughput, yield, reliability and energy efficiencies.

    • Projects meet or exceed environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) objectives.

    • Proper scoping, budgeting and execution (on, or better than schedule/budget) of assigned capital projects.

    • Develop appropriate written operation and maintenance procedures.

    • Develop and maintain appropriate project documentation, reports, studies, drawings and records.

      Experience as a process engineer in a production plant or operation with an understanding of unit process operations such as milling, crushing, screening, and material handling (pumping, pneumatic conveying, mechanical conveying, etc.) and packaging is highly desirable. General understanding of relevant engineering disciplines (civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical) as well as process control, instrumentation, and automation. Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with all stakeholders (operations, maintenance, purchasing, managers, EHS, and business units). Ability to lead project execution teams including mentoring and development of others.
      Education and Experience:

      • A bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline (chemical preferred).

      • Minimum of five (5) years direct experience in process engineering (minerals or chemical industry preferred).

      • Experience in process engineering including the ability to understand and create Process Flow Diagrams, Process and Instrumentation Diagrams, process equipment specifications, and creating process control narratives.

      • Familiar with Control Systems.

      • Experience leading small capital projects (

      • Proficient with capital analysis/justification to support business needs.

        Computer Skills:
        To perform this job successfully, an individual should be PC proficient and possess the ability to master required computer skills required to function within the Engineering group. Must be proficient in Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with statistical analysis tools (Minitab) preferred.
        To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
        Interpersonal Skills:
        Able to clearly communicate verbally on specifications for equipment needs and on project scopes. Must be able to cover content required to make good decisions in a concise manner.
        Written Communication:
        Able to clearly communicate in written form: project definition engineering specifications, project scopes, preparation of Capital Appropriation Request, and interoffice memos/emails.
        Wide variety of complicated job tasks requiring coordinating numerous processes/procedures. Develop measurable objectives to support goal attainment; differentiate between urgent, important, and not urgent action items; and engage in proactive planning.
        Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Follows through on project design, details, tasks, financial and schedule commitments. Maintains a professional attitude and maintains required confidentiality.
        Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality. Documents all issues promptly and completely.
        Language Skills :
        The abilities listed are representative of the level of competency the incumbent needs in order to effectively perform the essential duties. These specific abilities may or may not be required for this particular position.
        Ability to read, analyze and interpret job related technical information, Ability to write reports, business correspondence, prepare procedure manuals. Ability to carry out pilot scale testing including equipment installation, system testing, and sample collection. Ability to work with construction contractors, regulatory officials and outside engineering consultants.
        Mathematical and Reasoning Ability and Skills :
        Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs. Must be able to review engineering calculations, engineering drawings, specifications, equipment sizing, piping sizes, motor HP calculations and construction drawings for soundness. This includes those prepared within the Engineering group and those prepared by outside consultants. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed instructions and to deal with problems involving multiple variables. Ability to collect and accurately assemble data in a logical statistical manner. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
        Essential Job Functions:
        The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
        While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and must have the ability to talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb ladders and access platforms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Employee must be able to visit areas of the operating plant. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
        Compass Minerals is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are firmly committed to making all employment-related decisions without regard to race, ancestry, ethnicity, color, religious creed or belief, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, and pregnancy and breastfeeding), age, military or veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by law. To request reasonable accommodations, email careers@compassminerals.com or call 913-344-9200. Learn more about equal employment opportunity laws at dol.gov .
        Job: Engineering
        Primary Location: US-UT-Ogden
        Work Locations: Ogden, UT USA 765 N. 10500 West Ogden 84404
        Organization: Operations
        Job Type: Full-time
        Schedule: Regular
        Shift: Standard
        Day Job
        Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
        Req ID: 220000F1

Keywords: Compass Minerals America Inc., Ogden , Senior Process Engineer, Engineering , Ogden, Utah

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