• Process Improvement Engineer

    Position Location(s) CA-AB-Joffre
    Job ID
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    Job Category
    Eng & Technical
  • Overview

    NOVA Chemicals helps shape a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team. Through our commitment to Responsible Care®, we take pride in our focus on safety and sustainability.


    The Joffre site is currently seeking two Process Engineers to fill Improvement Engineering positions. These roles are on two different teams, described below: 

    •  The Manufacturing Infrastructure (MI) technical team, supports the reliable delivery of quality utilities to the Joffre Olefins and Polyolefins plants, managing the influent and effluent water for the site and providing support for the different water treatment processes including cold lime softening, demineralization, potable water and sanitary sewage.
    • The AST1 Process Engineering Team supports the operation of this polyethylene business unit to maintain safe reliable operations and maximize production, on-stream time and product quality.


    In these roles you will be a member of the MI and AST1 Improve Multi-Discipline Team (IMT), respectively. As a member of the IMT, you contribute to determining unit priorities to address technical backlogs by working with various disciplines (Technical, Operations, and Maintenance). You will also provide process engineering design support to other discipline backlogs. 



    • Facilitate and participate in risk and hazard assessments to support projects and operating activities
    • Management of Change (MOC) and Facility Change Management (FCM)
    • Lead multi-discipline teams in the development and implementation of unit expense projects and trials.
    • Develop the scope of work and business cases for capital project ideas and support the development and implementation.
    • Determine root causes of significant operating problems via data analysis, sound engineering principles, field inspections / testing, etc.
    • Identify and evaluate improvement opportunities in the areas of Responsible Care, cost, reliability, and capacity
    • Support plant turnarounds, and other special initiatives as required. (in the MI role, this specifically includes: cooling water system passivation coordination)
    • Coverage of the responsibilities of other unit process engineers, as required.


    The successful candidate has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, plus 5-10 years of relevant plant based engineering experience.  In addition, the successful candidate will possess:


    • Demonstrated passion and commitment to Responsible Care
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks in very fast paced environment
    • Ability to lead and use structured troubleshooting tools and processes to solve technical problems and prevent re-occurrence
    • Excellent at reading and using PFDs, P&IDs, heat and material balances, control narratives and other engineering documents to understand process design and operation
    • Demonstrated computer skills with experience in analyzing data; specifically, strong Microsoft Excel Skills including use of Aspen Process Data Retrieval Functions and ability to program macros using VBA
    • Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) is preferred, candidates without their P.Eng, but currently eligible for APEGA certification may also be considered.  


    While there are similarities in these roles, candidates with the following experience will be preferred for the MI position:

    • Experience with water treatment (municipal, industrial or from petroleum field operations). Water treatment experience should include a basic understanding of water chemistry, filtration, microbiology, corrosion and various municipal and Industrial water processes.

    About Us:

    NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


    The NOVA Chemicals Joffre Site is located in Central Alberta, near Red Deer(Alberta’s third largest city). The Joffre Site is recognized as the largest combined ethylene/polyethylene manufacturing site in North America, and one of the largest in the world. Focus at the site is placed on operations excellence, plant availability and effective capital execution. Attention is also placed on the integration of technology while implementing and optimizing.


    The Joffre site provides a wealth of recreational and social opportunities in the surrounding areas, as well as various educational options for children through advanced learning.



    NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.



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