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Job ID:  49825
Date:  Jan 13, 2022
Job function:  Manufacturing
Experience level:  Experienced Hire
Business:  DSM Nutritional Products

Sr Engineer Automation (Process Control) Belvidere New Jersey

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. 

More information can be found at www.dsm.com.



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You’ll be responsible to:


  • Initiating and driving optimization and improvement of the site by providing broad and in depth technological expertise for current automation processes and to guide and safeguard all design and related engineering aspects of projects in a QESH compliant way.
  • Interfacing with Operations, Technology and Business Partners to anticipate and propose solutions for current and future business/site needs.



Get the reward to match your passion


Working for DSM means the opportunity to really contribute to improving people’s lives and solving the challenges of today’s world. Challenging jobs, career opportunities, and an inspiring environment allow you to enhance your personal development. DSM recognizes that the on-going success of the company depends on the continued development and engagement of our employees and pursues a fair and competitive remuneration policy, recognizing individual and team competencies and performance. 


At DSM, we DSomething Meaningful.


 What we look for in you:


  • Together with Operational partners, analyze processes and equipment requirements and develop scope of work for Improve Plant Projects in the Automation/Process Control area.  These projects encompass SHE improvements, cost and efficiency improvements, site and unit improvements and general optimization efforts.
  • Identify, prioritize and manage plant automation process issues and cost drivers by analyzing performance using data driven statistical methods and RCA (Root Cause Analysis) techniques to identify the cause-and-effect relationship.
  • Deliver high level automation technology and engineering expertise for all operating areas on the site. Takes on challenges that go beyond the customers (production areas) abilities to solve.
  • Has innovative ideas and thinks “outside the box” or beyond traditional boundaries in order to identify solutions to improve that have not been used before. Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others and not learned from previous education or experience to explain situations or resolve problems. Looks at things in a really new way – breakthrough thinking.
  • Uses a long-term perspective to ensure sustainability and adjusts approach accordingly. Becomes involved in a customer’s decision-making process. Recommends approaches which are new and different from those requested.
  • Takes specific actions to keep skills up-to-date with the most current requirements. Actively seeks learning opportunities from other specialty areas in order to become a broader resource to the team. Finds appropriate ways to use new ideas, approaches, and knowledge to more effectively address challenges.
  • Provides day to day automation and process control support for operating areas under his/her supervision.  Coordinates with the site’s other Automation Engineers for vacation/weekend coverage.
  • Ensures site compliance with engineering codes & practices, safe operating windows and corporate requirements (SHE, Manufacturing, Finance) and cGMP standards.
  • Is responsible for the effective and efficient allocation of the Improve Plant Department Operational Expense Budget. Ensures as part of this that engineering hours are properly accounted to capital projects.
  • Execute feasibility studies and plant trials in support of plant problems, opportunities, product development and technological innovations.  Consults and advises other engineering and operations colleagues on automation aspects of their own individual projects.
  • Develop and lead projects within the Improve Plant Work Process and ensure handover to appropriate work process. Anticipates obstacles and thinks ahead about next steps. May manage outside consultants, temporary engineers and engineering firms in support of larger projects. Monitors progress of a project against milestones or deadlines.
  • Contribute to contractor selection by preparing design documents and bid documents and reviewing bid proposals.
  • With support, a Senior engineer may be asked to lead and support commissioning and startup of projects, including validation, operating requirements, safety inspection and staff training.
  • Responsible to ensure that the various SHEQ aspects of capital projects are considered/ assessed and integrated into the design, construction and commissioning.
  • Responsible to ensure compliance with site management of change procedure for Improve Plant proposals.   Responsible to see all active projects are managed in the established Trackwise/IP processes.

What we like to see in your experience:

  • BS Degree in an engineering or (Bio) Chemical discipline.  Experience in Automation and Process Control is essential.
  • At least 3 years of manufacturing experience in various aspects of process control, automation engineering including various DCS and PLC systems.
  • (Engineering) Project management.
  • Knowledge in food grade cGMP or Pharmaceutical/Cosmetic manufacturing environment.
  • SHE: New Colleagues will be expected to develop within a short time frame in depth knowledge and hands on experience on relevant DSM SHE requirements, knowledge of applicable site specific safety aspects (e.g. dust explosions, PSM area) and knowledge of federal and state regulations.
  • Quality: Knowledge of ISO Systems, ICH Q7A and cGMPs.
  • Technical Expertise: Experience in Automation and Process Control is essential. Detailed training will be provided on new systems and the job holder is expected to master this area as a result of the training.
  • Manufex: New Colleagues will be expected to develop within a short time frame in depth knowledge & experience with IP, SP and IER, knowledge of OEE, OPN and maintenance. Understanding of the Technical Transfer Process.
  • Project Management:  Knowledge of project management incl.


Procedure & Contact

Interested in this position? Please apply online via the career portal (https://jobs.dsm.com/)


Pre-employment screening procedures are part of the DSM Recruitment & Selection Process. You will be contacted when further information is required


DSM NA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. DSM is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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