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Global Senior Process Engineer

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Date: Feb 5, 2019

Location: Ashland City, TN, US, 37015

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

About Us

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with over 140 years of history and more than 16,000 employees worldwide. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.


With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the global reach to serve customers worldwide. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees. 

Primary Function

The Global Senior Process Engineer is responsible for developing and supporting Enamel Coating core processes, assuring product quality through repeatable and sustainable manufacturing processes, and implementing improvements to support Manufacturing and Quality goals.

What is Great about this Opportunity?

  • Join a growing, stable organization committed to strong financial performance, strategic acquisitions and market expansion
  • Be an integral part of creating a world-class platform by implementing best practices, capturing tribal knowledge, and reinforcing continuous improvement
  • This role offers a broad span of responsibility, high corporate visibility and an opportunity to influence across our global organization

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • Establish relationships and understanding of site challenges, and work with site local plant experts, quality personnel, and specific manufacturing teams to help develop strategies for core processes ensuring reliability through robust plans that include process, equipment, training, materials, and staffing plans
  • Facilitate multi-site collaborative efforts in sharing ideas and leveraging learnings to accelerate core process productivity improvements
  • Facilitate consensus decision making in support of identifying and creating standard work instructions, test methods, machine set-up protocols, and data collection requirements (common to multiple sites)
  • Provide advisory review and guidance on suggested core process related changes (by site) including capital related projects
  • Investigate technologies for alignment and assure core process strategies are implemented to help advance manufacturing capabilities
  • Conduct core process equipment and process audits (functionality & integrity) including raising awareness to safety related concerns
  • Monitor performance of core processes to ensure process stability with focus on continuous improvement, compliance management, and sustainability
  • Provide assistance in trouble shooting and problem solving of related core process challenges (including those impacting product quality, process performance & productivity)
  • Engage with sourcing commodity resources and suppliers in support of global procurement strategies


  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering, Enamel Coating Engineering or related discipline
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience with manufacturing related processes
  • Enamel Coating process knowledge & experience required
  • Highly motivated, self-starter who can prioritize based on overall goals and objectives
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work independently and as a leader/member of a team in meeting defined goals & objectives, and deadlines
  • Good management skills and proven ability to influence without authority
  • Able to plan, develop, and execute tactical and strategic manufacturing initiatives, and must carry out duties with the utmost integrity
  • Able to facilitate and foster good cross-functional, multi-site relationships that promote cooperation and consensus between global team members, surmounting language / communication and cultural barriers
  • Demonstrated problem solving experience using root cause analysis with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally upwards of 50% of the time as business needs dictate
  • Proficiency with computers and programs, specifically Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedural manuals, and product and equipment drawings and schematics.

We Offer

Competitive base salary and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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