Process Engineer, Manufacturing (Remote with Travel) in Independence, OR at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 1/5/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

We are looking for a Process Engineer who will travel approximately 50-70% within their assigned region to support our manufacturing plants in the West!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This person will ideally be based at one of our plants in California when they are not traveling, or may be remotely based in California with frequent travel to the following plant locations:  Linden, CA; Riverside, CA; Olivehurst, CA; Maricopa, AZ; Everett, WA; Provo, UT; Independence, OR; Fountain, CO.

Within the Scotts Miracle-Gro network, our Growing Media network consists of 45 plants across North America that produce branded consumer products such as mulch and soil for lawn and garden care.  In addition to supporting Growing Media, this role may support the manufacturing and distribution of our Hawthorne and other Scotts Miracle-Gro products. As the Process Engineer, you would provide technical support to multiple manufacturing facilities within a select geographic region, leading focused, proactive problem solving efforts to improve manufacturing processes, throughput and reliability.

What you’ll do in this role:

  • EXECUTE AND IMPROVE: Serve as a technical liaison for all levels of the company including production associates, maintenance associates, operations leadership, and corporate engineering.  Diagnose technical problems, identify short and long-term solutions using Root Cause Analysis tools (Fishbone, 5-Why, FMEA, and other tools). Identify common loss themes across facilities; provide and support the implementation of sustainable solutions.  Champion efforts to drive out manufacturing variation by analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and leading implementation of appropriate solutions. Document, share and implement best practices across the region and network. Assist in identifying continuous improvement data tracking opportunities to meet the needs of the continuous improvement program and the overall operation. Generate measurable savings annually from continuous improvement projects.

  • LEAD: Lead the identification of bottlenecks at manufacturing facilities and facilitate implementation of solutions to optimize each production line.  Both lead and provide support for reliability project efforts across the region. Lead change management within our plants, fostering an environment for positive adoption of improvements.

  • PARTNER: Partner with Plant Managers to execute manufacturing improvement plans. Participate in development and prioritization of capital requests within the region. Work closely with cross-functional teams to solve problems, optimize output and reduce costs.Coordinate with related departments and functions to assure appropriate information flow and understanding of overall process improvement direction.

  • DEVELOP: Develop technical mastery within self and others for key manufacturing equipment (process and packaging). Develop and deliver technical training for various levels of the organization. Participate in the review and development of production line standards. Create and coach equipment documentation including: Clean, Inspect, Lube Standards, Process Centerlines, Maintenance Standards, troubleshooting guides and training material. Develop reports of Continuous Improvement activities including project plans, activities, participation and accomplishments.

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • B.S. in Engineering (Packaging, Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical), or related field

  • Minimum 2 years operating in a manufacturing environment with experience of driving reliability improvements

  • Demonstrated technical abilities and practical experience with strong capabilities in the following areas: 

    • Theory/functionality of manufacturing systems and unit operations

    • Continuous improvement techniques (Lean, TPM, Root Cause Analysis, Quick Changeover/SMED, Process Centerlines, Process Mapping)

    • Statistics and analytical methods, Process measurement and control

    • Change management

  • Passion to drive change, curiosity, energized by problem solving and challenges, take initiative and execute consistently

  • Brings an energy that inspires others to perform at a high level, connect with others and foster positive working relationships, and value the diversity of thought, style, and perspective

  • Leads with an Entrepreneurial Spirit - curious, actively seeks out change, energized by new, tough assignments and overcoming obstacles, resilient, takes well-reasoned risks, and consistently executes.

  • Demonstrates strong People Agility - authentic, transparent, self-aware, inspires others to perform at a high level, connects and builds a wide range of working relationships, and values the diversity of thought, style, and perspective.

  • The desire to be “hands-on” - this role requires regular presence on the plant floor.

  • Current valid driver’s license and ability to drive when on business travel

  • Fluent in English and Spanish (preferred).

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • 401K match (up to 7.5%). No waiting period on vesting or match.

  • Discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • 13 paid holidays and a generous vacation policy.

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350) 

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, Scotts Associates for a Greener Earth (SAGE), TREE (Together Respecting, Empowering, and Encouraging Families) and Scotts Young Professionals

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts. With the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring certain associates to get a COVID vaccine*. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

*Except where prohibited by state or local law