Marietta, US

Location Details: 

Title:  Process Automation Engineer

Join us and develop your career while creating a more sustainable future! You’ll be part of a global team of more than 5,000 people and 60 nationalities, where diverse perspectives are valued and you can bring your authentic self to work every day. At Kemira you are empowered to reach your full potential, deliver innovation, and make an impact. We embrace a growth mindset, so we can deliver more value to our customers and communities. 


Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemistry for water intensive industries. For more than 100 years, our chemistry has advanced human progress and quality of life. Kemira’s solutions help our customers in the pulp and paper, water, and energy industries clean water, save energy and use natural resources responsibly, while improving their productivity and enabling more sustainable business. We call it chemistry with a purpose, better every day.


We are now looking for a Process Automation Engineer for our Pulp & Paper manufacturing facility in Marietta, Georgia.  In this role, you will be involved in control strategy design, development of control software, as well as identification of process improvement opportunities through process control.  This role will also prioritize implementation of automation work, and manage the work of other automation resources including site engineering, plant technicians, and contractors for the facility.


Key Responsibilities:

Take ownership and management of the Distributed Control Systems for the Marietta, Ga, site.  These systems include Siemens Simatic PCS7, Simatic Batch, WEB App, SIS, PH/IS, and the AVEVA/OSI PI system.

  • Maintain a plan to support and sustain process automation assets for the facilities (system upgrade planning, perform system back-ups for recovery and disaster recovery).
  • Serve as systems administrator for the process control area network.
  • Support identification and implementation of required cyber-security measures.
  • Serve as Process Automation Owner for the site facilities – taking full accountability for the automation improvement program.
  • Identify process automation improvement opportunities and provide value assessments and prioritization
  • Support the Marietta site day-to-day operations to meet business goals.  This will include gaining basic knowledge of the unit operations as well as the ability to develop software for the DCS systems.
  • Drive continuous improvement of process automation performance metrics through alarm management, manual intervention reduction, and Safety Instrumented System trip monitoring, correction, and reduction.
  • Design and develop creative and effective process control strategies (SFC’s / Batch Automation) to optimize plant operations.
  • Document and maintain a prioritized work list for process automation improvements for the site.
  • Serve as the primary process automation representative for the plant for all capital projects  involving process control changes.
  • Manage the work of automation resources allocated to the Marietta site (which may include E&I technicians supporting Preventive Maintenance or Project Activities as well as external contractors such as Electricians and Integrators).
  • Assure Safe & Unplanned Event-free implementation of process automation projects.
  • Manage and provide guidance in Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) for Layers of Protection through Process Hazard Analysis and RISK Assessments.
  • Maintain all process information systems / historians’ site-specific applications for the plant and develop new applications for Process Information.
  • Coordinate and conduct Process Automation related training for applicable personnel on the site utilizing simulation and sandbox development demonstrations.
  • Maintain operation of site security systems (Cameras / Access Controls).
  • Maintain Automation Related CAD documentation (Automation Hardware/Networks, LOOP Sheets, Electrical Elementaries)
  • Work with peers (locally, regionally and across Kemira) in the technology group to share knowledge and ideas as well as develop standards and best practices.


What you can expect from us:

  • Live and promote a workstyle that clearly puts safety first.
  • Work closely with plant management to optimize plant processes.
  • Collaborate on capital projects to ensure proper process design and equipment specification.
  • Provide technical support and troubleshooting for manufacturing.
  • Drive continuous improvement of plant manufacturing processes and systems.
  • Assist with environmental regulatory reporting and compliance.
  • Assist with creation of standard operating procedures for new and existing equipment and processes as needed.
  • Provide technical support to members of the engineering team.
  • Drive continuous improvement by evaluation of existing operations to reduce safety and environmental risk.
  • Job complexities and responsibilities will increase as experience is gained.


What you’ll bring to the team:

  • Bachelor of Science degree (Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical / Instrumentation Certification is preferred). 
  • Siemens PCS-7 Experience is required.
  • Previous experience in process automation design / development,  implementation, and checkout is preferred. 
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in either process automation or manufacturing.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks at one time.
  • Familiarity with plant operations as well as project work in the process control discipline.
  • Highly motivated and results-driven individual with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact with cross functional teams, engineering groups, plant operations, plant maintenance, and automation-electrical contractors.
  • Strong organizational skills.


Join Kemira and create better every day

For more information, visit kemira.com/careers.


Kemira is an equal opportunity employer.


Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and energy sectors. In 2022, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 3.3 billion and around 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.