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TAPPI Industry Career Center: GAF Seeks a Glass Mat Corporate Project Engineer

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GAF: The Mat Operations Capital Project Engineer is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient use of Mat Operations capital resources and is accountable for defining/executing capital investment projects in GAF’s 3 Fiberglass Mat Plants. Projects they will lead are essential to support both top-line and bottom-line company growth which may include but are not limited to maintaining existing infrastructure to sustain safe, stable, and reliable operations; growing infrastructure to expand existing capabilities; deployment of new technology to expand our ability to consistently process a wide range of asphalt streams. The Mat Capital Project Engineer will also assist in creating reliability systems along with supporting the manufacturing facilities in order to provide optimum operating conditions in the safest and most cost-effective manner. The successful candidate is a leader of capital project processes and of people: He/she must manage projects by guiding process owners---Plant / Manufacturing Managers and manufacturing staff, Process Engineers, Capital Sourcing--- through the project schedule to perform on time and on budget.

Main Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide direct oversight for the safe deployment of capital projects across the Mat Operations network.
  • Develop project scopes with input from key stakeholders, including plant, R&D, and Mat Subject Matter Experts (SME’s).  Develop capital approval requests (AFCE’s) as needed; ensure the requested funding is consistent with all project requirements so that the approved amount is not exceeded.
  • Analyze all facets of proposed projects and provide detailed cost, schedule, and justification estimates to support capital expenditures. Interface with maintenance and production to ascertain and identify operational maintenance problems and opportunities. Conduct engineering and project analysis and follow through with major and minor project recommendations, justification, and implementation.  Apply engineering principles including modeling and simulation with external vendors and consultants.
  • Manage all aspects of multiple projects including design construction, vendor management, cost tracking, operational interfaces and operations preparation, and startup.  Analyze systems, research options, and determine the most optimum cost/benefit relationship to deliver capital projects.
  • Lead/participate in cross-functional corporate and plant teams investigating opportunities to improve and expand GAF’s processes and products, and business opportunities
  • Coordinate between contractors, vendors, and GAF to manage, engineer, and implement projects in the smoothest and most efficient manner without causing production delays or upsets.
  • Engage in process start-up operation, problem-solving, and process improvement
  • Support multi-plant network with troubleshooting, design, maintenance, and loss prevention assistance when needed.

Qualifications and Education:

  • A BS Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical with Mechanical preferred) coupled with a minimum of 10 years project management experience.
  • The ideal candidate will have a proven background in managing projects with budgets of $1MM+.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplines as project manager and supervise others as a lead engineer.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and provide expertise in maintenance, operations, and process.
  • Remote locations are acceptable, provided they are within one hour of a large or major airport.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S., without current or future requirement for sponsorship of an employment-based visa status

Preferred Requirements:

  • 5 years in paper machine or fiberglass mat operations (highly preferred)
  • General Knowledge/Skills.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with computers and G Suite/MSOffice. Drafting experience with CAD, preferably Auto CAD, is preferred.
    • Ability to respond to requests in a professional and timely manner. 
    • Strong planning, prioritization, organizational, and reporting skills.
    • Independent problem-solving skills. 
    • Positive attitude, ability to adapt and contribute to a team environment is critical.

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