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Technology Manager - Automation Expert

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation. We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development. And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2015. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future! Where the Chemistry Happens… We are seeking a Technology Manager as an expert in manufacturing technology to work within our Catalyst organization. Technology Manager (1700155) You are the first point of contact for plant, asset and process management. You provide technical leadership for dedicated manufacturing technologies to the corresponding production plants (e.g., process innovation, optimization, capex scoping). You ensure a sustainable production setup according to the business needs. Formula for Success: You Will…
  • Act as global focal point for automation and manufacturing operation management (MOM) technologies and technology contact for specific production sites in the catalyst division.
  • Take a lead in automation topics in capital projects including development of automation, safety, operations, and IT concepts; leads execution of acceptance testing and startup support.
  • Facilitator of best practice sharing to the catalyst sites
  • Lead development of global concepts for process safety and occupational health and implements together with operations, in collaboration with other safety groups; support Clean Sheets Safety Reviews and responsible care processes audits; lead safety concept development for multi-site unit operations.
  • Lead development/optimization of technical concepts and support capex projects within the business.
  • Serve as expert and consultant for site decision, production footprint optimizations and transfer projects.
  • Analyze and make recommendations on Intellectual properties of our processes; evaluate the options for the introduction of new products and technologies into production; maintain database of trade secrets.
  • Lead the development and implementation of automation technology and asset strategies.
  • Maintain constant problem identification dialogue with manufacturing sites and defining solutions in CCE and Catalyst sites; initiate and conduct technology exchange workshops with production sites and BASF technology centers of excellence.
  • Support troubleshooting, engineering, and optimization activities in catalysts sites; often leading those activities with global impact.
  • Support production by leading improvement or capital projects, especially those with global significance.
  • Constantly promote a culture of working together, free sharing of best practices, and continuous innovation.
  • Own one or more automation topic (e.g., Batch systems, material handling, bar coding, robotics, SIS, ex-topics)
Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…
  • Bachelors in Science or a technical field required, computer science, electrical engineering or physics preferred
  • 8 years’ technical experience required, including 2 years direct manufacturing operations management (such as PLC or DCS)/automation/IT experience preferred
  • Understanding systems architecture and optimization of interfaces and must be up to date on technological trends
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal and critical thinking skills to be able to analyze problems and communicate accordingly
  • Able and willing to travel about 25% domestically and internationally (primarily internationally)
  • Ability to work well within a team environment and the demonstrated ability to influence others
  • Must have proven experience implementing automation in manufacturing
  • Robotics experience a plus
  • Automotive experience a plus
  • German or Chinese speaking skills a plus