The Enviva team is driven by our shared vision for a renewable energy future. We are a fast-growing, purpose-driven, global energy company specializing in delivering sustainable wood bioenergy solutions. We are the world’s largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, which provide a low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels.

Enviva is a seeking a Chipping & Material Handling Process Engineer to join Enviva’s Centers of Excellence (COE) engineering team. This individual must be a self-starter, natural leader and a subject matter expert for the receiving, chip mill, woodyard and finish goods process areas. Typical equipment included in ownership are truck tippers, stacker reclaimer, radial log crane, mobile equipment, de-barker drum, chip mill, finished goods storage, truck & rail loadout. This role reports to the Process Engineering Manager, Centers of Excellence, and provides leadership & support to all Enviva sites.

Responsibilities

  • Using the Enviva Four Pillars of Operational Discipline, this position is responsible for (5) key deliverables:
  • Develop, define and update detailed technical specifications and engineering standards related to chipping & material handling equipment
  • Serve as the subject matter expert (SME) during the design, sizing and selection of equipment by delivering and communicating the advantages and disadvantages for all critical decisions
  • Lead the technical aspects of commissioning, startup and full capacity ramps of both new facilities and expansion projects within existing facilities
  • Deliver & drive consistency between plants by informing, coaching and promoting best practices and standards to local teams with the purpose of driving standardization and consistency across the entire company per OEMS 7.3
  • Directly support the critical needs of the business through planned and scheduled project related work as well as day to day support consisting of advanced problem solving and detailed hands on technical troubleshooting
  • Articulate vision for future state as well as best in class performance metrics; develop plan and manage business functions to achieve that vision
  • Lead, develop and maintain strategic technical partnerships with key vendors and equipment manufacturers
  • Conceive, plan, and execute process improvement projects to improve Enviva’s operations
  • Communicate and advise key business leaders (executives and plant management) on methods and options for improving operations through technical solutions
  • Create, update, and maintain standard work and operating procedures (OEMS 4.5) used to develop and train operations and maintenance teams
  • Lead & own the implementation of sound engineering solutions for mitigating existing operational issues, drive continuous improvement, and introduce new technology innovations where appropriate
  • Ensure that all work, including external and internal resources, adheres to safe work practices that support a safe workplace for all
  • Lead by example and demonstrate formality by ensuring that all changes are entered, thoroughly vetted, and tracked in Enviva’s MOC (Management of Change) system
  • Participate and support Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) for identifying, ranking and reducing risks across all Enviva locations per OEMS 3.1

Qualifications

  • Minimum Years of Experience
    • 10-15 years of manufacturing / process engineering experience required
    • Experience providing technical leadership in a regional (multi-site) capacity
  • Education Requirements
    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (would consider Chemical Engineering with strong mechanical inclination & skills)
  • Specialized knowledge or Industry Experience
    • Working knowledge of Process / Value Stream Mapping
    • Design process and Failure Mode & Effects Analysis
    • Process Hazard Analysis
    • Extensive experience working with controls engineers on PLC & HMI interactions
    • Must be able to synthesize & understand technical documentation: Process Flow Diagrams, Piping & Instrument Diagrams, General Arrangements, Sequence of Operations
  • Communication Skills
    • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate to engineering staff, cross functional departments, and senior leadership
  • Computer Literacy
    • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, Teams, Visio, and Project
    • Minitab
    • Primavera P6
    • Bluebeam Revu
    • Oracle Aconex
    • Vantage Point Historian (Process Data Trending Tool)
  • Professional Certification
    • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification
    • EIT Certification with pathway to Professional Engineer License
  • Other characteristics
    • Natural leadership ability to resolve complex multi-discipline problems
    • Must be data-driven and possess a high level of attention to detail
    • Exhibits high level of professionalism and sets an example for others to follow
    • Must be a self-starter with ability to prioritize complex and dynamic workload while maintaining a hands-on active management style and maintaining awareness of team activities
    • Demonstrated project management skills for ensuring project delivery to customer expectations, schedule, and budget
    • Demonstrated interpersonal, technical aptitude, and problem-solving skills
    • Strong team building skills, including ability to coach, lead, and develop work teams, provide training, motivate/empower others, drive action, and resolve conflict
    • Motivated to progress and advance career beyond this role in 2-3 years’

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated results in partnering with controls engineers for troubleshooting complex processes involving PLCs, HMIs, data acquisition and PID control loops
  • Experience in the wood products industry with similar process islands and or equipment

Working & Travel Requirements

  • Nighttime and weekend work are required at times to provide continuous support to a 24/7 manufacturing environment
  • Working in extreme temperatures (hot or cold), outdoor elements (precipitation and wind), dusty and noisy environments across uneven ground for extended periods of time is to be expected
  • Ascending or descending ladders and stairs outdoors in the field is often required
  • Standing and walking on your feet outdoors in the field for hours at time is often required
  • Overnight travel to various manufacturing regions (Mid-Atlantic, Wilmington, Pascagoula, Savannah) required 25-50% of the time
  • Overnight travel during the first year may average as high as 80% for extended periods of time to establish subject matter expertise in the field across many locations

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Enviva is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity (EEO) in any term, condition or privilege of employment. Enviva does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member, genetic information or any other status protected by law. Enviva complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which we operate.

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