Unit Operations Guardian

Department:  Engineering
Date:  Jan 19, 2023



This job description may be modified, and additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned at any time based on business needs, workload, and other circumstances as deemed necessary by the company.


SUMMARY:  The Technology Guardian Unit Operations will be responsible for driving process safety and production economy by identifying process risk and improvement opportunities in design packages from R&D to support the development of technology packages and thereby smoothen the Technology Transfer between R&D and Tech Center.

The Technology Guardian Unit Operations should be knowledgeable of the technologies currently running in FMC production network to develop a set of best practices for various unit operations. This knowledge must then be put in use for optimizing existing production network and to support R&D in selection between process options before these are settled by registration (TOX batches and 5-batches).

The role will also work to establish and maintain a technology network within improvement engineers across manufacturing units to review manufacturing unit’s technology plans, identify improvements, technical needs, and align best practices to drive process improvements and develop technical expertise in the Tech Center.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Scope: Technology Guardianship for unit operations should include all aspects of the manufacturing process technology including chemistry, materials of construction (working with other Guardians), process hazards (highly toxic materials handling, dust explosion, etc.) and implications, process technology change management, contamination prevention, registration implications, environmental and waste minimization considerations, quality, and economics.  The guardian should be familiar with the end-use of the product(s) produced by the process(es).  The guardian should also be thoroughly familiar with the process used to manufacture the product(s) and understand the technology tools that are applicable to model processes in a way to improve the existing design, improve throughput/rates (release hidden capacity), support new process:


  • Deliver technical expertise in process unit operations working closely with Tech Center resources, R&D and operations.
  • Provide technology support to manufacturing units including owned, tolled and suppliers to maintain the technical know-how in terms of process safety.
  • Work directly with manufacturing units and Tech Center improvement engineers to identify and implement improvements on safety, asset utilization, yields and costs.
  • Provides process data analyses that will support strategic business, registrations and supply chain decisions.
  • Support process to implement new products/new application technologies by working closely with other Technology Guardians, R&D resources and Engineering/Process design contractors.  Oversee the technology transference and hands out to manufacturing sites.
  • Lead discovery, evaluation and selection on key partners and suppliers to improve technology to establish best practices on process unit operations (reaction, distillation, heat transfer, drying, filtration and others).
  • Key liaison and technical expert to generate new technology applications working inside and outside the company.
  • Drives high standards for the technology elements of Process Safety Management (Process Safety Information, Process Hazards Analysis and related MOC).
  • Identify skills and training requirements for plant run engineers and improvement engineers to understand the process technology and help develop Tech Center Improvement engineers in process modeling tools.
  • Leads the network across manufacturing sites to evaluate, understand plant technical needs, and leverage best practices in terms of process safety and technology improvements.
  • Mentor improvement engineers and help identify potential technology guardian’s succession.



EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:  Chemical Engineering or Advanced Chemistry (Master or PhD’s in Science)





  • Minimum 15+ years of technical experience in a chemical and formulation manufacturing environment.
  • Minimum 10+ years of experience with plant chemical and physical processes, process safety management, equipment basic unit operations in a chemical manufacturing environment with process experience in wet and dry material handling systems.
  • Leadership experience in technology, process safety and interactions with different chemical manufacturers.
  • Previous management responsibilities, desirable.
  • Ability to travel between 25 to 50% of time
  • Strong operations and project management experience in related industries



LANGUAGE SKILLS:   Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries of complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to communicate in the process control environment language.  Ability to effectively present information to top management (local and external), and public groups.  Excellent oral/written communication skills in English.


MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, ratios and proportions to practical situations.  Ability to represent data in graphic arts.


REASONING ABILITIES:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.  Ability to develop procedures, exams, training materials, and presentations to be reviewed and discussed with personnel at various levels.


TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS: Six Sigma Green Belt or Six Sigma Black Belt is strongly recommended; statistical analyses; computer tools; basic PSM training; regulatory local training, as applicable.


OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Know how on process control systems application to a manufacturing plant environment.  See description needs.


COMPETENCIES:  Key Technical/Functional competency.  Business and Teamwork are critical.


ROLE PRE-REQUISITIES: Experienced engineer with in depth knowledge on unit operations, previous start up support on technology.


CAREER PATH: From within the FMC Technology Center Improvement Engineers and/or Technology Managers; The Technology Guardian could transition to a Technology Professional or Fellow, Technology Leadership role or potential for Manufacturing Operations Leadership.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus in the use of electrical/instrumentation tools and other related equipment.


  1. Please rate the frequency of the following activities (1-Never, 2-Sometimes, 3-Occasionally, 4 Frequently):


  • Climbing           3
  • Walking            4
  • Reaching          3
  • Lifting               2
  • Stooping          3
  • Bending            3
  • Standing           4
  • Grasping           2
  • Pushing            2         
  • Kneeling           2
  • Twisting            2
  • Carrying            2
  • Pulling              2
  • Sitting               4




  1. Does the employee work in an extreme environment?


  • Exposed to Fumes:                   Rarely
  • Exposed to Weather:                 Rarely
  • Extreme Temps:                        Rarely
  • Wears a Respirator:                   Rarely




WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts.  Must be able to use safety equipment for extended periods of time, as needed.  The noise, temperature and lighting conditions in the work environment is usually moderate.  This position is not subject to extreme conditions.


This role provides support to an operation that runs 7/24, therefore requirements to provide support outside normal work schedule may be required.


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia