Senior Instrument, Electrical, & Controls Reliability Manage...

Ascend Performance Materials
Alvin, TX
30+ days ago
Ascend Performance Materials
Ascend Performance Materials

Job Description


Ascend Performance Materials is the premium provider of high-quality chemicals, fibers and plastics. With world scale integrated manufacturing facilities, we can develop new products from our core technologies and provide flexibility to respond to the expanding needs of our customers. Ascend has global sales and distribution with five manufacturing facilities in the United States.

Ascend is currently seeking a Senior Instrument, Electrical and Control Reliability Manager to join their manufacturing site in Alvin, TX. The Senior Instrument, Electrical and Control Reliability Manager is accountable for developing and ensuring ongoing effectiveness of the reliability and sustainability of the I&E and Process Control programs for this large/complex chemical processing facility. As a key member of the Reliability and Maintenance Team, the Senior Instrument, Electrical and Control Reliability Manager will share plant performance accountability with Operations Leadership. The Senior Instrument, Electrical and Control Reliability Manager will deliver strategic improvements in the reliability and maintenance performance at the Chocolate Bayou, TX facility resulting in robust asset reliability and minimum total cost of maintenance. The Senior Instrument, Electrical and Control Reliability Manager will direct the I&E and Reliability Team specializing in leading the reliability strategic programs, analysis of asset reliability issues, and the development of robust improvement solutions to support the overall site.


  • Robust reliability programs that support achieving key Business and Site objectives around equipment uptime, safety, and affordability

  • Improved MTBF and elimination of chronic and anticipated asset failures. Drive asset performance to maximum achievable performance

  • Evergreen list of prioritized projects and activities to support continued reliability improvement

  • Best in class Safety Instrumented System program

  • Best in class I&E PPM program

  • Consistency with all safety and environmental standards

  • Design and implement risk management processes to ensure critical asset negative performance trends are identified and communicated in a timely manner to responsible management for solution prioritization

  • Sustainable process control configurations

  • Emergence of Advanced Process Control as a performance improver

  • Excellent partnership with Production Units and Guest facilities

  • Motivated and capable I&E and Process Control Engineers, Specialists and Technicians to support both daily needs and strategic improvements

  • TA cost/schedule/reliability targets met or exceeded

  • New technologies implemented for a competitive advantage


  • Set objectives, select, and develop personnel

  • Manage change to drive improvements in asset reliability results. Institutionalize an appropriate set of leading and lagging metrics to support these objectives

  • Develop, implement and monitor programs that drive the reliability performance of the I&E and process control equipment across the site – including PPM programs, equipment reliability strategies, top opportunity lists, turnaround frequency and duration, etc.

  • Drive manufacturing culture from a “fix-it” to a data-based “prevent it” state. Identify and encourage recognition and rewards for this transition

  • Develop plant wide strategic vision for I&E, Analyzer and Process Control asset reliability including end of life an obsolescence and create a plan for the transition to a predictive environment

  • Introduce appropriate reliability techniques and practices focused on identifying and preventing asset failure or significant performance deterioration

  • Ensure improvement projects are adequately chartered and resourced and capital projects have appropriate reliability support/scope for successful design, commissioning, and operation.

  • Ensure thorough root cause investigations are conducted where appropriate and corrective actions are implemented in a timely fashion to prevent recurrence

  • Support a Reliability Centered Maintenance approach where SAP documentation and work practices promote sustained improvement

  • Provide recommended reliability project priorities to functional and plant management

  • Ensure a motivated and capable work team is available to provide continuous support including I&E, SIS, High Voltage Electrical, Analyzers, Valves, and Process Control resources

  • Provide continuous performance feedback and improvement assistance for team employees to insure their technical and professional growth. Identify strategies for attraction and retention

  • Maintain the expected safety performance and culture of a VPP Star Site


  • Minimum 10 years maintenance and/or operations experience in chemical/petrochemical, refining, or energy industry

  • Minimum 5 years experience people leadership experience with proven performance management and development skills

  • Demonstrated capability to improve reliability performance of a given asset base or equipment type

  • Demonstrated capability to improve organizational effectiveness

  • Working knowledge of Maintenance Work Processes including maintenance management systems, effectiveness metrics, etc.

  • Working knowledge of Predictive and Preventative Maintenance Techniques and Best Practices

  • Understanding of resource allocation and alignment to key priorities

  • Understanding of Safety Instrumented Systems programs and practices in an industrial setting


  • BS in Engineering (Electrical Engineering Preferred)


  • Engage and empower people, sets high expectations, provides clear direction, drives and delivers exceptional performance and leads with agility

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative, servant-based leadership style

  • Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational, writing and presentation skills.

  • Working knowledge of performance management practices and tools

  • Agility, resilience, and tolerance for ambiguity and change in fast-paced, collaborative environment.

  • Excellent coaching and facilitation skills and high energy level bringing employees and teams together.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply Continuous Improvement Tools including Root Cause Analysis facilitation

  • Excellent understanding and experience with equipment reliability programs and engineering practices and standards

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize multiple complex projects and activities

  • Demonstrated commitment to delivering customer success

  • Strategic thought leadership

Skills Summary:

About Us:

Ascend Performance Materials is the premium provider of high quality chemicals, fibers and plastics. With world scale integrated manufacturing facilities we are able to develop new products from our core technologies, and provide flexibility to respond to the expanding needs of customers. Ascend has global sales and distribution facilities across the globe and six manufacturing facilities globally. As a privately-held company, our people do big things and make big decisions, often much earlier in their careers than at larger companies. Ascend Performance Materials offers team members the opportunity to contribute in big, meaningful ways—all within a stable and growing business.

Why work at Ascend?

Our vision is to be the recognized leader in the nylon 6,6 value chain, creating new possibilities with PA66 for everyone, everywhere, every day. We achieve that through living our Ascend values.

We care . We operate safely with high integrity for our employees, our customers and our communities. Our people are our greatest assets, and our Total Rewards Program extends beyond traditional benefits to include access to on-site medical clinics at our U.S. facilities, a global wellness rewards program and Performance Matters, an employee-driven recognition plan. Our Commitment to Zero demonstrates our belief that is it possible to operate with zero personal injuries, zero process safety incidents and zero environmental releases. And the Ascend Cares Foundation, led by Ascend employees, supports Ascend families in times of need, provides inspiring opportunities for community engagement and facilitates community leadership.

Customer-focused . We exist for our customers; they drive our actions. Their success is our success. Our plastics and chemicals are building blocks that help make everyday essentials safer and more sustainable, and we constantly strive to develop new and innovative products to meet the future needs of our customers. And that customer focus doesn’t only apply to the marketplace – it also applies to how we treat our colleagues and our fellow community members.

Better every day . We invest in our people and our processes to improve every day. A2E, our continuous improvement program, guides the way we do business. And this way of problem solving applies not only to our manufacturing practices but also to our commitment to developing our people. You’ll see it during your career at Ascend in our leadership development, skills training and mentoring programs

Agile . We think broadly and lead proactively in a constantly evolving organization and industry. Agility doesn’t mean simply working quickly – it means critical thinking, creative problem solving and novel approaches to everyday challenges.

One Ascend . All together, with a common set of goals and an eye toward the future. We don’t accept silos. We look for ways to share across departments, sites and geography. This means you won’t be boxed into a single role at Ascend – you could get the chance to work with teams across the globe to improve the way we serve our people, our customers and our communities.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, citizenship, genetic information or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.


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