Process Engineering Lead


Russellville, AR, US, 72802

Function:  Manufacturing
Audience:  Experienced Professional
Work Arrangement:  On Site
Requisition ID:  62446




The Process Engineering Lead  for the greenfield startup in Russellville, AR provides technical and business leadership in product manufacturing and product specifications. The Process Engineering Lead interfaces across the technical network in the Foam Business to provide solutions to product manufacturing challenges as well as advances and innovation in manufacturing processes and materials. The Process Engineering Lead is the subject matter expert on all plant process, quality, and raw material areas. The Process Engineering Lead  is a member of the Plant Leadership Team (NLT).  As a member of the NLT, The Process Engineering Lead helps develop and deploy strategies to meet business objectives.


Reports to:  Plant Leader with a dotted line to the Director of Focused Improvement, Foam & Foamglas.


Span of Control:  This position will be physically located in the Russellville Foam XPS facility and will have direct leadership over the hourly position of Quality Technician.  



Leading safety, environmental and security for an injury free and compliant workplace

  • Leads with the OC Safety Brand “Safer Together” and leads with all accidents are preventable, safety is everyone’s responsibility, working safely is condition of employment.
  • Ensures a safe, clean, and environmentally compliant work environment for all employees, contractors and visitors.
  • Ensures all control plans, work instructions, and other procedures related to technical operations of the production lines ensure the safety of employees in accordance with Owens Corning standards. 
  • Shows passion and caring for our people.
  • Actively participates in and follows requirements for Process Safety Management (PSM) and partners with cross functional teams to support, improve and enforce plant safety programs (LTT, Confined Space, Powered Industrial Vehicles, etc.).
  • Ensures a clear and effective measurement system is established and implemented to drive results; rewards and celebrates safe behaviors and achievements as well as ensures accountability.

Drive Plant Quality Excellence

  • Act as the gatekeeper to ensure all quality control specifications are met for all products according to ASTM standard testing, UL, R&D Industries and FM Global standards and internal specifications.
  • Maintain master files and history on all specifications and procedures.
  • Stay current on all Quality Control (QC) specifications and act as the subject-matter expert for QC.
  • Educate all plant leadership and primary employees on quality control requirements.
  • Train all primary employees on QC procedures and processes.
  • Interface with Foam QC resources to ensure that plant has adopted all current QC specifications.
  • Develop and sustain practices to minimize Cost to Non-Quality (CONQ).
  • Constantly strives to improve product performance in all areas and matches up customer needs with technical solutions to ensure customer Fitness for Use (FFU) are met with our products.
  • Provide technical and process support to our customers and sales support team as required.


Lead Plant Technical Excellence

  • Owns and develops all plant product quality specifications, making modifications as necessary to ensure the specification is adequate to ensure customer FFU.
  • Responsible for driving excellent performance in all extrusion processes.
  • Prove out all product capabilities and constantly drive for improvement in product characteristics, system capability, and consistency of results.
  • Establish repeatable recipes and settings for each product.
  • Establish extruder start-up and shut-down processes.
  • Drive product changeover consistency and effectiveness.
  • Create and implement best practices at the extruder level for process setup and control.
  • Interface with Engineering and S&T to solve all product and material challenges.
  • Support implementation of new processes and product introductions.
  • Conduct process improvement trials and incorporate learning into technical improvement plans.

Leading and Developing Talent

  • Serve as a cross-functional team member on the Foam Divisional Process Engineers Network to improve process performance across the division.
  • Provides guidance to operations technicians and maintenance technicians on the manufacturing process and process control procedures.
  • Owns the development of all Extruder and Quality Technicians growing their technical capability through focused training and performance feedback.
  • Leads, coaches, and teaches employees to reinforce OC values and ownership of plant processes and performance.
  • Leads in the training and development of internal talent to establish a pipeline to fill future openings at the positions of Extruder and Quality Technician.

Lead FI Pillar

  • Work with the TPM steering team to develop the master plan and subsequent strategies for the implementation of FI Pillar.
  • Utilize FI methodologies to drive continuous improvement, lead root-cause analysis, and implement corrective actions.
  • Partner cross-functionally with finance, engineering, and other teams to understand the current performance challenges, while developing sound solution strategies.
  • Effectively mentor teams and individuals of the plant around FI principles and processes.





  • 5-7 years manufacturing experience required.
  • Academic and/or practical knowledge and experience of materials science and extrusion processes strongly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or applicable field preferred.


  • Demonstrated success coaching and leading teams in a high employee empowerment culture, while training and developing technical skills in others.
  • Managing and delivering results through projects and initiatives.
  • Experience utilizing computer programs and Microsoft Office products.


  • Able to engage and care for others starting with safety.
  • Leading and developing others – is mature, balanced and professional when acting to lead others.  Able to lead and grow talent without direct authority.  Skilled and confident when coaching and advising peers, leaders and primary employees.
  • Quick learner – ability to learn concepts and new skills at a very rapid pace and apply learnings to the job.  Can understand deep and complex concepts and troubleshoot problems based on abstract data.
  • Collaborator – builds relationships easily with others and collaborates across leadership and technical networks to drive initiatives and results.
  • Excellent communicator – written and oral, including presentation and training skills.
  • Utilizing data and data collection systems.  Able to utilize data driven problem solving methods for decision-making to eliminate manufacturing losses and unnecessary costs.
  • Quality and detail driven; unyielding performance expectations of self and others in quality control.
  • Achieves results fast, individually and through teams – can synthesize data and multiple points of view quickly and creatively to arrive at balanced solutions and has a strong bias for action.
  • Understands deep and complex scientific concepts and can troubleshoot problems based on abstract data.
  • Able to achieve results fast both individually and through teams.
  • Takes business risks, grows from failures and celebrates success.
  • Able to competitively drive results.
  • Able to inspire and energize others.
  • Excellent performance management skills and be able to differentiate rewards based on the performance of individuals.
  • Ability to travel as needed.  Travel will be heavier during start up as visit other OC plants to learn the business.












About Owens Corning  

Owens Corning is a global building and construction materials leader committed to building a sustainable future through material innovation. Our three integrated businesses – Composites, Insulation, and Roofing – provide durable, sustainable, energy-efficient solutions that leverage our unique material science, manufacturing, and market knowledge to help our customers win and grow. We are global in scope, human in scale with approximately 18,000 employees in 30 countries dedicated to generating value for our customers and shareholders, and making a difference in the communities where we work and live. Founded in 1938 and based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, Owens Corning posted 2023 sales of $9.7 billion. For more information, visit

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.



Nearest Major Market: Little Rock
Nearest Secondary Market: Russellville