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Unilever Reliability Engineer in Chicago, Illinois

Reliability Engineer

The Process Engineer role is critical to the development of our factories to World Class, which means zero defects, zero waste and zero losses. The Maintenance Process Engineer role will focus on elimination of breakdowns and maintenance of basic conditions through use of Focused Improvement and Quality improvement methods including implementation of countermeasures that simplify processes, utilize predictive / preventative maintenance effectively and introduce increased automation and controls.

Working directly with the line crews and cross-functional teams the Maintenance Process Engineer also acts as the technical trainer for maintenance team and provides coaching in phenomena identification, root cause analysis and the establishment of counter-measures.

This role also has responsibility and oversight of preventative maintenance functions to improve reliability, efficiency and cost.

Key Skills and Competencies:

Consumer & Customer Focus. Building world class factories will eliminate losses and ensure that we do not pass on the cost of inefficiencies to our customers and consumers.

Bias for Action. By providing consistent and near real time information, decisions can be taken quickly which leverage our resources.

Building Talent & Teams. Our vision is to move to semi-autonomous teams and we require process engineer’s with a passion for achieving results through great teamwork, an ability to teach new tools and methodologies and ensuring that you and your colleagues are fully aligned, and drawing on one another’s strengths.

Accountability & Responsibility. Taking responsibility for building your team’s performance and sharing your best interventions to help support other lines’ in their improvements.

Growth Mindset. By building world class factories, we will become more competitive in the market place and set the standards to which others aspire.

WCM. Apply the full set of WCM methods and tools to identify root causes, define countermeasures and validate their effectiveness; Establish standards to support line operators and mechanics sustain new basic conditions.

Process and Organizational Design . Leverage technical knowledge and a systems approach to ensure factory lines and processes are optimally resourced (e.g. manpower ratios are efficient and sustainable).

Analytical capability . Collect and analyze complex data to penetrate problems’ phenomena and understand root causes.

Key Deliverables:

Eliminate Loss according to the WCM prioritization process using PM, FI and QC pillar tools and methodologies.

Implement preventative, predictive maintenance and design / automation improvements to maintain basic conditions and increase MTBF

Train maintenance crews on technical standards and sustainability of basic conditions (Stability sustainability).

Identify and extend good practice to other lines.

Key Performance Indicators (as driven by Cost Deployment Analysis):

Breakdowns (PM Loss), MTBF, Maintenance Cost

Benefit/Cost Ratio (a. For projects led b. Measured against salary).

Spare parts cost reduction.


Able to visualize clearly what the ideal production system is;

Able to clearly understand operating principles and establish correct operating standards;

Able to present findings and rationales clearly so that whole factory team can understand;

Able to make logical decisions based on data;

Possess challenging and pioneering spirit.

Post Graduate level education; Mechanical, Chemical or Electrical Engineering.

Experience Required:


There are 2 routes available for this role:

Direct Entry role for post graduates engineers. Must demonstrate a flair for improvement engineering and coaching.

Developmental role for technicians and First Line Managers (formally Supervisors). Must demonstrate a strong technical knowledge across all the site’s processes and lines. Must possess strong engineering leadership credentials with a proven ability to eliminate loss and waste on significant projects (normally above €1m).


Experience in automation and controls- Allen Bradley

Experience in statistics and process control tools.

Experience in AM, PM, Quality and FI tools and processes.

Six Sigma Certification (Preferred)

Confident in applying problem solving tools (5W1H, 4M, 5WHY etc.)

Please note: as part of the job application, you will be asked to complete pre-screening questions. Completion of the pre-screening questions are mandatory in order to be considered. Please allow yourself plenty of time to complete both the application and pre-screening questions. If the pre-screening questions are partially answered or not at all, it will adversely affect the progress of your application. Please be aware that you will have to complete the pre-screening questions at once as you will be unable to return to it later.

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