Process Automation Manager

Houston, Texas

Posted in Manufacturing and Production

Job Info

Our purpose

Join a team that's passionate about partnership. With careers at Dow, we take time to explore questions and talk to each other. We love to learn. Our people are driven by limitless curiosity.

We are an innovative, customer centric, inclusive, and sustainable materials science company.

-Employing 36,500 individuals

-Across 109 manufacturing sites

-In over 31 countries

Our portfolio of products and solutions include:

-Plastics: With new technology trends, our plastic additives can be experienced in many everyday items including vinyl, blow-molding bottles, film, rigid containers, PVC plastics, siding, decks and rails, foam pipes and profile formulations, window frames and high-efficiency lubricants.

-Industrial intermediates: As the product of a reaction that is beneficial when used as a precursor chemical for another product, industrial intermediates can take on many shapes and forms. Ours are used in home comfort and appliance, building and construction, adhesives and lubricants, and more.

-Coatings: Whether it's a water-based coating or solvent-based coating, a thin film is deposited on materials to enhance specific properties such as enhanced performance, durability, aesthetics, and sustainability.

-Silicone businesses: Our silicone-based materials can withstand more demanding applications, from those operating at extreme temperatures, to those under harsh environmental conditions for long periods of time.

Learn more about our partnerships, collaborations and innovations on LinkedIn (@Dow) or Twitter (@DowNewsroom).

TES Process Automation Packaging & Specialty Plastics Business Focused Team is seeking an experienced Process Automation Manager, supporting our P&SP technologies. The preferred location of this role will be Houston TX, but will consider Freeport, TX, as well.

Become part of a high energy, growing team, geared towards delivering innovative and sustainable automation solutions for one of the most profitable businesses in Dow. We are currently at the forefront of transforming our assets to the manufacturing facilities of the future and need your experience and knowledge to continue to progress the team forward. In conjunction with improving our product technology, we are committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and drive a circular economy of plastics. We aim to continue to improve our products that not only improve our everyday life but also deliver environmentally sustainable solutions.

Dow recognizes the way we work is changing and wants to be at the forefront of how we use today's technology to drive the optimal performance from our team. Visit ( to find out more about how Dow is changing the way we collaborate and design the way we accomplish work.

We make diversity and inclusion a priority-because sharing our perspectives and building on each other's ideas will drive innovation. Could you imagine yourself in a place like this?

About you

As the Process Automation Manager, you will serve as a technical resource and process automation lead for small through large capital and improvement projects regionally and/or globally. S/he directs and leads both Dow and contract resources. S/he is involved in all three phases of projects: front end loading, detailed design and construction, and commissioning and startup. This role requires expanded conceptual and practical knowledge in own job discipline and broadens capabilities. S/he is responsible for tasks such as those listed below when equipment or instruments are being added, removed, or changed. This role is also involved in Safety Integrity Level (SIL) determination, Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), and designing or modifying the basic process control system (BPCS). The PA Manager designs the control strategy and control systems, as well as implementation, which is not typical within the industry.

Be prepared to join and lead a team that strives to deliver innovative thinking and deliver solutions to our industries hardest automation opportunities.

In a project leadership capacity:

  • Establishes project goals and planning. Tracks progress, schedules, and costs for the PA team during all project phases.
  • Completes technical review of the control teamwork and provide coaching/corrective feedback.
  • Determines testing scenarios and oversees the simulation of the control system to test the strategy and improvements.
  • Works with other engineers to determine the project and control requirements.
  • Creates the process control overview for the project and develops user requirement system specifications.
  • Estimates the process control cost and schedule for the project and manage against these baselines.
  • Develops functional requirement specification (FRS) for the system and creates detailed design specifications (DDS).
  • Develops control software, operator graphics and simulation software.
  • Completes the factory acceptance test (FAT) Commissioning.
  • Provides training of operations and support commissioning and start-up of the new asset.
  • Participates on local and global networks to identify and deploy Most Effective Technology
  • Role requires up to 25% travel (domestic and international) to support global assets

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of Bachelor's degree in Engineering
  • A minimum of 8 years process automation, engineering, manufacturing or related experience
  • Must be willing and able to meet all applicable requirements related to business travel (e.g., as to immigration and visa rules, public-health mandates, airline rules, etc.) into and out of (and physical presence in) various countries world wide
  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Solution Polyethylene Technology.
  • Experience in large capital projects as Process Automation Engineer.
  • Proficiency in Process Automation application development in one or more process control platforms (ABB, Siemens, MOD5, Emerson, DeltaV, Foxboro, Honeywell). ABB and Mod5 platform are preferred.

Additional notes

-No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position

-Domestic relocation assistance is available for this role and may be provided based on eligibility.

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Dow Offers:

  • A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits
  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment
  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world
  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to equal opportunities in employment. We encourage every employee to bring their whole self to work each day to not only deliver more value, but also have a more fulfilling career. Further information regarding Dow's equal opportunities is available on

Dow is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and is committed to providing opportunities without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at or you may call us at 1-833-My Dow HR and select option 0, then press *.

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