Process Engineer - Environmental Group

Date: Jan 4, 2022

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

Environmental Process Engineer

Environmental Compliance & Energy Department

Direct Hire salaried role with Premium-Free benefits


Company Overview: Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. or “SIA”, located in Lafayette, Indiana, is the only Subaru vehicle manufacturing facility outside of Japan. SIA is a 4.4 million square foot automotive OEM – meaning our manufacturing process begins with coils of steel and ends with the high-quality vehicles you see out on the roads. We employ 6500+ Associates, both production and administrative, all under one roof.

SIA is the safest automotive manufacturing plant in the United States and is also a pillar in the community due to its numerous fundraising activities held onsite, donations to local charities and plentiful volunteer opportunities. SIA is a frontrunner in environmental conservation being the first Zero-Landfill automotive manufacturing plant and the first to have its campus designated a backyard wildlife habitat. SIA has grown tremendously since its 1989 beginnings and continues to be an example of success within the automotive industry.


Outline of duties:


  • Ensure the scope and quality of services delivered by the contract support functions (By-product, CKD, and WWT) meet the terms of the applicable service agreements.
  • Facilitate cross-functional communication with SIA personnel as needed to ensure contract support functions can operate efficiently, effectively, and safely in their assigned workspaces.
  • Monitor, identify, investigate, and communicate contractor staffing shortages, equipment down time, and other factors that have the potential to negatively affect production; assist contract support functions to mitigate the impact of such factors and facilitate corrective actions.
  • Develop in-depth process knowledge of By-product, CKD, and WWT operations and document accordingly.
  • Review and verify monthly invoicing for contract support functions; track planned vs. actual monthly spending and provide explanation of variances; assist management with the development of annual budgets.
  • Evaluate requests from contract support functions for additional staffing and/ or equipment; summarize data, create project summary, and present to management to either support or negate requests.
  • Request, review, approve, and track monthly consumables requests submitted by contract support functions.
  • Field reported contract service issues and complaints (SIA, SBR, SLCO); communicate issues to contractor(s); ensure all issues are addressed appropriately and in a timely manner.
  • Request, review, and track non-production related work schedules (weekends and shutdowns) for contract support functions.
  • Facilitate completion of contract support function paperwork--vendor work applications, badge/ access requests, and parking requests.
  • Co-develop and document efficient waste handling and export processes; assist contract support functions with time studies, route analyses, and capacity studies as needed to ensure progress towards continuous improvement goals.
  • Develop and propose method(s) to automate current manual data collection processes to improve administrative efficiency.
  • Review Packaging Specifications; communicate and review changes and/or additions with By-product contractor.
  • Create and maintain standardized tracking spreadsheets, report formats, agendas, and documents relative to specific contract support functions.
  • Review contractor SOPs and WIs for applicability, accuracy, and effectiveness; perform audits to ensure contractor is following SOPs/ Wis.
  • Collaborate with contract support functions to drive process improvement activities.
  • Audit waste and recycling processes and facilities to ensure responsible and compliant management of SIA waste.
  • Assist with other Environmental section related activities, as needed (i.e., new associate training, inspections, audits, waste shipments, and parametric monitoring).


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Engineering Technology
  • 3-5 years of experience in Process Engineering or in a process development related role.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Project.
  • Basic knowledge of wastewater treatment, by-product, and CKD operations.
  • General chemistry knowledge.
  • Familiarity with spill response and spill clean-up operations.
  • Experience in contractor management including staffing, invoicing, training, and process development oversight.
  • Experience in budget development and reconciliation activities.
  • Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with internal and external clients.
  • Excellent communication skills; oral and written.
  • Time management and organizational skills, attention to detail, self-motivation, safety-consciousness, adaptability, and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to identify, assess, prioritize, promote, and implement improvement projects.



Preferred Qualifications:


  • 5-10 years of experience in process engineering or in a process development role.
  • Completion of formal project management training course(s).
  • Understanding of wastewater treatment operations, permitting, and compliance.
  • Familiarity with export processes and products.
  • HAZWOPER Hazardous Materials Technician trained.
  • Familiarity with Tier II Reporting.



Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce.


Nearest Major Market: Lafayette