Cabot Corporation

  • Chemical Process Technician

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    # of Openings
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    Regular Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    Cabot Barry currently has a vacancy for a  development role of a Chemical Process Technician within the Operations team working closely with the Shift Teams to support periods of absence. The Chemical Process Technician will learn how to safely control the chemical processes on site, manage contractor and technician activities via the permit to work system, and troubleshoot process events and issues, and assign appropriate actions to ensure safety, health and environment standards, efficiency, quality, cost effectiveness, and customer satisfaction.


    This is an excellent opportunity for somebody looking to develop in the field of chemical operations. The successful candidate will be self motivated and driven, flexible with the ability to manage change and interact effectively with strong communication skills.

    Job Responsibilities

    When fully trained the Operations Support Technician will:

    • Take responsibility for contributing both individually & to the team performance by contributing to the following site performance metrics whilst on shift: Safety (no actions which lead to injury or significant near miss of self or others), OQ (no actions taken outside defined procedures, which results in off-quality material). PSM (no actions taken outside defined procedures which results in process safety events). Permit compliance (no actions taken outside defined procedures, which results in breach of operating license).
    • Take ownership for the operation and monitoring of the process via the DCS control panel and take actions and decisions to ensure process safety, environmental compliance and meeting customer expectations.
    • Take ownership for managing the safety of maintenance technicians, contractors and the integrity of the process by managing activities under the permit to work process, work authorization form and specialist permits, ensuring compliance with site standards, identification of hazards and ensuring appropriate controls are in place.
    • Take ownership of all necessary actions to ensure a safe work environment that adheres to site policies and requirements whilst taking care of other people.
    • Take responsibility for the reliability of the plant by ensuring assigned preventative maintenance activities are completed as per the weekly plan. Identifies and raises work orders and operates the process equipment to within agreed parameters.
    • Take ownership for customer satisfaction and uses all the available tools to ensure the customer’s quality requirements are met and appropriate decisions and process adjustments are made. Use of on-line SPC packages for key materials characteristics and key process variables to manage the processes according to given guidelines.
    • Represent the process team in RCAs, FMEAs, PSSRs and HAZOPs etc. to support ongoing initiatives and ensure adequate consideration is given to decisions and conclusions that impact on or requirement input from the process team.
    • For assigned area, take responsibility for developing, updating and where necessary writing standard operating procedures and risk assessments covering process activities and tasks.
    • Take ownership for operating the FMO process following all relevant SOPs, Risk Assessments, and Grade Control Strategies, and using experience, knowledge and judgement to take appropriate decisions and actions.
    • Take ownership for completion of risk assessments, and risk assessment actions for assigned responsible area.
    • Is responsible for raising incident reports and non-conformance reports as appropriate, ensuring all necessary information is recorded accurately and in sufficient detail to allow others to follow-up where necessary. Takes immediate actions necessary to ensure that any issue raised is dealt with appropriately.
    • Take responsibility for the close-out of any assigned IR and NCR actions.
    • Take ownership for carrying out troubleshooting activities and following Response Flow Checklists in response to process deviations ensuring any issues are dealt with or escalated to the shift manager or other personnel where appropriate.
    • Is responsible for delivering and maintaining 5S housekeeping standards in assigned area and gaining support from others (including contractors, maintenance personnel) to achieve and maintain this standard always. Also, to develop 5S programmes in areas not previously covered.
    • Take ownership for accurate and timely recording of all relevant data using shift logs, and other reporting systems.
    • Take ownership for delivery of identified Kaizen improvement actions and other manufacturing improvement opportunities either identified by the individual or assigned via the line manager.
    • Take responsibility for any other reasonable duties as required by the individual’s direct line manager.




    • Computer literacy: Microsoft office suite Excel, Word, Internet, etc. - Intermediate level
    • DCS plant operation, mainframe business software and ASPEN – training provided
    • Basic mechanical understanding (non-essential)


    • SH&E training matrix

    Education & Experience

    • Experienced in Chemical Process Operation - preferred
    • GCSE level C or above in English, Maths, Science (Chemistry or Physics) – Essential
    • City and Guild level 1 or 2 in Process Technology Chemical Processes or equivalent qualification is desirable

    About Cabot

    Founded in 1882, Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) is a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The company is a leading provider of rubber and specialty carbons, activated carbon, inkjet colorants, cesium formate drilling fluids, fumed silica, aerogel and elastomer composites.


    Cabot is a successful global manufacturer who prides ourselves on delivering in all the markets that we serve, best particularly in safety, quality and innovation; employee, customer and community satisfaction; and shareholder return. We strive for excellence in everything we do, through: Highly motivated employees, a values-based organization, surpassing customers' needs and earning their admiration, expanding our use of our core technologies.

    The Barry site is part of the Fumed Metal Oxide Business within the Performance Chemicals Segment of Cabot Corporation, and has an ‘over-the-fence’ relationship with Dow Corning who is both a key supplier and customer. As a Relief Shift Technicain you would be joining a successful Operations team and following a career path that allows for, and encourages further development into key operational roles.


    Working on a rolling 2 months pattern integrating into an 8-person team on a 12-hour continuous shift pattern that incorporates 18 and 10 day fixed holiday periods, Cabot offers a competitive salary plus shift allowance, pension scheme and private medial cover plus other local benefits.


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