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Alcoa Corporation Casthouse Process Engineer in Massena, New York

About the location

Alcoa's U.S. portfolio includes Alcoa's corporate headquarters (ACC), Alcoa's Technology Center (ATC), four smelters, hydroelectric power and a calcined coke plant. Our Massena facility in New York State, established in 1902, is home to the longest continuously operating smelter in the world. Located on the St. Lawrence River, Massena, NY is the center for commercial, industrial, and manufacturing success in St. Lawrence County. Its four seasons of natural beauty and abundant outdoor recreational activities attract tourists and local residents to enjoy year-round. Massena's caring sense of community, affordable cost of living, and extremely low-cost locally-supplied energy, coupled with four public and private universities nearby, make Massena a great place to call home. From the Thousand Island region to explore by boat, to fishing in the St. Lawrence River, to swimming in three beautiful nearby riverside beaches, to experiencing beautiful foliage and hiking in the Fall, to snowmobiling, and many other winter sports, there's always something fun to see and do. And within a two hour drive (or less) are cosmopolitan and historic Montreal and Ottawa, Canada to the north, and to the south are the tall, beautiful views of Adirondacks and within it is Lake Placid, The Olympic Village.

About the job

We are looking for an engineer whose principal role is to develop the physical inventory targets for the Cast House. This includes the Aluminum inventory targets; including work in progress (WIP), scrap, and finished goods for all product streams. Product streams include billet, sow and rod. This also includes the organization and inventory control of dross, alloys and key consumable components within the Cast House. This position is the single point of accountable (SPA) for cast house inventory. The individual in this role will develop the strategy and goals for inventory management and targets. Once goals are developed, this person will work with peers to get the Cast House to the target state. The primary focus is to optimize the total inventory picture using LEAN and Six Sigma approaches. While driving the Cast House to target state, any issues that bubble up will be worked into the continuous improvement cycle of Plan, Do, Check and Act to identify further work to lock in the target state and advocate for further improvements.

The incumbent will apply industrial engineer methodology to minimize total inventory position while maintaining high levels of delivery performance for our customers. This position will be focused on finding ways to eliminate waste and challenging the norms of the business.Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop process flow maps
Develop inventory targets based on the product mix and customer orders
Develop inventory strategies to prevent buildup of dormant inventory (WIP, FG and scrap)
This individual will be the SPA for strategy and ensuring that we are focusing on LEAN and Six Sigma tools
Influence peers and subsequently supervisors and shop floor employees to hit the inventory targets.
Develop visual tools to be used in daily management to ensure we are progressing to target state
Coach others on the daily management tools; which include shift change between supervisors, tool box meetings where daily job assignments are communicated, and department daily management meeting (DMS)
Challenge the cast house production and shipping coordinator to ensure the production plan and the shipping plan align with the inventory strategy
Identify issues with ACES (internal computer management system for the cast house) which includes ensuring the inventory is built in the system, every time material is consumed it is relieved from inventory
For each issue with ACES, perform PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) which includes identifying the problem, define solutions, verify the solutions are working, and act or adjust as needed to get the desired result
This individual is responsible to develop the strategy and system to handle alloys and key consumable components
This individual will be encouraged to be a mentor and teacher of continuous improvement methodology (also known in Alcoa as Alcoa Business System or ABS)
To consider work life balance, this position for the cast house is encouraged to be the backfill for the cast house production and shipping coordinator.About you:
Our values -act with integrity, operate with excellence, care for people & lead with courage- are at the foundation of everything we do. To be successful in this role and to play a part in our ongoing success we desire the following background:
Bachelor's degree preferred- Engineering & Management, Any Engineer field, BA or MBA
3 years' work experience preferred within an operations function in an industrial process environment
Ability to challenge, communicate, influence and work collaboratively with key peers, stakeholders + customers
High energy, detail minded, ability to work in systematic, structured, and efficient manner
Highly developed digital literacy including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OracleThis position requires you to:
Be a good communicator
Have LEAN or Six Sigma experience
Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE, i.e. hard hat, safety glasses, ear plugs, safety boots, etc.) anytime work requires you to enter areas of the plant where PPE is required.
Travel less than 10% of the time
Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

To support our teams and their families beyond the workplace, Alcoa provides an outstanding benefits package effective day one of employment! In addition to medical benefits, employee resource group opportunities, 401K options and a first-rate vacation plan for valuable work-life balance.

Alcoa encourages applications from women, a diverse group of backgrounds and those with different skills and life experiences. Alcoa is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.


All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.