Q. How long have you been at Lucite International?
A. A began my career at the Company in 2005.
Q. Describe working for the Company in three words
A. Exciting, challenging and enjoyable.
Q. What do you do in your role on a day to day basis?
A. I am a chemical engineer who works in the Technical Department at the Cassel Works site. I have all of the methacrylate product plants under my remit, and a couple of other engineers who I directly line manage. Day-to-day we are accountable, individually and as part of a ‘virtual team’, for manufacturing chemicals safely, to the budget volumes dictated by the business, and all while reducing our variable production costs (VPCs) to as low a level as is practicable.
Monitoring short and long-term plant conditions via Aspen Manufacturing Suite; attending daily production meetings; troubleshooting the process to maximize volumes and minimize site VPCs; supporting plant turnarounds; completing minor ‘management of change’ (MOCs) modifications the process plants; supporting significant process changes and projects via the in-house Projects & Design organization; or, proactively auditing and driving continuous improvement of the plants’ Basis of Safety are just a few of the activities that can make up a ‘typical’ day of an Engineer at Lucite!
Q. What has your training and development been like?
A. Excellent. Lucite International operates a ‘Personal Development Programme’ where young engineers can get skilled-up in both engineering specific training as well as in other ‘softer’ skills. In addition to the formal training programs, we have a PDR (personal development review) process that allows us to tailor our training and development on a more personal level. We can seek opportunities to train and learn in areas of interest to us, and are actively encouraged to apply these new skills for the betterment of the site/company.
In terms of development, the Company has remained true to their promise of allowing me to grow my level of accountability as quickly as I was willing to. I have progressed from a graduate engineer straight out of university, firstly to a Development Manager of a single process plant, and then over a few years to a Development Manager of three separate high-hazard process plants. I’ve had the opportunity to work in the Strategic Projects Group and moved on to be the lead process engineer working on the $40MM Heat Recovery Project on our Alpha 1 plant in Singapore.
From there I joined the Lucite Americas Region and spent four years in Beaumont, Texas as the senior process engineer commissioning and operating new $70MM Hydrogen Cyanide and Ammonia Recovery assets. In the most recent chapter of my career I have relocated back to the U.K. to take on a new challenge of managing (technically) all of our Methacrylates product plants at the Cassel Works site in Billingham. It’s been a varied and highly enjoyable career thus far!
Q. How would you describe the work environment and Company culture?
A. Exceedingly professional but still with that smaller, family business feel to it that very first attracted me to Lucite over a decade ago.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your role?
A. That the people I work with every day act with integrity and respect for one another, and that no two days are usually the same! There are always things going on, and everyone is always hyped-up and ready to take on the challenge.
Q. What advice would you give to somebody considering applying to Lucite International?
A. Just go for it! Working with us is something that you will never regret. We spend more time here than with our families and it’s important to strike a good balance of professionalism and fun in an organisation… and Lucite International has them both in spades! We look forward to welcoming you!!!