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Minimum B.S. Degree in an engineering field in particular, in material science and/or chemistry and/or physics and/or mechanical engineering w/ process experience is preferred. Equivalent experience is, however, considered.
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Opportunity Snapshot
Top reasons to align your career with Essilor of America.
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Play an Important Role on the Global Engineering team Supporting the Optimization of Added Value Lens Coating Processes for the Leading U.S. Manufacturer of Optical Lenses

If you combine engineering knowledge with a process-oriented mindset and experience in an automated manufacturing environment, you have the communication skills to work closely with others across the organization, and you are flexible to roll with change in a fast-moving environment, this role offers you some compelling advantages. You will:
  • Make an impact in a critical role on the Global Engineering team by ensuring processes are in place and executed to efficiently meet and exceed growing output demands and KPIs.
  • Gain experience in a high-demand niche that offers an interesting variety of work where no two days will be exactly the same. From this position, you’ll work across fields, including electrical, mechanical, chemical, and more, giving you the chance to stretch and learn in multiple directions.
  • Enjoy wide visibility as you work with engineering leaders and machine operators across the organization, with peers at other facilities, and with the rest of our Global Engineering Group based at our Dallas corporate office with you.
  • Enjoy on-the-job training and strong support from the team – whether you come from optical, medical, automotive, or a similar manufacturing environment, we'll ensure you have the support you need to thrive and excel at Essilor.
  • Work in a family-oriented environment with a supportive team who want to help each other learn, grow, and succeed. People like working here, as demonstrated by the high number of long-tenured employees, including those who have been here 20 and 30+ years.
  • Highlight your skills and talent to take on additional challenges and continue to advance your career with Essilor, here in Dallas or at locations across North America and the globe. This position is definitely a resume builder!
  • Join a stable and growing global organization. Our recent merger with Luxottica has made us the world's largest player in the eyewear industry.
Improving Lives By Improving Sight. Essilor of America, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of eyeglass lenses in the United States, employs more than 7,000 people and operates the largest and most comprehensive optical laboratory network in the U.S. Essilor of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, and other brands, and our products are worn by one billion people daily. Essilor has been on Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Innovative Companies every year since 2010.
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Make an impact and advance your career at the leading U.S. manufacturer of optical lenses

The Requirements
Find out what you'll need to take ownership of this role.
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To meet the basic qualification for this role, you must have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. In addition, to be a good fit for the Process Engineer opportunity, you will have:
  • A bachelor of science degree in an engineering field, particularly material science, chemistry, physics, or mechanical engineering with process experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience Quick question for you - click here
  • 5+ years of experience in similar industries or technologies (i.e. the optical industry, lab setting, and/or lens coating technologies); automated manufacturing process experience is preferred Quick question for you - click here
  • A high level of demonstrated technical proficiency and aptitude with the ability to extract and take advantage of data to drive conclusions and define needs (i.e., problem-solving skills, scientific methodology, statistical analysis, etc.)
  • Strong computer proficiency including an understanding of Microsoft Office Suite products, Gmail, and statistical software tools, as well as the ability to learn other platforms as needed
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including the ability to work and communicate effectively in a team and multicultural environment
  • The ability to work with all members of working groups, with a variety of skill levels and expertise
  • The ability to work independently and as a team member to accomplish objectives
  • The ability to multi-task, prioritize, and demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making skills
Though we generally work during normal business hours, you will need flexibility to occasionally work longer hours or weekends when needed to meet project deadlines. You may be asked to travel up to 50% of the time (pending safety and travel restrictions), primarily to visit our industrial labs and manufacturing facilities around the U.S. You will work from home at this time, but when we come back to the office, we will expect you to report into the Dallas office when you’re not traveling.
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The Role
If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional details about the role, please read below.
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Opportunity Overview

Reporting to the Director of Coating Technologies and Processes, you will work with the Global Engineering team at our Technology and Innovation Center on the Dallas campus. We support the industrial laboratories that make our eyeglass lenses in the U.S., Canada, and South America. The coating team consists of eight engineers (including you) working on coating process engineering tasks to support different lab processes. Four team members work on hard coating, while you and the other three will spend your time on ‘added value’ coating, such as anti-reflective, anti-fog, anti-blue, mirror, etc. You will design and complete process installation for new added value coating processes, work with equipment, peers, and vendors, and answer customer questions.

Role Details

You’ll begin by training on our current products and processes, and the industry if that’s new to you. Once training is complete (3-6 months or so), most of your time will be spent working with process engineers in our labs to help support coating processes (either remotely or on site) to gather production / performance data, analyze gaps, develop and implement corrective actions, and engage in a variety of process improvement tasks. You will primarily work independently, making judgments and completing work on your own out in the field, though you’ll also collaborate with the team to support each other as needed.

The process engineers will serve as our path of communication and will be a large part of your feedback loop. For example, our team will hand off new process elements, then you may be asked to deliver training to the engineers in the lab, who will then go on to train the rest of the employees in that facility. They will measure machine performance and turn around to give that information back to the Global Engineering team. You may also have opportunities to complete project work, such as with the technical support team.

Some of your specific tasks will be to:
  • Deploy new products, processes & technologies, and validate proper deployment through execution of validation plans, to the American Zone lab network.
  • Participate in the building of tools/scripts for use in the team's processes (support, assessments).
  • Identify training needs for lab personnel and technical support groups and deliver training and knowledge transfers covering standard operating procedures and process standards using the LOFT training modules.
  • Perform equipment, process & Rx laboratory assessments focusing on process standards, process control, calibration, maintenance, product conformity and industrial performance.
  • Define action plans w/ lab and stakeholders and follow-up on implementation.
  • Validate improvements coming from the labs to become part of the standard.
  • Coordinate local on-site industrial pilots for new equipment, processes, and tooling.
  • Prepare functional requirements that will help drive the development cycle.
  • Provide innovative solutions to problems and contribute to Essilor’s intellectual property portfolio.
  • Capture and analyze machine and production capability and performance data (EER, OEE, consumables, throughput, errors, kick-outs, etc.), and provide ad hoc support to solve crises.
  • Identify issues in product conformity, process and industrial performance and provide inputs to drive the HMC process continuous improvement cycle.
  • Communicate at all levels within the Organization on project status, progress, results, and important technical points through reports, presentations, spreadsheets, and web-based tools.
  • Keep up-to-date on relevant HMC technologies as well as monitoring competitor actions through available internal and external tools.
  • Visit with vendors and suppliers.
Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.
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Why Essilor of America
More great reasons to join our team.
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Autonomy and support
You'll have the autonomy to take ownership of your role and excel. At the same time, our long-tenured team includes dedicated, smart and mutually supportive professionals who will be there to answer questions, provide suggestions, and help as needed. The team is cohesive and outspoken, and your manager, who has been with the company for over 30 years, is supportive and interested in setting you up to succeed by providing training, mentorship, and advice.

High visibility
Experience with coating technology is a high-demand niche, so learning all there is to know about this area will be a resume builder that you can leverage to grow your career. As part of our Global Engineering team, you will be in an excellent position to build a network and be noticed by people across the organization.

Professional Development
Essilor is a large, diverse company with plenty of excellent career path opportunities, both within the Global Engineering Group and across the organization in other departments around the world. Though you could be happy and challenged in this role for years to come, success here will create plenty of connections across the organization which will open opportunities for your career.

Great environment
Our culture is entrepreneurial, and the company has been innovating both technologically and to solve problems for 170 years. You'll also learn the cultural nuances of working for a company based in another country, if that's new to you.

Truly living our values
At Essilor, we believe everyone deserves to see life and all its detail with the best vision possible. That's why, in addition to designing, manufacturing and distributing quality vision care solutions worldwide, we invest in raising awareness of the importance of good vision, support eyecare professionals, invent new technologies and products, and support philanthropic initiatives. For example, the Essilor Vision Foundation partners with schools, eye doctors, and communities to provide eye exams and glasses to underserved children at no cost to their families. We also are committed to robust standards for environmental sustainability. These are just a couple of reasons we were one of the 52 companies named to Fortune magazine's 2019 Change the World list.

Excellent compensation
In addition to competitive compensation and bonus potential, we offer an exceptional mix of first-rate benefits, including medical, dental and vision plans; a 401(k) plan with company match; tuition reimbursement; comprehensive training through Essilor University; lens and frame benefits for you and your family; an employee stock purchase plan with company match; and more.

Video: As part of the #DifferenceMakers campaign, Essilor chose four eyecare professionals and three Essilor employees to participate in a mission trip to Southeast Asia in March 2019.
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Keys to Success
Your engineering and analytical skills will be paramount, but just as important will be your communication skills and ability to gain buy-in.
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Do you combine flexibility with strong communication skills? If so, this may be a great fit for you!
This is a fast-paced, high-volume environment, where priorities and scope of work can shift quickly. To excel in this role, you'll need to be flexible and tolerant of change, able to shift gears and work around project needs. You will need to be a fast and independent learner, able to get up to speed quickly, willing to learn in a hands-on way with the machines and on the job, able to jump in and figure things out, asking questions as needed to ensure you are aligned with company and department needs and goals.

You’ll also need to be a good communicator with strong interpersonal skills, able to understand and hold technical discussions with others at all levels of the organization (not just other engineers). This is not a heads-down role, but instead, you’ll do plenty of work with others throughout the global organization as well as with our customers, so you’ll need to be comfortable in a people-facing role, approaching each interaction with a customer service mindset.

Critical thinking skills will be important, as well as the ability to make good judgments. Once you’re trained, you’ll be on your own, acting as the ‘owner’ of the technology and behaving as a mentor to the people at the labs you visit. Our ideal candidate is results-oriented and demonstrates a spirit of innovation. If you’re able to propose and develop new processes and techniques with an eye towards the customer environment while ensuring current processes are continuously improving, this could be a good fit for you. 

In addition, in order to be an outstanding process engineer on our Global team, you will need the following core competencies and characteristics:
  • Ability to influence without having direct authority.
  • A hands-on approach with a continuous improvement mindset.
  • Ability to build relationships and gain buy-in, while still being assertive where necessary.
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-growth environment.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • A positive, team-oriented attitude.
  • Integrative, transparency, openness and honesty.
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Essilor of America, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at rachael.powell@essilorusa.com.