Branchburg, New Jersey

Company presentation

World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 66,000 employees and serves more than 3,6 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide’s ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly.

Entity and activity description

The science of electronics is transforming exponentially through innovation and connectivity around the planet. Every day, breakthroughs are making technologies – from micro-processors, memory chips and flat panels to photovoltaic cells – even smaller and more powerful, opening up countless new possibilities in how the world lives, works and connects. Air Liquide Advanced Materials grows by enabling our customers to innovate. Our ALOHA™ and Voltaix® products are critical to the manufacturer of the newest computer chips required for Big Data and the Internet of Things.

Candidate must have valid employment authorization in the U.S. and must not require visa sponsorship now or in the future. This position is not open for non-immigrant visa sponsorship.

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Air Liquide Advanced Materials (ALAM)

Job Responsibilities

Located in Branchburg, NJ

The Project Controls Department’s mission is data gathering, data management, and use of analytical processes to predict, understand and constructively influence the time and cost outcomes of projects or programs through the communication of information in formats that assist effective management and decision making. The Project Controls Department Director leads a department of project controllers, planners/schedulers, cost estimators, risk managers, change coordinators and document controllers responsible for controlling capital projects related to ALAM’s specialty chemical manufacturing technology and plants across the world.  The successful candidate will provide functional management leadership, technical expertise, direction, organization, and guidance to a team of engineers to ensure that high quality project controls support is provided and that performance targets are met. 

The Project Controls Department Director must exhibit a high level of visible, felt safety leadership at all times, demonstrating in words and actions that safety is their top priority both personally and professionally.  This role will leverage multidisciplinary input from multiple stakeholders in order to ensure timely, efficient, high quality delivery of  first- and second-of-a-kind chemical plants and plant improvements within and outside of the normal structured project execution paradigms.  This individual must be recognized as an expert and a highly skilled influencer within the organization.  The position requires a high level of organizational skills, careful attention to detail, and disciplined thought and actions.  Key customers are Senior Management, Project Development, Project Execution and Product Management.  This position is based in Branchburg, NJ and reports to the Vice President of Engineering.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Creates an organizational culture of safety, quality, innovation, discipline, and detail orientation
  • Manages a Project Controls department responsible for providing project controls services to projects related to manufacturing ultra high-purity materials supplied to the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries.
  • Provides vision, leadership, and direction. 
  • Provides overall project cost, schedule, estimating,  progress measurement, and change management leadership and expertise
  • Develops, tracks, reports, and continuously improves key performance indicators.
  • Is accountable for the performance and results of capital projects.
  • Develops, implements, and improves departmental work processes and procedures to ensure best practices are captured and followed.
  • Provides ongoing project cost and schedule analysis, reporting, forecasting, budgeting and change management to project execution teams
  • Sets departmental vision and short- and long-term goals.  Monitors progress against goals and ensures that they are met.
  • Mentors and trains project managers, project controllers, and department managers.
  • Recruits and retains talented individuals.
Additional Job Responsibilities
  • Leads and participates in quality/safety investigations, and risk evaluations. Owns and executes assigned quality and safety corrective and preventive actions.
  • Builds robust project management systems.
  • Drives continuous improvement in safety, reliability, cost, quality and productivity.
  • Displays a quantitative, fact-based approach to decision making, problem solving, and resource management
  • Directs people, processes, and systems and resolves complex problems.
  • Creates and improves corporate project management standards and specifications
  • Creates, captures, and improves best project management practices
  • Travel required: 30% or more as needed.
  • Collaborates with ALAM Executive Leadership and other senior management and stakeholders to ensure the department’s deliverables support business goals.
  • Assigns tasks to others; receives no instructions on routine work and minimal instruction on new assignments
  • Interacts regularly with functional level peers, junior functional area staff, and all levels of management
  • Trains the company on fundamentals of project controls
  • Successfully complete required trainings
Required & Preferred Qualifications

Required

  • BS or MS in Engineering
  • 10+ years project management or project controls experience
  • 10+ years as an engineering functional manager, including preparation of performance appraisals for direct reports
  • Strong safety and quality skills and mindset. 
  • Proven ability to drive positive safety and quality culture through actions and behaviors
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to accomplish critical goals under pressure with frequently changing priorities
  • Superior problem solving and decision making skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong mentoring skills 
  • Strong creativity and leadership-by-problem-solving
  • Demonstrated skill and experience deploying project management systems
  • Demonstrated skill and experience hiring and on-boarding high-performing individuals
  • Demonstrated superior management and leadership skills, including the ability to influence subordinates, peers, and superiors through fact-based communications based on mutual respect.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed, including international travel
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision

Preferred

  • Project Management Certification (PMP) and at least four significant projects managed as the top project manager following Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) practices since receiving PMP certification.  At least one of these projects must have had a total value of at least $15MM.
  • Experience in a rapid growth environment
  • Participation in industry standard-setting organizations
  • Experience in the manufacture or use of ultrahigh purity materials supplied to the semiconductor industry
  • Six Sigma Black Belt 
  • MBA

Branchburg, New Jersey

Air Liquide is a global leader, constantly striving to stay on top in a fast paced, high-tech industry. Our careers provide you with an immediate opportunity to contribute. We give you the responsibility to find customer solutions and the autonomy needed to get things done. The diversity of our businesses and our worldwide operations mean a career at Air Liquide can take you almost anywhere you want to go.

Air Liquide Group relies on the skills and commitment of over 43,000 people throughout the world with a broad range of responsibilities in a variety of industries. It is through their efforts that we have become a world leader in industrial and medical gases with a reputation for excellence.


The diversity of our employees is a driving force behind our success. Present in over 75 countries, our people are a mixture or gender, race, culture, nationality, education and professional experience. Their combined competencies allow us to capitalize on fast changing opportunities worldwide.

One of Air Liquide's strategic themes is developing our talents. Recruiting, training, mobility...more competent and motivated teams are and will continue to be one of the foundations of Air Liquide's growth and leadership.

Our Career Philosophy

At Air Liquide we trust in the initiative of our people. We believe our employees are the source of our success and rely on their intelligence, creativity and determination to continuously improve our performance. We give people responsibility and trust them to get the job done. The link between our employees and our success means we must continuously attract the best people. To do so, Air Liquide must be a great place to work. Our mission is to ensure this is the case.

A career at Air Liquide means the opportunity to explore many different types of work all over the world while remaining within the same company. It means being part of a company heavily invested in your development—your success drives ours and we prepare you to succeed. It also means working for a company that believes your success is dependent on a healthy balance between your personal and professional lives.

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