SMART Data Analyst in Davenport, IA at Arconic

Date Posted: 10/17/2018

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Job Description

Since it opened in 1948, Arconic's Davenport, Iowa aluminum facility has been at the forefront of American manufacturing. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River in Iowa, the plant employs 2,400 people and is a focal point of the global aluminum industry. Through continued modernization, including a $300 million investment over the past decade alone, Davenport has maintained its position as the world’s premier aerospace supply plant and is today the hub of Alcoa’s $3 billion aerospace business.
Arconic has an exciting opportunity for a SMART Data Analyst to work at Arconic’s Davenport Works location, to increase the use of digital and physical automation across the plant.
The SMART Data Analyst is to organize, create and analyze large-scale historical and SQL data sets. This position offers the opportunity to inject ideas and influence a growing data-driven culture and gain operational experience with Big Data.
Other responsibilities, but not limited to the following:
  • Develop and help implement best practices for Data Analysis that allow for Sustaining Gains and driving Continuous Improvement; improve existing Daily Management systems at all levels to spend less time getting the data and more time problem-solving with the data
  • Perform “what if” analyses and question existing assumptions and processes.; communicate recommendations to both Operational and IT leaders
  • Collaborate with the Technical Center, Process Engineers and IT department to utilize hidden potential in the manufacturing systems
  • Work with plant resources to develop and execute SMART Manufacturing Projects to deliver $9M annually (equivalent to 1% revenue to increase Earning Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization [EBITDA] by 1 percent) by increasing use of digital and physical automation across Davenport.
  • Analyze Davenport Works data across processes to tell a story and make recommendations.
  • Investigate relationships among variables across a variety of functional disciplines but primarily manufacturing operations (e.g. performance metrics, cost components, quality data, design parameters, machine parameters, process characteristics, etc.)
  • Identify and correct data limitations (e.g. signal / noise ratio, sample size, inconsistencies, missing values, corruption, etc.). Key initiatives include: the design and implementation of dashboards, development of key metrics, scorecards, delivery of self-service analytics, and the identification of competitive advantages from data
  • Support our SMART Engineers in the plant in project-oriented initiatives creating additional business value through implementation of SMART tools.
  • Accountable for project management, development, deployment, compliance, and life cycle management; guide and direct small teams to achieve project objectives including the set up and execution of smart manufacturing deployment across Davenport Works  
  • Team leadership and/or contract resource management at various stages of projects and support lifecycles, and will have responsibility for the management and oversight of significant contracts with third-party providers and partners for services, as required
  • Provide best practices regarding use of digital sensors to move to predictive reliability systems which will dramatically reduce unplanned downtimes
  • Engage in initiatives for improving quality with improved data analytics including SQM, recipe controls, process controls, and digital thread
  • Identify and duplicate processes across the GRP plants to improve safety and labor efficiency with targeted physical automation implementation
  •  Support plant problem solving process related activities and information requirements
  •  Participate in the development of strategic technical plans
  • Work with and sometimes lead remote, globally diverse teams and achieve results in the process control, data analytics and automation
  • Establish metrics for process control and automation systems performance measurement and benchmarking
  • Work with the Center of Excellence (CoE) Operational Excellence and technology groups to ensure deployment of standard practices and technologies
  • Coordinate technical needs and services to provide common solutions and information sharing
  • Application and programming work, including oversight for work done by third party for common solutions
  • Meet all required Arconic Audit, Engineering and Safety Standards, and compliance expectations for the development, deployment, and support of the process control and automation systems.
  • Employees in the SMART Data Analyst role may require travel to our satellite locations in Danville, IL, Hutchinson, KS, and San Antonio, TX.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, IT or Business from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in Big Data analysis
  • 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.
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced Degree
  • Knowledge of engineering and process control principles to manufacturing and facilities processes and equipment to enable safe and reliable operations and meet business objectives
  • Metals manufacturing experience
  • Experience providing solutions based on Big Data
  • Experience teaching others Big Data processes
  • PLC experience; familiarity with Rockwell hardware preferred
  • C++ programming experience
  • Project management skills