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Plant Manager



Plant Manager


A global chemicals manufacturing leader has an immediate opening for a dynamic Plant Manager to lead one of their most critical locations. This $400M + site manufactures various types of chemicals that support several industries including automotive, aerospace, and energy infrastructure. They’re looking for a high-potential leader with proven operations experience in the chemicals industry, someone who can take this well-performing plant to the next level.


The Plant Manager is responsible and accountable for the safe day-to-day operations of the site. This includes leading all production, quality, maintenance, and site environmental and safety performance. Additional responsibilities include the administration of all production and technical staff and sets individual objectives and drives performance improvement. The ideal candidate will be a transformational leader with strong business acumen, and a strategic thinker with a vision of significantly improving plant safety, compliance, asset utilization, and P&L. 


The company is known throughout industry as having a fantastic company culture and is committed to hiring the best and brightest talent! This position is viewed as a steppingstone for a Director level job.




Direct all aspects of a 3 shift, 24/7 non-union chemical manufacturing operation

Ensure all site EH&S and emergency response procedures are in place and are understood and followed by all site employees

Will manage the annual fixed cost budget to target levels

Manage all capital projects, making sure they are completed on schedule and within budget

Ensure all security issues relating to protection of the site property are in-place and maintained

Oversee all contractors who work at the plant, ensuring they follow all site safety and environmental procedures

Establish key objectives for the site employees to align with corporate, division, and functional goals and objectives

Address any performance deficiencies through strong performance management and corrective action





BS in Chemical Engineering, or related technical/business field

A minimum of 10 years of operations experience in chemical manufacturing

An MBA or MS in Chemicals/Chemical Engineering and a Six Sigma or Lean Certification highly desired

Prior chemical batch and continuous manufacturing experience

Experience managing large capital projects

Demonstrated ability to understand, analyze, and manage the profitability of a manufacturing plant under a P&L structure, including the ability to present results, priorities, and actions, and to engage the work team to achieve those priorities

Proven successful leadership in driving performance through lean and continuous improvement methodology utilizing visual management systems, metrics, and employee engagement

Can work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization

Must have a results-oriented leadership style with strong influencing skills, is a Systems Thinker – ability to see and understand the overall picture

Must be a credible coach, mentor & teacher to all levels within an organization, from the shop floor to senior leadership

Is “Hands-on” with a strong commitment to safety, ideally with Process Safety Management experience


Key Words: Plant Manager, Operations, Continuous Improvement, Lean, Lean Manufacturing, Chemicals, Chemicals Manufacturing, Batch Manufacturing, Continuous Manufacturing, Leadership, Influence, P&L, Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Profitability, Performance, Accountability, Capital Equipment, Environmental, Blending, Non-Union, Capital, Capital Projects, Capital Equipment, Process Safety Management