Operations Leader

We are working with a global leader in the production of resin, synthetic rubber, synthetic fibers and filaments. The company is engaged in Chemical Manufacturing, elastomer/polymer compounds and other applications for the automotive, medical, footwear, consumer goods, and various industrial applications.

The company is looking for an Operations Leader for their Houston, Texas location. This position reports to the Plant Manager.

Full benefits including health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, 401(k) with matching, Tuition reimbursement, retirement plan, referral program, FSA, HAS, relocation assistance, employee assistance program.

Position Summary:

The Operations Leader has the overall responsibility for multi-shift Chemical Manufacturing Operations. This role has the responsibility to assist with setting objectives for the operations department and assuring that these objectives are met. These objectives include but are not limited to production volumes, quality, safety, inventory, customer satisfaction, Operational improvements, as well as meeting fiscal budgets. The Operations Leader is expected to lead, guide, coach, and hold his team responsible for accuracy in safety, quality, and performance.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Abides by all safety procedures and practices applicable to location and position; participates in appropriate safety training, demonstrated commitment to and support of EHS principles and values; champions safety as necessary
  • Ensure that employees within the department operate in accordance to health, safety and environmental regulations and procedures
  • Ability to manage a department of up to 30 personnel with direct management responsibility for 4 shift supervisors and up to 6 additional support staff
  • Drives Key Performance Metrics related to quality, productivity, and continuous improvement. Prepares and presents related reports as needed
  • Serve as a senior member of the Site Leadership Team
  • Coordinate with other supporting and downstream departments (Maintenance, Quality, EHS, Logistics, Planning, Packaging, etc.)
  • Create, maintain, and improve standard processes
  • Execute Annual Operating Plan (AOP) in accordance with company goals
  • Drive safety, quality, production, and Cost performance based on AOP
  • Manage and validate production scheduling to maximize line efficiency while minimizing labor costs
  • Communicate plan needs of the service groups to the needs of the operation area, including changeovers, preventative maintenance, waste, and material needs for the current and following production day
  • Communicate and follow up on any quality or safety defects to all levels of the organization for prompt evaluation
  • Coordinate work assignments for direct reports and ensure adequate work assignments for all operations employees
  • Participate in planning meetings to evaluate future specs for process, staffing, and equipment requirements
  • Establish production priorities, and revises schedule according to projects, work order specifications, availability and capability of employees, material, and equipment
  • Maintain a high level of employee morale within the department
  • Address employee complaints and resolve concerns
  • Responsible for two-way communication with management and employees
  • Develop, manage, and implement procedures and work instructions for all production related processing
  • Participates in the interviewing and hiring process
  • Ensures adequate training of operations staff
  • Oversee operation’s employee compliance to organization’s policies and practices
  • Lead continuous improvement activities within the operations department
  • Mentors, coaches, motivates, establishes goals, and drives performance improvement within the Technology team
  • Ensure staff members adhere to established policies, procedures, and controls
  • Champions an EHS first mindset within the Technology Team and throughout the site
  • Participates in 24 hour on-call rotation with other professional technical personnel on site
  • Other duties as assigned by Plant Manager or Business Management Team

Education Requirement:

  • BS in Engineering or related scientific/technical discipline required
  • Business Administration or Management Degrees considered if includes at least 15+ years’ experience in a chemical/manufacturing environment with at least 7+ years of leadership experience

Experience Requirement:

  • 10+ years in Chemical Manufacturing Setting required, 15+ years preferred
  • 3+ years of proven supervisory skills leading a team of professionals and skilled operators required, 6+ years desirable
  • Previous experience leading an operations/production team in a polymersynthesis/ manufacturing setting is strongly preferred
  • Strong problem-solving, negotiation, accountability, and diplomacy skill is required
  • Strong knowledge of process equipment and functions required
  • Experience/Certification in 6 Sigma and/or Lean Methodologies is strongly desired
  • Background in OSHA, PSM, Quality Methods and Safety
  • Intermediate level skills at Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Experience with databases, statistical software and SAP preferred
  • Background in OSHA, PSM/RMP, Quality Methods and Safety

All Candidates must be able to provide work related references.

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