Vacancy Details

Operations Manager

Operations Manager - Fortune 500 Chemicals - Greater Chicago

Job Purpose

The Asset Manager will lead and develop the team to deliver sustainable, competitive manufacturing performance at a competitive cost while ensuring safety, compliance, and Asset integrity. Key accountabilities include:

  • Ensures appropriate safety, health and environmental management systems are in place, complied with, and improvements in standards are developed so that the Asset license to operate is maintained and supports future Asset development.
  • Aligns Asset management with business strategy to prepare and implement projects to deliver necessary improvements.
  • At the Asset level, prepares and delivers annual budget for output, costs, quality, and capital spending and ensure appropriate controls are in place to achieve them.
  • Runs the Asset in the most efficient manner and proactively monitors for areas for improvements
  • Ensures personnel development is pursued across the Asset so that individual capability is enhanced and aligned to business objectives. The successful candidate will lead, influence, and move the asset to the next level of performance in the delivery of safety, reliability, cost, and personnel development to deliver area and business objectives. The Asset Manager reports to the Site Manager and leads technical staff, operations support staff and operations personnel responsible to deliver 24/7 operations safely

Job Responsibilities

1: HSE excellence

  • Fosters and drives process and behavioural safety for all employees and contractors.
  • Promotes and sponsors participation on safety programs and committees to initiatives
  • Continuously stimulates employees' safety awareness and invites them to make suggestions for improvements in their own working area.
  • Stimulates the awareness for process safety in all levels from the Asset Team.
  • Stimulates and ensures the active use of alarm management.
  • Stimulates and ensures participation in Hazop/PHA sessions for all levels in the Asset Team, including routine audits.
  • Ensures the Asset Team operates the Asset within threshold values with regard to the environmental legislation.
  • Ensures that all safety lessons learned are internally distributed and incorporated in safety procedures or good working practices.
  • Ensures Asset meets the expectations of the company AsCare program and perform routine audits of the Asset.
  • Serves in a Leadership capacity during Emergency Response or Incident Command scenarios
  • Promotes operating envelopes sustainability, tracking, reporting and deviation assessments.
  • Promotes and allocates resources to deliver mechanical integrity of Assets and protective systems.

2: Lead the whole Asset Team.

  • Guarantees a uniform adherence to site expectations, SHEQ, and HR policies.
  • Promotes open communication within the entire Asset Team and support team, including facilitating area meetings, regular briefings to the Asset team, planning meetings, etc.
  • Seeks and keeps an open communication with other Leadership Team members.
  • Stimulates cross-functional communication to improve interfaces between departments and Assets.
  • Ensures well established training programs and sound evaluations are in place for Operations personnel to ensure continued development of personnel to meet required functions and tasks while further developing individual capabilities; this includes ensuring availability of refresher training programs and job specific certifications.
  • Supports talent recruitment and develops succession planning for the Asset team to maintain a high level of process and technical expertise.
  • Ensures that area objectives are clear, communicated and understood across all levels of the team, including awareness of the short-term and long-term Asset objectives, and what role they play in meeting them.
  • Coordinates, prioritizes, and follows through on staff actions (performance contract; yearly objectives, action tracking from meetings).
  • Communicates information shared by other Assets and stakeholders. Strives to meet Asset reliability and availability targets.

3: Asset Reliability to meet planning, quality metrics, stakeholder, & regulatory requirements.

  • Supports and/or participates in bi-weekly S&OP meetings with commercial department to discuss and align area needs that will enable delivery of product lines via collaboration among Production, Sales, Procurement, Logistics and/or other departments as necessary.
  • Prioritizes and decides on modifications to increase plant capacity and reliability or to reduce costs.
  • Ensures continuous quality control.
  • Maintains a successful reliability team.

4: Maintain focus on EBITDA, fixed and variable costs, budget control, and reporting Asset

  • Ensures submission of timely budget updates/requests for significant expenditures (Capex and Exceptional Maintenance) to keep the plant condition up to actual industry standards.
  • Develops capital program ensuring that project priority, cost and time scale is in line with agreed business objectives.
    • Identify capital investment requirements for Asset replacement, enhancement
    • Identify capital investment requirements to meet business objectives
    • Ensure capital investment programs are on budget and on program
  • Challenges the Asset Team to optimize specific consumption factors.
  • Focuses the attention of the Asset Team on fixed and variable cost analysis and stimulates them to keep generating new cost reduction ideas.
  • Explores creative staffing opportunities to ensure approved headcount is optimized and overtime is reduced.
  • Stimulates creative challenges and innovative ideas that lead to waste elimination or optimize efficiency across the Asset.
  • Actively involved in developing strategic projects, like organizational changes, eliminating bottlenecking and/or growth projects across the facility.

Skills & Knowledge Required

  • Bachelor's degree (Engineering preferred)
  • 10+ Years operations/technical experience in a manufacturing (Chemical/refinery preferred)
  • 5+ years supervisory experience.
  • A strong understanding of a wide range of disciplines/functions (mechanical, electrical, process and control engineering, commissioning, S&OP planning, logistics and customer service)
  • Able to influence at all levels, development orientated, and a strong personnel coach
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced 24/7 environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and good communication skills, both written and verbal, across all levels and disciplines

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