St. Louis, MO

SUMMARY: Control of all Safety, Manufacturing, Maintenance, Engineering, and Project activities for the site, including production scheduling, purchasing, warehousing, and all associated operations. Ideally the candidate will have a hands-on type approach to plant management with a view to implementing best practice, establishing and developing a high performance team, and creating a culture of continuous improvement in process safety, sustainability initiatives, and production efficiency.

REPORTS: The Plant Manager reports to the Director, Global Manufacturing, Minerals. There are 5-6 direct reports. There are around 60 employees at the site (24/7 union site).

Ensure and promote the safety of all employees to the highest level. Champion safety improvement initiatives driven by employee engagement.
Direct and manage all plant operations with overall responsibilities for HSE, production, maintenance, quality, supply chain, and other production related activities.
Responsible for daily production metrics and ensuring weekly/monthly results effectively communicated to all levels (site + corporate), coupled with site improvement actions.
Responsible for financial performance of the site, working daily with plant controller to deliver planned output and costs. Develop and maintain operational expenses within budget allowance and investigate cost reduction measures.
Ensure that all process line schedules are in accordance with facility capabilities, customer requirements, economic performance, and planning, expediting as needed.
Direct and manage the establishment and maintenance of material replenishment methods, quality standards, and performance metrics in support of the organizational goals and objectives.
Maintain existing plant facilities and equipment, replacing or adjusting plant facilities and equipment when necessary.
Demonstrate leadership, communication proficiency, decision making, problem solving and analysis, financial management, business acumen.
Identify and develop talent, with a focus on career progression, succession planning, knowledge transfer, and increasing organizational capacity and capability.

Coordinate plant activities through planning with departments’ managers to ensure the total manufacturing objectives are accomplished in a timely and cost effective manner.
Implement cost effective systems of control over capital, operating expenditures, manpower, wages and salaries according to budget.
Define and utilize Best Available Technology (BAT) were applicable. Challenge / escalate BAT application and assumptions when better solutions arise.
Lead a culture of Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) to identify and prioritize areas of improvement for the plant.
Ensures compliance with codes, guidelines, best practices, and company policies.
Identify and lead new process improvement opportunities in the areas of energy, quality, cost, performance, and safety.
Learn and apply continuous improvement, value creation, and financial acumen skills to accelerate profitability and lower conversion cost of manufacturing facility.
Conduct review and maintenance of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) trends to ensure optimum performance.
Active participant in developing and implementing Capital projects.
Establish a culture of continuous improvement by leading Operation Excellence initiatives.
Ensure the application of best practice and that company systems, procedures and standards are applied across all activities progressing towards 'World Class' standards.
Establish positive and collaborative working relationships with the workforce, to enable business strategies to progress with minimal disruption.
Interface with Customer Service / Logistics / Supply Chain and ensure production schedules satisfy customer needs.
Ensure compliance with all applicable legislation, such as OSHA, etc.
Identify and implement improvements in site operations to remove cost, improve HSE standards, and improve productivity in line with Profit Improvement Plans.
Ensure the site is operated within company quality, environmental and safety standards.
Submit accurate reports both verbally and in writing as required.

Demonstrated ability to establish new culture within operations, and be an effective driver of change.
Chemical Engineering Degree is preferred; might consider (Chemistry or Mechanical Engineering).
Managerial experience with budgetary responsibility in a chemical or allied industry.
Ideally from a chemical manufacturing environment with strong focus on maintenance programs and plant operations.
Knowledge of current Health, Safety and Environmental legislation, and standards.
Keen focus on Regulatory compliance.
Proven management experience in a process plant.
Demonstrated ability to create and implement innovative solutions to complex problems.
Demonstrated ability to lead, direct, and positively motivate others.
Strong ability to identify, develop and encourage talent.
Demonstrated results in process improvement.
Proven ability to measure performance and deliver against objectives.
Ideally has departmental experience leading manufacturing support functions (HSE, Supply Chain, etc.).
Evidence of ongoing training / development at senior level to current best practice.