• *Operations Manager I - Supply Chain - Wisconsin

    Job Locations US-WI-Milwaukee
    Posted Date 1 month ago(11/8/2018 3:42 PM)
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  • Overview

    Solenis is a leading global manufacturer of specialty chemicals for the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power, and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets, and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company operates 30 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of 3,500 professionals in 118 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit |Twitter | LinkedIn.


    Solenis is staffed with great minds and powered by ingenuity. When you join the Solenis team, you become part of a global community of 3,500 experts who work together to provide advanced process and water treatment solutions. Our team members take pride in their ability to think dynamically and help solve our customers’ unique challenges. If you’re interested in becoming a part of our elite team, please explore our current career opportunities.


    The Operations Manager reports to the Plant Manager, and has the following objectives:

    • Set an example as a champion of safety & environmental compliance
    • Collaborate with the production planning department
    • Supervise hourly employees for manufacturing operations, maintenance, and shipping & receiving activities to ensure safe and high-quality production
    • Drive and manage continuous improvement projects
    • Provide coaching and manage employee training
    • Evaluate employee performance, track improvement, and align departmental goals to meet Solenis objectives
    • Communicate and ensure compliance with all plant policies and procedures and maintain appropriate records
    • Investigate and resolve employee issues
    • Lead investigation of production and quality issues
    • Support Plant Manager in reconciling monthly spending activity with accounting
    • Ensure capital projects are in line with operator & operational needs
    • Develop, own, and execute improvement plans for EHS continuous improvement, productivity improvements, and growth projects.

    Roles and Key Responsibilities 

    • Accountable for departmental performance; Environmental, Health, & Safety (EHS), Responsible Care, ISO 9001: 2015 certification, etc.
    • Provide direct supervision of the department work force, including managing any performance issues, including positive feedback.
    • Cost management of department and drive efficiency and cost reduction activities to meet or exceed budgetary requirements.
    • Own all customer satisfaction metrics or the department with implementing improvements with on-time-in-full performance, and complaint root cause analysis with corrective actions to closure.
    • Drive change where appropriate to facilitate the Solenis growth culture.
    • Accountable to assist the Plant Manager with the overall site performance
    • Facilitate/lead department in participation of the implementation of capital projects
    • Responsible for departmental training program and strategy



    Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering or another applicable technical field
    • 5+ years’ experience of chemical operations in a manufacturing environment
    • Must have knowledge of manufacturing operations, and equipment usage.
    • Must possess good written and oral communication skills and be able to work with all levels of management.
    • Must provide development, coaching, and counseling to employees
    • Proven leadership experience
    • Computer skills including SAP or similar program highly preferred
    • Knowledge of safe work practices, environmental and safety rules and regulations
    • Must be detailed oriented and able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to effectively interact with R&D and plant personnel, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), and internal functional groups & teams
    • Basic skills in English (writing and speaking)
    • Capacity and willingness to both lead a team and be a team member as an individual contributor
    • Capable of performing job functions & responsibilities with minimal oversite by the Plant Manager

    Preferred Requirements

    • 7+ years supervisory experience of operations in a chemical manufacturing environment
    • Training and black belt leadership experience in Lean and Six Sigma methodologies
    • Experience with developing and managing an annual budget
    • Automation expertise, including PLCs and DCS systems
    • Prior work experience within a union environment
    • Prior work experience in a chemical operations environment under Process Safety Management and/or Responsible Care programs


    At Solenis, we understand that our greatest asset is our people. That is why we offer competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and numerous opportunities for professional growth and development. So, if you are interested in working for a world-class company and enjoy solving complex challenges, whether in the lab or the field, consider joining our team.


    Solenis is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer, including Minorities / Women/ Veterans / Disabled.  
    Solenis is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


    Should you require assistance in applying to this opportunity, please reach out to Solenis Talent Acquisition at 1-888-756-2701. #LI-JD1


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