Operations Leader

Description The Dow Chemical Company has an opening for a Operations Leader located in Freeport, Texas for the Picloram and DCP manufacturing units.The Operations Leader will serve as a vital resource, responsible and accountable for plant personnel, assets and achievement of the plant related site, business, and corporate goals. Operation Leaders generate tremendous value to Dow through: Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S)/Reliability Leadership: Partners with the Production leader to drive a strong personal safety, process safety, and environmental improvement plan to achieve (EH&S) goals and ensure compliance with regulatory and permit requirements. Relentlessly pursues maximum plant reliability to reduce department unplanned events and support safe operations. Teaches and encourages behaviors to support reliable operations. Knows and advocates Life Critical Standards within the facility. Demonstrates priority and commitment through personal behavior and coaching in the field. Provides the needed positive and negative reinforcement to address deviations with urgency, and ensures appropriate follow up and investigations. Ensures appropriate technical review of work plans (maintenance or improvement) such that Life Critical Standards are applied appropriately for the job. Partners with Production Leader to ensure capital is allocated appropriately to design out industrial hygiene hazards, improve environmental compliance, and reduce personal/process safety hazards. Implements administrative controls and process controls for safe and reliable operation. Shows courageous leadership by coaching, asking questions, and intervening when needed. Challenges status quo and past norms to make the operation more safe and effective. Keeps active field presence and assesses work activities routinely to maintain awareness of plant needs and understanding of personnel behaviors. Ensures the operation team is fully prepared for immediate response situations, including where technical resources might be needed to analyze process conditions and guide the response. People/Organizational Effectiveness: Supports Production Leader to provide motivation, explanation, context, and communication purpose of messages to the empowered organization. Inspires and motivates the organization through leadership and strong connection with the team fostering an empowered organization. Shows appreciation for employees and maintains a servant leadership mindset. Accountable for maintaining and improving the expertise index for operators for the facility, ensuring that appropriate knowledge remains within the facility. Works closely with Human Resources as needed to hire operators with strong skill sets. Ensures operators are on-boarded and trained via a comprehensive plant training program to maximize their opportunity for success and increase plant expertise. Models Dow's core values and behaviors and understands that his/her behavior shapes the operation team's culture. Develops operation employees and ensures career success via goal-setting, performance management, promotion processes, and employee development plan. Resolves operation discipline issues and escalates to proper channels where needed. Enhances the working relationship with operation team, collaborates with work force, and supports Labor contractual agreements, if applicable. Coaches both FSFL and Tech/Tech roles within the plant to be effective within their roles. Business Owner Mindset/Financial Acumen/Continuous Improvement: Knows the business model and strategy for facility. Explains to operations how the plant fits into the business and corporation. Understands how much money the plant makes each day along with product margins, and takes actions as needed partnering with the Production Leader and business to maximize total margin, EBITDA, and enhance EVA performance. Is flexible and assists the Production Leader in dealing with changing conditions. Continuously works to improve the total cost of production (raw material, conversion cost and activity rate, etc.). May take a leadership role in maintaining the budget as delegated by the Production Leader. Develops financial acumen skills across the organization (operators, engineers, maintenance, etc.) to accelerate profitability and productivity. Holds themselves and others accountable for return on investment of projects, and ensures compliance with financial reporting rules/practices within the facility. Supports and drives continuous improvement by being active and ensuring operations participation in opportunity analysis sessions and plant improvements. Partners with improvement teams to reach agreement on proposed improvement plans, and ensures plant resources are available to achieve the plan. Ensures controls are implemented in operating discipline and process control as applicable to sustain improvements. Develops strong partnerships with support functions such as EH&S, Maintenance, Supply Chain, and others to drive improvement in the organization and assure alignment. Partners with the Production Leader to steward employee health through practices associated with a Healthy Workplace and employee fitness for duty. Other Responsibilities: Participates in cross-functional activities, including Sales and Operations Planning, Tech Center reviews, Corporate Audits, etc. Interfaces with third parties, customers, and external partners. Understands customer needs and drives technology, quality, service, delivery and reliability as appropriate to meet their needs. Maximizes value and plant competitive position through internal and external benchmarking, ensures the Most Effective Technology (MET) implementation and the specific Operating Discipline requirements are in place. Communicates plant status and lessons to external stakeholders, including details from unplanned events and best practices. Supports plant with implementation and ongoing effectiveness of global work processes, operating discipline, management systems, enabling technologies, and roles to become a Highly Reliable Organization. Provides direct leadership for bargained for labor workforce. Demonstrates plant process safety and EH&S knowledge by passing a review. Develops expertise through technology training and certification program developed by the Technology Center. Required Qualifications: A minimum of a Bachelor's degree within Chemical or Mechanical Engineering. A minimum of 8+ years of Manufacturing and Engineering experience is required. A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process. Preferred Qualifications: Previous Functional Leadership experience is advantageous. Six Sigma methodologies or Lean skills are beneficial. Proven influential leadership skills in previous areas of responsibility. Additional relevant training and/or skills. 1814213
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
8 - 10 years

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