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Plant Manager I

at Chemtrade

Posted: 3/31/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 316222df-5e12-4d57-a728-957a8ac7155c

Job Description

Plant Manager

Location: Menasha, WI

Reports To: Regional Manufacturing Manager

Role: Salaried



The ideal candidate will manage all aspects of operations at the facility. The plant manager ensures the safe operation of the facility, ensures environmental compliance, is accountable for achievement of plant performance objectives and product quality, and monitors plant expenditures and budget. The incumbent will oversee some activities (i.e. manufacturing, maintenance) with his direct reports and will manage/direct others (i.e. quality, EHS, engineers) in coordination with the site Quality Manager, EHS supervisor and Engineering group representative. He/she will also ensure the satisfaction of customers by delivering product on time (working directly or indirectly with Logistics and Customer Service department). The incumbent is also responsible for managing the site CAPEX program. This is the top management position at the facility.


  • Actively manage the site’s day to day activities in the production of safe, quality products. 55%
  • Performs hands on operator and maintenance duties as required – e.g. making batches, loading trucks, repair of equipment, etc.
  • Provides motivation, guidance and direction in all plant activities.
  • Approves spending and other actions
  • Assures product quality meets customers’ requirements
  • Assures product deliveries meets customers’ requirements
  • Assists at other plant locations when possible
  • Provides technical support for customers as required
  • Ensures proper staffing of the plant.
  • Drive continuous improvement in all aspects of the site operations.
  • Focus on Continuous Improvement activities/projects to support value-addition and cost reductions.
  • Review production orders and schedules to ensure material (type, quantity and specification) is available for scheduled orders.
  • Provide site resources for maintaining a living production and shipping plan that is consistent with the business plans.
  • Serve as the management representative for the site’s ISO program.

Safety Experience  

  • Responsible for the overall safety performance at the site/plant.
  • Perform routine daily plant walks to monitor activities and safety issues.
  • Periodically audit work being performed to ensure that all Chemtrade policies, standards and procedures are being followed.
  • Serve as the management representative for the site’s Responsible Care program.
  • Ensure timely reporting, investigation, and corrective action for EHS incidents.
  • Ensure timely closure of IMS action items.
  • Assure site compliance with all federal, state and local regulatory requirements
  • Assist in the preparation of site specific safety and maintenance procedures.


  • Serve as the management representative for the site’s ISO program.
  • Represent the site in customer audits.
  • Assist in or provide resources for quality investigations.
  • Assist in or provide resources for corrective actions.
  • Assure plant is maintaining requisite ISO records
  • Prepare periodic reports on production, spending, reliability, EHS, Capex, etc.
  • Prepare and present same at periodic meetings.
  • Prepare weekly performance reports
  • Prepare annual production plans.
  • Prepare maintenance PM and outage plans.
  • Prepare capital and period cost spending plans


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering preferred. 
  • 5 years’ experience in a related management position preferred. 
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in chemical plant operations and maintenance required. 
  • Demonstrated excellent leadership skills 
  • Excellent problem solving skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills. 
  • Ability to act independently and on own initiative. 
  • Advanced proficiency in using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel etc) 
  • 0 - 5% travel required. Primary travel within region to assist with vacation/sickness coverage. Travel for attendance in Manufacturing Department functions as required.




People First!

By joining our team, you will have the chance to be part of a vibrant and growing company. We offer an exciting work atmosphere and opportunities for professional development. At Chemtrade, we take pride in rewarding our employees for their commitment, performance and hard work by offering a variety of programs and services. We offer a comprehensive and very competitive health and wellness program, including medical, dental, paid vacation and a fitness activity subsidy. Our unique culture enables employees to thrive in a supportive and engaging workplace. Employee engagement is not just something we talk about at Chemtrade, but fulfilled through exciting programs like Employee Recognition and Rewards (CHEers!), and Chemtrade University.

Our friendly work environment fosters positive interaction amongst employees within and throughout different departments and locations. We treat our employees with fairness and equity. We value diversity, recognize the benefits of an inclusive work environment and pride ourselves on our commitment to the Health and Safety of our employees and the communities we work in through Responsible Care®.


Chemtrade is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Chemtrade is committed to fair and accessible employment practices and will, where possible, provide accommodations for persons with disabilities.