Plant Manager

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Date: Apr 21, 2024

Location: Bauxite, AR, US

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: Huber Engineered Materials 

J.M. Huber Corporation is one of the largest privately held, family-owned companies in the United States. Established in 1883, we are a diversified, global supplier of specialty and commodity chemicals, hydrocolloid solutions, engineered wood products and natural resources to customers spanning a wide variety of industries. With approximately $3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a material presence in more than 20 countries.

Position Summary

Safely and efficiently manage all aspects of the Bauxite, AR operation.  Position responsibilities include the technical, physical, and human aspects of plant operations including Production, Maintenance, Engineering, Quality, EHS&S, Human Resources, and Accounting (direct and indirect reports).

  • Develop, motivate, and lead a high-performance Plant Leadership Team to ensure successful implementation of Global Operations Strategy. 
  • Promote a culture of excellence in an environment that fosters initiative.
  • Develop knowledge of plant processes, products, personnel, and capabilities to facilitate clear understanding, communication and coordination between functions.
  • Manages exempt level reports (approximately 4 direct, and 7 indirect) and responsible for a total of approximately 90 exempt and non-exempt employees under the direction of those direct reports. 

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with team to set OP&B financial targets.  Conduct monthly financial analyses of variances and spend to implement effective cost controls.
  • Work with team to develop and communicate meaningful metrics and KPI’s to measure plant performance and promote Continuous Improvement (CI) activities.
  • Drive customer satisfaction in every aspect of Plant Operations in support of Error Free Service (EFS).
  • Operate the facility to maximize Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and minimize working capital while meeting and / or exceeding all financial, safety, environmental, and quality goals.
  • Work with EHS&S to eliminate exposures and mitigate workplace accidents and injuries.  Cultivate a safety culture focused on Behavioral Based Safety (BBS) to achieve top decile performance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the site’s various EHS&S permits, plans, and disposal procedures.
  • Collaborate with Continuous Improvement to drive Operational Excellence (OPEX) through CI methodologies and practices.  Promote the development of skills and integration of Lean tools.
  • Facilitate the introduction of new or modified products and process improvements.
  • Provide direction and support for the development of an effective and efficient Maintenance Department.
  • Provide direction and support to maintain ISO certification based on the site Quality Management System (QMS). 
  • Collaborate with the Human Resources to ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Act (EEOA) and Huber’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives.  Effectively managing a unionized workforce, which involves overseeing hiring, training, scheduling, performance evaluations, and addressing employee concerns or grievances in compliance with the collective bargaining agreement. 
  • Work with the Capex Engineering to identify prospective capital projects related to major maintenance, capacity, capability, quality, productivity, reliability, etc.
  • Support and facilitate various employee committees to improve employee engagement.
  • Assist and advise development and implementation of new initiatives, programs, and operational capabilities.

Specialized/Technical Knowledge or Required Skills

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 15 years progressive, industry-related experience. Experience in mineral processing a plus.
  • Minimum 10 years of supervision experience.
  • Six Sigma Certification desired
  • APICS CPIM Certification desired
  • Experience in working with unions and resolving labor-related issues is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with all aspects of plant operations, including detailed knowledge of equipment and processing methods, safety, quality, and environmental regulations.

Our employees are our strongest asset, and their safety, health, and well-being is our highest priority. We respect the individual by providing opportunities for professional and personal development. Our Principles drive us to create an inclusive workplace where employees share core values, show dignity and respect toward others, and work hard to achieve their best performance.  

J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO / AAP employer. Pre-employment drug screening is required

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