Plant Manager

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Date: Jul 24, 2022

Location: Fairmount, GA, 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

This position will be responsible to safely and efficiently manage all aspects of the Fairmount, GA operation to support the HAM (Huber Advance Materials) BU Vision and Mission in accordance with the HAM Global Operations Strategy.  Position responsibilities include the technical, physical, and human aspects of Plant Production, Administration, EHS&S, Logistics, Shipping, and Maintenance.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

Develop, motivate and lead a high performance Plant Leadership Team to ensure successful implementation of the HAM Global Operations Strategy.  
Promote a culture of excellence in an environment that fosters initiative, guided by Huber’s Vision, Mission and Principles.
Develop knowledge of plant processes, products, personnel and capabilities to facilitate clear understanding, communication and coordination between Operations, Sales, Technology, Engineering, EHS&S, Supply Chain, and HR.
Work with the Plant Leadership Team and the Plant Cost Accountant to set OP&B financial targets.  Conduct monthly financial analyses of variances and spend to implement effective cost controls.
Work with the Plant Leadership 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.
Demonstrate understanding of OSHA regulations and Huber safety policies and initiate actions to ensure 100% compliance.  Work with the EHS&S Manager 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 Georgia EPD Title V air permit, NPDES effluent permit, Storm water and SPCC plan, and hazardous waste disposal procedures.  Work with the EHS&S Manager to ensure compliance and report any non-compliance incidents.
Work with the EHS&S Manager to ensure implementation of and compliance with all elements of the Huber Sustainability Management System (HSMS).
Collaborate with the Continuous Improvement Manager to drive Operational Excellence (OPEX) through Continuous Improvement (CI) methodologies and practices.  Promote the development of skills and integration of Lean tools including Lean Daily Management (LDM), 5S, Kaizen events, Root Cause Analysis (RCA, and 6-Sigma projects.
Facilitate the introduction of new or modified products and process improvements in conjunction with Process Technology and Project Engineering.
Provide direction and support for the Technical Manager to develop an effective and efficient Maintenance Department.  Improve mechanical reliability / system availability through effective preventative and predictive maintenance processes, analysis of failure modes, and implementation of engineering solutions to prevent or mitigate recurrences.
Provide direction and support for the Quality Manager to maintain ISO certification based on the site Quality Management System (QMS).  Ensure the Quality Control Lab has the capability and staffing required to support the product mix and volumes identified in the annual OP&B plan.
Collaborate with the Human Resources Business Partner 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.
Work with the Capex Engineering Manager to identify prospective capital projects related to major maintenance, capacity, capability, quality, productivity, reliability, etc.  Provide plant resources to support development and implementation of capital projects aligned with the 5 Year and Annual Capital Plans.
Represent Huber in the community and encourage community involvement. 
Support and facilitate various employee committees (e.g., Plant Safety Committee, Employee Activities Committee) to improve employee engagement and ownership.

Specialized/Technical Knowledge or Required Skills

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or a related field required. 
15 years progressive, industry-related experience. Experience in mineral processing a plus.
Minimum 10 years of supervision experience.
Demonstrate familiarity with all aspects of plant operations, including detailed knowledge of equipment and processing methods, safety, quality, and environmental regulations. 
Strong human relations skills are essential to influence, persuade, and motivate subordinates.  
Good written, oral, presentation, and communications skills.
Systems literacy including data modeling (spreadsheets), word-processing, ERP systems, and process controllers.  
Must be able to work independently and strive to continue development in current role or progressive roles within the Huber organization.




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