Operations Manager-Ethanol Plant
Guardian Lima, LLC - Lima, OH

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Responsible for safe and regulatory compliant operation of the plant to ensure maximum production quantity and quality, by directly supervising process operators who work on a 24-hour rotating shift schedule, Lab Manager and commodity handlers who work 8-hour daily shifts while supporting the policies, goals and objectives of the company.


1. Participate in objective setting, plan development and performance review of plant performance.

2. Supervise process operators on a 24-hour rotating shift schedule.

3. Ensure that process operators are adequately trained, equipped and motivated, so that total manufacturing objectives can be accomplished in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner.

4. Communicate regularly with all process operators, both individually and as a group, to ensure consistent operation among the shifts.

5. Conduct employee performance reviews based on job descriptions to determine competency, knowledge and contribution of the process operators and commodity handlers.

6. Maintain and update operating procedures and training manuals for process operations. Ensure that all process operators are trained on the most updated version of the operating procedures.

7. Provide expectations and parameters to lead operators for plant production.

8. Review the operation of the plant to monitor production and quality, anticipate solving
problems in a timely manner, and identify opportunities for improvement.

9. Initiate and carry out projects that improve efficiency and/or reduce operating costs.

10. Maintain adequate records on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, of key production
variables such as production volume, yield, plant uptime, utility consumption, etc.

11. Provide written reports on plant production.

12. Ensure city, county, state, and federal regulations relating to process operations are met at all times.

13. Direct, maintain, and enforce the safety program for all process operations; review safety records to uphold standards of maximum safety for all process operators.

14. Communicate directly with maintenance department to coordinate maintenance and repair work in process areas.

15. Communicate directly with Lab Manager to ensure effective participation by the process
operators in the implementation of QA/QC policies and procedures.

16. Communicate directly with Lab Manager to continually review chemical usage and evaluate new products and processes to reduce chemical costs.

17. Implement programs and procedures required to ensure plant cleanliness.

18. Monitor use and inventories of process chemicals and supplies. Initiate re-ordering as needed.

19. Communicate with Commodity Manager to determine logistic movements of corn, DDGS, and Ethanol.

20. Supervise commodity handlers working an 8-hour daily shift.

21. Communicate daily work load objectives to commodity handlers as determined by logistic movements of corn, DDGS, and ethanol.

22. Assist with interviewing, hiring, and training plant employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.


EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: Bachelor degree in chemical engineering or mechanical engineering preferred

& EXPERIENCE: 5 years of experience in the operation of a dry-mill ethanol plant preferred
Previous management / supervisory experience required
Strong knowledge of the ethanol production process and technology required
Knowledge of general office equipment required

SKILLS/ABILITIES: Work effectively with the plant’s Distributed Control System (DCS) and instruct others on its operation
Punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines
Ability to maintain courteous, professional and effective working relationships with employees at all levels of the organization
Ability to communicate information and state problems or challenges to be resolved in a clear, concise, courteous, nondiscriminatory and professional manner and be able to provide clarification as necessary
Capable of adapting, with minimal or no advance notice, to changes in how business is conducted and work is accomplished, with no diminishment in work performance

Significant time will be spent in the plant. All types of chemical industry equipment are used in the plant to include, but not limited to fermentation vessels, jet cookers, agitators, mixing and milling equipment, distillation columns, centrifuges and distributive control systems. May be exposed to loud noises, wet and humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals, extreme hot and cold depending on weather conditions. Must be able to climb ladders and work at elevations of 175 feet. Must be able to speak and listen clearly. Fine visual acuity to read for accuracy. Travel required or as needed. For more detail please review the ADA questionnaire on file in Human Resources.

PHYSICAL STRENGTH: This job may require lifting of up to 50 pounds frequently.

About this company
Guardian Lima, LLC a joint venture between ethanol plants in Little Falls, Benson, Claremont, and Winthrop, Minnesota as well as Mason City,...