Operations Manager-Manufacturing Plant
FMC Corporation - Newark, DE

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External Overview:
FMC Corporation is a Fortune 500, diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. As a global leader utilizing advanced technologies and customer-focused research and development, FMC provides innovative and cost-effective solutions to food and agriculture, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, textiles, glass and ceramics, rubber and plastics, lubricants, structural pest control, turf & ornamental markets, specialty and related industries.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to expand their plant management experience and get on a strong career track. The Operations Manager position, located in Newark, Delaware, will direct and coordinate all activities of production and Safety, Health and Environment (SH&E) initiatives to ensure the production and shipment of products in a safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound manner that maintains high standards for product quality and is responsive to customer needs and production requirements. The incumbent will also lead and manage Production Supervisors overseeing the production processes.

General Management
Serves as proactive member of Management Team by providing technical expertise, identifying cost saving opportunities;
Resolves worker grievances or submits unsettled grievances to Human Resources for action;
Interacts with location and divisional cross-functional groups to optimize plant operations.

Production Management
Review production orders or schedules to ascertain product data such as types, quantities, and specifications of products and scheduled delivery dates in order to plan department operations;
Plan production operations, establishing manufacturing priorities and sequences;
Prepares operational schedules and coordinates manufacturing activities to ensure production and quality of products meets specifications;
Reviews production and operating reports and resolves operational, manufacturing, and maintenance problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delay;
Inspects machines and equipment to ensure specific operational performance and optimum utilization;
Develops or revises standard operational and working practices and observes workers to ensure compliance with standards;
Provide operational resources to support investments in projects that improves quality and capability to meet internal and external customer needs and corporate, group, division and site goals;
Participate in preparation of annual Plant budget and periodic forecasts by preparation of budget estimates for Production areas (raw material usages, production forecasts, capital expenditures etc) which serve as the operating plan to achieve desired productivity and cost control objectives;
Pursue profitable growth through the achievement of cost reduction, budget compliance and expanding the scope of activities performed by the Production Team;
Monitor, communicate and forecast variances from financial performance targets;
Initiate improvement projects for cost reduction and process efficiency improvement;
Assist in AFE preparation when necessary to ensure cost effective production.
Quality Assurance
Participate in direction and management of quality process as a member of Management Team which develops quality objectives and reviews quality process annually;
Ensure Production Team identifies and prevents non-conformance to quality specification and encourage all employees to identify and prevent non-conformance to quality specifications;
Ensure that non-conformances are investigated and corrective actions developed, implemented and effective for the products in question;
Ensure document control within the Production Team;
Ensure that adequate traceability is documented and maintained for products under department control;
Approve updated Process and Instrument diagrams;
Communicate customer complaints to Team members.
Safety, Health and Environment
Participate per direction of EHS Manager with safety, health and environmental programs and activities to provide for safe and productive working conditions in the facility;
Ensure all assigned employees understand and comply with all plant safety rules, policies and standards operating procedures;
Ensure compliance with all CPG and Process Safety Management Standards;
Participate in establishing training & drills to increase employee safety awareness;
Participate and support a waste minimization plan for facility such that equipment and procedures are safe and any significant changes are reviewed before implementation;
May handle hazardous or universal waste, or supervise someone who does;
Coordinate the emergency response plan toward being a respected, fully responsible member of the community and to meet the goal of zero lost time and recordable accidents within the Production Team.
Ensure that personnel policies, procedures and guidelines are administered within the Production Team in a consistent and equitable manner;
Develop and direct employees in a proactive manner by fostering both individual employee contributions and development and cooperative teamwork, motivating toward total quality performance and exercising effective communication;
Conduct Performance Appraisals timely and coach and counsel direct reports to achieve optimal development opportunities;
Establish and communicate performance and behavioral standards and expectations;
Promote multi-skilling among the operator roles in order to create a flexible workforce and to foster the growth of capability within the Production Team.

Required Education:
B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering (highly preferred), Chemistry or related technical discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA helpful but not required.

Minimum 5–7 years management experience in a pharmaceutical, food ingredients or chemical manufacturing or processing facility.
10 years experience in industrial or chemical technical applications
Managing in a Union environment highly preferred.
Strong analytical, personal computer, organizational and leadership abilities;
Strong communication skills (written & verbal);
Strong problem-solving ability;
Expert knowledge of process technology and Avicel manufacturing preferred.
May handle hazardous or universal waste, or supervise someone who does.
Priority Setting
Functional/Technical Skills
Drive for Results
Decision Quality
Timely Decision Making
Managing and Measuring Work
Integrity and Trust

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