Site Operations Manager (chemical manufacturing and recovery)
Our client provides bespoke, research-led chemical manufacturing and recovery solutions to industry. A vacancy currently exists for a Site Operations Manager to manage, develop, maintain and continuously improve the performance of the company’s operations, through line managers, ensuring that all aspects of operations are performed effectively and efficiently with due consideration for health, safety and the environment. Reporting directly to the MD, you will manage and lead all of the company’s departments (except HSE) and oversee all plant operations, logistics, quality and engineering.
- Ensure optimal use of plant such that throughput and efficiency is maximised.
- Continuously reduce the number of batches that require rework
- Provide costs for any new streams that are proposed and advise commercial personnel of these costs.
- Liaise with development chemist regards new streams to ensure that information is generated in a timely and efficient manner.
- Liaise with customers regarding products/ processing/quality as required. Act as the main contact for resin, plus other key product streams as designated.
- Ensure that wastewater and residues are collected from site such that the plant is not delayed due to water tanks being full and amount of residues on the yard are managed such that they do not exceed designated limits.
- Monitor material stocks to ensure low tier COMAH level does not breach the COMAH upper tier threshold.
- Manage engineering costs and assist with reducing these where appropriate.
- Aim to “delight” customers as measured by customer feedback questionnaire.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
- Experienced production manager within the Chemical Industry.
- Good knowledge of Organic Chemistry and basic reactions.
- Excellent people manager.
- A champion of continuous improvement – be a leader and not a follower.
- Experience of process scale up from laboratory to plant.
- Knowledge of engineering principles, equipment and materials.
- Experience of analytical techniques – wet chemistry and instrumental analysis (GC, HPLC, GCMS) and experience of interpretation of GC, HPLC and GCMS chromatograms. Knowledge of Infra-Red and UV analysis is desirable.
- Experienced resource planner/ manager.
- Good understanding of issues associated with process scale up and ability to implement actions to mitigate any perceived issues.
- Minimum B.Sc. (hons) degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
- A good knowledge of health, safety and environment legislation and experienced at implementing and applying as such.
- A good knowledge of employment law and its application.
- Any other relevant qualification relating to quality, safety, environment and processing.