BASF Senior Production Manager - Geismar, LA in Geismar, Louisiana

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We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

We are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Where the Chemistry Happens…

We have a great opportunity for a Senior Production Manager to join our Geismar, LA, team.

The BASF division of Care Chemicals offers a broad range of ingredients for hygiene, personal care, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning, and technical applications. We are the leading supplier for the cosmetics industry as well as the detergents and cleaning agents industry and support our customers worldwide with innovative and sustainable products, solutions, and concepts. The division’s high-performance product portfolio includes surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, cosmetic active ingredients, pigments, and UV filters. Superabsorbents developed for the full spectrum of hygiene applications complete the range. We have production and development sites in all regions and are expanding our presence in emerging markets.

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Senior Production Manager (1701316) – Geismar, LA

You will effectively lead the Geismar Surfactants unit through the creation and implementation of the vision, strategic, and tactical plans in alignment with the Care Chemicals business and site strategy, with a continuous focus on improving the operation. You will be responsible for: developing and executing all business-related capital improvement projects; making decisions and recommendations that have a value-added impact on manufacturing activities and performance; formulating manufacturing policies and programs which guide the organization in maintaining and improving its competitive position and the profitability of the operation.

You will also be responsible for the overall leadership, management, quality, safety, production effectiveness as well as all production and cGMP/QC related activities for the surfactants unit in Geismar. You will work to create an environment that supports the attraction, development, and retention of high quality human capital; and provide leadership to establish strategic goals, objectives, and operational budgets for the production and logistic teams to ensure continuous improvement.

Formula for Success: You Will…

  • Lead the day-to-day team performance and results, identifying and removing any barriers to the success of the production and logistics team.

  • Identify and implement work process changes, knowledge transfer requirements, cGMP regulatory compliance and methods to enable transitions required to support the surfactants unit.

  • Promote and role model responsible risk taking, interpersonal development, customer support, and continuous improvement cultures.Provide resources for implementation of continuous improvement tools and role model LEAN behaviors.

  • Build a high-performance team by coaching and developing personnel that exemplify the culture and behaviors targeted by BASF. This includes identifying training needs of the production and logistic teams and leveraging Learning and Development resources to provide necessary training opportunities.

  • Ensure the creation of long and short term budgets, objectives, and plans for the order fulfillment, product/process development and services at the site. Create and ensure the effective management review process are in place to achieve performance goals related to financial, operations, cGMP/quality, employee development, EHS and project management targets. Ensure full regulatory compliance for safety, environmental, cGMP/ISO, transportation, and commercial processes.

  • Ensure that effective systems of continuous improvement, corrective action, and preventive actions are in place. Establish the measures of success for the site and ensure that clear accountability is assigned for all key performance standards and objectives.

  • Ensures completion of Management review and other periodic reviews of compliance programs in communicating the corporate and business strategies to the operation units and developing the appropriate culture

Leadership Core Responsibilities:

  • Coach and develop team members to reach their full potential

  • Support development assignments and movement of talent across units

  • Motivate and challenge to drive high performance

  • Commit to "hiring the best" internally and externally

  • Create an inclusive environment which embraces and derives value from diversity

  • Execute performance and career development discussions

  • Role model and enable development of competencies in others needed to implement BASF's strategy

  • Establish and support a safety culture in which all accidents are preventable

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…

  • Bachelor’s degree in technical field required with a BA in chemistry or engineering, preferred

  • Minimum 10 years of work experience in a manufacturing environment in an operations, maintenance, engineering and/or technical services function

  • Minimum of 5 years supervisory/leadership experience, required

  • Knowledge of EHS and Process Safety needed

  • Proven Supervisory and Leadership Skills and excellent communications and human relations skills are required

  • Demonstrated experience driving accountability and operational discipline to achieve occupational and process safety performance objectives in the unit

  • Demonstrated experience fostering the integration of a diversity of perspectives across the organization resulting in development of high performing teams and output

  • Demonstrated ability to involve, trust, and optimize a diverse, high performing team and create a vision that fosters a sense of common ownership

We also Look for…

  • MS degree, preferred

  • Experience with Lean Six Sigma methodologies preferred

  • Previous experience leading a plant optimization team is a plus

Leadership Expectations : As a leader at BASF, you will play a key role in creating value for the company through people. Our top candidate will be expected to enable greater personal success among our employees through quality people development, coaching, and performance management. Leaders at BASF are role models to help employees develop the competencies needed to implement BASF's strategy. Our expectation is that leaders will coach and develop team members to reach their full potential, and support relevant development assignments, opportunities and moves while motivating and challenging employees to drive high performance. Our leaders must be committed to "hiring the best" internally and externally at the same time they are creating an inclusive environment which embraces and derives value from diversity. Finally, a leader at BASF must establish and support our safety culture in which all accidents are preventable.

Job: PROD - Production, Maintenance & Technicians

Organization: N-EMN-Care Chemicals NA

Title: Senior Production Manager - Geismar, LA

Location: LA-Geismar

Requisition ID: 1701316