BASF Chemical Operator III in West Memphis, Arkansas

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The Chemical Operator will be part of the Production team based in West Memphis, Arkansas, supporting the overall success of the Dispersions & Resins business in North America.

The Dispersions & Resins business of BASF develops, produces and markets a range of high-quality resins, additives, colorants and polymer dispersions worldwide. These raw materials are used in formulations for coatings and paints, printing and packaging products, construction chemicals, adhesives, fiberbondings, nonwovens, and paper manufacturing. We are building the best team to support the growth and needs of our customers. With a comprehensive product portfolio and extensive knowledge of the industries we serve, our customers benefit from innovative and sustainable solutions to help them advance their formulations through chemistry. For further information about the Dispersions & Resins business in North America, please visit

Reporting to the Operation Manager, the Chemical Plant Operator is responsible for all aspects of personal safety, product quality, and operating all aspects of the reactors, as well as, filling, loading, and unloading systems and their auxiliary equipment such as filters, blend tanks, and utility equipment for air, nitrogen, cooling water, and steam. The Operator will manufacture quality finished goods and manage hazardous raw materials in a safe and efficient manner. This includes running of reactors, load/unload of tank trucks, railcars, totes, or drums as required. Performs all functions including the manufacture of finished goods within compliance of BASF, state, and federal requirements, including production, in process sampling and analytical testing, labeling, inspection and shipment of these shipments; responds to spills, so to contain and control materials safely on site; uses necessary safety equipment and personal protective equipment; participates in required training and drills.

Formula for Success: You will…

  • Conduct visual inspection of operating equipment to determine current operating status (walking the line, operator rounds, operator care programs, etc.)

  • Read, record and interpret data of instruments, reactors, tanks, pumps, cooling unit, etc., and makes corrective adjustments as required to keep efficient production on reactor trains (per procedures)

  • Perform minor maintenance, understand how to assemble and select fittings/piping for completion of daily task

  • Work from both verbal & written instructions of Shift Supervisor, standard procedures, batch sheet, checklists, loading sheets to operate reactors, as well as, filling & loading systems

  • Work on 12-hr rotating shift

  • Overtime may be required

  • Maintain good housekeeping (and 5S engagement) in work areas and assist in general cleanup as assigned

  • Contribute to the success of plant goals & objectives through participation in activities to further advance safety, quality, productivity, costs and morale throughout the plant

  • Actively engage in all required safety training and environmental, health and safety (behavior, process, compliance compliance) related activities and initiatives

  • Operate DCS and PLC systems in daily work environment

  • Follow through with tasks and provide feedback to teammates and supervision

  • Maintain accurate and thorough turnovers at shift change (notes, verbal and visual engagement)

  • Operate environmental control systems, basic knowledge of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and auxiliary equipment

  • Trained in emergency response (technician level)

  • Good troubleshooting and problem solving skills

  • DOT trained

  • Understanding of all aspects of waste minimization (RCRA) to ensure proper disposition of products while understanding the process to generate waste on the site.

  • Load and unload tank wagons, railcars, boxed trucks of raw materials, intermediates, finished product and chemical waste (and using appropriate tools and equipment)

  • Working within the warehouse conducting necessary activities (preparing containers for shipment, moving materials with area, etc.)

  • In process sampling and analytical testing and proper housekeeping of the laboratory space and equipment

  • Conducting necessary lockouts and work permits per BASF policies and procedures for maintenance and outage work

  • Willingness and ability to create and adapt to change

  • Ownership in continuous improvement & operational excellence within the department and supporting efforts on site. Have the ability to influence and drive change, achieving results through influence vs. authority.

Ingredients for Success: What We Look For in You.......

  • High School diploma or equivalent education

  • Fork truck license – preferred

  • Must possess a valid driver's license

  • 1-4 years in a production environment

  • Strong math skills

  • Ability to help write procedures for operation and equipment

  • Demonstrated strong end-user computer skills including executing complex SAP transactions

Job: PROD - Production, Maintenance & Technicians

Organization: (ED)-Dispersions & Pigments

Title: Chemical Operator III

Location: AR-West Memphis

Requisition ID: 1701768