BASF Operations Director, Dispersions & Resins - Wyandotte, MI in Wyandotte, Michigan

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At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.

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…

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

The Operations Director, Dispersions & Resins is part of the Wyandotte Operations team and supports the overall success of the Dispersions & Resins business in North America.

Operations Director, Dispersions & Resins (1701582)

Formula for success. You will…..

  • Lead, coach, & develop the Dispersions & Resins plant team at Wyandotte to achieve excellence in EHS performance; manufacturing capability; as well as meet customer expectations in flexibility, quality, and delivery.

  • Drive a culture where continuous improvement, breakthrough performance, and an enjoyable work environment are expectations of all team members.

  • Identify and manage all operational risks including EHS, regulatory, community interaction, quality, cost, equipment optimization and reliability.

  • Develop and implement budget, objectives, personnel plans, inventory management, and capital plans that align with the strategic objectives of the businesses supplied by Wyandotte Dispersions & Resins plant.

  • Develop and implement manufacturing and asset strategies to ensure assets are aligned with business strategies; that ensure technology transfers are issue-free; as well as provide for reliable & flexible product availability while maximizing asset utilization.

  • Serve as a member of the Wyandotte site leadership team, ensuring alignment with site objectives and supporting the One Wyandotte vision.

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…

  • Undergraduate degree in a technical discipline required

  • Minimum 15 years of work experience in operations with previous site/plant management required

  • Demonstrated track record of manufacturing achievement in the critical success areas of EH&S, cost reduction, continuous improvement, cycle time reduction, asset optimization, and application of leading edge methods and technologies.

  • Track record for creating continuous improvements in the culture, facilities and technology.

  • Excellent analytical/problem solving skills with ability to analyze complex technical, operational and financial data and develop effective solutions.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with and influence people at all levels in the organization, customers, suppliers and other external contacts that allows for achievement of substantial results through others.

  • Demonstrated ability to focus employees at all levels to recognize the “right thing to do” and empower them to act decisively within their ability and area of responsibility. Demonstrated ability to build strong teams, coach, influence and guide employees, and the ability to recognize and develop talent throughout the organization as a means.

We also look for…..

  • Degree in engineering preferred

  • Master’s degree preferred

  • Work experience in the chemical industry preferred

  • Experience with lean manufacturing and/or Six Sigma certification preferred

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a minimum of four manufacturing roles preferred

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: GEMA - General Management

Organization: N-EDN-Dispersions North America

Title: Operations Director, Dispersions & Resins - Wyandotte, MI

Location: MI-Wyandotte

Requisition ID: 1701582