BASF Production Manager in West Memphis, Arkansas

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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 with a strong emphasis on process safety, as well as the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in, and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

And 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 2017. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Where the Chemistry Happens…

This position is responsible for leading the Productions team in the manufacture of Dispersions & Resins products to meet customer requirements. S/he will ensure the safe, environmentally sound, efficient, and effective operations of the site multi-functional areas, including production. Team management and development includes production coordination, resource planning, and scheduling. This position is the primary interface and responsible for leadership of the team in collaboration with regional and global business colleagues, Technology, EHS, Quality, Engineering, Maintenance, R&D, and Controlling. The role will share responsibility for all Operational Excellence (OpEx) metrics, including fixed cost budget, and challenging EHS and Quality targets.

Production Manager (1800393) – West Memphis, AR

Formula for Success: You Will…

  • Provides direct leadership and coaching of the all Production personnel, including coaching, disciplinary issue management, operational communication, performance management and development.

  • Ensure production employees are on boarded, trained and complying with BASF policies/procedures, as well as EHS, quality, customer, and production standards.

  • Encourage ERP participation and Lean certifications, ensuring all activities within the organization are aligned with and supportive of the site's Journey to EHS Excellence. Compliance with all environmental, safety, and health requirements. Process Safety Management processes as required.

  • Collaboration with all other Site and Business functions for new product introduction and optimization; daily problem solving; and to ensure customer quality, regulatory, and stakeholder requirements are met in a complex and demanding set of businesses with multiple commercial stakeholders and many customers.

  • Accountable to lead team in creating OpEx EBIT Contributions including variable cost, fixed cost, and output/capacity increases via more efficient/effective operations.

  • Must have a high degree of initiative and ingenuity to work with production, contractors, engineering, maintenance craft persons and other site and off-site functions (Commercial, HR, QC/QA, Technology, Engineering, R&D).

Leadership Core Responsibilities:

  • Coach and develop team members to reach their full potential

  • Support of 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

  • Serve as role model and enable development of competencies in others needed to implement BASF strategy

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.

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science, or a related field. In lieu of degree, experience within the industry will be considered will be considered.

  • Lean and Six Sigma yellow/green belt certification required. If incumbent does not have certification credentials, s/he will be required to obtain yellow belt certification within 6 months of start date, followed by timely certification of green belt.

  • Experience in a minimum of two different positions in a manufacturing/business environment required, and practical application experience with at least 2 years in each manufacturing position.

  • Working knowledge of chemistry principles, applications, and safety preferred.

  • Able to apply statistical process control and problem-solving techniques.

  • Comfort with interacting at all levels of the organization.

  • Demonstrated leadership capability.

  • Excellent individual and team facilitation skills.

  • Well-developed communication and influencing skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and/or lead project teams to successful implementation.

  • Continually fosters innovation and embraces change, especially in difficult environments.

Job: PROD - Production, Maintenance & Technicians

Organization: N-EDN-Dispersions North America

Title: Production Manager

Location: AR-West Memphis

Requisition ID: 1800451