Operations Superintendent,

United States, Texas, Deer Park

Business unit: Polymer Chemistry

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


Battleground primarily produces metal alkyls, sold primarily as co-catalysts to major thermoplastic resins and rubber manufacturers (producers of polyethylene, polypropylene, and EPDM).  The product line is complex with over 30 metal alkyl products (plus formulations) produced at Battleground.  Products are extremely hazardous (pyrophoric, meaning they ignite on contact with air) and are highly reactive with water.  The site also manufactures High Purity Metal Organics (HPMO) for the semi-conductor and LED industries.
This position is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the plant.  Responsibilities involve all aspects of the Production department for the designated plants on the site.  The major functions of an Operations Superintendent includes administrative duties, technical assistance for the plant (process and product), project assignments, maintenance coordination, and lead assignments during plant shutdowns.  The Operations Superintendent has a lead role in resolving production issues.  The strength of this role is the incumbent’s technical knowledge, plant experience, and leadership.  It is a key participant for night and weekend Production coverage.
- Monitor plant production daily.  Provide guidance, feedback, and direction to the plant production units as needed.  Attendance is required at the morning 8am production meeting.
- Functions as Production lead for assigned projects. Responsible for management and coordination of assigned projects in the plant.  Projects may include new equipment installations as well as new or modified process implementation.
- Assist and implement unit specific training as needed
- Ensure production reporting is accurate (campaign summaries, maintain specified production files, etc.)
- Responsibility for monthly raw material inventory of the production units and translating those various levels into pounds and forwarding to Planning.
- Monitor equipment and process performance.  Monitor batch and campaign yields and downtime.  Verify plant data for downtime and yield information into the plant database.
- Monitor rework by managing Productions response to the Non-conformance procedures.
- Oversee process to ensure production procedures are accurate and kept up-to-date.
- Participate in plant HAZOPS for new or modified products.
- Interface with maintenance and assist in scheduling windows for plants, as needed, in regard to semi-monthly ISO calibrations.
- The resolution of corrective actions and audits is a key role of the Operations Superintendent.  They have been assigned a Lead role to resolve and complete the corrective actions that are assigned the Production department.  They give corrective action and follow up on action items for plant programs:                        - Respond to HUIR corrective actions
- Respond to assigned Production action items
- Respond to RCPS actions assigned to Production
- Non-Conformance reporting action items
- ISO audits of plant units/ISO documents and then follow up for corrective action from ISO audits. Basically, respond to questions and issues related to ISO.
- Management Safety audits (provide tracking of action items and verify completion)
- Production Quality team meeting minutes (respond to assigned action items)

- Safety procedure audits/reviews (Primarily through VPP, with significant Area Supervisor involvement). 
- Provide mentoring leadership and guidance for plant processes (e.g. BST and VPP). 
- Exhibit leadership by taking an active role in BST, VPP, and quality teams.  Function as mentor/team leader for Production quality team projects.

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States




Deer Park

Business unit

Polymer Chemistry

Sub business unit

Polymer Chemistry_Americas

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Minimum BS Chemical Engineering required.
- Seven (7) years’ experience in Chemical Plant (at least five (5) in supervision).
- Good people management skills.
- Able to read and write procedures in English.
- Strong computer skills.
- Must be able to climb stairs and ladders for unit inspections.
- Must be able to wear a respirator and steel toed boots.
- Strong team skills to interact with various departments and people at various levels in the organization.
- Strong communication and organizational skills.
Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both a pre-employment background check and a drug screening. In some case, pre-employment physicals may also be required.

All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities / Females / Disabled / Veterans (M/F/D/V).