PLANT MANAGER - Chemicals / Surfactants
Reserve , Louisiana
October 21, 2016
Performance Materials Division (PMD) is currently part of the Materials Technologies segment of Air Products, a leading global industrial gases company. Air Products has signed a definitive agreement to sell PMD to Evonik Industries AG, a world leader in specialty chemicals and materials. The sale of PMD is expected to close before the end of 2016, and is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. PMD generated $1.04 billion in revenue and $241 million of Adjusted EBITDA over the last twelve months ending March 31, 2016 and had $244 million of Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2015. Performance Materials consists of epoxy curing agents (40 percent of revenues), polyurethane additives (32 percent) and specialty additives businesses (28 percent). Performance Materials has approximately 1,100 employees and includes major production facilities in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and Japan. Performance Materials products provide distinct, performance-enhancing benefits in use across the construction, marine, automotive, industrial cleaning, and other segments. For more information, visit

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD), a Fortune 500 manufacturer of industrial gases and chemicals, is seeking an experience Plant Manager for its Reserve LA location.

The Reserve LA Plant is part of our Materials Technologies Division and is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals used primarily in surfactant applications. This is a batch processing plant with approximately 60 employees with distribution of products on a global basis. Reserve is an extremely crucial site for the organization.

This position is responsible and accountable for the EH&S performance, manufacturing operations and reliability of the Reserve plant. The Plant Manager's objective is to coordinate the production and distribution of the volume of products required to meet sales demands at the lowest total cost. The duties of the Plant Manager are accomplished by coordinating the activities of the production, distribution, process engineering, accounting, purchasing/site security, EH&S and information technology departments while ensuring alignment with the maintenance, project, and R&D organizations. To meet this objective, this position requires the optimization of raw materials yields, capital expenditures, manpower resources, energy resources, cost control and asset management.

The Plant Manager reports directly to the Additives Operations Director. This position has leadership responsibility and accountability for all activities of the site. Therefore, the manager should have a strong interpersonal skill set and leadership capability with a strong, diverse, technical background as well. This position leads facility activities concerning the production of various chemicals. The Plant Manager is accountable and responsible for operating and maintaining these units in compliance with the appropriate environmental, hygiene, and safety regulations.


Responsible for compliance with all safety, health, and environmental regulations and Corporate/Group requirements. Support Global and plant EH&S goals. Ensure EH&S goals are established and achieved. Ensure all non-conformances are investigated and corrective actions are implemented. Achieve no lost time, recordable or first aid injuries by maintaining safe operating practices, completing safety training and demonstrating leadership in BSP compliance. Achieve manufacturing excellence through effective cost management. Minimize manufacturing costs commensurate with safe operation, environmental control and plant reliability. Meet plant yield targets. Foster and support strong working relationships at all plant levels with major customers to ensure proper execution of business contracts and effective on-going supply of products and services. Lead routine communications and periodic meetings concerning customer interface activities. Manufacture products that continually exceed or meet all product Quality Specifications and in accordance with ISO9001:2000 system requirements. Accountable and responsible for the annual operating and capital budget. Accountable and responsible for implementation of site employee development and HR plans. Attain maximum plant reliability through the scope and planning of maintenance activities. Be the primary liaison within the community through active involvement in various groups and activities.


- The position requires an individual with demonstrated leadership skills, broad based technical abilities and a basic financial background.
- Strong organizational, planning, interpersonal, and communication skills are essential to the position.
- Credibility and respect across the organization is important.
- A minimum of 12+ years in maintenance, engineering and/or operations management roles are desired.
- A BS engineering degree is preferred.

To apply for this position, please visit the Air Products Career Center. Click on the link Search job openings from the left navigation bar. You can apply specifically to Job Req #19742BR.

If you are a current Air Products employee, please apply via APOnline by clicking on Online Applications, then selecting Career Center.

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those applicants who are being considered for an interview, or are currently employed by Air Products, will be contacted.

Air Products is an Equal Opportunity Employer (U.S.) All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status.

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