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Operations Supervisor

Location US-IL-Sauget


Supervisor has overall responsibility for the performance and continuity of supply from manufacturing areas.  Responsible for safety, quality, management of change, discipline, and operating budget. 


  • Supervise subordinates, complete employee evaluations and plan and arrange for development and training. Resolve employee problems and discipline issues. 
  • Consult daily with operations area personnel to discuss and define operational issues.
  • Determine priorities for the area with regard to resources.
  • Develop goals and objectives for the area and monitor progress.
  • Develop area and unit specific annual budgets. Monitor cost activity and variances.  Compile monthly cost review reports and review with plant staff
  • Attend meetings for the operations manager in absence when needed. Cover the unit supervisor responsibilities during the absence of unit supervisor.
  • Lead initiatives associated with safety, environmental and VPP. Monitor and track activities in these areas and insure appropriate resources are available. Investigate all safety incidents for root cause and determine appropriate follow up actions to be taken. 
  • Lead initiatives involving quality, reduction of process variation and improvement of process capabilities in the Area.
  • Consult with Human Resources and department heads to assist in the resolution of union issues and concerns. Actively participate in grievance discussions.
  • Develop and implement detailed plans for introduction of new production into operating units to insure success of operations. Work with logistics and maintenance in the planning of unit turnarounds.
  • Review and approve TMPs, MCRs, and all raw material specifications to ensure accuracy and appropriate documentation. Rewrite all Standard Manufacturing Procedures manuals on a periodic basis to insure proper documentation of manufacturing guidelines. 
  • Review capital projects for safety and operability. Issue Process Change Forms to insure documentation of all changes in the area and follow up to insure closure.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BS degree preferred - Chemical Engineering preferred (other engineering degrees such as Mechanical or Electrical will be accepted).
  • Petrochemical experience preferred.
  • 5 + years manufacturing plant experience.
  • Experience in plant operations, including quality control, project engineering, process control, production planning and scheduling.



  • Analysis and Problem Solving-Solves difficult problems with effective solutions; asks good questions and probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see underlying or hidden problems and patterns; utilizes all appropriate tools to reach a robust answer.
  • Communication-The ability to communicate information clearly and succinctly and ultimately in an engaging and compelling manner. 
  • Coaching-The ability to provide the structure, environment and support for teaching, training and development of individuals and teams to enable them to achieve specific personal or professional results or goals.
  • Performance Bias-Possessing the drive and focus to achieve challenging goals, moving from thought and problem solving into value creation.
  • Collaboration and Networking-The ability to work in and across Afton's organizational matrix to achieve business objectives via engaging and rewarding interactions.  Through this network, provide support and exert influence and drive.  Influencing without authority.
  • Project Management-The ability to manage tasks and activities and drive their completion within the agreed framework, across regional and organizational boundaries.
  • Innovation-The openness to new ideas and the ability to generate breakout solutions.  Can develop, seek out, critically assess and drive towards implementation new and value adding concepts.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity-Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; is not upset when things are up in the air; does not have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty
  • Responsible Care; EHS Management-Employ equipment, practices, and procedures which promote a healthy, safe, and secure work environment.
  • Process Safety Management-Working knowledge of OSHA 1910 standard for Process Safety Management.


Afton Chemical supports global operations through its corporate headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, and operates globally through local offices, research facilities and manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the world.

We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401K matching contributions, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, and a casual working environment.


Equal Opportunity Employer


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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