NewMarket Services

Operations Manager

Location US-TX-Pasadena



Direct and oversee plant operation and logistic functions. Responsible for safe, environmentally responsible, efficient, and effective operation of the production units. This position manages five production units and overall aspects of distributions, traffic, and raw material scheduling.



  • Supervise subordinates, develop, and coach personnel, plan and arrange for training, resolve employee problems, and discipline issues
  • Determine priorities for the operating units
  • Work toward standardization of Manufacturing and Maintenance practices across plants
  • Coach & mentor others to become lean project leaders and practitioners
  • Develop goals and objectives for the department and monitor progress
  • Develop annual budgets, monitor cost activity and variances, promote efforts to identify cost improvement ideas and work toward implementation of these ideas
  • Lead initiatives associated with health, safety, and environmental improvement, monitor and track activities in these areas and ensure appropriate resources are available
  • Lead plant safety culture improvement initiative
  • Lead initiatives involving quality, reduction of process variation, improvement of process capabilities and OEE
  • Resolve union issues and concerns, actively participate in grievance discussions, serve on the negotiating team for the collective bargaining agreement
  • Review capital projects for safety and operability. Approve and prioritize minor capital expenditures




Education & Experience – minimums DUCATION & EXPERIENCE MINIMUMS

  • BS degree in a technical field
  • 10-12 years relevant work experience in chemical industry.
  • 2 years of management experience


  • MS degree
  • Union experience
  • 6+ years of experience in operations or production management role


  • Effective leadership skills and the ability to work productively in a cross functional team environment
  • Influencing, negotiating and diplomacy skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to effectively solve problems and resolve conflicts
  • Organizational skills and is able to prioritize work, develop appropriate timelines and work to deadlines
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Able to travel as required – 25%
  • Skills, software knowledge and/or certifications specific to the industry/function
  • Ability to manage multiple crews at multiple locations


Working at Afton

Who We Are – we are a diverse, global family of individuals, who share a passion for developing innovative solutions. We build our professional relationships on respect, integrity and a commitment to safety and quality. Just as these values apply to our professional relationships, they also apply to the way feel about our neighbors and communities.


Our Work – At Afton, our innovative R&D programs lead to global growth. Our lubricant and fuel additives are among the most highly developed and widely used in the petroleum industry. Afton is a recognized and trusted supplier of driveline lubricant additives, engine oil additives, fuel additives and industrial lubricant additives.


Benefits / Compensation – We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages that reflect our commitment to our employees. Our employees are our most treasured asset and we have dedicated resources that allow us to reward our employees for their commitment on an ongoing basis - ensuring our compensation packages are competitive in the industry.


An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.




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