Plant Manager – Vinyls job – Kuraray America – Houston, TX

Title Plant Manager

Location La Porte, Texas

Why Kuraray:

Kuraray is building a better tomorrow, today. Our team members are dedicated to expanding our business with committed professionals who share essential values such as integrity, excellence, teamwork and accountability.

As a part of Kuraray America, Inc., our team shares the advantages of working for the leader in specialty chemicals, resins and fibers. Our international presence and resources allow us to be a world-leading innovator in the industries we service. Yet, despite our size, our people are more than just a number. As a new team member you can expect to earn responsibility quickly. Our commitment to our people is visible in our comprehensive benefits package. As a Kuraray team member, you will have the opportunity to enjoy competitive salaries and benefits, incentive opportunities, and an excellent work environment.

Who we are:

Kuraray America, Inc. (KAI) is a global leader in specialty chemical, fiber and resin production. With top-of-the-line research and production facilities located in Houston, Texas, and a vast network of supply from around the world, Kuraray leads the industry in specialty dental, fiber, resin, and elastomer products. Kuraray America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuraray Company, Ltd. Based in Tokyo, Japan. Kuraray has operations in 28 countries and employees more than 10,000 employees, including over 750 in the United States.

Position Summary:

The Plant Manager position provides leadership and strategic direction for the manufacturing operation of the Kuraray La Porte site. The Plant Manager insures that the site operates in accordance with company and regulatory requirements while meeting the company’s objectives for safe, quality production of PVOH and VAM. This position has authority for approval of expenses, the creation of CAPEX plans and to prioritize programs to meet the site goals. This position also has the responsibility for staffing and assignment of resources. The Plant Manager is the primary contact of the site with the local industrial park location and with local public and community leaders.

The La Porte site includes 2 production units defined by OSHA as high hazard operations. This requires a high level of discipline to meet regulatory requirements and to achieve a safe, quality operation. Training and development of safety and environmental expertise for all personnel is a priority which requires a high level of engagement by the Plant Manager in routine operations and in planning processes to insure that personnel are well trained and disciplined to follow procedures.

The position requires depth and breadth of know-how in petrochemical processes and polymer science, technology development and engineering practices, efficient manufacturing operations from raw materials purchasing to finished goods shipment and quality improvement process.

The La Porte site operators and mechanics are affiliated with the International Chemical Workers Union. There are specific requirements to implement policies and procedures as bargained and to formally discuss / negotiate changes. The Plant Manager needs to be aware of the relationship of site leadership with the union and insure that actions are in compliance with the site’s collective bargaining agreement and other bargained topics. Meetings are held frequently with union leadership, and the Plant Manager routinely meets with operators and mechanics to keep the lines of communication open.

Responsibilities :

  • Plan, execute, and manage against the site business plan for the operations of VAM & PVOH
  • Visibly lead, coach, mentor and develop the manufacturing team to prepare them for future needs and goals
  • Monitor and provide direction for HSE performance
  • Short term and long term planning of resources, including staffing and alignment of resources within the structure of the site team
  • Work with KAI business finance & sourcing, to analyze costs and major spending items which translate into the rigorous budgeting process
  • Continuous improvement in processes and unit performance including cost reduction activities supported by programs such as Six Sigma and LEAN
  • Active participant in community through organizations such as Rotary Club, CAC, etc.

Minimum Qualifications :

  • BS degree in an Engineering field
  • 10 years in contact with a high hazard manufacturing process
  • 10 years managing a manufacturing group or technical team
  • Experience with bargaining unit negotiations
  • Strong business acumen.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • 15+ years of petrochemical processing and polymer plant operations experience in a high hazard manufacturing process
  • In-depth and breadth of know-how in petrochemical process and polymer science, technology development and engineering practices, efficient manufacturing operations from raw materials purchasing to finished goods shipment and quality improvement process.
  • Strong people skills in order to manage a diverse group of professionals from managers of different disciplines, engineers with advanced degrees, specialists, plant operators and skilled craftsmen and contractors.
  • High level of leadership and managerial skills with extensive experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Organized self-starter with the ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to proactively communicate with all levels of the KAI organization to fulfill business needs as well as continually improve plant performance
  • Ability to develop and nurture relationships outside of the KAI organization in order to continue education and understanding of existing agency requirements as well as developing requirements
  • Internal candidates preferred.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes base pay and an annual incentive. This program is designed to reward individual performance and align overall rewards with corporate and team performance.

Our employees enjoy an attractive healthcare benefits package, including wellness reimbursements to promote a healthy lifestyle. We also provide an Educational Reimbursement Plan, helping our employees fulfill their career goals, as well as a competitive 401(k) through Fidelity Investments.

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Kuraray America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer AA M/F/disability/protected veteran status

No third party candidates accepted.

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