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Chemical OPERATOR Job


Chester, SC, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Production / Operations
Posting Date:  Mar 29, 2023

Arkema has established itself as France’s leading chemical producer and a world leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials. With annual sales of €8.8 billion and 20,000 people employed in some 55 countries, the Group pursues ambitious recruitment objectives both in France and around the world. Arkema offers diverse employment opportunities in 200 job functions and professions in four major fields: industrial, R&D, business, and support functions.

Reaching far beyond your discoveries!

Regarded as one of the world’s leading innovators, Arkema has made research one of the pillars of its strategy. For example by discovering new solutions to help reduce the weight of materials, hence cut down consumption. By developing innovative thermal insulation systems that can optimize the energy performance of buildings. Or by seeking new applications for its biosourced products at the service of greater sustainable development.

Innovative and durable solutions

Our high performance products have applications in wide-ranging areas, from new generation car batteries or telephones to recyclable wind turbine blades, from adhesives for the protective backsheets of solar panels to drinking water filtration systems, from running shoes and acrylic resins with no solvent and no volatile organic compound for 3D printing to molecular sieves for portable oxygen devices used by people suffering from respiratory failure… Joining Arkema means being part of a Group enjoying sustained growth that in little more than a decade has built up an exemplary achievement record, setting high ambitions for itself and for its employees. All our job opportunities are open to people with disabilities at equal merit or with equal skill levels.

Job Title:      Chemical Operator


JOB DIMENSIONS: Chemical Operator is responsible to Inspect, operate and control chemical processing and handling equipment associated with the production and/or processing of chemical products. Ancillary activities include routine inspection of equipment in a safe, effective and efficient manner.



  • Perform routine safety inspection of plant, and ensures safety of plant operations.
  • Operates and monitors automated and manually operated chemical process equipment, including mixing tanks, reactor vessels, distillation equipment, cooling/heating equipment, etc.
  • Understands the importance of maintaining quality in work in all production related activities.
  • Moving/transferring chemicals and equipment throughout the facility both manually and with the aid of powered and automated equipment. Operates pallet jacks and forklift trucks. Obtain quality control samples of raw materials, semi and finished products for quality control laboratory analysis.
  • Assist in shipping and receiving of raw materials and finished products on occasion.  Assist in packaging products for shipment, including drums and totes.
  • Evaluate storm water, including measuring pH and clarity, and discharge storm water per plant procedures.
  • Perform various housekeeping activities.
  • Retain knowledge of basic chemistry and chemical hazards and apply this knowledge in daily work activities.
  • Effectively carry out verbal and written instructions.
  • Perform basic arithmetic operations.
  • Make independent judgments concerning assigned tasks.
  • Discern situations where supervisory/management input is advisable.
  • Keep accurate monitoring reports/logs and documentation of process events.
  • Occasionally perform basic quality control analytical procedures, including pH testing.
  • Housekeeping and other duties as assigned



  • Responsible to use personal protective equipment as required.
  • Understand the hazards and risks associated with handling and processing various chemicals.
  • To follow the direction of the shift leaders/supervisors.
  • Understand plant environmental health and safety regulations and comply with all applicable laws and regulatory requirements.
  • Perform duties of Material Handler when needed.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents
  • No travel required 



  • High School Diploma and a minimum of three years’ manufacturing experience in a chemical process operation. 
  • Position requires ability to lift 50 pounds regularly, hoisting and frequent walking and climbing stairs. 
  • Basic computer literacy, including email and data entry is required.
  • Experience with automated processing systems is preferred.
  • Ability to operate a forklift is required.
  • Personal protective equipment (e.g. respirators and chemical resistant clothing, hard hats, safety eyewear, etc.) that may be required at times will increase the level of physical stress experienced by workers.
  • The work is performed in a control room, enclosed chemical processing facility and outdoors.
  • This position requires working on rotating shifts (24/7 operations) at the discretion of supervisory and management personnel.
  • This position will periodically require overtime.
  • Maintain training required to ship hazardous and dangerous goods internationally and domestically.



Technical expertise

  • Ability to assimilate new information and apply it to unfamiliar situations in the future.
  • Ability to improve safety, organization and house-keeping with minimal direction
  • Ability to independently utilize Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the protection of the individual, coworkers and the environment.


Organizational expertise

  • Strong safety-minded work ethic and work history
  • Strong team member skills including communication, participation, and expressing mutual respect


A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.8 billion ($10.4 billion USD) in 2018, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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