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Production Leader Job


Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Production / Operations
Posting Date:  Jan 16, 2023

The Production Leader reports directly to the Plant Manager within the Grand Rapids, MI, site, and leads Arkema's Grand Rapids operations employees.





The Production Leader is responsible for the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the Grand Rapids Plant in order to achieve our business objectives. Provides leadership and coaching to plant personnel; operates within budget based upon forecasted plant volume demand; meets customer expectations through continual improvement in product and process quality & helps develop personnel to meet/exceed expectations and prepare for career advancement. As a training advisor, this individual will also utilize plant resources with working knowledge of the process to train, coach, and enhance the technical capabilities of the teams by sharing experiences, technical skills, and process knowledge.





Department Management – 40%

  • Serves as a coach and mentor to the department personnel.  Coaches plant personnel to resolve technical Operational issues.
  • Works closely with team leads to develop leadership skills to enhance overall team performance.
  • Participates in strategic goal setting for the plant.
  • Completes the requirements of the Performance Management Process for identified personnel within the department including the plant goal setting process.
  • Encourages all team members to develop and utilize an employee development plan and to maintain information relative to their career goals.
  • Ensures implementation and ongoing effectiveness of work processes, Operating Discipline, management systems, enabling technologies and roles.
  • Creates an environment that fosters team and individual empowerment. Ensures effective and sustained organizational culture for empowerment.
  • Counsels on performance as appropriate.
  • Acts as site leader in the absence of the plant manager.
  • Act as media contact as required.


Production – 35%

  • Coordinates resources to meet short and long term production forecasts through participation with the business team, ensuring goals and commitments are safely met and within budget.
  • Participates in monthly and weekly meetings with Supply Chain and Sales to determine plant production requirements as well as the impact of any changes in the 12-month forecast.
  • Participates in the site daily production meeting to coordinate production and maintenance activities.
  • Monitors daily production, shipping activities, product quality, and then directs adjustments to production and shipping plans as appropriate. Ensures continuous evaluation and implementation of improvements through the tracking of Operational Equipment Efficiency (OEE) metrics.
  • Manages the site Continuous Improvement Program.
  • Prepares monthly reports to meet plant and business requirements.
  • Manage small improvement projects for the production facility.



Health, Safety, and Environmental – 25%

  • Ensures compliance of regulatory, plant safety, and environmental requirements with special emphasis on Process Safety Management (PSM) compliance within the Production group.
  • Performs accident / incident investigations for all safety, quality, and environmental incidents.  Manages implementation of corrective actions from investigations.
  • Participates in loss control programs.
  • Acts as incident commander during plant emergencies if the Plant Manager and Health & Environmental Safety (HES) Specialist are unavailable.
  • Demonstrates commitment to Health & Environmental Safety through high visibility and engagement.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Serves as back-up to Plant Manager.





  • Position will work at the Grand Rapids plant site; it is non-remote. 
  • Works with the process technicians, engineer, mechanics, and managers to enhance operating units at the Grand Rapids plant.
  • Complies with all Regulations, Legal and Internal Requirements of Arkema and the business unit.
  • Complies with the rules of the specific location as well as the rules set by the business unit and Arkema Inc.
  • Complies with all standard procedures and work instructions, aka SP, SOP, PWI, TM, to ensure productivity, quality assurance and cost effectiveness.
  • Identify and communicate potential gains or possible improvements to the management system.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc.
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents





  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a chemical manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with Process Safety Management (PSM) required.
  • Process Safety experience (PHA, LOPA, Safety Instrument Systems) preferred
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal); ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office and other PC applications; SAP experience desired.
  • Good knowledge of ISO certifications and mechanical integrity programs. 
  • Lean / Six Sigma experience desired.
  • Root Cause Investigation experience desired.
  • Ability to work with others internally and externally with professionalism.
  • Excellent organizational skills.





  • Solid communication and organization skills required.
  • Ability to develop / improve their own leadership skill sets.
  • Ability to develop / improve leadership skill sets in others.
  • Must have the ability to work independently and focus on detail.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must have the ability to prioritize and organize daily work schedule.


Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €9.5 billion ($10.6 billion) in 2021, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

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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