Production Manager - Polymerization (Polymerization)
Louisville, KY, United States of America


Leadership, Innovation, Solutions, Zeon Chemicals is the leading developer and supplier of innovative polymers, including synthetic elastomers and specialty chemicals and other selected products used in countless applications worldwide. We develop superior elastomers for the hottest parts of automotive engines, polymers for longer lasting laser printer rolls, synthetic rubber to survive oil wells' most aggressive fluids and cyclo-olefin plastics for today's advanced medical and electronic applications.

Job Skills / Requirements

Manage the production unit’s material, manpower, and equipment resources for safe and efficient conversion of raw materials into specification products. Formulate and implement tactical manufacturing operating plans which will ensure meeting the Company’s business and economic plans for the plant.
- Safety and Environmental--- Continuous improvement in safety performance through continued safety awareness and the prevention of unsafe acts. Maintain operations to meet current environmental regulations and develop plans for meeting future requirements.
- Quality---- Continuous improvement in quality through the implementation of SPC and ISO 9000 quality requirements. Performance traditionally measured by non-prime, off-spec., and PCU.
- Productivity----Manage the production unit to meet schedule requirements while maintaining the costs at or below budget levels. Improve employee output through optimizing operations and minimizing manpower.
- Supervision--- Monitor activities of salary personnel, evaluate on a regular basis, and provide coaching where necessary. Develop staff members to improve effectiveness in current positions and to become prepared for future opportunities. Communicate company objectives to all employees. Maintain labor-management relations by adherence to the contract while implementing changes to minimize labor costs.
- Responsibilities include OSHA and Safety, Procedural, Operational, and/or work procedure training of personnel both for initial and re-certification, qualified through either formal training or operational experience.
- Continuously seeks ways to improve performance of our facility's operation and ensures that customers' (both internal and external) needs are met. Adhere to the quality system.
- Maintains adequate training for plant hazardous waste to potentially package hazardous waste, operate a satellite accumulation container, or transport a hazardous waste to a hazardous waste storage area.
- Manages and coordinates preparedness for emergency response.
- Manages energy efficiency of production processes.
- Works effectively with other departments within the company including business teams, Tech Service, Maintenance, and Accounting to meet the needs of all customers -- internal and external.

- Responsible for ensuring the areas are in compliance with applicable environmental/safety/health regulations, and requirements.
- Ensure that the Polymerization production areas are manufacturing products at the highest quality, most cost effective, and most productive.
- Develop area personnel through goal setting, training, and achievement of job certification. Continually update tasks procedures, tests, and other training/certification material. Ensure performance feedback is provided for all personnel.
- Make recommendations for capital expenditures in support of the area’s productivity, safety, environmental, maintenance, quality, and cost reduction objectives.
- Manage systems to maintain ISO certification, ensure production of high quality products using 5S and continuous improvement.
- Develop department annual budget goals and accomplishment of Profit Enhancement Cost Control Objectives. Responsible for achieving area goals and objectives.
- Maintain area morale and communication by providing area objectives, interacting with operators daily and providing constant feedback.
- Works effectively to meet the business needs of Zeon, technical, sales/marketing, and other departments.
- Coordinate activities (production, maintenance, inventories, manpower, etc.) with foreman, engineers and plant personnel.
- Actively participate in Zeon process improvements and organizational effectiveness groups including business planning, process improvements, and plant strategy.
- Work with Zeon Management Team to help set plant wide goals, requirements, and direction.
- Develop and maintain accurate, complete production data. Report production information horizontally and vertically in the organization.
Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory performance in this position.

Education Requirements (Any)

Bachelor's in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering - MBA or Business Degree a Plus

Additional Information / Benefits

Zeon offers growth opportunities, a highly competitive salary and excellent benefits program. Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance and Vision. Zeon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Please apply online at:

Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Educational Assistance

Screening Requirements: Drug Screen, Criminal Background Check, Physical Exam

This job reports to the Production Leader

This is a Full-Time position Average 50 hours weekly, typically Monday through Friday.

Number of Openings for this position: 1