Dow Chemical Operations Leader in Seadrift, Texas

Dow Operation Leaders have shared responsibility and accountability for plant personnel, assets and achievement of the plant related site, business, and corporate goals. Dow Operation Leaders provide leadership to the plant operations team and act as the primary back-up to the Production Leader. Operation Leaders generate tremendous value to Dow through:

EH&S/Reliability Leadership:

  • Partners with the Production leader to drive a strong personal safety, process safety, and environmental improvement plan to achieve EH&S goals and ensure compliance with regulatory and permit requirements.

  • Relentlessly pursues maximum plant reliability to reduce department unplanned events and support safe operations. Teaches and encourages behaviors to support reliable operations.

  • Knows and advocates Life Critical Standards within the facility. Demonstrates priority and commitment through personal behavior and coaching in the field. Provides the needed positive and negative reinforcement to address deviations with urgency, and ensures appropriate follow up and investigations.

  • Ensures appropriate technical review of work plans (maintenance or improvement) such that Life Critical Standards are applied appropriately for the job.

  • Partners with Production Leader to ensure capital is allocated appropriately to design out industrial hygiene hazards, improve environmental compliance, and reduce personal/process safety hazards.

  • Implements administrative controls and process controls for safe and reliable operation.

  • Shows courageous leadership by coaching, asking questions, and intervening when needed. Challenges status quo and past norms to make the operation more safe and effective.

  • Keeps active field presence and assesses work activities routinely to maintain awareness of plant needs and understanding of personnel behaviors.

  • Ensures the operation team is fully prepared for immediate response situations, including where technical resources might be needed to analyze process conditions and guide the response.

People/Organizational Effectiveness:

  • Supports Production Leader to provide motivation, explanation, context, and communication purpose of messages to the empowered organization.

  • Inspires and motivates the organization through leadership and strong connection with the team fostering an empowered organization. Shows appreciation for employees and maintains a servant leadership mindset.

  • Accountable for maintaining and improving the expertise index for operators for the facility, ensuring that appropriate knowledge remains within the facility.

  • Works closely with Human Resources as needed to hire operators with strong skill sets. Ensures operators are on-boarded and trained via a comprehensive plant training program to maximize their opportunity for success and increase plant expertise.

  • Models Dow’s core values and behaviors and understands that his/her behavior shapes the operation team’s culture.

  • Develops operation employees and ensures career success via goal-setting, performance management, promotion processes, and employee development plan.

  • Resolves operation discipline issues and escalates to proper channels where needed.

  • Enhances the working relationship with operation team, collaborates with work force, and supports Labor contractual agreements if applicable.

  • Coaches both FSFL and Tech/Tech roles within the plant to be effective within their roles.

Business Owner Mindset/Financial Acumen/Continuous Improvement:

  • Knows the business model and strategy for facility. Explains to operations how the plant fits into the business and corporation.

  • Understands how much money the plant makes each day along with product margins, and takes actions as needed partnering with the Production Leader and business to maximize total margin,

  • EBITDA, and enhance EVA performance. Is flexible and assists the Production Leader in dealing with changing conditions

  • Continuously works to improve the total cost of production (raw material, conversion cost and activity rate, etc.). May take a leadership role in maintaining the budget as delegated by the Production Leader.

  • Develops financial acumen skills across the organization (operators, engineers, maintenance, etc.) to accelerate profitability and productivity.

  • Holds themselves and others accountable for return on investment of projects, and ensures compliance with financial reporting rules/practices within the facility

  • Supports and drives continuous improvement by being active and ensuring operations participation in opportunity analysis sessions and plant improvements.

  • Partners with improvement teams to reach agreement on proposed improvement plans, and ensures plant resources are available to achieve the plan. Ensures controls are implemented in operating discipline and process control as applicable to sustain improvements.

  • Develops strong partnerships with support functions such as EHS, Maintenance, Supply Chain, and others to drive improvement in the organization and assure alignment.

  • Partners with the Production Leader to steward employee health through practices associated with a Healthy Workplace and employee fitness for duty.

  • Supports an expanding production facility.

Other Responsibilities if delegated by the Production Leader:

  • Participates in cross-functional activities, including Sales and Operations Planning, Tech Center reviews, Corporate Audits, etc.

  • Interfaces with third parties, customers, and external partners. Understands customer needs and drives technology, quality, service, delivery and reliability as appropriate to meet their needs.

  • Maximizes value and plant competitive position through internal and external benchmarking, ensures the Most Effective Technology (MET) implementation and the specific Operating Discipline requirements are in place.

  • Communicates plant status and lessons to external stakeholders, including details from unplanned events and best practices.

  • Supports plant on implementation and ongoing effectiveness of global work processes, operating discipline, management systems, enabling technologies, and roles to become a Highly Reliable Organization.

On-boarding/Knowledge Validation:

  • Demonstrates plant process safety and EHS knowledge by passing a review

  • Develops expertise through technology training and certification program developed by the Technology Center.

Required Education/Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree (16 years)

  • Advanced degrees and training are beneficial

  • Discipline: Engineering

  • 8 Years Manufacturing and Engineering Experience

  • Proven influential leadership skills in previous areas of responsibility

Preferred Experience:

  • Previous Functional Leadership Experience is advantageous.

  • Six Sigma or Lean skills beneficial

  • Supported projects in previous work experience

Note: This position does offer domestic relocation benefits

About DowDuPont

DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) is a holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont with the intent to form strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty products sectors that will lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges. For more information, please visit us at:

The positions represented by this job posting are aligned to one of the three divisions, Agriculture, Materials Science or Specialty Products, which are expected to separate from DowDuPont into stand-alone public companies in late 2018 or early 2019. Information on the division alignment will be provided during the recruitment process.

Dow Offers:

  • Competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits

  • An annual variable pay program that rewards team and individual performance while sharing success across the company

  • Employee stock ownership - and the commitment to long-term success that it brings

  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment

  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth

  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world

  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

  • Dow is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at:, you may call us at 1 800-523-3945 and select Option 1, or send a facsimile request to 1 989-636-3674.


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