NewMarket Services Area Operations Manager in Pasadena, Texas

This position manages three to five production units and/or departments within the facility. This role has overall responsibility for the performance and continuity of supply from a manufacturing area. Responsible for safety, quality, management of change, discipline, and operating budget. Directs unit supervisors, area engineers and/or logistics personnel as well as coordinates interaction with other groups to make improvements within the facility. May manage/supervise a team of up to 40 employees.

  • Actively promote and Lead plant safety culture and HSES efforts.

  • Supervise subordinates, complete employee evaluations and plan and arrange for development and training. Resolve employee problems and discipline issues. Consult with Human Resources.

  • Consult daily with operations area personnel to discuss and define operational issues. Determine priorities for the area with regard to resources.

  • Consult daily with tech service and/or logistic personnel to discuss and define short term and long term activities.

  • Interface with Business Group, R&D, Manufacturing, Process Technology and Afton logistics on customer service, quality, new product/project and distribution issues.

  • Develop goals and objectives for the area and monitor progress.

  • Manage area and unit specific annual budgets. Monitor cost activity and variances and review with plant staff. Promote efforts to identify cost improvement ideas and work toward implementation of these ideas.

  • Attend meetings for the operations manager in his absence when needed. Cover the unit supervisor responsibilities during the absence of unit supervisor.

  • Lead initiatives associated with HSSE. Monitor and track activities in these areas and insure appropriate resources are available. Stress excellent housekeeping within the units to promote safety. Attend unit safety meeting and lead a monthly plant wide safety meeting. Investigate all safety incidents for root cause and determine appropriate follow up actions to be taken. Lead all formal investigation involving incidents in the area.

  • Lead initiatives involving quality, reduction of process variation and improvement of process capabilities in the Area. Monitor processes for deviation and monitor daily quality of production.

  • Consult with Human Resources and department heads to assist in the resolution of union issues and concerns prior to the grievance stage. Actively participate in the 2nd level grievance discussions and write up of these answers. Respond to operator concerns regarding a variety of issues.

  • Develop and implement detailed plans for introduction of new production into operating units to insure success of operations.

  • Work with logistics and maintenance in the planning of unit turnarounds.

  • Review capital projects for safety and operability. Issue capital expenditure requests for minor capital projects.

  • Issue Process Change Forms to insure documentation of all changes in the area and follow up to insure closure of these documents upon completion of the change.

  • Recruit and mentor plant tech service engineers and/or logistics personnel.

  • Initiate supply chain studies and projects as appropriate to identify cost savings opportunities, provide value added service to our customers and to optimize return on expenditure.


  • BS degree in a technical field

  • 7-10 years relevant work experience in chemical industry.


  • BS degree in Chemical Engineering

  • Master’s degree in technical field.

  • 10+ years relevant work experience.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, and genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

External Company Name: NewMarket Services Corporation

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