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Plant Manager

Plant Manager

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Ashland is seeking a Plant Manager to join our team in Assonet, MA.


As a Plant Manager, your responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring plant operations are in compliance with federal and local regulations as well as Ashland Standard Practices.
  • Day to day running of a chemical plant with responsibility for multi-batch reactor operations for multiple product lines serving a diverse customer base reactors.
  • Representing the company for all regulatory official auditors and coordinating support from EH&S, Law and other departments as needed to respond to regulatory inspections/audits.
  • Acting as a company liaison with local, state and federal regulatory agencies (DOT, EPA, OSHA) as well as community agencies, police and fire departments.
  • Implementing and managing facility ISO Certification Policy and Procedure and Responsible Care Compliance.
  • Developing and managing a facility plan which ensures proper allocation of available assets to meet daily business requirements while effectively managing expenses.
  • Hiring, training, development and evaluation of all plant personnel.
  • Managing training programs for all new and current employees.
  • Assessing and upgrading the quality of people performance at the plant.
  • Developing collaborative interdepartmental working relationships with customer support management and sales management to maximize customer service.
  • Developing and managing plant productivity and process improvement plans utilizing continuous improvement techniques.
  • Managing facility expense budget to include annual budgeting process and capital and expense budgets.
  • Overseeing employee relations in a non-union environment with approximately 90 associates.
  • Assisting Ashland in meeting its diversity and inclusion goals.


**This job is based on a ladder structure and the job level (salary) will be determined by the quantity and quality of your experience.

**This position is located in Assonet, MA.


  • B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline required
  • 10+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment in roles of increasing responsibility and across several disciplines (ie. production, safety, engineering, etc.) required. Experience in a chemical processing facility preferred.
  • 8+ years of direct supervisory experience leading, influencing, building and developing diverse and cross-functional teams across various levels and skill sets including hourly, salaried non-exempt and professional exempt level staff required
  • Willing to serve as a change agent
  • Experience in effectively developing and managing production and financial/budget plans and developing and implementing cost reductions and production efficiency improvements preferred.
  • Experience in working within and complying to local, regional and governmental safety, environmental, quality and financial standards and laws regulations as required for specific area, country or region preferred.
  • Continuous Improvement (six sigma, lean manufacturing, etc.) process experience preferred.
  • Project & capital management and SAP experience preferred.
  • Regulated cGMP experience preferred as the site does produce some Cosmetic grade products.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States


TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, please select the Apply button. If no Apply button is provided, please visit Ashland's Career Center. Once there, enter job number 2017-6836 in the Keyword Search field to find this posting and apply on-line.


NOTE:  We do not accept resumes from external staffing agencies or independent recruiters for any of our openings unless we have a signed recruiting agreement in place to fill a specific position.


Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a premier global specialty chemicals company serving customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. At Ashland, we are 6,000 passionate, tenacious solvers - from renowned scientists and research chemists to talented engineers and plant operators - who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems for customers in more than 100 countries. Ashland also maintains a controlling interest in Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a premium consumer-branded lubricant supplier. Visit to learn more.


Ashland. always solving


We are passionate, tenacious, solvers who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


Our people—molecular scientists, chemists, process engineers, logisticians, research scientists, economists, analysts, compliance auditors, salespeople, safety experts and more—are distinguished by their ability to create and apply specialized chemistry in ways that enable customers to amplify the efficacy, refine the usability, add to the allure, ensure the integrity, and improve the profitability of their products and applications.


The Ashland Way


Our vision, mission, way and values are the foundation for what makes Ashland, Ashland. What we aspire to accomplish, how we work every day toward that vision, and the way that we do things are what give substance to the promises we make to each other, customers and investors.


Our vision is to make a better world by providing creative solutions through the application of specialty ingredients and materials.


Our mission is to develop practical, innovative, and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


Our way is to respect, protect, and advance the people we work with, companies we serve, shareholders who invest in our future, communities we’re a part of, and planet we share.


Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. 

Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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