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Plant Manager

Plant Manager

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Are you the kind of person that is always thinking, sketching, seeking, and adjusting? Who needs to understand how things work and then figure out how they can work better? Are you a passionate, tenacious, solver who loves to work with others who share your drive? Are you positive, constructive, and ingenious?


Are you always solving?


Then we’d like to meet you and bet you’d like to meet us.


Ashland LLC has an exciting opportunity for a Plant Manager to join our Ashland Adhesives group at our Calumet City manufacturing facility. This is a very visible, significant role within the Company and the Adhesives function. This position will report to the Adhesives Manufacturing Director.


The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • The Plant Manager leads the overall strategic, tactical and financial operations for the Calumet City Plant by:
    • Maintaining a safe work environment for all employees while complying with all local, state and federal safety and environmental regulations and company guidelines
    • Developing and implementing a solid strategic plan for the plant while balancing its immediate needs with the long-term goals of the company
    • Fostering an inclusive and positive team environment that provides an open exchange of ideas stressing honesty, integrity and respect and providing open participation to achieve desired results
    • Providing high quality services, processes, programs and products to internal and external customers while consistently seeking ways to improve outcomes and enhance service
    • Modeling positive leadership through open and effective communication, motivation, example setting and best practices
    • Delivering appropriate advice, on-going feedback, support and resources to improve effectiveness of individuals and teams

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


In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:

  • B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline
  • A minimum of eight years of experience in a manufacturing environment in roles of increasing responsibility and across several disciplines (ie., production, safety, engineering, etc.), preferably in a chemical processing facility.
  • A minimum of five years of supervisory experience leading, influencing, building and developing a diverse and cross-functional team across various levels and skill sets including hourly, salaried non-exempt and professional exempt level staff.
  • Experience in effectively developing and managing a high dollar volume annual plan and budget in a cost conscience environment and with financial controls
  • 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
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.

The following skill sets are preferred by the business unit:

  • Project & capital management, lean manufacturing practices, good manufacturing practices (GMP) and SAP experience preferred


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 2018-7116 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 approximately 6,500 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. Our people 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. 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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