Production Manager, Polymers - Belpre, OH

Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Belpre, OH, US, 45714

Company: Kraton

Make a +Difference at Kraton!

At Kraton, we make a Positive Difference, and we are looking for individuals who are also looking to make a difference in their jobs, for our customers and to the world.  We are looking to hire a key member of our Operations team at our Belpre, Ohio location. 
The Production Manager provides management oversight of the plant’s manufacturing operations and processes.  The Production Manager will effectively and safely manage operations output levels, product quality, production cost and other company assets associated with the manufacturing operations processes and ensure that the manufacturing of products meets or exceeds key performance targets and customer expectations.  The Production Manager is member of the plant’s Lead Team and may serve as the Acting Plant Manager in their absence. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance with company policies and procedures as well as legal requirements in areas such as workplace environmental, health, and safety/OSHA, and Quality standards.
  • Drive the optimization of production throughput/outputs and product quality.
  • Lead production activities and establish priorities to ensure safety, quality, customer satisfaction, productivity, cost control/management.
  • Ensure effective plant shutdowns through compliance with safety policies and procedures, and proper operational startup.
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives and projects through application of various manufacturing process improvement strategies and techniques like Lean manufacturing and 5S.
  • Employ and report out on key performance indicators (KPIs) that influence plant results.
  • Manage department cost, spending, and overall budget/financial activities.
  • Lead, develop, coach and evaluate process engineers, production supervisors, and other production employees (hourly and salaried).
  • Manage and understand resource (people, equipment, capital, etc.) requirements, identifying gaps and implementing corrective actions and solutions.
  • Oversee and ensure all team members are current on required job training and qualifications.
  • Actively participate as a member of the plant’s Lead Team.

Required Skills

  • 10+ years of chemical industry experience with some background in polymers preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong team player.
  • Lean Six Sigma experience.
  • Operations experience in a PSM-regulated process.
  • Capacity to identify, develop and implement improvements / changes.

Education, Certifications & Licenses

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or other related field of study from an accredited college/university.
  • Master’s degree in Business or related field of study preferred.
  • High School Diploma in coordination with 10+ relevant years of experience in a Polymer Organization, Unit or Process Safety Management and Leadership Experience will be evaluated for consideration in lieu of a degree.  


The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification.  Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.


Kraton’s internal talent acquisition team manages our recruiting efforts and from time to time works with pre-selected/pre-approved external staffing agencies. We do NOT accept unsolicited resumes or candidate referrals from recruiters and/or agencies who are not pre-selected/pre-approved.


Kraton is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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