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Polymers Plant Manager - Grangemouth

INEOS - Engineering - Chemical
Ref: 841 Date Posted: Friday 26 Apr 2019
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Polymers Plant Manager

O&P UK Grangemouth

Consistent sustained investment by INEOS into its Petrochemical business at Grangemouth, Scotland is creating long term employment opportunities and we are looking to appoint a Polymer Plant Manager.

The successful candidate will have the experience and drive to work alongside and lead an established manufacturing team on one of our two world-scale polymer plants, utilising state of the art equipment and technologies to produce a growing grade slate of polymers.

The polymers business holds a unique place on the Grangemouth site and it has benefitted from the recent modernisation investment with new and improved plant laboratory testing, control room and real-time on-line analysis.

This is an exciting time to be joining a world-class manufacturing site. Given the nature and specifics of this role, we are ideally looking for someone with polymer science/technology and manufacturing experience. Is this you? Are you looking for your next challenge? Then please get in touch.

And, on top of this, Central Scotland is a great place to live and work; the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling are within easy reach, as is the fantastic countryside – there is so much on offer.

Relocation allowance would be considered for the right candidate.

Job Purpose

The Polymers Asset, which comprises world scale Polyethylene and Polypropylene manufacturing units, is a key element of the O&P UK business at Grangemouth. These units are vital to the efficient and profitable operation of the business and produce high quality polyolefin products which go into a wide range of applications, serving a number of key sectors in the UK and Europe.

As part of this significant investment and expansion, we require a Plant Manager with relevant experience in manufacturing, to play a key role in the delivery and support of the growth in our business.  This role is critical to leading the safe and efficient operation of the Polymers units and, accordingly, we are looking for an experienced degree-qualified manager with extensive experience in asset and manufacturing operations, preferably gained within a COMAH site environment. Polymers experience is desirable but not essential. 

Principal Accountabilities

  • Drive development and management of cross functional Asset reliability/vulnerability action plans/strategies to ensure Asset performance is continuously improved to secure medium and long term required performance.
  • Develop and implement strategies in pursuit of operational excellence to improve operating performance in a sustainable manner without introducing unacceptable risks to the business.
  • Manage the manufacturing area to ensure safe and environmentally sound Asset operation.
  • Provide leadership and co-ordination all other functions/activities in pursuit of agreed current and future manufacturing performance metrics.
  • Set demand for and co-ordinate all engineering, maintenance, technical and operational support to allow the Asset to meet the short term production plan and maximum EBITDA contribution.
  • Adhere rigorously to Site and Asset standards/policies in all elements of Asset operation to lead, drive and ensure required operational, SHE and legislative compliance performance.
  • Provide authorisation/sanction of any operational deviations.
  • Act as focal point for the Asset in all interactions with SEPA and HSE and other external bodies.
  • On a sustainable basis, establish and manage an Asset operating team with the competency and capability to deliver the required short through long term operating performance and associated improvement plans.
  • Line manage all direct reports (and ensure same for 2nd reports) in compliance with policies and procedures to ensure current and future manning and development requirements are satisfied.
  • Manage local Industrial Relations in accordance with Site policies, procedures and expectations.
  • Accountable for ensuring 24/7 delivery of agreed production plan and any agreed/enforced deviations.
  • Principal point of contact with P&O and Business organisations regarding Asset capability/vulnerabilities and provides final sanction on agreed operating plans for the Asset.
  • Define and manage the Asset operating fixed cost budget.
  • Define Asset variable cost budget and manage plant operation to achieve or better budget performance. Drive improvement plan to deliver long term improvements in alignment with Asset strategy.
  • Act as Gatekeeper for all minor through to major capital project works for the Asset, defining scope, quality and timing requirements.


Qualifications, knowledge and skills

  • Degree qualified in engineering or scientific discipline (polymer science/ technology related degree is desirable but not essential).
  • Extensive experience in large-scale continuous asset operations.
  • Strong knowledge of operating standards/procedures and relevant HSE legislation.
  • Strong knowledge of asset working practices to facilitate others to support aligned delivery of the asset operating plan.
  • Strong knowledge of projects and scheduled plant shut downs, with specific focus on quality control and associated handover/commissioning requirements.
  • Proven ability to line-manage, coach and develop engineer/supervisor/technician personnel.
  • Strong leadership skills, able to influence across functions and services to drive aligned delivery of all manufacturing requirements on a technically complex asset.
  • High level of personal integrity, placing real importance and giving leadership on this front.
  • High level of communication skills, dealing with all levels in the organisation.
  • Strong decision making skills, both within and outwith area of expertise.
  • Ability to create and manage a budget.
  • Strong bias for action and desire to be an agent for change.

Please submit your CV to be considered for this role.

Internal applicants should speak with their line managers to be considered for this role