Operations Manager

Date: Nov 28, 2022

Location: Harvey, IL, US

Company: FUCHS Group

Welcome to the FUCHS Group, the world’s number one independent manufacturer of lubricants and related specialties. As a global company with roots in Germany, we expand the possibilities of whole industries, such as the automotive and aerospace sectors. More than 5,000 employees look closer, dig deeper and think further to create innovations and develop markets. That is what drives and connects us. We encourage our employees to expand their potential and grow together with us. Explore your specialties by joining us as
Operations Manager Next possible start date | Harvey

Your responsibilities:

The Operations Manager, reporting to the Plant Manager, is a vital part of the senior leadership team and is responsible for leading and coordinating the schedule and activities concerned with production and quality control in the South Plant at the Harvey facility.  This very important leadership position is responsible for overseeing 3 supervisors and approximately 35 employees who are involved with the production and packaging of materials in the plant.


  • Coordinates and lead the daily, weekly, and monthly activities of the production area to ensure production output meets customer demand.
  • Collaborate with management to establish production and quality control standards, develop budget and cost controls, and to obtain data regarding types, quantities, specifications, and delivery dates of products ordered.
  • Develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing methods through process evaluation and statistical methods.
  • Lead projects with the goal of improving plant effectiveness through scrap reduction, process flow efficiency, quality improvement and optimization of process for safer production.
  • Develop, document, and maintain SOPs/Process Maps.
  • Perform process and equipment troubleshooting.
  • Conduct and drive employee safety programs through communication, change management, EHS procedures and practices, housekeeping programs, tracking and KPI’s. 
  • Ensures that all Team Members follow Fuchs safety policies, work rules, and S.O.P.s.
  • Coordinates production activities with planning & scheduling teams, warehouses, procurement, and maintenance to obtain optimum production and utilization of human resources, machines, and equipment.
  • Reviews and analyzes production and operational reports to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications, and operating or production problems, and implements improvements to prevent recurrence.
  • Work with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluate products according to specifications and quality standards.
  • Provides and/or coordinates training for team members and assists in the continuous development of the training program.
  • Plans and directs production activities and establishes production priorities for products in keeping with effective operations and cost factors.
  • Provide the technical interface between lab and operations personnel to ensure processes and methods are transferred effectively.
  • Collaborate with production scheduler on priorities as result of equipment failure or operating problems.
  • Influential capabilities to ensure team is moving in the right direction and drive ownership
  • Ability to manage with emotional intelligence (soft skills)
  • Provide guidance and direction to supporting functional groups in an effective and collaborative way to ensure success for the area.
  • Provide and capable of receiving and coaching & feedback from peers, employees, and management.
  • Capable of communicating at all levels of the organization.





Qualifications we are looking for:

  • BS in STEM related discipline required, preferably Chemistry or Engineering.
  • 5+ years of plant management experience in a batch chemical facility.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to manage change within a group and build strong interdependent teams
  • Experience troubleshooting equipment and processes.
  • Experience with control systems
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to work independently
  • Experience with applicable EPA and OSHA regulations.
  • Experience with ISO standards
  • Strong computer skills required. Experience with SAP a plus.
  • Experience with working in visual factory environment with strong housekeeping standards




These are your benefits:


Fuchs offers a challenging and rewarding working environment where employees are encouraged to develop and grow as professionals.  In this role, you will have the opportunity to work on projects that will expand your experience and challenge your abilities in the global marketplace.  The position also offers an excellent compensation package and a comprehensive suite of benefits. 


Fuchs Lubricants Co. is an equal employment opportunity (EEO)/AA employer and strongly supports diversity in the workplace (m/f/d/v).


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