Operations Leader

Lake Preson, SD

Posted: 01/19/2023 Job Number: 20633

Job Description


About the role:

We are seeking an Operations Leader for the corn-based ethanol to jet fuel plant at our Lake Preston, SD project currently in development. The position is responsible for all fermentation and hydrocarbon operations within the plant and is a member of the Site Leadership Team. The duties will be performed personally or through others, while supporting our vision, mission, values and objectives of the company.

 Who you are:
  • Build and lead the organization that will operate the Net Zero 1
  • Create an atmosphere of employee engagement, continual improvement, delivering on expectations and personal accountability
  • Drive the use of Behavior Based Safety to ensure a safe working environment for all employees
  • Responsible for supporting the EH&S, Quality, Operations and Maintenance functions including identifying opportunities for improvement, providing feedback, and conducting performance reviews
  • Coordinate with EH&S Manager to ensure compliance with all city, county, state, and federal regulations are met at all times and all systems for regulatory and environmental compliance are maintained
  • Maintain a positive, team-oriented interaction with co-workers
  • Support and lead efforts to maximize plant performance through engaging a variety of experts, facilitating creative problem solving, and implementing process changes in a safe manner
  • Prepare reports, analyze data, and make recommendations for improving plant operations and maintenance.
  • Work in a team-oriented environment with a demonstrated ability to lead a team to achieve high levels of efficiency, quality, and safety
  • Hold self and others accountable, take and give critical feedback
  • Eager to expand knowledge and skills outside of normal duties. Seeks outside expertise whenever possible to ensure best practices are understood and implemented
  • Prepare and deliver information in a concise, accurate and professionally written format and present information in an informal setting
  • Analyze and develop solutions to problems independently and as a team with a strong perspective on financial impact of those solutions
  • Significant time spent in plant which requires climbing ladders and stairs, working at heights, working in confined spaces, and working in extremely hot and cold environments - depending on weather conditions around a variety of chemical industry equipment.
  • Provide strong leadership and exhibit passion for developing others through coaching and training
    • Ensure successful recruitment, training, onboarding, and retention of employees.
    • Allocate resources effectively and fully utilize assets to produce optimal results.
    • Utilize Corporate resources as needed to achieve desired results.
    • Ensure subordinate managers hold their teams to expectations around providing constructive, and consistent feedback to their employees. 
    • Ensure achievement of KPI’ s and targets, including sustainability and carbon intensity.
    • Provide technical support to the Hydrocarbon and Fermentation Areas                                                    

Requirements and Experience
  • Bachelor’ s degree in Petroleum, Chemical or related Engineering field
  • At least 8-10 years of experience in at least one of the following areas (preference to individuals with experience in more than one):
    • Fermentation and propagation including thorough understanding of grain milling & handling, enzymatic processes, CIP/SIP systems, etc.
    • Hydrocarbon or similar processes such as catalytic reactions, distillation, dehydration, dimerization or hydrogenation
    • Hydrocarbon tank farm management, loading, logistics and shipping
  • Previous experience as an Operations, Facility, or other Asset Manager
  • Knowledge of jet fuel and gasoline specifications
  • Strong organizational, project management and budgeting skills
  • Competency in MS Word, Excel and Outlook and the ability to learn and use new software applications
  • Experience in operating data historian is a plus but not required
  • Willing to expand knowledge and skills outside of normal duties
  • Knowledge and stewardship of PSM-regulated facilities and programs.
  • Authorized to work in the US

 Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to climb ladders and steps and lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to adapt to outside work environments which could include cold, heat, wind, rain, snow and slippery surfaces
  • Ability to sit, climb, crawl, stoop, lift up to 50 pounds, be able to detect changes in plant sounds and visually discern color variations in products
  • Individual will be exposed to high noise levels

 Who We Are
  • We are People First
  • We are Mission-Focused
  • We are Agile
  • We are Innovators

 What We Offer You
  • Free health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance for employee and family
  • 22 days of sick and vacation time plus 10 paid holidays
  • 401k contribution plan
  • Annual incentive plan, based on Company performance
  • Paid community service time
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Be part of a smart, high performing, passionate team

Meet Your Recruiter

Shane Readyhough

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