Facility Technical Manager

HB Fuller   •  

Paducah, KY

Industry: Chemicals


8 - 10 years

Posted 370 days ago


The Facility Technical Manager reports to the Facility Manager and has responsibility for managing the quality effort for the assigned facility. The Facility Technical Manager is the in-plant expert concerning production of the facility’s product line, and manages the laboratory staff.


This individual will be involved in a variety of management, leadership, and technical activities including:

  • Function as in-plant expert concerning the production of the facility’s product line.
  • Manage and develop laboratory staff
  • Become familiar with and execute productivity, yield and quality enhancement techniques and adjustments to process equipment and formulations.
  • Lead timely corrective action with problem products, marshalling the facility’s technical resources.
  • Troubleshoot quality problems, document and address issues with timely corrective actions.
  • Recommend process and formulation improvements to new and existing products.
  • As the ISO management representative for the facility, take the lead in the improvement and management of ISO procedures and work instructions.
  • Assist in the identification and implementation of manufacturing “best practices.”
  • Vigorously enforce safe manufacturing practices and assist in the compliance with all-application safety and environmental rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Lead all advanced quality planning
  • Quality Control on incoming raw materials
  • Support new product introduction / scale-up and raw material acquisition
  • Build and manage Production Models (PM) for the facility, to include running the synchronization and other queries per standard business practices for PM maintenance.
  • Oversee management of rework per standard business practices guidelines.
  • Proper storage of products and raw materials
  • Devising / revising methods of Quality Control Analysis in collaboration with R & D
  • Sample preparation and quality as required
  • General Lab services and housekeeping
  • Provide customer service assistance for local sales / technical service, as authorized and agreed to by the sales organization and the Facility Manager
  • Assist in process design and development
  • Container labeling regulations
  • Batch sheet computations
  • Knowledge and communication of hazardous materials shipping / storage / removal regulations
  • Waste management and minimization techniques
  • Technical record storage
  • Maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment
  • Act in the place of the Regional Hot Melt Technical Manager, in his/her absence, as required
  • Leadinternal / external audits, customer visits, and benchmarking


Minimum Requirements

  • BS/BA Degree in Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering, or other related area.
  • An alternative to a chemistry degree would be any 4-yeardegree with a minimum of related technical experience.
  • Eight, (8) years of prior experience in the chemical industry, [(at least 5 years in the Technical Manager position, or equivalent) 3 years for Facility Technical Manager], is required.
  • At least three years of management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively
  • Should be a reference for other technical support employees due to specialized knowledge
  • Ability to lead and supervise others and solve problems independently.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to plan and meet deadlines.
  • High familiarity with regulatory matters: OSHA, NIOSH, RCRA, TOSCA, DOT, etc.
  • Familiarity with quality management systems and “Best Practices” procedures
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • CQE Certification, (Six Sigma Green Belt, with multiple project experience, in lieu)
  • Extensive Statistical Process Control experience with proven results implementing and managing continuous improvement systems.
  • Experience with ASQ ISO 9000, or ISO 9000-2000
  • Proven track record of quality program management and quality improvement


  • MBA, (Operations Management, Finance, Accounting)
  • Knowledge of SAP or similar ERP database management systems
  • Process control experience with the manufacture of Hygiene and Packaging products
  • Quality control experience with Hygiene adhesives and familiarity with the Hygiene industry requirements, or FDA requirements.
  • Some knowledge of the chemistry involved in the manufacturing of the products at the specific site
  • Six Sigma certification, (Green or Black Belt), experience in design for Six Sigma DFSS
  • Exposure to applications using continuous improvement techniques; TQM, Problem Solving DMAIC, Fault Tree Analysis, FMEA’s, Lean Manufacturing, 5S, and etc…;
  • Knowledge, experience and demonstrated results improving process capability, monitored and controlled via a Capability Index.
  • Prior experience with adhesives