Mgr Plant

Compass Minerals International   •  

Overland Park, KS

11 - 15 years

Posted 257 days ago

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We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining diverse employees with the necessary skills to shape an inclusive organization. We especially strive to hire, retain and promote employees with a diversity of attributes, backgrounds, experiences and skills, who think differently, have varying perspectives and can bring forward unique ideas and points of view. 

Summary: The Amherst Plant Manager is responsible for driving operational excellence throughout the entire salt plant operation.  Responsibilities include leading all plant employees to meet/exceed targeted plant goals.  Key goals are continuous performance improvement in Safety, Employee Engagement, Cost Management, Reliability, Production and Product Availability, and Quality.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:  (Leadership reserves the right to add or modify these duties and responsibilities at any time.)


  • Cultivates a proactive and sustainable health, safety and environmental culture that supports company policy, practices and complies with local, state and federal laws.
  • Provides direction and leadership to all site personnel.
  • Coordinates site production activities with business unit, to ensure that site delivers on business plan.       
  • Oversees engineering functional responsibilities to ensure timely project delivery, project management, cost control and customer satisfaction.
  • Establishes a collaborative relationship with the collective bargaining unit to achieve desired results for the company and employees.
  • Reviews and approves the plant’s short term/long term plans and production schedules. Ensures that related strategies in plant efficiency management, inventory control and coordination of shipments support overall business objectives.   
  • Controls and/or coordinates the allocation of plant personnel, machinery and other resources to optimize production at the lowest effective cost.
  • Approves proposed facility maintenance shutdowns and/or equipment repairs. Considers relevant cost and service impact to benefit ratios, and approves or reschedules accordingly.
  • Maintains plant operating instructions and efficiency performance.  Insures that KPIs are properly tracked, communicated, and recorded.
  • Oversees the plant Management of Change process.
  • Ensures that all company standards, practices and procedures are followed.
  • Overall responsibility for preparation, presentation and results of plant budget and capital program.
  • Monitors employee performance, development, training and succession management needs. Establishes processes that promote high performance.
  • Networks and actively seeks help from available company resources.  Develops positive interdepartmental relationships between Amherst plant, other CMP plants, and Overland Park.
  • Promotes and has an expectation for building a culture conducive to generating continuous improvement in the operation by championing Operational Excellence initiatives for the plant including Reliable Asset Management and Continuous Improvement projects.
  • Must be comfortable setting and juggling multiple priorities; delivering the day-to-day performance of the plant with confidence while setting the longer term vision and strategy for the processes and people at the plant.


Key Results Expected:

  • Finished goods quantitatively and qualitatively uphold production objectives and specifications in line with customer expectations.
  • Health, safety and environmental practices comply with law and established corporate goals. Employees view this aspect of doing business as a way of life.
  • Plant’s use of material, personnel, machinery and procedures reflect prudent fiscal management and routinely hit financial targets.
  • Storage of raw materials, finished product and other items required to meet goals are organized to optimize safety, production and maintenance. 
  • Employees are well trained and prepared to expand in responsibility commensurate to individual potential and company needs. Employee opinions are taken seriously and acted upon appropriately. Operating procedures, expectations and goals, in each area of production and maintenance, are clear and understood.
  • Site leadership reflects a culture of employee engagement, growth, fairness, openness, trust, honesty, respect, and high performance.
  • Interactions with other departments display effective collaboration, problem solving techniques, proactive quality/procedural improvements and positive team relations.  





Education and Experience:  A Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from an accredited educational institution. A minimum of 10 years experience in Operations Management in the chemicals or mineral processing industries; preferably with roles of increasing responsibility in multiple plant locations.  Distinct preference for a degree in Chemical Engineering with understanding and experience in inorganic chemistry processes and crystallization.


Computer Skills:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be PC proficient and possess the ability to quickly master skills required to function with expertise in ERP systems. Must be proficient in Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook.