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Plant Manager

Company: Fuchs Lubricants Co.
Location: Huntington
Posted on: September 12, 2019

Job Description:


Fuchs Lubricants Co. is the United States operating unit of Fuchs Petrolub S.E., the world's largest independent manufacturer of specialty lubricants with global sales of over $2.4 Billion. We provide high quality lubricants and services to a wide range of industries such as automotive, appliance, aerospace manufacturers, pharmaceuticals, transportation, mining, and energy. The organization is constantly developing new technology to meet the ever-changing demands of modern industry and we are recognized for providing world-class technical support to our strong customer base.


The Plant Manager reports to our VP of Operations and is a vital part of the Huntington leadership team. This very important position is responsible for leading and coordinating the schedule and activities concerned with production, project management, process improvement, and managing all aspects of the maintenance department in a two-shift operation at our Huntington, WV facility.


  • Coordinates and supervises the daily activities of the production operators by liaising with customer service, the warehouse, procurement, and maintenance.
  • Confers with management to establish production and quality control standards, develop budget and cost controls, and obtain data regarding types, quantities, specifications, and delivery dates of products ordered.
  • Conducts employee safety/communication meetings and ensures that all Team Members follow Fuchs safety policies, work rules, housekeeping (5S), and S.O.P.s.
  • 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.

    Project Management

    • Manages capital budget for projects including preparation of capital request forms, procurement activities with equipment suppliers and local union trades, regular preparation of capital spending reports and assisting in capital planning for future quarters.
    • Prepares detailed project schedules outlining the proposed work processes associated with capital projects. Communicates progress on a regular basis along with schedule delays and successes.
    • Completes process engineering activities as required including developing flow diagrams, P&ID's, equipment specifications and layouts, preparing mass and energy balances, scope definition, gaining and reconciling project team input, preparing construction sequencing, and managing and coordinating construction activities
    • Develops commissioning plans and communications plans for operators and FUCHS personnel.
    • Prepares and manages project documents including both paper and electronic files.


      • Responsible for site maintenance staff and resolving all technical maintenance issues.
      • Ensures compliance to all state and federal regulations and designs/implements effective preventative maintenance programs to reduce all downtime, including the auditing of safety systems.
      • Prepares reports as needed to ensure compliance to all state and federal laws.
      • Analyzes all equipment requirements and assists in requisition of all tools and equipment
      • Reviews and recommends improvements to SOP procedures and performs troubleshooting on all plant activities.
      • Recommends and implements capital projects designed to improve the reliability and productivity of the facility.
      • Provides an efficient interface with our Harvey engineering department to evaluate all upcoming capital projects and analyze all new and existing equipment and layouts.
      • Coordinates and directs the activities of all 3rd party contractors performing work at the Huntington site.


        • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or a closely related field of study.
        • 5+ years of manufacturing leadership experience in a chemical plant, preferably batch manufacturing.
        • 5+ years' experience with an ERP system. SAP strongly preferred.
        • Proven ability to drive and implement process improvements.
        • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
        • Experience with applicable EPA and OSHA regulations (PSM is a plus).
        • Experience with ISO standards required. Experience with TS/IATF 16949 a plus.
        • Experience in process automation and digitization a plus.
        • Facility Security Officer (FSO) training and certification is a plus.
        • 5% travel required

          WHAT WE OFFER

          Fuchs Lubricants Co. offers an excellent compensation and benefits package. The benefits package offered to full-time employees includes: medical, dental, vision, vacation, 401(k), life insurance, LTD, flexible spending accounts, and tuition reimbursement.

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

Keywords: Fuchs Lubricants Co., Huntington , Plant Manager, Professions , Huntington, West Virginia

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