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Plant Manager DME

Bring the highest levels of leadership and process safety to a dynamic manufacturing environment

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Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
Vast contract
Aantal jaren werkervaring:
5-10 jaar, 10-15 jaar, > 15 jaar


AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals (SC) provides a wide range of high quality and sustainable ingredients that are integral to numerous key industrial processes worldwide.

Our facility at Europoort in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, produces Di-Methyl-Ether (DME). DME is widely used as an eco-friendly propellant for aerosol products. It is a growing and constantly evolving business that feeds into various market segments via the development and introduction of new applications and technologies.

Within this context, your main purpose in this role is deliver the highest standards of forward-thinking management and process safety for the Europoort DME plant.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as an inspiring and hands-on leader who can develop the team around the standardization of work processes, operational excellence, attitude and behaviour? Can you communicate and embed the importance of process safety? Have you acquired the knowledge and skills that will enable you to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of the site? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?

If you offer all this and more, we invite you to apply for the position of

DME Plant Manager

The role and its responsibilities
This is a high profile position in which your core objective is to deliver the produced output in line with the agreed quantity, quality and timing, and within the constraints set by safety, health, environment and costs. Thus you coordinate and synchronize all production, maintenance and technology activities, and you set and achieve annual production goals in line with site strategy.

Because this is a BRZO-site, HSE is a key focus and you act as HSE leader, accountable for all HSE aspects of the plant. This requires you to ensure an open constructive (safety) dialogue with the shop floor, and you promote strict compliance and adherence to all laws and regulations as well as AkzoNobel’s rules, principles and standards. You also build and maintain a network within HSE, Integrated Supply Chain, and participate in and lead the development of an (HSE) operations community in the region.

In doing so you improve the safety performance and safeguard the license to operate by identifying hazards and ensuring the initiation and implementation of corrective and preventive actions through incident learning processes.

At all times you aim to maintain and improve customer satisfaction and product optimization by coordinating with Marketing & Sales.

Based on analysis you initiate relevant investment projects to improve plant performance, and you provide expert know-how and input to the scoping and basic engineering of capital projects. You also commission new or modified assets and you are accountable for the allocation of the annual maintenance budget.

At all times you ‘walk and talk’ the AkzoNobel company values, creating an open and engaged organization in which everybody can work at their best. This requires you to put in place a clear communication structure and to maintain a competence management system that incorporates training programs, coaching, talent management and succession planning.

Continuous Improvement is a central to our organization and you aim to improve plant productivity each year by an agreed percentage using methodologies such as L6S, RCPS, and Gemba walks. You also use and review KPIs for performance management.

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess all the following attributes;

  • Bachelor or Master in a relevant technical subject;
  • 5-10 years of relevant and demonstrable managerial experience in the chemical industry in roles across Production, Maintenance, Technology, Control or HSE/CI, preferably in more than one country;
  • Extensive experience in process safety in the chemical industry;
  • You have been a hierarchical manager to a team of at least 15 employees for at least 5 years;
  • Strong communication skills including fluent written and spoken English and Dutch.

Application details
For further information, please contact Rob Salden, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 3. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to the vacancy section on www.akzonobel.nl/careers, reference 17000588 or use the ‘apply’ link.

A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated

About AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals
Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.