Plant Manager II – US

Chemtrade Solutions, LLC

Hopewell, VA

Job Description


Position: Plant Manager II

Primary Location: Hopewell, VA

Schedule: Full time - Monday to Friday – 40 hours work week. 

Reports to: Regional Manager

Compensation: $91,327.12 - $100,459.83 per annum

The US base salary range for this position is $91,327.12 - 100,459.83 per annum + bonus + benefits. Salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. More specific salary ranges for your preferred location can be discussed during the hiring process. Please note that the compensation details reflect the base salary only, and do not include bonus, benefits, pension contributions and/or additional incentives.


Chemtrade is committed to delivering innovative solutions that address the complex challenges faced by our customers. As a responsible corporate citizen, we prioritize safety, sustainability, and environmental stewardship in all aspects of our operations. Our talented and diverse workforce is at the heart of our success, as we recognize that their knowledge, skills, and dedication drive our ability to deliver exceptional products and services. At Chemtrade, we believe in creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and talents. By putting people at the center of our operations, we build strong connections, nurture innovation, and create a fulfilling work experience for all.


About this Role and About You 

This individual manages all aspects of operations at the facility. The plant manager ensures the safe operation of the facility, ensures environmental compliance, is accountable for achievement of plant performance objectives and product quality, and monitors plant expenditures and budget. The incumbent will oversee some activities (i.e. manufacturing, maintenance) with his direct reports and will manage/direct others (i.e. quality, EHS, engineers) in coordination with the site Quality Manager, EHS supervisor and Engineering group representative. He/she will also ensure the satisfaction of customers by delivering product on time (working directly or indirectly with Logistics and Customer Service department). The incumbent is also responsible for managing the site CAPEX program. This is the top management position at the facility.




  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering preferred.

  • 5+ years’ experience in a related management position preferred.


  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in chemical plant operations and maintenance required.

  • Demonstrated excellent leadership skills

  • Excellent problem solving skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to act independently and on own initiative.

  • Advanced proficiency in using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel etc)

  • 0 - 5% travel required. Primary travel within region to assist with vacation/sickness coverage. Travel for attendance in Manufacturing Department functions as required.



Actively manage the site’s day to day activities in the production of safe, quality products. 50%

  • May be required to perform hands on operator and maintenance duties as required – e.g. making batches, loading trucks, repair of equipment, etc.
  • Provides motivation, guidance and direction in all plant activities.
  • Approves spending and other actions
  • Assures product quality meets customers’ requirements
  • Assures product deliveries meets customers’ requirements
  • Assists at other plant locations when possible
  • Provides technical support for customers as required
  • Ensures proper staffing of the plant.
  • Drive continuous improvement in all aspects of the site operations.
  • Focus on Continuous Improvement activities/projects to support value-addition and cost reductions.

Interface with Chemtrade and other personnel regarding safety, EHS audits and addressing EHS issues. 20%

  • Responsible for the overall safety performance at the site/plant.
  • Perform routine daily plant walks to monitor activities and safety issues.oPeriodically audit work being performed to ensure that all Chemtrade policies, standards and procedures are being followed.
  • Serve as the management representative for the site’s Responsible Care program.
  • Ensure timely reporting, investigation, and corrective action for EHS incidents.
  • Ensure timely closure of IMS action items.
  • Assure site compliance with all federal, state and local regulatory requirements
  • Assist in the preparation of site specific safety and maintenance procedures.

Interface with customers, regulators, and Chemtrade personnel on quality audits, and on addressing quality issues. 10%

  • Serve as the management representative for the site’s ISO program.
  • Represent the site in customer audits.
  • Assist in or provide resources for quality investigations.oAssist in or provide resources for corrective actions.
  • Assure plant is maintaining requisite ISO records
  • Assure site compliance with ISO and NSF requirements
  • Assist in the preparation of site specific quality procedures

Report and communicate site performance. Prepare Plans 10%

  • Prepare periodic reports on production, spending, reliability, EHS, Capex, etc.
  • Prepare and present same at periodic meetings.
  • Prepare weekly performance reports
  • Prepare annual production plans.
  • Prepare maintenance PM and outage plans.
  • Prepare capital and period cost spending plans

Interface with sales and marketing to ensure site goals are aligned with the business goals. 5%

  • Help direct reports in career planning and trainingoPrepare and maintain site personnel continuity plansoPerform other miscellaneous duties as directed by the Regional Manager.

What Chemtrade Offers You


Embracing Diversity, Maximizing Results

At Chemtrade we are committed to cultivating a work environment that embraces and values the unique qualities of every employee. We believe in harnessing the richness of diverse talents, ideas, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to drive our business forward. Our vision is to create a workplace where all individuals feel respected, empowered, and inspired to contribute their experiences, ideas, and perspectives.


In our culture, we celebrate multiple approaches and viewpoints. To foster an inclusive environment, we actively encourage the creation of Employee Resource Groups. These groups provide platforms for employees to share their unique perspectives, contribute their ideas, and help shape our inclusive culture. Together, we strive to build a workplace that recognizes and celebrates the diverse voices within our organization.


We recognize that the diversity of our employees is paramount to our organization's success. It is through the diversity of perspectives that we develop and shape programs and tools that support our employees' growth and career management. Join us in our journey towards building an inclusive workplace that values diversity and promotes the personal and professional development of our employees.


We recognize the immense value of Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) in fostering an including and supportive work environment.  Our ERG’s serve as vital platforms for employees to connect, share experiences, and celebrate their unique backgrounds and perspectives. 


We firmly believe that diversity drives innovation and fuels our success as an organization. By encouraging the formation of ERG’s, we aim to create a workplace where all individual feel empowered to bring their whole selves to work and contribute their diverse talents and ideas.  Additionally, we understand the importance of work-life balance and the well-being of our employees and their families.  That is why we proudly offer a range of family-friendly benefits and opportunities for career growth and advancement. 


We are committed to supporting our employees at every stage of their lives and ensuring they can thrive both professionally and personally.  Join us and be a part of a company that values diversity, inclusion and the well-being of it’s employees.


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