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Head of Operations

Who we are:

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.6 billion in 2021 and about 14,900 employees in 33 countries. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good. In the United States, LANXESS employs more than 2,000 people at 25 locations in 11 states. 

We are looking to find diverse and talented people to join our team. Studies have shown that some individuals are less likely to apply if they do not meet 100% of the criteria. We are looking to equalize the gap! If you are excited about this role but your past experiences do not align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply. We will look to assess your talent against our competencies, values and requirements to get the best organizational fit. You might be the right candidate for this or other roles we have available!

Join our Team!


What we can offer you:

LANXESS is a young company with strong roots! We derive our strength from global presence, management excellence and most importantly our people! Our employees are the pillars of our success.
We offer exciting career opportunities regionally as well as internationally, educational assistance programs, competitive pay and benefits, language training programs, and many other personal and professional development programs that are a part of our vision and values that drive our ongoing success.


Job Highlights

  • Responsible for all manufacturing at the East Hanover site including shipping and receiving operations.  Manufacturing at the site includes the following areas: lubricants blending, chemical plant operations, grease manufacturing and finished goods packaging.The site is a Process Safety Management regulated (PSM) site.
  • Reports include direct reports consisting of production supervisors and process engineer(s), and indirect reports consisting of area leads, operators and shipping and receiving personnel
  • Manages Production Operations within a production department possibly multiple shifts or across several departments on a single shift.  Coordinates separate manufacturing operations or areas using common production equipment, methods, and standards
  • Position is responsible for development and attainment of production schedules at optimum productivity, quality and cost levels
  • Exhibits strong safety leadership and is competent in the areas of Process Safety Management including but not limited to PHAs, Hazard studies, Management of Change
  • Provides technical and operational coaching to Production Supervision/Shift Leaders
  • Directs production activities to achieve targeted volumes, productivity and cost performance. 
  • Leads manufacturing strategic planning to ensure manufacturing capabilities are able to meet current and planned business needs and directly oversees tactical execution of these plans.
  • Recommends and implements improvements in production flow or methods
  • Ensures compliance with safety rules and regulations
  • Directs all related manufacturing personnel actions, including final selection, training, performance appraisal, discipline, and safety


  • Minimum B.S. degree in Engineering/Master's Degree preferred
  • > 10 years experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Professional experience in operations
  • Senior management and strategy experience
  • Project management experience
  • Leadership experience

What we offer you:

  • Compensation: We offer competitive compensation packages, inclusive of a global bonus program and an individual performance bonus program.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: We provide a variety of benefits to support your financial security, health and wellbeing including retirement plans, health programs, life insurance and medical care.
  • Work-Life & Flexibility: We support you in maintaining a balance between working hours and personal life. With our global “Xwork” program, we offer flexible working arrangements in all countries in which we operate.
  • Training & Development: We are committed to your professional and personal development and encourage you in the ongoing pursuit of education, training and knowledge through both formal and informal learning .


Diversity: LANXESS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religion, national origin, veteran status and political beliefs.

LANXESS has a value-based performance culture. We are seeking a range of human interests, backgrounds, and experiences that can be engaged to achieve respect, ownership, trust, professionalism, integrity and healing across all sectors.  

Join the LANXESS team!

Must include a resume.

Requisition ID:  4341

East Hanover, NJ, US, 07936

Work Arrangement:  Onsite
Level of Experience:  Middle management

Nearest Major Market: New Jersey

Job Segment: Shipping and Receiving, Operations Manager, Strategic Planning, Process Engineer, Operations, Strategy, Engineering

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