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Chemical Operator (TPU)


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. 


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

The position operates the production equipment. The nature of this role is to operate the plant machinery on shift to allow the safe, environmentally responsible, maximum production.

  • Operate the extruder and associated equipment.
  • Assist with maintenance tasks.
  • Housekeeping of work areas.
  • Safety: Perform work safely and by procedure. Make all safety equipment checks required.
  • Maintain accurate records and logs.
  • Troubleshooting of operational problems.
  • Unload raw materials and insure proper make-up’s as required by recipes.
  • Properly handle finished product including packaging, truck loading, and transportation to warehouse.
  • Perform quality activities as required including taking samples and laboratory activities.
  • Expected to help shift-mates with production-related tasks when not otherwise occupied with maintenance duties.
  • During the construction and commissioning phase of the project, work on tasks and project components as assigned.

The position is accountable for performing job functions in accordance with the site and corporate Responsible Care® initiatives including Health, Environment, Safety and Security (RC-HESS), which includes but is not limited to the following responsibilities:

  • Knowledge and use of site/work area HES procedures and work practices at all times
  • Maintaining a clean and uncluttered work area.
  • Immediate reporting of incidents, injuries, illnesses, exposures (e.g. to chemicals) and near hits.
  • Immediate correction and/or reporting of all hazardous acts and conditions.
  • Cooperation and participation in the site HES Performance Indicator programs core elements including work area inspections, job safety analyses/observations, training and meetings.


  • 2-year certificate or Associate Degree in a manufacturing-related discipline; polymer or plastics processing background is preferred. Alternatively a 2-year degree from an accredited school of  instrumentation and/or electronics, OR Associate Degree in Industrial Technology or other mechanical discipline. Must have graduated prior to beginning work. Equivalent experience will be considered.
  • The ideal candidate has formal training in polymer or plastics processing and/or formal electrical or mechanical training as noted above. The ideal candidate combines training or experience in two of the three following areas: Manufacturing/electronics/mechanical maintenance.
  • Candidates must demonstrate flexibility and willingness to learn additional skills as noted above.
  • Previous compounding or plastics manufacturing experience a plus.
  • Requires flexibility and ability to handle stress well with regard to production requirements.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Must be physically capable of lifting, pushing and pulling of heavy equipment; must be physically capable of climbing.
  • Current Fork truck license/certification or experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with and ability to use MS Office software (Word, Excel)
  • Candidates should be aware that shift system will start as an 8-hour shift, but may increase later to a 12-hour shift system with expected increasing production.



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, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status or disability.

Join the LANXESS team!

Must include a resume.


Requisition ID:  3924

Gastonia South, NC, US, 28054

Work Arrangement:  Onsite

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte
Nearest Secondary Market: Concord

Job Segment: Chemical Research, Forklift, Materials Science, Chemical Engineer, Chemistry, Engineering, Manufacturing, Science

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