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Operations Manager

Who we are:

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.6 billion in 2021 and more than 13,000 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

This position is responsible for leading, managing, and coordination of personnel safety, environmental compliance, maintenance and operational performance of the Specialties and Shipping Departments. There will be additional responsibilities including the Scheduling and Logistics functions of the site.  Duties include but are not limited to:   

  • Lead a team of six direct reports. 
  • Manage the performance of the Specialties and Shipping departments to meet legal requirements, LANXESS policies regarding personnel safety and environmental compliance.   This requires close coordination with the Site HSE and Maintenance Departments in a proactive manner.
  • Manage the performance of the Specialties and Shipping departments to meet targets for on time production and shipping, quality, yield loss and operating costs.  Identify opportunities for improvement and work with other teams to facilitate continuous improvements in Department and Site Performance.  This includes leading ISO9001 and ISO14001 efforts in responsible areas.
  • Provide guidance and input to development of capital projects and capital plans.
  • Lead and support investigations into incidents and problems in responsible areas.  Contribute to team efforts.
  • Be an active participant in the leadership team of Kalama to drive compliance and improvements in a proactive manner.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering or related field.  Master's Degree is preferred.
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Strong skills in leadership, management, team building and conflict resolution with union and non-union personnel.
  • Ability to develop department culture that is safe, proactive and efficient.  
  • Ability to work with multiple organizational levels from shop floor to executive level.  
  • Experience with Unit Operations including batch and continuous reaction and distillation operations.  
  • Experience with drumming and packaging operations, shipping and logistics operations.  
  • Be a change agent for continuous improvements in safety, compliance, costs, material variances, and capital projects and lean operations.
  • OSHA PSM Plant experience is required.
  • Working knowledge of ISO9001 required, ISO14001 a plus.
  • Experience with APICS/CLTD concepts a plus.
  • Excellent computer skills including SAP/4Hana, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).  Will also use OSI-PI and other company applications.


What we offer you:

  • Compensation: We offer competitive compensation packages, inclusive of a global bonus program and an individual performance bonus program. In accordance with Washington state requirements, the minimum salary for this position is $133,700.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: We provide a variety of benefits to support your financial security, health and wellbeing. These benefits include: 
    - Health care - Medical, Dental, Vision
    - Health Spending Account (HSA) with High Deductible PPO XD
    - Employee Life Insurance - Basic, Supplemental Life and AD&D
    - Dependent Life Insurance and AD&D
    - Disability Coverage - Short-Term and Long-Term
    - Flexible Spending Accounts - Health Care and Dependent Care
    - NortonLifeLock device security, online privacy, and identity theft protection
    - Aflac Benefits
    - Legal Assistance Program
    - Retirement Benefits - Defined Contribution 401(k) Plan with Employer Retirement Contribution and Employer Match
  • Work-Life, Time Off & 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. Washington employees who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement accrue a minimum of 80 hours of vacation per year; have 10 paid holidays; and accrue 64 hours of Sick/Personal time per year. Employees who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement earn time off in accordance with the provisions of the agreement.
  • 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.

Contract type:Regular  

Requisition ID:  5641

Kalama, WA, US, 98625

Work Arrangement:  Onsite
Level of Experience:  Middle management

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon
Nearest Secondary Market: Tacoma

Job Segment: Operations Manager, Chemical Engineer, Manager, Compliance, Marketing Manager, Operations, Engineering, Management, Legal, Marketing

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