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Shift Supervisor

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

The Shift Supervisor is a key member of the site leadership team and is responsible for Safety, Production and Staffing for hourly production operators at our 24/7 Chemical Plant.

  • Act as the Incident Commander of the Kalama Plant Emergency Response Team by assuming control in the event of an emergency, assessing the situation, and directing the required actions to minimize the impact to personnel and to the environment.
  • Supervise hourly employees to ensure expectations regarding safety, production, and behavior are being met. 
  • Demonstrate a complete understanding of product manufacturing practices and procedures to include equipment function and proper use.
  • Responsible for off-shift plant security including the responsibilities associated with toluene ship offloads.
  • Provide the communication link to Maintenance based on the needs and priorities you observe.
  • Collect and communicate key information with regard to manufacturing operations, equipment status and overall organizational needs and observations to the correct person (s) to resolve and implement.
  • Responsible for managing shift coverage for call-offs, labor gaps, emergency holdovers, and other situations.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Chemical Engineering preferred) or 5+ years chemical plant operations experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, strong leadership skills and proven ability to successfully train and motivate employees to alter their behavior patterns and learn new skills. 
  • Prior experience acting as an incident commander and/or emergency response is highly preferred. Must be willing to trained in confined space entry/rescue, basic firefighting and first aid. 
  • Knowledge of equipment and unit operations in a chemical plant environment.
  • A demonstrated record of generating a sense of urgency in self and others to achieve objectives and tasks safely, ahead of or on schedule and with high quality.
  • Strong PC skills and computer expertise with Microsoft Office.
  • Availability to work a rotating ABCD shift schedule (nights, weekends, and holidays).


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 full pay range for this position is Min: $83,300 to Max: $138,800. 
  • 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.

Requisition ID:  5424

Kalama, WA, US, 98625

Work Arrangement:  Onsite
Level of Experience:  Intermediate

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon
Nearest Secondary Market: Tacoma

Job Segment: Chemical Research, Chemical Engineer, Manager, Engineer, Engineering, Management

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