Operations Manager- Richmond, VA at Veolia North America in Richmond, Virginia

Posted in Engineering 16 days ago.

Job Description:

The Veolia James River Plant located in Richmond, Virginia is looking for an Operations Area
Manager to provide leadership and guidance to the operations team. The ideal candidate will
have a solid understanding of the technical aspects of plant operations, processes, and
environmental, health and safety regulations. The candidate must be able to effectively
manage plant operations and administrative tasks such as planning, budgeting, and reporting.
The Operations Manager reports to the Plant Manager and leads an organization consisting of
12 shift operators and 3 day based operators.
James River is a key facility within the Veolia North America - Regeneration and Recovery
Solutions Organization servicing the refining, chemical, health care, and pharmaceutical
industries. James River site consumes molten sulfur to create fresh sulfuric acid of varying
strengths (fuming and non-fuming). Sulfuric acid is a critical component in chemical synthesis
and material processing for a wide array of end use applications.
This is an exciting and dynamic business. Our organization is highly committed to Process
Safety, Environmental Stewardship, and Operational Excellence.

1. Responsible for providing safety, health and environmental leadership to the operations organization -
driving the safety culture, identifying and leading incident investigations, updating operating and safe
work practices, auditing, understanding plant permit limits and reporting requirements etc...
2. Provide leadership and operational guidance for the cost effective operation of the facility
3. Provide guidance to the operations team to meet day-to-day operating goals
4. Possess knowledge of plant technical process, equipment, machines, and worker capabilities to meet
identified schedules and timelines
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Revised Date: August 2019
5. Assist with process and mechanical issues via field troubleshooting and trending of historical process data
6. Provide the first line of support to operations 24/7, 365 days a year
7. Train, foster and promote operations best practices and continuous improvement efforts to achieve
increased efficiency, consistency, and quality.
8. Work with Plant Process engineers to support technical programs, capital improvements, uptime tracking,
metric tracking and development to measure performance.
9. Perform First Line supervisor duties for 15 operators, such as time card approval, setting expectations,
personnel management, scheduling oversight, people development etc...
10. Manage operations personnel staff in the areas of training, driving high performance work teams,
succession planning, setting expectations and holding personnel accountable
11. Lead the hiring, training, and qualification process for new operations personnel
12. Primary resource for plant core teams, aligning core team COT's that support plant business objectives.
13. Champion Process Safety Management program (PSM) and lead specific elements of the site PSM
14. Establishing, sustaining, and improving standard operating systems, driving/coordinating continuous
process improvements and quality improvements
15. Lead minor plant improvements via the Management of Change process
16. Develop and manage operations activities during plant turnarounds, including operations staffing, operator
tasks, plant purging, preparation, and isolation
17. Responsible and accountable for Operations spending and cost management including operating labor,
overtime, operating materials, and contract support to operations (rail).
18. Establish strong communications with Maintenance that ensures clear goals, job plans, and coordination.
19. Learn key aspects of Maintenance Manager role, serve as back-up to Maintenance Manager as needed
for vacation and/or disability coverage
20. Interface with supply chain to manage plant rate, raw materials and finished product inventories and
21. Member of the James River Site Staff Leadership Team responsible for setting the strategic direction and
identifying and implementing key improvements in support of business objectives

Education /
Experience /
• BS in Engineering (Chemical or mechanical) with 4 years on-the-job operations
• In lieu of degree, 7 years of relative experience working in/on Chemical/Mechanical
Systems and possessing experience in operations leadership/supervision.
• Manufacturing experience (chemical industry preferred) which includes exposure to
Safety, Health, Environment, Quality, Maintenance and Continuous Improvement
systems and tools.
• Experience working in a High Hazard Process, Process Safety Management facility
• Strong leadership skills and ability to work with others involved in a variety of functions
including operators, mechanics, other engineers of various disciplines, management,
and other leaders to impact in a positive way the plant performance parameters
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
• Demonstrated strong teamwork and collaboration skills
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Revised Date: August 2019
• Demonstrated ability to create a respectful work environment where everyone can
contribute to their full potential
• Strong technical operations background with effective Planning and Coordination skills
• Strong commitment to standards-based decision making, work execution consistent
with established procedures where existing, and creation of temporary procedures
where appropriate.
Knowledge /
Skills /
• Willing and able to be available and on call 24/7 as needed due to business conditions
• Willing and able to be available for extended shifts during planned Shutdown/TAR's
• Demonstrated collaborative problem solving, excellent planning and organizational skills
• Proactive problem solving and utilization of data in a timely manner
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills - focused on teamwork, promoting
employee involvement, motivation and skills building.
• Proficient computer skills, Microsoft/Google office suite
• Experience in Root Cause Failure Analysis and Incident investigations
• Able to travel 0-10% per year
• Belief/acceptance of and commitment that all occupational injuries and illness are
• Preferred
○ Experience with DCS/Data Historians
○ Experience working with Highly Hazardous Chemicals/High Hazard Process
○ BS/AS in Engineering or other related discipline
○ Experience with SAP/R3
○ Strong analytical skills
Certification /
Licenses /
• Must possess a current and valid Driver's license
• Must be able to attain a TWIC card
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that an employee encounters while successfully
performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the
essential functions. Include possible work hazards and percent of travel required.
Willing and able to work in a High Hazard environment; outdoors, indoors, elevated heights and confined
Willing and able to wear required PPE (personal protective equipment) such as steel toes, hardhat, protective
eyewear, face mask, etc.
Willing and able to climb stairs, ladders; standing for long periods of time, walk, stoop, bend, kneel, crawl;
visual acuity for close work; able to reach overhead; able to hear and respond to alarms
Ability to lift 30 lbs
Primary function is to support James River - travel can range from 0-10% based on training and support to other RRS plants.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.