Manager, Production

at 
Carbon Engineering
Posted on 
22 Oct
JOB CATEGORY

Grow your career. Be the difference.  Leading the commercialization of ground-breaking technology that captures CO₂ directly from air is challenging and exhilarating. As a member of the CE team, you’ll be surrounded by smart, adventurous, curious people committed to progressing our Direct Air Capture (DAC) and AIR TO FUELS TM technologies. We’re a diverse team of innovators hailing from around the world with a shared vision, purpose, and commitment to deliver large scale climate change solutions. Our headquarters is in Squamish, B.C., and our presence is expanding in many other markets around the world as we commercialize our technologies

Our culture combines our heritage as a small company with our ambitious goals. We have a passion for what we do and believe our work will have a true and lasting impact on the world. Many of our employees are drawn to CE because of the direct connection between the game-changing work we do and their own personal values.

At our core, Carbon Engineering values integrity, growth, excellence in execution, and fun. This is an environment where people matter, and contributions are noticed. Our employees work hard and are given the opportunity to learn and grow from mistakes. Diversity is embraced, and we value an inclusive work environment where every employee has an equal opportunity to be heard. We work in a dynamic environment and thrive on tackling rewarding and complex problems as a team.

Position Scope

As Manager, Production, you are responsible for leading the Plant Operator & Laboratory teams in the daily operations of our new research and development plant. This includes delivery and execution of test & production campaigns in-line with organizational milestones. You will achieve this by developing and maintaining safe (compliant to environmental legislation), efficient and effective operational frameworks, policies, processes and procedures.

Responsibilities  
Environment & Safety
- Champion a positive safety culture within the Operator and Laboratory shifts.
- Maintain the plant in a safe condition in line with all applicable regulations.
- Ensure the plant is operated within all environmental legislation limits.

Leadership and Management
- Own the daily operation of the plant and act as focal point for all site operations.
- Execute the daily operational and testing objectives.
- Interpret strategic objectives to develop a vision and plan for the ongoing development of the Production team. Take the initiative to proactively drive forward team development and capabilities.
- Develop, implement and maintain an Operational Excellence programme to ensure safe, efficient and effective plant operations.
- Manage the rolling 3-month plant schedule. Collaborate with the Manager, Process Engineering; Manager, Maintenance and Director of Technology Development to prioritize, coordinate and deconflict operations, modifications/upgrades, maintenance and other plant activity.
- Conduct daily workplace inspections and daily rounds of the plant.
- Communicate management objectives to direct reports.
- Attend shift handover meetings and maintain regular contact with all teams to ensure effective communication.
- Develop, manage and be accountable for the Production Team budget and purchasing approvals.
- Collaborate with the Purchasing team to maintain adequate levels of process feedstock, consumables and equipment, and manage process waste disposal.
- Train and mentor direct reports in plant operations and the development of their leadership skills.
- Review monthly training completion statistics to ensure team is updated on training.
- Delegate projects to direct reports, monitor progress against milestones and provide progress reports to management.

Technical
- Develop and maintain a strong technical understanding of CE’s process, technology roadmap and technical risks in order to drive process development and make effective operating decisions.
- Ensure that the plant conforms to all applicable technical regulations and that all technical registrations are maintained with the appropriate governing body or safety authority.
- Complete and authorize daily work permits as required.
- Collaborate with the Process Engineering team to develop, implement, adhere to and maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all unit operations.

Education and Experience
Education:
- B.Sc. in Chemical or Process Engineering is highly desirable.

Experience:
- 10-15+ years of experience in process engineering, chemical plant operation, and managing production teams. Must have significant chemical plant production leadership experience, and the ability to develop a strong grasp of our chemical process.
- Thorough knowledge of operational excellence; running and implementing operational excellence programs.

Key Competencies:
- You have a safety mindset; with the ability to recognize, adhere to and implement safe practices.
- You are a motivated, driven and assertive leader; unafraid to take initiative, set direction and deliver outcomes. You demonstrate and foster these qualities in yourself and your team.
- You have strong decision-making abilities, while maintaining calmness, and demonstrating team leadership in the face of operational challenges.
- You thrive on ambiguity and relish the challenge of being at the cutting edge of a new global industry; able to distill a wide range of daily challenges into key priorities.
- You are a change agent; always striving to find ways to develop your team and make improvements to the operational framework. You have strong abilities in organization, delegation and mentoring.
- Often in R&D you fail more times than you succeed; you recognize these failures as learning opportunities on the road to success. You are energetic and tenacious; able to adapt and overcome these challenges as and remain undeterred by setbacks.
- You demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
- You are mechanically inclined and have hands-on experience with chemical plant operations.

Joining Carbon Engineering provides you more than a career – it’s a calling for those who are ready to make a difference in climate action. We provide hope.

Carbon Engineering is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive equal consideration for employment regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.

Job Description

Grow your career. Be the difference.  Leading the commercialization of ground-breaking technology that captures CO₂ directly from air is challenging and exhilarating. As a member of the CE team, you’ll be surrounded by smart, adventurous, curious people committed to progressing our Direct Air Capture (DAC) and AIR TO FUELS TM technologies. We’re a diverse team of innovators hailing from around the world with a shared vision, purpose, and commitment to deliver large scale climate change solutions. Our headquarters is in Squamish, B.C., and our presence is expanding in many other markets around the world as we commercialize our technologies

Our culture combines our heritage as a small company with our ambitious goals. We have a passion for what we do and believe our work will have a true and lasting impact on the world. Many of our employees are drawn to CE because of the direct connection between the game-changing work we do and their own personal values.

At our core, Carbon Engineering values integrity, growth, excellence in execution, and fun. This is an environment where people matter, and contributions are noticed. Our employees work hard and are given the opportunity to learn and grow from mistakes. Diversity is embraced, and we value an inclusive work environment where every employee has an equal opportunity to be heard. We work in a dynamic environment and thrive on tackling rewarding and complex problems as a team.

Position Scope

As Manager, Production, you are responsible for leading the Plant Operator & Laboratory teams in the daily operations of our new research and development plant. This includes delivery and execution of test & production campaigns in-line with organizational milestones. You will achieve this by developing and maintaining safe (compliant to environmental legislation), efficient and effective operational frameworks, policies, processes and procedures.

Responsibilities  
Environment & Safety
- Champion a positive safety culture within the Operator and Laboratory shifts.
- Maintain the plant in a safe condition in line with all applicable regulations.
- Ensure the plant is operated within all environmental legislation limits.

Leadership and Management
- Own the daily operation of the plant and act as focal point for all site operations.
- Execute the daily operational and testing objectives.
- Interpret strategic objectives to develop a vision and plan for the ongoing development of the Production team. Take the initiative to proactively drive forward team development and capabilities.
- Develop, implement and maintain an Operational Excellence programme to ensure safe, efficient and effective plant operations.
- Manage the rolling 3-month plant schedule. Collaborate with the Manager, Process Engineering; Manager, Maintenance and Director of Technology Development to prioritize, coordinate and deconflict operations, modifications/upgrades, maintenance and other plant activity.
- Conduct daily workplace inspections and daily rounds of the plant.
- Communicate management objectives to direct reports.
- Attend shift handover meetings and maintain regular contact with all teams to ensure effective communication.
- Develop, manage and be accountable for the Production Team budget and purchasing approvals.
- Collaborate with the Purchasing team to maintain adequate levels of process feedstock, consumables and equipment, and manage process waste disposal.
- Train and mentor direct reports in plant operations and the development of their leadership skills.
- Review monthly training completion statistics to ensure team is updated on training.
- Delegate projects to direct reports, monitor progress against milestones and provide progress reports to management.

Technical
- Develop and maintain a strong technical understanding of CE’s process, technology roadmap and technical risks in order to drive process development and make effective operating decisions.
- Ensure that the plant conforms to all applicable technical regulations and that all technical registrations are maintained with the appropriate governing body or safety authority.
- Complete and authorize daily work permits as required.
- Collaborate with the Process Engineering team to develop, implement, adhere to and maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all unit operations.

Education and Experience
Education:
- B.Sc. in Chemical or Process Engineering is highly desirable.

Experience:
- 10-15+ years of experience in process engineering, chemical plant operation, and managing production teams. Must have significant chemical plant production leadership experience, and the ability to develop a strong grasp of our chemical process.
- Thorough knowledge of operational excellence; running and implementing operational excellence programs.

Key Competencies:
- You have a safety mindset; with the ability to recognize, adhere to and implement safe practices.
- You are a motivated, driven and assertive leader; unafraid to take initiative, set direction and deliver outcomes. You demonstrate and foster these qualities in yourself and your team.
- You have strong decision-making abilities, while maintaining calmness, and demonstrating team leadership in the face of operational challenges.
- You thrive on ambiguity and relish the challenge of being at the cutting edge of a new global industry; able to distill a wide range of daily challenges into key priorities.
- You are a change agent; always striving to find ways to develop your team and make improvements to the operational framework. You have strong abilities in organization, delegation and mentoring.
- Often in R&D you fail more times than you succeed; you recognize these failures as learning opportunities on the road to success. You are energetic and tenacious; able to adapt and overcome these challenges as and remain undeterred by setbacks.
- You demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
- You are mechanically inclined and have hands-on experience with chemical plant operations.

Joining Carbon Engineering provides you more than a career – it’s a calling for those who are ready to make a difference in climate action. We provide hope.

Carbon Engineering is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive equal consideration for employment regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.

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