Dow Chemical Operations Leader in South Africa, South Africa

The company has an opening for anOperations Leader (m/f)to be based atDurban, South Africa.

Operations Leader has shared responsibility and accountability for the plant assets, personnel and achievement of the plant related business goals. The role delivers plant based business and administrative leadership to an empowered, work process driven, plant organization.

Intent / Value:

Operations Leader role is used to support meaningful opportunities for leader/employee engagement. The primary function for this role is performance management and personnel development.


  • Coaches plant personnel and personally participates to meet Business and plant goals (EH&S, quality, production, cost).

  • Ensures Most Effective Technology (MET) and specific Operating Discipline requirements are in place.

  • Performs appropriate Manage Production roles as determined by Plant / Business (Operate Plant, Operating Discipline, Produce to Plan / Record Production, etc.).

  • Completes the requirements of the Performance Management Process for identified personnel within the department including the plant goal process.

  • Encourages all team members to develop and utilize an employee development plan and to maintain information on My Profile.

  • Ensures implementation and ongoing effectiveness of global work processes, Operating Discipline, management systems, enabling technologies and roles.

  • Creates an environment that fosters team and individual empowerment. Ensures effective and sustained organizational culture for Empowerment.

  • Relentlessly pursues maximum plant reliability to reduce department unplanned events and support safe operations. Teaches and encourages behaviors to support reliable operations.

  • Knows and advocates Life Critical Standards within the facility. Demonstrates priority and commitment through personal behavior and coaching in the field. Provides the needed positive and negative reinforcement to address deviations with urgency, and ensures appropriate follow up and investigations.

  • Ensures the operation team is fully prepared for immediate response situations, including where technical resources might be needed to analyze process conditions and guide the response.

  • Shows courageous leadership by coaching, asking questions, and intervening when needed. Challenges status quo and past norms to make the operation more safe and effective.

  • Promotes the Six Sigma initiative within the department.

  • Acts as a primary back-up to the Production Leader

  • Preferred Experience: *

  • Previous Functional Leadership Experience is advantageous.

  • Six Sigma or Lean skills beneficial

  • Proven influential leadership skills in previous areas of responsibility

Qualifications for the job:

  • Masters in Chemical Engineering

  • Typical 8 Years Manufacturing and Engineering Experience

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at:

Dow Offers:

  • Competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits

  • An annual variable pay program that rewards team and individual performance while sharing success across the company

  • Employee stock ownership - and the commitment to long-term success that it brings

  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment

  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth

  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world

  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

  • Dow is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


Operations Leader


MEAF-South Africa-South Africa-Durban

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