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Production Leader


Elwood, IL, US, 60421

Job Description

The Production Leader is responsible for managing all aspects of the production area’s performance – EH&S, quality, and reliability. The Production Leader will be directly responsible for the supervision of the hourly employees in the area and supporting the operational, administrative and logistical activities to support the manufacturing of Stepan products in the area.  
Responsibilities of the Production Leader include but are not limited to:
•    Manage manufacturing (Planning, Production and Warehousing) to ensure Health, Safety & Environmental, operational, financial and customer service targets are achieved and develop the team and area in line with business need
•    Responsible for managing the safe operation of plant and equipment in line within internal and legislative requirements
•    Ensure that all employees within the operations area are suitably trained in all aspects of HSE to deliver appropriate performance
•    Drive continuous improvement in HSE performance within manufacturing area
•    Ensure accidents and near miss reports are investigated and steps taken to address root causes in a cost effective manner
•    Promote and maintain a behavioral Safety culture in the operations area
•    Deliver HSE targets in line with site BSC
•    Responsible for the setting and delivery of production plans
•    Ensure availability of identified capacity bottlenecks and proposals for the next steps for plant capacity increases
•    Oversee stock accuracy of materials within SAP system and ensure accurate data in SAP for all processes
•    Responsible for the minimization of restricted stock levels
•    Standard Operating Procedures are available, up to date and in use
•    Ensure on time dispatch and targets are achieved in regards to customer service
•    Root causes of manufacturing related customer complaints are identified and addressed in a cost effective way in a timely manner
•    Identify technical and commercial functions to ensure customer requirements are fully defined and understood
•    Manage the team members and ensure their performance is in line with expectations 
•    Review each area's development and training plans and deliver plans in line with business need
•    Recruit and select team members for area and undertake disciplinary action according to the procedure when required
•    Ensure RTF Quality targets are met
•    QAS processes on site with help of QA Manager 
•    Support, promote and demonstrate use of the SQE Quality approach in all aspects of work
•    Manage budget with fixed cost performance for manufacturing budgets
•    Identify and deliver cost reduction opportunities for area to ensure that resource and material variances are minimized


•    5 years of chemical operations/manufacturing experience 
•    3 years minimum of Management Experience in Manufacturing
•    Understanding of chemical process and production equipment required
•    SAP experience 
•    Ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization 


•    High school diploma or equivalent required: Associate’s or bachelor’s degree preferred 

Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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