Plant Manager II


Wilmington, NC, US, 28401

Job Description

Join our Stepan team as a Plant Manager! This position provides complete operational oversight and leadership of Stepan’s chemical manufacturing plant in Wilmington, NC including the functions of EHS&S, production, engineering, quality assurance, maintenance, HR, logistics, and finance. A relocation package may be offered to those that meet the criteria.


Key Responsibilities: 

Responsible for site Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security regulatory compliance and ongoing continuous improvement in these areas.  Drives performance excellence in Occupational Safety and Process Safety.
Drives company growth and productivity improvements through: 1) organization design and staffing optimization, 2) implementation of standard KPI’s, work processes and management systems, 3) implementation of continuous improvement methodologies including lean and six sigma, 4) execution of capital projects in EHS, maintenance, cost reduction and growth, and 5) scale-up and commercialization support of new products
Leads the implementation of Standard Management Operating Systems (MOS) to optimize plant performance across all functional areas. Utilizes Operational Excellence tools such as lean manufacturing, six sigma and others to improve asset utilization and capacity, reduce operating costs, improve product quality and improve plant reliability
Fully supports company Sustainability goals and generates measurable improvements and results to support these goals
Leads plant operations to meet or exceed customer expectations in terms of product quality and service levels
Meets or exceeds company and site financial performance expectations and performance goals for material variances, plant operating expenses, capex execution and continuous improvement cost savings
Ensures the highest level of performance at the plant site by demonstrating and reinforcing company values
Develops and supports company multi-year operating strategies by ensuring that facility infrastructure systems are maintained and functioning at optimal levels.  Develops multi-year prioritized plans to ensure site assets perform reliably
Ensures that internal company Human Resource work processes, tools and resources are effectively utilized to build organizational capability and support employee personal development
Meets or exceeds balanced scorecard and local operational goals for EHS&S, Service, Quality, Productivity and Reliability through use of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and other performance measurements
Works collaboratively with Business Platforms & other Site Leaders and Teams to ensure the site is supporting strategic plans and associated goals
Active participant in local community efforts. 


10 to 15 years of relevant Plant Operations experience in both individual and leadership roles
Excellent understanding of chemical plants and associated processes; experience in batch chemical processes preferred
Experience in PSM (Process Safety Management) regulated plants
Ability to work in Plant Operations (Indoors and outdoors)
Travel: Less than 10%


Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering required



Stepan Company does not accept or retain unsolicited resumes or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.

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 over 90 years. Today, Stepan is a $2.7 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,500+ 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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