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Pilot Line Supervisor

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Date: Sep 13, 2021

Location: Avon Lake, OH, US, 44012

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

Lubrizol Advanced Materials is an essential ingredient in improving lives. Our innovative products enhance the shampoos, lotions and soaps you use; the medicine you take; the sports apparel and shoes you wear; the detergents that keep your whites whiter and your colors from fading; the medical devices that speed your recovery and enhance your comfort; the specialty coatings that make your wood furniture, floors and cabinets more durable, more beautiful and more sustainable; and the plumbing systems in your home that will never corrode, pit or scale.  With such a diverse portfolio, Lubrizol Advanced Materials offers unparalleled career growth opportunities for top-talent.  To learn more about each of our core businesses, click on the following links: Engineered PolymersPersonal CareHome CareLubrizol LifeSciencesPerformance Coatings, and Lubrizol CPVC Piping Systems.

Job Summary:

The Estane Pilot Line Supervisor (‘Supervisor’) is accountable for providing leadership and management to the Avon Lake Estane PT organization. This role is focused on providing short term guidance to pilot line operators and carrying out a judicious vision for the pilot line. The Supervisor is responsible for coaching and developing the operations staff while providing mentorship and support to the other PT line engineers. As a leader within the PT organization, the Supervisor will continue to foster a strong commitment to Corporate and Plant HSE initiatives, including Process Safety Management (PSM), and Leader Standard Work (LSW). As a part of the PT organization, this role offers an opportunity to draw insight from both manufacturing and commercial functions of the Estane business.



  • Supervise pilot plant operations and pilot plant operators to scale-up products from lab to pilot to commercial scale manufacturing in continuous extrusion thermoplastic polyurethane reaction and melt compounding operations at the Avon Lake, OH facility
  • Develop and coach pilot line operators. This includes conducting annual reviews, career development discussions, safety and cultural discussion and providing timely feedback
  • Coordinate priorities, scheduling, and reporting of continuous reactive extrusion, secondary/post processing, and melt compounding pilot line operation
  • Manage the Avon Lake pilot line schedule and communicate the priorities on a monthly basis to targeted stakeholders
  • Determine bill of material needs and work with Avon Lake material coordinator to secure raw materials for the pilot line
  • Actively manage non-working, slow-moving (NWSM) inventory
  • Supervise, lead, and execute judicious initiatives for the pilot line, including: capital expansions, business processes, and organizational structure improvements
  • Design processes, prepare engineering estimates, and coordinate capital projects on pilot plant equipment
  • Convey and ensure Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) procedural compliance within the pilot line operations organization, including: periodic audits of operations staff for safety procedural compliance (eg. LOTO, PSM), organizing routine Leader Standard Work (LSW) walkthroughs, and ensuring environmental compliance with regulations (eg. SARA 311/312 and others)
  • Communicate with technical and non-technical members of product development teams to understand and apply project needs for successful scale up and product realization
  • Apply and maintain systems associated with new chemical introduction, Responsible Care Management System (RCMS), Management of Change (MOC), Process Safety Management (PSM), and the Pilot Plant Request (PPR)
  • Convey plant goals to pilot line organization to ensure alignment with the broader organization. This includes attending the weekly Avon Lake managers meeting
  • Manage pilot line expense and capital budget and attend monthly budget review meetings
  • Work with the Avon Lake Plant Accountant to review monthly raw material consumptions, R&D material tax credits and budget deviations
  • Generate yearly management feedback report which captures key measures of success

Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Special Physical Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or higher-level degree in Chemical Engineering
  • 2-5 years of pilot or manufacturing operations experience required
  • Previous personnel management experience preferred
  • Strong central knowledge in chemical engineering principals with proven problem-solving abilities
  • Strong project management skills utilizing stage-gate systems and job aids
  • Strong “hands-on” mechanical and chemical process engineering skills
  • Knowledge of chemical and polymer unit operations, including process and equipment design
  • Knowledge of experimental design (DOE) and data analysis using central statistical techniques and statistical software
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work with others at all levels and in multiple locations within the organization
  • Experience managing both internal and external customer expectations
  • Basic knowledge of thermoplastic polyurethane polymerization manufacturing and chemistry preferred



  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401K Match 
  • Click HERE to explore all of the great benefits we offer!


With multiple facilities in and around Cleveland, Ohio, Lubrizol is located in one of the largest economic regions in the United States.  Buzzing with business, culture, knowledge and entertainment, Northeast Ohio is a vibrant place for people of all ages and walks of life to live, learn, work and play.  This region offers a little bit of everything for everyone - ethnically-diverse communities, affordable housing, award-winning schools and universities, world-class healthcare, indoor waterparks and zoos, ski resorts, museums, halls of fame, one of the longest water-fronts in the country, and the most concentrated square mile of art, cultural, education and health institutions in the nation.  From making your heart race at Cedar Point, to attending a professional sporting event or biking or hiking through over the 100,000 acres of state parks, to catching a Broadway show at Playhouse Square - the second largest performing arts center in the country, you can make it happen right here in Cleveland, Ohio.


Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic or trait protected by federal, state, or local law.


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