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Operations Pilot Line Supervisor

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Date: Aug 3, 2022

Location: Brecksville, OH, US, 44141

Company: Lubrizol Corporation


The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company serving customers in more than 100 countries. We own and operate manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Through our global sales and manufacturing networks, we are able to deliver the products and services our customers need, where and when they need them.




The Estane Pilot Line Supervisor is accountable for providing leadership and management to the Brecksville Estane Process Technology (PT) organization. This role is focused on providing short term guidance to pilot line technicians and carrying out a strategic 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 engineers. As a leader within the PT organization, the Supervisor will continue to foster a strong commitment to Corporate and site 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 two pilot line operations and two technicians to scale-up products from lab to pilot scale manufacturing in continuous extrusion thermoplastic polyurethane reaction and melt compounding operations at the Brecksville, OH facility
  • Develop and coach pilot line technicians. This includes conducting annual reviews, career development discussions, safety and cultural discussions and providing timely feedback
  • Coordinate priorities, scheduling, and reporting of continuous reactive extrusion, secondary/post processing, and melt compounding pilot line operation
  • Manage the Brecksville pilot line schedule and communicate the priorities on a monthly basis to targeted stakeholders
  • Determine bill of material needs and work with Estane material coordinator to procure raw materials for the pilot lines
  • Actively manage raw material and finished goods inventory
  • Supervise, lead, and execute strategic 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, 5S), organizing routine Leader Standard Work (LSW) walkthroughs, and ensuring environmental compliance with regulations (eg. SARA 311/312 and others)
  • Collaborate with Estane Applications and R&D groups 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 site goals to pilot team to ensure alignment with the broader organization
  • Manage pilot line expense and capital budget and attend monthly budget review meetings
  • Generate yearly management feedback report which captures key measures of success



  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or higher-level degree in Chemical Engineering
  • 2-5 years of pilot or manufacturing operations experience preferred
  • Previous personnel management experience preferred
  • Strong fundamental 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 fundamental 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



While headquartered in the United States, Lubrizol is truly a global specialty chemical company.  We have a major presence in five global regions and do business in more than 100 countries. Our corporate culture ensures that Lubrizol is one company throughout the world, but you will find each region is a unique place to work, live and play.


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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