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Date: 10-Nov-2020

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, GB, HD2 1YZ

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.


The Lubrizol Corporation is an innovative, specialty chemical company that produces and supplies technologies that improve the quality and performance of our customers' products in the global transportation, industrial coatings and consumer specialty markets. We are looking to recruit for the following role at our Huddersfield Manufacturing Facility: -


 Shift Leader/Manager (Chemical Plant)


Huddersfield Manufacturing site


Circa £46,000 (Inclusive of Shift Allowance and Excellent Benefits Package)


A fantastic opportunity to join a leading global producer of advanced speciality chemicals in a manufacturing leadership role. 


  • Working at our Huddersfield site, you will be leading a team of shift operatives producing a range of reactive and formulated products in accordance with our standard operating procedures on a lower tier CoMAH registered Chemical Manufacturing Plant.


  • Responsible for managing, mentoring and developing shift operations staff to ensure daily shift targets are achieved, in line with key performance indicators.


  • Reporting directly to the Production Manager, you will be expected to work autonomously and therefore will be responsible for day to day operations, carrying out any necessary fault diagnosis, escalating and resolving issues as required. 


We are looking for a confident Shift Leader/Manager who will: -


  • Provide leadership and coaching for your direct reports
  • Build an effective team by motivating and developing operations staff
  • Possess an acute awareness of the QHSE standards required on a CoMAH manufacturing site




  • Lead/manage a self-directed shift team (24hr, 365-day, 6 crew operation) with limited day to day management interaction due to shift pattern, coordinating labour and reactor priorities to achieve the production plan.


  • Liaise with the Production Management, Supply Chain and Quality group at regular intervals regarding production matters and shift attainment.


  • Operate in different areas of the plant as and when required to meet production demands, overlapping duties/responsibilities with the Shift Process Technician and Shift Process Operator, assisting with plant operations where required.


  • Shift Incident Controller in the event of any emergency situation – duties include implementing emergency procedures, accounting for all staff on the plant at the time, providing information to emergency service personnel and to provide assistance as requested in responding to the incident.


  • Compliance with operating procedures including ISO9001/14001, CoMAH & IPPC, process instructions, Engineering, and QHSE procedures. Ensure direct reports compliance with these systems.


  • Ensure safe working practices are adhered to on shift, primary issuer of permits to allow others to carry out engineering activities, including contractor management.


  • Carry out and coordinate maintenance activities and ensure engineering standards are maintained throughout the plant area, including both breakdown and planned engineering scenarios.


  • Conduct alarm & trip testing procedures, instrument calibration and other preventative activities such as lubrication of equipment.


  • DCS fault diagnosis and rectification. Close communication with the Plant Engineering team for continual improvement of the DCS system


  • Sampling the reactors and conducting in-process analysis to ensure product will meet manufacturing specification. Simple fault diagnosis and rectification (maintaining analytical equipment to meet in-process requirements)


  • Carry out training and development of new staff to ensure they are familiar with detailed operating requirements before validation.


  • Work closely with technical support / management staff in executing investigative or experimental programmes and in implementing change projects such as new product introduction.


  • Lead Continuous Improvement project teams (5S / Structured Problem Solving) with the aim of improving QHSES standards, OPEX/Process efficiencies.


Skills & Knowledge:


  • O-Levels/GCSE or equivalent in Maths, English and Chemistry or equivalent vocational qualification coupled with minimum 5 years’ experience in a chemical manufacturing industry
  • Previous experience in operating an automated plant control system e.g. DCS is desirable
  • Previous experience of leading and developing a team
  • Use of computer systems (SAP, MS office and DCS) and numeracy / literacy skills (written and verbal communication skills)
  • Lean Principles / OPEX – Underpinning knowledge of Lean Manufacturing Techniques
  • Evaluation of plant data and identification of corrective action through structured problem solving
  • QHSE awareness – Compliance with safe systems of work, knowledge of standards
  • Maintenance skills to ensure completion of engineering tasks as and when required
  • Prioritisation of tasks and planning shift activities – work planning
  • Attention to detail – compliance with operating instructions, keeping records etc.
  • Forklift truck operation (desired)
  • Good overall level of physical fitness required - As tasks such as charging, and maintenance activities need to be undertaken


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including discretionary annual bonus, competitive pension scheme, 25 days annual leave + bank holidays, and private medical cover.

<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif"><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Together, we are Lubrizol: Where science excels, and people make a difference


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">It’s an exciting time to be part of Lubrizol.  Lubrizol is not staying put. We are continually learning and evolving.  Our passion delivers our success — not only for Lubrizol but for those who count on us every day: our employees, customers and communities.  We are talented people working together to solve problems and improve lives through science. We are making a difference, and we will never stop pushing to do it better.


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Lubrizol is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from a diverse range of applicants. All applicants will be considered entirely based on their relevant merits and abilities.


We’re focused on making the world more beautiful by bringing innovation to surfaces. Lubrizol’s products for the global performance coatings market start with the hyperdispersants manufactured at our Huddersfield facility.  Just two miles from the M62 motorway, Huddersfield is a gateway to a number of nearby cities: Bradford (16km/10 miles); Leeds (24km/15 miles); Sheffield (48km/30 miles); and Manchester (64km/40 miles).  Enjoy outstanding examples of Victorian architecture within the city and easy access to the Lake District; Howarth—the birthplace of the Bronte sisters—and the beautiful moors that served as the backdrop for the film version of Wuthering Heights. The well-regarded University of Huddersfield is the cultural heart of our city, with restaurants, shops and entertainment close at hand. And of course, this is a sports town as the fans of the Huddersfield football club and our local rugby clubs can attest.  Huddersfield has so much to offer.  We hope that you’ll consider joining our team.

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