Production Area Manager I - Phos Acid Plant (Pocatello, ID) (16379)

The J.R. Simplot Company
Pocatello, MD
United States
Job Description

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


Incumbents in this position provide leadership and direction in the effective operation and maintenance of equipment and processes in a safe, environmentally sound and efficient manner in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.  Supervise, schedule, evaluate, train and motivate hourly personnel.  Maintain high level of confidentiality.  The incumbent is also expected to provide leadership in process, organizational and personnel improvements efforts.  He/she will also perform at a high level in positively relating to others and positively representing to others the views of his/her leadership.  The incumbent will be a proactive maintenance and operations leader, identifying process and equipment vulnerabilities and creating plans to act upon findings.  He/she is expected to understand and communicate the requirements of the Bevill Consent Decree and uphold the expectations therein.  Develop and implement operating methods and procedures designed to eliminate operating problems and improve product quality.  Revise production schedules and priorities as a result of equipment failure or operating problems.  Provide technical expertise as well as project management discipline for new construction, expansion and general capital improvements throughout the Phosphoric Acid Plant.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strengthen and improve safety in the workplace through compliance with rules and regulations, safety, inspections and training.

  • Participate in and support the CARE about Safety program; encourage others to participate through your support of the program and influence as a leader.

  • Ensure environmental compliance through knowledge of requirements, providing clear expectations and guidance and maintaining a high level of accountability.

  • Coordinate day to day operations, collaboration with front line leaders and management across various plant operating units, offsite teams, and/or contract groups involved with phosphoric acid production and plant operation utilizing knowledge of process technology, production methods, environmental regulations, procedures and capabilities of equipment and machinery.

  • Closely monitor execution of down day activities and ensure personnel (all disciplines/crafts) are working together to minimize downtime and maximize work effectiveness; flex resources and adjust plans to adapt to unforeseen conditions or circumstances.

  • Work with Management team to execute on mid-range production goals (weekly/monthly) and monitor progress to the plan routinely.

  • Manage and be responsible for asset readiness, including workflow requirements to achieve short-term, defined key performance indicators (KPIs).

  • Assist with ongoing reliability efforts by identifying bad actors, participating in root cause analysis and working with maintenance and engineering on elimination plans through the capital planning process.

  • Review and analyze the production, quality control, maintenance, and operational reports to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications and operating or production problems.

  • Support the production supervisors and serve as a liaison to maintenance management, communicating appropriate information to the appropriate level, including daily expectations and messages of routine nature.

Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4-year college/university preferred.

  • Equivalent experience in Phosphate Operations will be considered.

Relevant Experience

  • Experience in Phosphate operations leading both salaried and hourly personnel.

  • Strong understanding of area process and equipment.

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Excel, power point, word, outlook).

  • Strong motivational, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills are a must.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and understand the interrelations within an industrial facility.

  • JDE and SAP experience preferred.

  • Experience leading a unionized workforce desired.

  • Ability to work collaboratively across all departments.

  • Process improvement skills and the ability to teach and coach others preferred.

  • Experience in the successful planning and execution of complex projects, programs, and/or initiatives.

  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Working knowledge of OSHA regulations.

Other Information

  • Demonstrate personal accountability and ownership, solicit input from others, provide feedback, coach hourly employees, and capitalize on training opportunities.

  • Maintain good lines of communication among departments, crews and other supervisors.

  • Set good housekeeping expectations and maintain standards.

  • Effectively encourage new and innovative ways of thinking.

  • Ensure personnel have access to the training and tools necessary to complete jobs safely and efficiently.

  • Participate in new operator training meetings, walk throughs and check-ins.

  • Assist leadership in executing on goals and expectations, conducting performance evaluations, and delivering on disciplinary action.

Job Requisition ID: 16379

Travel Required: Less than 10%

Location(s): ABW Don Plant - Pocatello 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status. **