Salem Plant Manager

The Plant Manager is responsible for all aspects of day-to-day biodiesel plant operations, including fuel quality, staff and production scheduling, maintaining production records, ensuring compliance with company and regulatory environmental, health and safety requirements, and continual support and training of operators and staff. The Plant Manager has responsibility for meeting biodiesel production and quality targets while maintaining the facility in a safe and efficient order, and effectively communicating status and support needs to the Director of Operations. This position is multi-dimensional, requiring a deep, thorough understanding of all operating processes, equipment, plant control systems, and plant maintenance  combined with strong communication and people management skills.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: 

Product Quality and Production Volume:

The primary responsibility of the Process Manager is to facilitate and ensure meeting (i)  targeted biodiesel and co-product production volumes, (ii) quality metrics and stands for biodiesel and co-products,   and (iii) efficiency metrics for biodiesel yield vs raw materials consumption, chemical utilization, and energy consumption. Specific tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:


  • Processing raw material into finished biodiesel via standard operating procedures (SOPs) and training employees to verify all operations are following SOPs and other established protocols.
  • Working with Director of Operations and Sourcing Manager to manage raw material and finished goods inventory, and develop production forecasts
  • Work with Director of Operations and EHS staff to establish objectives and enforce EHS policies to ensure a safe and clean plant environment
  • Working with the Quality Control Manager to audit and update quality programs and ensure all product meets quality requirements.
  • Working with Maintenance to reduce unplanned downtime and schedule planned shutdowns.
  • Recommending process improvements with an eye for continuous improvement.
  • Communicating with vendors on a regular basis to verify high value supplies.


Administrative Responsibilities:

The Plant Manager is responsible for assisting in the assimilation and analysis of information and communications systems vital to the process and quality flow of the production facility.


  • Crew management, preparing for all operations meetings, teaching and enforcing consistent production metrics across all teams
  • Scheduling workflow to meet volume requirements
  • Production-related recordkeeping and reporting (production volumes, yields, chemical consumption)
  • Maintaining shift and process reports and spreadsheets accurately and timely on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Maintaining compliance reports and records for all raw materials.
  • Working with Director of Operations on annual budgeting and monitoring of budgeted versus actual plant operating expenditures


Plant Maintenance, Safety and Compliance:

The facility and all its systems and equipment must be monitored and maintained. The Plant Manager will assist in coordinating with maintenance, EHS, engineering, and plant operators to identify and address immediate or potential issues that may affect safety and environmental regulatory compliance, equipment maintenance, and plant uptime.


Position Requirements

Experience and ability:

  • 5+ years staff management experience in a chemical production/manufacturing facility
  • Relevant experience includes Biodiesel Production, Glycerin or other Oleo-chemical Production, Chemicals / Specialty Chemicals Production, and/or Petroleum Refining
  • Engineering background / experience is a plus – as a chemical, mechanical or process engineer
  • Experience managing inventory and a budget in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with process and equipment controls (PLCs, VFDs, etc)
  • Experience with maintenance management and preventive maintenance programs is significant plus
  • Any QA/QC management and safety experience is a plus
  • Track record of continuous improvement
  • Must be able to operate, troubleshoot and have thorough understanding of processing equipment (vacuum, heating and cooling systems, valves, pipes, pumps, compressors, chillers, etc.)
  • Able to operate a forklift.



A successful candidate will have:

  • Passion for Biofuels and sustainability along with a “can do” attitude
  • Skills with MS applications such as excel, word, ppt, Visio etc.
  • Experience working with ERP systems is a significant plus
  • Proven ability to work as a motivated self-starter
  • Ability to work as part of a team; good interpersonal and problem-solving skills; customer service oriented; organized and responsive
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


Physical Demands:

  • Sit: Sits during break periods and while operating the forklift.
  • Stand:  Stands during material transfer.
  • Climb:  Climbs stairs and ladders from 5’ to 10’.
  • Walk:  Walks approximately 1 mile a day.
  • Lift/Carry: Lifts and carries 55-pound bags of potash plus operation of hoses on vacuum truck.
  • Push/Pull: Dragging hoses from vac truck, and fuel trucks.
  • Bends/Twist: Bends and twist while carrying 50-pound bags of potash.
  • Use of Upper Extremities: During all maintenance and operational duties.
  • Use of Lower Extremities:  During all maintenance and operational duties


Work Environment:

  • Ability to work for long period outdoors in ambient temperature and precipitation extremes typical of Oregon climate.
  • Absence of pulmonary, cardiovascular, or psychological disorder or anatomic characteristic which will interfere with the ability to wear a respirator.
  • Ability to wear protective equipment on the head, face, hands, and feet, including a welding helmet, in accordance with safety requirements.
  • Ability to work in varying noise levels and to wear hearing protection as required.


Ability to work 40 hours per week, weekends and overtime as needed.