Engineering Manager I, Production - Dispersions

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Date: Aug 14, 2022

Location: Calvert City, KY, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,600 employees from 70 nations.


WACKER POLYMERS is the global technology leader in the development and production of redispersible powders, dispersions solid resins, powder binders and surface coating resins. At our Calvert City site, we are currently looking for a Engineering Manager I, Production - Dispersions to join our growing team.


This position is responsible for plant productivity improvement, production process optimization, equipment reliability, energy reduction efforts, product quality, new product trials and scale-ups, operations and maintenance support/troubleshooting, and computer software support.  The incumbent will introduce process improvements to achieve production targets in the areas of on-stream, quality, waste reduction, and operating costs.  This position supports and coordinates project work such as design reviews, hazard reviews, etc. Provides leadership to engineers and technicians in dispersions and provides technical leadership to all team members in the area. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership to engineers and technicians; and product expertise to the plant
  • Provides training and onboarding to all production engineers
  • Identifies opportunities and develops methodologies for plant productivity improvements
  • Identifies opportunities for energy cost reductions and process optimization improvements.
  • Solves potential issues with product quality performance and assists with new product trials.
  • Determines solutions to eliminate potential material losses and/or equipment downtime
  • Provides process control system support for the chemical process operators
  • Provides production on-call support for the process operators
  • Supports daily maintenance activities in the plant.
  • Supports and assists in design reviews, hazard reviews, etc.
  • Develops and maintains operating procedures and trains operators for new or improved processes
  • CompiLes and assemble production data to support budget preparations


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Chemical Engineering preferred, Mechanical, Masters preferred
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in a relevant field
  • Leadership skills and abilities
  • Troubleshooting process/equipment problems
  • Identify opportunities for productivity improvement and cost reductions
  • Multi-task with little direct supervision
  • Problem solving skills and tools
  • Continuous Improvement methodologies
  • Work the on-call rotation for production
  • MS Office applications


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations !


We are looking forward to your online application at
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.