Director of Maintenance and Reliability

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Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: Charleston, TN, 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 about 14,500 employees from 70 nations.


WACKER POLYSILICON is the global leader in the production of polycrystalline hyperpure silicon for the semiconductor and solar solar industries. At our Charleston site, we are currently looking for a Director of Maintenance and Reliability to join our growing team.


This is Us:

You know us. You just didn’t know it. WACKER is a global chemical manufacture that prides itself on “Creating Tomorrow’s Solutions”. WACKER materials are so versatile and adaptable, they have virtually unlimited applications just about anywhere imaginable, making WACKER an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s protecting buildings from the elements, a tube of toothpaste, a cell phone, airbags, or cosmetics, people from all over the world come into contact each day with our products and achievements. We are looking for capable, innovative, and enthusiastic achievers to join our team and grow with us. We are currently seeking a Director of Maintenance and Reliability, for our site in Charleston, TN.


What you will do:

The Director of Maintenance and reliability will be responsible to lead the implementation of maintenance and reliability best practices and systems sitewide to assure timely and effective production; coach, develop and manage all maintenance leaders, personnel, and activities across multiple divisions in a matrix organization for Polysilicon operations; provide technical guidance to Infrastructure and Silicones maintenance team; collaborate with local, regional, and global leaders to deliver 100% compliance by the Maintenance group to applicable regulatory requirements. (i.e., Safety, PSM, MI, Environmental, etc.); and ensure effective execution of critical management systems in maintenance including plant and outside services, capital delivery, and equipment rebuild quality assurance.


Technical and Leadership Duties:

  • Lead maintenance and reliability activities to $2.5B multi-division manufacturing site in Charleston, TN
  • Drive priorities and improvements in process reliability maintenance and ensure reliability maintenance tracking data/systems are maintained and used at all levels of the site to make data based and informed decisions.
  • Lead, coach and develop with direct oversight multiple maintenance leaders over Poly plant operations, and maintenance shop. Provide technical oversight on maintenance topics for HDK. and Infrastructure. This includes maintenance leaders in Poly, Silicones, Shop, and Infrastructure
  • Direct and prioritize jointly with Division Leaders internal and external maintenance resources delivering short-term results in safety and operations. Maintain appropriate pace of improvement in the implementation of best maintenance and reliability practices.
  • Create and maintain the organization structure/resources to ensure technical expertise and system ownership of all required maintenance systems, processes, and standards.
  • Manage and coordinate 3rd party maintenance service providers
  • Ensure the preventive maintenance, mechanical integrity, and process safety management systems are delivering high levels of execution and always exceeding minimum requirements.
  • Provide maintenance expertise and troubleshooting support to production units, utility, and infrastructure systems


Administrative Duties:

  • Drive and support continuous improvement activities related to safety, quality, and cost
  • Provides oversight with business leaders to manage maintenance budgets and cost centers
  • Manage and support “best practices” transfer/exchange between Wacker’s production sites
  • Represent Wacker’s interests towards suppliers and contractors.  Provide subject matter expertise in support of EHSS interactions with regularly agencies.
  • Compile and provide reports related to area of responsibility
  • Cooperate and collaborate with groups and individuals across all departments, operations, engineering, and other service units with focus on achieving optimal results/solutions from a corporate/enterprise perspective
  • Perform all tasks and assignments in accordance to Wacker’s policies and procedures
  • Ensure all required trainings are timely made by all team members in his/her area of responsibility.
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned


What we need from you:


Bachelor of Science degree (or higher-level education) in the field of engineering (mechanical, chemical, electrical, or industrial)



  • 10-15 years manufacturing experience
  • 10 years leadership experience heavily weighted to maintenance and reliability
  • Leading large complex manufacturing site maintenance and reliability with PSM covered areas
  • Leading large change efforts or plant turn arounds building and implementing best practices in maintenance and reliability
  • Experience in team-based matrix organization is preferred
  • Subject matter expert in key functional areas of maintenance capable of teaching and training others


Skills, Knowledge, Abilities

  • Thorough understanding of safe work environment and work practices
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to perform and succeed in an environment of schedule and cost pressure
  • Capability to professionally deal with changing priorities and requirements
  • Thorough understanding of maintenance and reliability principles and practices
  • Thorough technical knowledge in the field of mechanical and/or EI&C engineering incl. relevant regulations, standards, and codes
  • Thorough understanding of budget management
  • Mature leadership and employee management skills combined with team player attitude
  • Objective judgment and fact/data-based decision-making approach
  • Strong multitasking competency
  • Ability and willingness for domestic and international (mainly to Germany) travel


Life at Wacker:

 Wacker is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We encourage our employees to be their authentic selves and desire team members that share these interests. You will be valued for your contributions and perspectives as we continue to grow together. Your career is important to us, and we want to foster a mutually beneficial relationship where you feel heard, understood, and fulfilled. We consider our employees’ overall health and satisfaction when creating a benefits package. Below are some of the additional incentives our employees enjoy


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Effective Day 1
  • 401(k) with Employer Contribution and Match
  • Opportunity for Future Growth and Advancement
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Vacation and Holiday
  • and much more!



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.

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