Operations Manager, Crushing Department

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Date: May 22, 2023

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 more than 15,500 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 Operations Manager, Crushing Department to join our growing team.


This is Us:

You know us. You just didn’t know it. WACKER is a global chemical manufacturer 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 an Operations Manager for our Crushing Department at our site in Charleston, TN.


What you will do:

The Operations Manager, Crushing oversees all activities of the Crushing Department including safety, quality, meeting production goals, organization and personnel planning, costs, production reporting and continuous improvement activities. The purpose of the job is to enable the manufacturing of the products of the Polysilicon production division at the Charleston site of the Polysilicon business division in such a way as to satisfy corporate targets and goals, considering all aspects of occupational safety, environmental protection, and production quality, through appropriate use of technical, organizational and human resources. The jobholder shall give due consideration to the needs and potential of the corresponding departments, observe internal company regulations (e.g., corporate policies concerning safety, the environment and quality) and strategic division targets, as well as all prevailing industry standards and regulations.


Managerial Duties

  • Ensure people and process safety is a precondition of all activities of the department       
  • Ensure that quality is precondition in all our processes and products
  • Plan, regulate and coordinate production processes in the area of responsibility (Crushing)
  • Monitor production results for continuous improvement purposes (safety, environment, quality, productivity and cost-effectiveness)
  • Manage subordinate employees and initiate necessary qualification measures
  • Fulfill corporate obligations in regards to compliance with safety and environmental-protection legislation
  • Ensure all required trainings are timely made by all team members in his/her area of responsibility.

Specialized Duties

  • Ensure the attainment of planned production targets at the required level of quality         
  • Plan production capacity and staffing
  • Prepare proposals for capital investment to ensure, optimize and expand production capacity and sustainability
  • Continuously monitor workflows to identify areas for potential rationalization, making suggestions for potential process changes
  • Participate in the planning and specification of priorities for development and production proposals

Special Assignments

  • Participate in strategic projects as project manager or leader
  • Assume overall responsibility for the operations of GB-P’s Polysilicon production division across production sites


What we need from you:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in business, chemistry, physics, engineer, or similar field is required; technical degree preferred
  • 5-7+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment is required
  • 3-5+ years of leadership and management experience is required
  • Production management experience in a complex chemical manufacturing plant
  • Experience leading cross-functional organizational groups
  • Demonstrated results in a highly matrixed global organization
  • Demonstrated results improving and sustaining EHSS performance and safety-focused culture
  • Demonstrated safety and quality leadership and continuous improvement mindset
  • Pronounced leadership qualities
  • Strong business acumen 


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 company match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Support for Community Involvement
  • Bonus Plans


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 www.wacker.com.
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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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