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Plant Technical Manager (Conversion Area)

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Date: Jun 9, 2021

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 14,600 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(n) Plant Technical Manager (Conversion Area) to join our growing team.


By assisting the Production Manager, the purpose of the job is to enable the manufacturing of the products of the Polysilicon division at the Charleston site to satisfy corporate targets and goals, taking into account all aspects of occupational safety, process safety, environmental protection and production quality, through appropriate use of EHSS, 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. The Plant Technical Manager acts as the Deputy for the Production Manager.


Job Responsibilities:

Managerial Duties

  • Plan, regulate and coordinate production processes in the area of responsibility (Conversion/HCl-Recovery)
  • Conducts the Plant Team meeting for area of responsibility
  • Responsible for Procedures (SOP’s, Operating Manuals etc.) in the area of responsibility. Assure compliance of said procedures with all appliying regulations.                      
  • Monitor production results for continuous improvement purposes (safety, quality, productivity, cost-effectiveness, and the environment)
  • Fulfill corporate obligations in regards to compliance with safety and environmental-protection legislation
  • Plan and coordinate necessary maintenance/revision activities with all involved parties
  • Optimize the integrated Silanes/Poly/HDK production system (“Verbund”) through elaboration/initiation of cross-operational improvement measures

Specialized Duties

  • Ensure the attainment of planned production targets at the required level of quality          
  • Prepare proposals for capital investment to ensure, optimize and expand production capacity
  • 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
  • Perform other duties as required

Special Assignments

  • Participate in strategic projects as project manager or leader                      
  • Area Conversion: Coordinate graphite part supply for CHA (Rolling Forecast Graphite) including incoming goods inspections for converter graphite parts.
  • Maintain Converter Log and Graphite supply system in SAP.
  • Coordinate graphite part usage during converter rebuilds by building converter in the SAP system and align usage of used and new parts needed for the rebuild.


Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree in related field (Or proof of school to obtain BA degree has started)
  • Master Degree in related field preferred
  • 3-5 years, Engineering/Science degree in the fields of chemistry, physics, process engineering, industrial engineering, or similar field
  • Several years of management experience (production, development, technical engineering)
  •  Project experience
  • Familiar with business management basics
  • Proficient in computer programs (word, excel, SharePoint, outlook, SAP)
  • Proficient in English; proficient in German a plus
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal labor laws
  • Pronounced leadership qualities
  • Team player
  • High level of cost consciousness


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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