Operations Manager, Process

Department:  Operations
Date:  Dec 4, 2022

External Overview: 

FMC Corporation is a leading specialty company focused on agricultural technologies. FMC provides innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance crop yield and quality by controlling a broad spectrum of insects, weeds and disease, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control.


FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives. Your education and professional experience are valued and put to use from day one. Your success at completing key initiatives can result in a varied, progressive and fulfilling career with FMC.


With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets.  If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.


Business/Function Overview: 

The Operations Manager, Process role is responsible for production scheduling, planning and engineering at the FMC Middleport site.  FMC Middleport is one of two US formulation plants and plays a key role in supporting business growth. This role will be accountable for schedule compliance, product quality and yield, capital project execution, new product scale up, and ensuring safe operations. The Operations Manager, Process will report to the Plant Manager and oversee a team of salaried and union employees. This position will work closely with the current Operations Manager, Production that is focused on training and onboarding for Supervisors and hourly personnel.


  • Lead a team of production scheduler and engineers, to support the safe execution of site production activities.
  • Actively promote safe behaviors and operator engagement by providing strong safety leadership and shop floor presence. Coach direct reports in safety leadership to ensure alignment with safety as a core value.
  • Work with the site EHS Manager in the implementation of site safety policies and procedures, as well as execution of all required environmental compliance activities.
  • Ensure that all safety procedures and standards are followed including Incident Reporting, MOCs, Safe Work Permits, Adherence to PPE requirements, etc.
  • Assist with personal and process safety root cause investigations and execution of action item completion.
  • Execute the weekly production plan: Ensure that all products are produced on time, and within quality specifications.
  • Monitor equipment and labor efficiencies and drive improvements.
  • Monitor product yields and material usage.
  • Work with Warehouse and Shipping to ensure product is continuously moving through the plant and all end-of-run inventory is completed and accurate.
  • Monitor material usage and cost variances.
  • Lead the delivery of continuous improvement initiatives in the areas of cost, throughput, and quality.
  • Work with site Quality Supervisor to ensure effective quality control and assurance systems are in place and being executed.
  • Oversight of local capital projects and supporting the timely execution of corporate engineering project initiatives.
  • Support the introduction of new products to the site, including participation in design and safety reviews, development of SOP’s, training materials, and monitoring initial scale-up.
  • Work with the Production Scheduler to optimize the production schedule to minimize cost and improve schedule attainment.


Required Education: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field required.


  • Working knowledge of lean manufacturing techniques (Kaizen, SMED, 5S, etc.) and statistical process improvement tools.
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office knowledge including expert level Excel, SAP knowledge preferred, Minitab or another statistical tool.
  • Demonstrated change management skills.
  • Root cause analysis training preferred.
  • Process Hazard Analysis experience preferred.
  • Chemical manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Competencies: Leadership, Adaptive, Accountable, Inclusive, Strategic

EEO Statement: 

At FMC, diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive – regardless of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, color, age, religion or religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. FMC also supports employee participation in company employee resource groups that celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our workforce by providing communities for employees to connect with each other and raise awareness throughout FMC.


FMC complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact our Talent Acquisition department at talentacquisition@fmc.com.

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