Chemical plant managers oversee production of different chemicals that their company of employment produces. This may or may not be a hazardous job depending on what kind of chemicals the plant produces. Chemical plant managers must lead a team of production personnel in meeting production quotas and be able to manage any problems that may arise.
A chemical plant manager spends the bulk of his or her time on the floor where chemicals are being produced. Chemical plant managers also spend time in an office. They oversee production, schedule work hours for employees, follow safety guidelines and make sure that their employees are doing the same, run plant inspections, and do what is necessary for the plant to reach its production quotas. The work hours vary based on the times when the plant runs production. Some produce chemicals during the day during regular business hours. These chemical plant managers would typically work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other plants run production all day and night, including on the weekends. So, these managers may be required to work night shifts or evening shifts. Chemical plant managers are high up on the hierarchy of their organization's structure. They will report to a regional or general manager. The tools for use at work depend on the types of chemicals they produce. Some may require very little outside of overseeing that machines are being run properly. Others may require protective gloves, boots, or full-body suits normally made of leather or latex. Some may need a hard hat due to the architecture of their plant. Others will even need breathing filter masks and sometimes complete gas masks. While in the office, chemical plant managers use normal office supplies such as a computer, telephone, and a pen and paper.
Educational requirements to work as a chemical plant manager are a bachelor's degree. This may be in business management, but it usually is in engineering, as this is related to what it is they produce. Some positions require a master's degree. All positions as a chemical plant manager require extensive experience in chemical production.
A chemical plant manager must possess many qualities in order to perform his or her job properly. The chemical plant manager's first priority must be safety, as oftentimes death or serious injury may occur if safety guidelines are not followed properly by the manager or staff. Chemical plant managers must know everything that there is to know about the chemicals they produce, and they must be capable of leading a team of production workers.
Chemical Plant Manager Tasks
- Meet budget goals and record all expenditures, and prepare reports.
- Oversee safety, emergency response, maintenance goals, and implementations.
- Hire, fire, direct, and motivate staff in daily operations and long-range goals.
- Optimize deliveries, shipments, staffing, and production to minimize downtime.