Messer Americas

Director, Area Production

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  • Supports the Vice President of Bulk and On-site production in achieving key outcomes in safety, process safety, reliability, efficiency, cost and customer service
  • Leads the production managers within the area by establishing a culture of safety, including ensuring compliance with all safety, health, environmental and quality standards
  • Identifies and progresses the development and training needs for the region on
    • Hires, trains, develops and motivates area personnel
    • Maintains a robust OCTM (Organization Capability and Talent Management) process for the regional team
    • Ensures cross training (flexible and trained workforce) to optimize the use of all Messer regional resources
    • Supports negotiations (with assistance from HR) and relationships with union locations
  • Provides broad technical and process support to the Regional teams and ensures that subject matter experts are engaged from the regional and national support teams (Process, Reliability, HSEQ, Quality) as needed
  • Manages the regional operating cost base and capital expenditures to achieve performance targets
  • Develops location and area budgets on an annual basis
  • Leads the effort for continuous improvement through EMBRACE and Six Sigma programs
  • Ensures appropriate contingency plans are in place
  • Supports plant managers with the planning and execution of turnaround maintenance activities, improvement and relife projects within the area
  • With the plant managers, supports the Projects Group for the planning and execution of large improvement and relife projects
  • Coordinates key activities between the national support functions (NSC, ROC, Logistics, CTM etc) and regional field teams
  • Works with the ROC to progress projects and initiatives identified by the ROC to drive performance and close performance gaps
  • Manages and audits local compliance, including underlying processes, maintenance procedures, and spare parts inventory management
  • Ensures ownership and execution of programs and projects within each region in support of high performance production operations and continuous improvement within the area
  • Ensures the proper training , competency and consistent use of defined management systems and processes, not limited too, safety, process safety, maintenance and procurement
  • Ensures that applicable material procurement and control processes are consistent with Messer standards for corporate governance
  • Oversite of maintenance & reliability at the site/area level and coordinate with the reliability hub as well as approved contractors to maintain efficient facilities
    Qualifications: Bachelor Degree experience in an operational environment  


  • Bachelor Degree
  • Engineering, Chemical or Mechanical Preferred
  • 5 years experience in a Management role


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