Job Description


This document defines the position of Unit Manager - VCM North Plant. The incumbent will be responsible for the overall direction and leadership within the departments. The incumbent will also ensure maximum profitability of the Lake Charles North and South plant by developing and executing short-term and long-term operating and maintenance plans; establishes standards of performance and enforces compliance with Company rules, policies and procedures and all environmental and safety policies and permits.


May include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Accountable for all aspects of the areas managed (safety, environmental, quality, production, financial)
  • Accountable for the strategic profitability and compliance/regulatory aspects of the areas managed.
  • Accountable for the financial performance (capital, expense, overall budgetary performance) of the areas managed
  • Manage associates who report to this position, including accountability for discipline, performance management, and employee development
  • Operating unit budgets and forecasting including capital, maintenance, and operations budget oversight
  • Assume ultimate responsibility for compliance with safety and environmental laws and permits regarding air, water, and waste handling
  • Assures Westlake Lake Charles North is the best in quality performance by meeting customer requirements 100% of the time, providing facilities and expertise for monitoring of product quality, developing specialized techniques, and conducting special investigative work in support of customer and/or plant needs.
  • Maintain oversight and direction for driving reliability and maintenance efforts within the areas managed
  • Promote and lead Westlake’s Continuous Improvement Process activities as part of the department team.
  • Manage the long-term strategic plan for filling of vacancies, training, and personnel development needs
  • Set unit goals and expectations
  • Coordinate activities and support between different work groups. Communicates and interacts with departments to insure consistent application of policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that timely and accurate production forecasts are provided
  • Manage issues that have major impact on plant capabilities (e.g. storage tanks out of service, etc.)
  • Be involved in all disciplinary issues to ensure consistency.
  • Be involved in the performance evaluation process for the area to assure accurate, fair, and equitable evaluations are completed
  • Approve requisitions
  • Manage our external supplier relationships with Sasol


  • Comply with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Fully support Company goals of continuous improvement and operational excellence at strategic and tactical levels including reviewing area of responsibility for improvement opportunities to initiate projects or communicate ideas to management as well as active participation on project teams.
  • Any additional responsibilities or tasks as assigned.
  • Perform duties in a manner that protects personal safety as well as the safety of others.
  • Promptly report Safety, Health or Environmental issues or incidents to management.


  • B.S. degree in engineering or related fields
  • 7 years of chemical production experience with five in progressive supervisor positions.
  • Candidate must possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Successful candidates must satisfy background screening, including motor vehicle record screening, drug testing & pre-employment physical requirements before starting work.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as normally based in an office.  Some of the work may be required in the operating units which can require usage of required PPE including safety glasses, hearing protection, etc.  May also result in exposure to outside elements and may require usage of stairs and elevators.  Travel including air travel or auto travel may occasionally be required.

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