• Operations Manager

    Location(s) USA-IL-Chicago
    Job ID
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Operations Leadership
  • Overview

    The Midwest Forming Facility was built in January 2012 for the purpose of handling, storing and shipping sulphur for various customers while operating 24/7/365.  The site can receive and discharge the sulphur in both liquid and solid form in a variety of ways including, trucks, rail, and barges. The site can also store sulphur in molten form in its storage tank or on the ground in dry solid form known as prill. In addition to the facility we operate four sulphur tank trucks in the region, receiving the material in liquid form from our customer and delivering it to three local facilities.  All aspects of the transportation team are handled out our office including DOT compliance, maintenance and dispatch. 

    The Operations Manager position will provide managerial oversight of the facility and will report to the Unit Leader. 


    • Set an example of high integrity, "hands-on" leadership and fair treatment of others
    • Demonstrate a commitment to “zero occurrences” by effectively leading the safety, health and environmental efforts at the operation
    • Effective utilization of the “Safety Specialist” program as a tool for accomplishing the safety goals of the operation and for developing future leadership
    • Manage facility within strict environmental regulations
    • On-Call 24/7 for facility operations and emergencies
    • Ability to work and thrive in a fast paced environment, safely and consistently delivering results to our customers
    • Development of a business plan and execution of the plan including budgeting, projecting and cost management
    • Build and maintain strong customer relationships
    • Leadership with the ability to solve problems and make decisions both individually and in a team environment
    • Understands maintenance of equipment and maintenance management
    • Responsibilities are not all inclusive and may change based on the need of the company


    • Ability to lead a team in an industrial setting, effectively balancing customer, company and employee needs
    • Understands and is committed to the growth and development of co-workers
    • Ability to delegate and/or involve others where appropriate
    • Ability to effectively communicate on several different levels (Customers, Employees and other Managers)
    • Will motivate and persuade employees to follow his/her example in the areas of safety, health and the environment
    • Ability to interact and work effectively with vendors, always maintaining a high level of integrity
    • Must have contract understanding and execution
    • Possess effective communication skills with customers, team members and business associates, treating all with professionalism and care
    • Must be hands on, hardworking-self-starter, with mechanical and technical aptitude
    • Manage and maintain customer relationships
    • Manage hiring, training, leadership and team building of operation
    • Manage safety & environmental issues, professionalism & cleanliness of operation
    • Planning & productivity (effective utilization of people and equipment)
    • Oversee maintenance of equipment and facilities; project management
    • Responsible for profit and loss, budgeting, planning and projecting
    • Must understand and commit to the Savage Safety Specialist Program
    • Must understand and commit to the Savage System
    • Ability to multi-task in any or all of these areas
    • Ability to travel on occasion



    • BS in Engineering (ME, EE, Che.E, EM or CE)
    • 5+ Years of operations/plant management in the chemical or manufacturing industry
    • Basic understanding of material handling facilities and equipment including the associated components and maintenance thereof
    • Experience with project management and/or engineering a plus
    • Knowledge of computers and related hardware/software; knowledge of computer networks and programmable logic controllers a plus
    • Able to see the “big picture”
    • Understanding of heavy, industrial equipment from an operating and safety perspective
    • Ability to manage projects from conception to final commissioning
    • Experience with a computerized maintenance management system a plus but not required
    • Willing to study and learn new technical skills and techniques


    Physical Requirements:

    • The person should be in good physical condition. Some of the work will be outdoors working alongside field personnel, climbing stairs, ladders and on and off material handling equipment


    With more than 70 years’ experience in hundreds of locations across North America and internationally, Savage is a trusted partner for safely moving and managing mission-critical materials with worry-free consistency while creating value for our Customers. Savage specializes in rail, truck and marine transportation, logistics, materials handling and other industrial and environmental services. We Hire RightTrain Right and Treat Right, and strive to provide our Team Members with opportunities to do things they never dreamed possible.


    Savage offers competitive benefits that include: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long term disability, a retirement plan, and opportunities for growth.


    Savage is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains a drug free workplace.


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