Team Leader – Lebanon, Tennessee
January 31, 2020
Position Title: Team Leader
Reports to: Operations Manager
Location: Lebanon, Tennessee
FLSA exemption status: Non-exempt
Job Description - Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org - thank you
Under the direction of the Operations Manager, a Team Leader performs skilled tasks associated with the day-to-day operations and tactical oversight in the gasification plant and related facilities in Lebanon, Tennessee. The position requires performing duties requiring specialized knowledge; monitoring the plant performance and developing new ideas and measures to sustain and/or improve availability, reliability and production performance and provides administrative support to the Operations Manager; and performs related work as required. Position may require traveling for training and support as needed to Aries gasification projects.
Key Responsibilities and Important Duties
- Directs the day-to-day shift operations of the Lebanon Gasification plant
- Ensures adequate reporting of process information and metric attainment to Operations Manager
- Manages shift schedules in support of and with communication to the Operations Manager to ensure 100% coverage for all working shifts in a 24/7 production facility
- Back fills as shift operator on any needed shifts where other coverage is not available.
- Reads meters, gauges, charts and instruments associated with the monitoring of operations and adjusts processes necessary to ensure proper operations
- Inspects plant equipment and reports any failures or operating difficulties
- Stops and starts equipment as required for repairs, operates, adjusts and maintains equipment to ensure compliance with established standards
- Troubleshoots electrical system problems and makes minor repairs and/or modifications.
- Monitors, operates, and adjusts controls on plant equipment and machinery, such as valves, motors, pumps, filters, feeders, hoppers.
- Monitors, interprets, and records information taken from gauges, dials, and other instruments
- Collects samples, runs laboratory tests and identifies and implements process control changes.
- Ensuring the plant is operating within its parameters while complying with strict SHE rules and regulations as well as company policies and procedures.
- Performs record-keeping functions such as logging plant operations, test results, maintenance work performed and unusual operating conditions; prepares, maintains and submits a variety of records and report.
- Ensures that required log entries made related to plant performance and status are complete and accurate during assigned shift.
- Responds to plant hazardous material spills, leaks, and emergencies.
- Communicates plant concerns and proposes corrective/contingency plans to operations manager.
- Assists in training new and developing operators in day-to-day job functions and general operations principles.
- Conducts sampling and analysis of product, by-products and intermediates for quality control requirements.
- Performs tasks, including operation of mobile equipment, power tools, etc. typically associated with routine operation of a production facility.
- Prepares work requests to notify others of potentially unsafe, inefficient, environmentally unfriendly, or inoperable equipment.
- Carry out first line maintenance duties when required in order to keep plan running smoothly, assisting in maintenance activities as needed including rounds and readings.
- Prepares equipment for maintenance activities including lockout and tagout of equipment.
- Writes and updates operating procedures and training manuals
- Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
- Minimum high school diploma or GED. Process Plant Technology Degree preferred.
- 10+ years plant operating experience
- 3-5 years plant leadership experience
- 6+ years in solids handling and solids processing or related industries (e.g., paper & pulp, gasification, power, etc)
- Prior experience in process plant operations highly desirable
- Commercial Driver’s License or willingness to achieve such preferred
Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Ability to understand basic physics and chemistry to monitor and predict changing plant dynamics.
- Ability to recognize and resolve unusual, inefficient or dangerous operating conditions.
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Operating a personal computer and a variety of software applications, including SCADA software, and preventative maintenance programs. Basic computer skills including Word and Excel
- Some knowledge of chemical or petrochemical plant operations including basic chemistry principles, and familiarity with typical plant operations and safety documentation (e.g. Procedures, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams, Material Safety Data Sheets)
- A strong background in troubleshooting of process unit operations
- Competency in Distributed Control Systems (DCS) or Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) operation preferred.
- Experience with operation of plant equipment (e.g. process pumps, motors, belt drives, gearboxes, valves and compressors).
- Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a Forklift operator’s certification for operation of mobile equipment. (forklift and loader).
- Some level of electric motor and starter experience preferred.
- Experience in or willingness to learn on-site tractor-trailer movement preferred
- Willingness and ability to take direction and give input to operations manager in order to build cohesion.
- Team oriented (e.g. ability to contribute as a team member through a positive “can-do” attitude).
- Versatility and willingness to perform multiple tasks across a variety of skill sets as needed.
Work Environment and Special Requirements
- Work in a control room, field setting; exposure to cold, heat and humidity as plant is outdoors, noise, inclement weather, dust, dirt, vibration, chemicals, traffic, traffic hazards, confining workspace, odors, mechanical hazards, electrical hazards, explosive hazards, and biohazards.
- Ability to work shifts including weekends, nights, and holidays; work protracted and irregular hours; respond to a pager; take 24- hour call and stand-by; available for unusual hours in emergencies.
- Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, lift, bend, crawl, and climb stairs and ladders.
- Required to use a respirator, safety harness, and other personal protective equipment.
- Exposure to heavy industrial equipment.
- Able to lift and carry 50lb.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. The contents of this description are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills required of personnel so classified.