Plant Operations

It doesn’t get more important than Plant Operations. You’ll work with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment as part of a highly skilled team. We follow best practices in safety to achieve production targets, maintain product quality and ensure operational excellence.

Plant Manager

Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We are hiring a Plant Manager who will be responsible for managing all production activities and direction of the facility to achieve production, safety, and staff goals.




Job Responsibilities:



  • Provide leadership across the precursor of cathode active materials (pCAM) chemical plant to ensure continuous improvement in safety, quality, production, services, and costs.

  • Manage specialty chemical manufacturing, and quality teams to efficiently use materials and machinery.

  • Lead this operating unit for effective production management including daily weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual management methods.

  • Coach, direct and hold accountable department managers and supervisors in effectively managing each respective department.

  • Ensure compliance with all applicable local, state, federal laws, company policies and procedures.

  • Oversee, plan and implement production to ensure production and plant-specific construction deadlines are met.

  • Prepare operational schedules and coordinate manufacturing activities to ensure production and quality of products meet specifications.

  • Effectively communicates production targets and priorities to manufacturing and support teams.

  • Develop annual budget plan and capital budget requirements. Function as program manager of all capital projects managers.

  • Develop and implement appropriate cost-saving ideas for production operations. Generate and implement ideas for continual process improvement.

  • Develops, manages to, and reports on functional areas of responsibility via performance metrics, functional KPIs and Continuous Improvements activities within all areas of manufacturing site.

  • Maintain production and inventory records. Manage KPI’s

  • Monitor and maintain all applicable production permits and ensure that the facility complies with all local, state, federal and company policies.

  • Coach and develop peers, and practitioners in Lean practices to lead advancement of the company’s applied Lean principals working with lean consultants and leadership

  • Manage employee selection, training, performance evaluation, documentation, salary, and termination processes. Maintain a positive, initiative-taking labor environment.

  • Ability to effectively manage associate relation situations.




Education:



  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree required, engineering or science preferred.

  • Master’s degree or MBA preferred


Experience:



  • Minimum 5 years as a Plant Manager

  • Complete understanding of US EPA and OSHA requirements


Skills and Requirements:



  • Strong leadership and people skills.

  • Excellent communication skills – written, verbal, and presentation skills required.

  • Computer proficiency, including spreadsheets and presentations.

  • Strong knowledge of financial analysis and P&L; ability to apply financial theory and practices.

  • Understands and enforces adherence to OSHA and Company safety guidelines.

  • Knowledge of environmental health and safety compliance requirements.

  • Ability to develop an on-going safety culture.

  • Ability to speak, read and write English

  • Eligible to work in the US required


Physical Requirements:



  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, respirator, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods (minimum of eight hours).

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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Future opportunities within Plant Operations

Thank you for your interest in Ascend Elements. We are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team. If you did not see a position that fits what you are looking for, submit your resume for consideration for future opportunities at one of our 4 locations.


You can make a difference — creating a truly sustainable battery industry

With North America’s largest battery recycling facility, strong relationships across the industry and our patented direct precursor synthesis technology, we are building a world-class team to meet industry demand for closed-loop battery materials solutions.

You can make a difference — creating a truly sustainable battery industry

With North America’s largest battery recycling facility, strong relationships across the industry and our patented direct precursor synthesis technology, we are building a world-class team to meet industry demand for closed-loop battery materials solutions.