Apply now »

Regional Manufacturing Director - South Region

Date:  Jun 14, 2024

Houston, TX, US

Company Overview


Grounded by a history that is deeply rooted in innovation, Hexion is a global employer committed to building and protecting the future by producing innovative performance materials.  Our materials are the building blocks for critical industries, including construction, agriculture, energy, automotive, and infrastructure protection. Everywhere you look, you will find our materials and people at work to help customers make products that are stronger, safer, and cleaner. When you work for Hexion, you’ll join a team that is committed to operating safely and with integrity to build a more sustainable future for all, our associates, our customers, and the communities where we live and work.  

Position Overview


Reporting to the VP Global Manufacturing, this is a key leadership role responsible for the overall manufacturing operations of our south region which includes the following chemical sites: Diboll, TX; Baytown, TX; Geismar/Luling, LA; Alexandria, LA; Hope, AR; Columbus, GA; Fayetteville, NC; and Morganton, NC. The individual in this role will be accountable for driving robust performance in this region with a key focus on EHS, Customer Service, People Development, Productivity and Operational Excellence. The right individual is a hands-on change leader with influential communication skills and the ability to engage all our team members to continually make tomorrow better than today through cross functional collaboration, strong problem solving and disciplined execution. This leader is also responsible for ensuring compliance with regulatory and corporate requirements. 

This position can be located in TX or LA. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead and model safety excellence to ensure that all activities within the sites execute at a level to meet EHS objectives and maintain regulatory compliance.
  • Drive standardization and process optimization strategies that maximize asset reliability and utilization to minimize conversion costs and drive EBITDA.
  • Drive Operational Excellence activities that utilize a broad toolkit including 5S, Lean, Gemba, Leaders Standard Work, Visual Management and Data Driven Problem solving to deliver continual improvement in Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost/Cash, Innovation and People related KPIs.
  • Assess, develop, and maintain a high performing regional organization through selection & upgrading, expectation setting, development, training, and mentoring. 
  • Contribute to both the short-term and long-term planning processes, as well as be accountable for the achievement of annual operating goals related to expenses, capital and HexionNext (transformational productivity) targets for the region. 
  • Collaborate and partner with other functional teams to ensure customer and quality expectations are met or exceeded. 
  • Analyze regional operational data to uncover gaps and areas for improvement to maximize operational effectiveness.
  • Work closely with engineering to monitor the planning and execution of projects and capital.
  • Ensure risk is well managed at the sites so customer deliveries are not interrupted by reliability, capability, compliance or supply related issues. Work to minimize unplanned events and ensure adequate preventive and predictive maintenance processes. 
  • Participate in the discovery, review and implementation of new manufacturing processes and systems.
  • Serve as a communication channel to share best practices.


  • Sound business acumen and agility with proven delivery of positive sustainable results
  • Empowers teams by establishing clear expectations and alignment on outcomes desired 
  • Excellent coaching and facilitation skills with a high level of energy that fosters engagement and teamwork
  • Comfortable managing raw data and understanding how it fits into the broader picture of the specific analysis being performed
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative, servant-based leadership style
  • Experience transforming cultures and implementing continuous improvement & operational excellence

Minimum Qualifications

  • 15+ years’ experience in the chemical industry with focused experience in a process chemical manufacturing environment
    • Minimum 10 years Plant/Operations Leadership experience managing direct reports with at least 5+ years with multiple levels in reporting structure
    • Experience in a Regional structure with multiple sites
    • Experience with multi-mode delivery to customer including truck, rail and pipeline preferred 
  • Has led teams & sites with strong safety performance and processes, and understands the cultural elements required
  • Extensive experience in Process Safety Management
  • Effective communication and conflict resolution skills 
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and ambiguity in a fast-paced environment
  • Lean Manufacturing experience resulting in positive value creation through gained efficiencies
  • Understand end-to-end supply chain processes, including procurement, logistics, and distribution
  • Experience managing large scale complex projects; capital project management experience is preferred
  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated experience applying those in the financial space  
  • Ability to communicate and influence at all levels of the organization 
  • Proven success in driving organizational change and business process improvements 
  • Ability to travel 60%


Education Requirements

  • 4-year degree or applicable experience required; prefer a technical relevant background


We are an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, minority status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any characteristic protected by law.

In order to be considered for this position candidates are required to submit an application for employment through our career site, be at least 18 years of age, willing to take a drug test, submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process, as well as additional periodic background checks as required by the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) or regulations adopted by the department of Homeland Security or other regulatory agencies.

Candidates are required to have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.

If currently an employee of the Company, you must have current satisfactory work performance and in most cases, have been in your current role for 18 months.

Disclaimer: We are not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms/employment agencies for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee about this position. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee of the Company via email, the Internet, or in any other form and/or method without a valid written search firm agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of the Company; no fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by the Company as a result of the unsolicited referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

Apply now »