Lubrizol Plant Manager in Midland, Michigan

Plant Manager

CPI Fluid Engineering, a division of The Lubrizol Corporation, is a world leader in synthetic compressor lubricants. CPI connects the best of both worlds – the production capabilities and technical resources of major equipment and lubricant manufacturers with the flexibility and responsiveness of a service-oriented organization. Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers’ products while reducing their environmental impact. Lubrizol produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of resins and additives.

CPI Fluid Engineering – Division of the Lubrizol Corporation

Job Description

Title: Plant Manager

Department: Lubrizol Additives, Industrial Reports to : Kirk Johnson

This role is to direct and oversee all manufacturing, site and inventory management activities at manufacturing Plants for the CPI Engineering Services (Lubrizol RL Segment) business. To provide leadership, guidance and direction for the entire Manufacturing staff in a manner that ensures that the activities conducted within the plant environment are carried out in an effective, diligent, cost effective manner ensuring that the goals set for the organization can be successfully attained.

This position has responsibility for budgetary elements, site security, facility management, acquisition leadership, global inventory management, special project management and new product development that will enable the organization to reach the growth goals while maintaining strategic focus.


  • Supports LZA OPS initiatives

  • Performs as an integral part of various committees within the organization in order to ensure collaboration with senior management. Optimizes resource utilization through effective production organization and identification of proper resources needed to meet/exceed customer expectations. Drives cost reduction through continuous improvement

  • Manage Inventory Levels based on the forecast

  • Develops an operating budget including capital expenditures and headcount; long-term facility and capacity plans (including equipment and personnel)

  • Participate in cross functional business activities to promote, support and identify best practices.

  • Provides Support to manufacturing staff where needed

  • Promote awareness and compliance of OHSA standards and EHS&S program.

  • Strong understanding of ISO guidelines and ability to promote compliance and initiate change and root cause analysis. Update, develop, and execute guidelines for products/procedures as appropriate.

  • Oversight of site security components; including facility access, employee safety, highly-maintained facility, etc.

  • Space allocation; capital expansion that meets the needs of the business.

  • Supervisory responsibility for manufacturing staff; including conducting performance reviews and coaching and developing team members

Key Accountabilities (non-comprehensive)

  • Zero OSHA recordables and foster a culture of safety first

  • Deliver on conversion cost goals

  • Deliver on NWSM inventory goals

  • Support CPI’s competitive advantage of pristine quality and managing complexity for OEMs

  • Other duties as assigned

Skills, Experience, and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical or mechanical engineering with minimum 5 years of experience

  • Professional demeanor with emphasis on interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills with an ability to prioritize tasks and meet required deadlines

  • Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint)

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Detail-oriented

  • Knowledge of SAP preferred

  • Ability to think strategically at a high level

  • Incorporate innovation and implement strategies throughout all levels of the organization

Decision Making

  • Capable of independent action; takes initiative and leads decisively.

  • To be successful as the Plant Manager the person must be able to act independently, possess the ability to make sound decisions that will benefit the organization at a high level, conduct their activities in a professional and legal manner to represent the Corporation ethically, and effectively coach, motivate and empower team members


  • Role model for behaviors defined in the Competency model that include…

  • Must possess solid work ethic (self-starter and highly motivated)

  • Flexibility to adapt to changes

Working Conditions

  • May require occasional domestic travel and infrequent international travel.

  • Requires use of appropriate PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, to fulfill safety requirements.

Midland, Michigan offers a great quality of life with a mix of small-town America character blended with big-city opportunities. Our residents enjoy artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities fit for communities many times our size – all with the convenience and charm of a county of 83,000 people. There is so much more to see and experience right here in Midland County and we invite you to experience this great quality of life that Midland has to offer.

Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic or trait protected by federal, state, or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Midland Michigan

Nearest Secondary Market: Saginaw

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