Lubrizol President/General Manager - Chemtool Inc. in Rockton, Illinois

President/General Manager - Chemtool Inc.

Req ID: 38425

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.


This position provides strategic leadership in the development and execution of a vision for the sustainable growth of Chemtool Incorporated.

Essential Job Functions

  • Providing guidance and direction for the entire Chemtool organization through the implementation of visionary goals and priorities.

  • Ensuring that the business conducted by Chemtool is carried out in an effective, diligent manner.

  • Making certain that the goals set for the organization are successfully implemented.

  • Development of corporate initiatives and metrics that support the growth of the Lubrizol Corporation.

  • Major decision making responsibilities that will enable Chemtool to move forward in being able to reach its aggressive growth goals while maintaining its strategic focus.

Business Responsibilities

  • Understand the business, products and technology.

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of policies, operations and products.

  • Ensure compliance of Lubrizol’s ethical and legal conduct guidelines.

  • Liaise with Corporation on the status of the business.

  • Identify and secure strategic acquisitions and business relationships.

  • Create a vision for raw material supply; ensuring strategies are in place and effective.

  • Monitor the marketplace and global economies to assess impact on the business, adjusting our strategies to minimize negative impact.

  • Monitor Chemtool’s revenue and UOI performance to ensure the business meets or exceeds its financial goals by overseeing the management responsible for maintaining the current customer base and capturing new opportunities.

  • Manage capital investment for the business.

  • Final authority for SG&A expenses and L&O costs for the organization.

  • Financial awareness/understanding.

Organizational Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership for Chemtool Quality and Responsible Care systems.

  • Organize the business to ensure effective growth of the business.

  • Manage the staffing requirements to ensure the personnel needed to maintain and improve upon our standards in customer satisfaction.

  • Build a motivated, creative Management team to drive the growth of the business and ensure succession by the development of key personnel.

  • Increase efficiency and consistency throughout organization.

  • Talent enhancement.

  • Strategic thinking.

  • Training.

Technical Support

  • Understand the product line, and associated raw materials, manufacturing and QC processes.


  • Bachelor’s degree required in chemistry or engineering field

Experience and Skills

  • At least 15 to 20 years of overall professional experience in commercial and management experience.

  • Technical background in specialty chemicals or lubricants.

  • Written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations and speeches.

  • Ability to motivate teams and simultaneously manage several projects.

  • Market analysis and ability to organize and present data in a cohesive and meaningful fashion.

  • Ability to listen and identify customer needs.

  • Communication and ability to effectively manage people.

  • Motivated self-starter who is willing to take initiative.

  • Computer skills including: database, Excel, Word, PowerPoint; knowledge of SAP and pricing management systems is a plus.

Physical Requirements

  • Moderate travel (<40%) within the United States may be required – not estimated to be >40.

  • Inclusive work environment.

  • Required to wear PPE when on the production floor

Supervisory Responsibility and Reporting

  • Directly supervises Senior Management at Chemtool.

  • This position reports to the Vice President of Industrial Specialties at Lubrizol.

Empowerment and Decision Making

To be successful as President, the employee must be able to act independently and follow the appropriate practices and rules of the Lubrizol Corporation and Chemtool Incorporated.

  • Time management.

  • Problem solving.

While headquartered in the United States, Lubrizol is truly a global specialty chemical company. We have a major presence in five global regions and do business in more than 100 countries. Our corporate culture ensures that Lubrizol is one company throughout the world, but you will find each region is a unique place to work, live and play.

Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Rockford

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