Refinery Operations Manager

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Date: Nov 13, 2023

Location: Decatur, AL -Alabama, US, 35601-2678

Company: Bunge

At Bunge, people don’t just come here to work, they come here to grow – solving challenges that directly impact the world with a diverse team of thinkers and doers.  Bunge offers a strong compensation and benefits package, vacation time and opportunity to progress.  Most importantly, in all we do we live our values:

•    Act as One Team by fostering inclusion, collaboration, and respect

•    Drive for Excellence by being agile, innovative and efficient

•    Do What's Right by acting safely, ethically, and sustainably


The refinery manager is responsible for the safe and efficient operation and production of the Decatur, AL refinery department. The principal function of this position is to lead the people and to manage equipment, logistics and expenses associated with multiple continuous edible oil processing lines and the loading and shipping of product to customers from the Decatur, AL, including the transfer of edible oils and blended oils to the Decatur, AL packaging plant.  The refinery manager will have a strong understanding of how each oil process works and be ready to implement changes as necessary.


Essential Functions:

  • Maintain clean and safe plant/refinery areas.  Provide an injury-free work environment for employees, staff, contractors, visitors through engagement, JHAs, training programs, good work practices, Bunge standards, and proactive elimination of exposures.  Continually improve safety record by addressing both physical safety issues and employee safety attitudes. Maintain and improve housekeeping in all areas.
  • Plan, organize and direct the manufacturing and maintenance operations which ensure the most effective return on assets.
  • Initiate plans and processes which minimize operating costs through effective utilization of manpower, equipment, facilities, materials, and capital. Assure attainment of business objectives and production schedules while ensuring product and quality standards that will exceed our customers’ expectations.  Reduce costs and improve efficiencies in all processing operations.  Develop financial controls and demonstrate continuous improvement in KPIs.
  • Establish group and individual accountabilities for safety leadership, problem solving and cost reduction.  Work effectively through others to achieve positive results.
  • Develop and maintain an open line of communication with employees by demonstrating credibility, willingness to listen, and taking action when appropriate.  Assure that collective bargaining agreements are effectively administered and that employee grievances are addressed in a timely fashion.
  • Maintain individual skills keeping up to date with latest production and production management concepts.
  • Operate the refinery at the highest levels of efficiency by managing equipment reliability and OEE and managing refinery spending and expenses to minimum levels required to meet business strategy.
  • Ensure that the needs of the packaging plant are met through collaboration and unified decision making between refining and packaging.  Ensure that the needs of crush are met through strong understanding of the OPD business model and need for oil elimination.
  • Ensure the proper planning, design and implementation capital and expense projects consistent with site, and company strategy.
  • Ensure that the product being manufactured meets Bunge’s and our customers’ standards, policies and practices through the proper implementation and maintenance of all aspects of quality systems such as SQF, HACCP, GMP, AIB and other Bunge systems.
  • Ensure proper and timely supply of material requirements through planning oil supply purchases.
  • Ensure proper maintenance of site equipment and infrastructure.
  • Manage workforce and staffing requirements.  Properly utilize resources.  Foster a well-trained and motivated staff.
  • Responsible for establishing all shift production schedules.
  • Select and train plant supervisory and administrative staff.
  • Conduct employee performance reviews.
  • Confer regularly with facility, and other department managers to ensure that operations objectives and business goals are being met.
  • It is expected that the person in this position will spend up to 30% of their time in the work areas engaging employees, overseeing processing equipment and troubleshooting. The remainder of their time is spent in an office performing administrative and planning functions. Since they are ultimately responsible for the safety and production of the refinery, they often work more than 40 hours per week to meet expectations.
  • Additional projects and duties as assigned
  • Has the responsibility to report all food safety and quality issues to persons having authority to get issues resolved. 


Skill/Experience Requirements:

  • A minimum 10-year management and supervisory experience in plant operations with a minimum of 5 years in the edible oil industry
  • University education with degree in Mechanical, Chemical, or other engineering field required; Chemical preferred.
  • An accomplished and engaging people leader.  Leadership skills are an important pre-requisite for this position. 
  • Leadership ability to manage an area of up to 36 employees.
  • Very good organizational skills are a must to constantly keep in touch with various departments of the organization
  • Ability to work closely with business functions
  • High energy level required
  • Strong leadership skills, independent thinking, strong organizational and planning abilities and excellent analytical and problem-solving skills are essential
  • Experience with unionized workforces
  • Superior communication skills in dealing with all levels of staff, including hourly workforce and senior management
  • Some working knowledge of SAP
  • Ability to work self-directed (day to day).  High level of initiative, priority setting
  • Candidate must be friendly, collaborative, intelligent and hard working. 
  • Travel Requirements, if any (please indicate percentage): <10%

Bunge (NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has 25,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.


Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

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