Director of Operations

  • Position Type: Direct Hire

Our Client's Refinery Operations Department is currently reviewing applications/resumes for an Operations Director.  This is a senior management position that leads the Refinery Operations Group and reports directly to the Vice President of Operations.



Core leadership role in the development and execution of operations systems, processes and procedures for the overall petroleum refining facility.  Oversight and direction of a team of ~100 Operations personnel.

Clearly communicates company and Operations departmental goals around performance and ensures that they are understood.  Holds his team accountable for their performance against these goals. Provides leadership and one-on-one and group coaching to Operations employees. Works closely with Vice President of Operations to identify future leaders, and creates individual development plans for these candidates.

Ensures systems and processes are in place to drive safety, environmental and quality performance by the work group.

Leads the development of relevant Operations systems and procedures required for OSHA PSM compliance.

Ensures the Refinery is properly staffed at all times with qualified and competent personnel; immediately communicates to Leadership Team any significant incidents or operational issues.

Reviews safety observations and sub-standard equipment reports, then identifies trends or areas of concern. Ensures that all incidents are investigated and participates directly in significant incident investigations.

Collaborates with all other departments for managing refinery operations, these include, Crude gathering, Logistics, Customer Service, HR, Sales, Purchasing, R&D, QC Laboratory, Finance.

Collaborates with Maintenance, Reliability, Engineering and Technical departments to ensure overall facility is operating safely, reliability and delivering on customer requirements.

Works in collaboration with the Reliability group to ensure overall facility reliability, eliminate equipment defects and identify and reduce Bad Actors.

Plays a significant leadership role in preparation for and during Refinery Turnarounds.  Standing member of the Turnaround Steering Team.

Reports on and analyses Operations key performance indicators and drives course correction



BS in Chemical Engineering (or equivalent) plus 20 years’ experience in an OSHA Process Safety Management facility.  Refinery or chemical processing experience preferred.

At least 5 years’ experience working at a senior management level is required.

Previous experience managing expense and capital budgets, leading organization change (including facility turnarounds and shutdowns), behavioral-based safety and quality management systems will be given preference.

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