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Job ID : 1966 

Closing Date : 01/30/2023

Job Category : Manufacturing 

Location : Rokeby Polyethylene Plant 


Who We Are:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures plastic resins and other petrochemical products that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees take pride in our focus on safety and social responsibility by working together to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability, ESG, and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


NOVA Chemicals helps shape a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team. 


We are seeking a Production Team Leader to join our Rokeby Site Production Team located at our Rokeby Site in Corunna, Ontario, near Sarnia, Ontario. You will be supporting the manufacturing process to ensure the safe operation of our facility by supporting and managing the performance of the Shift Supervisors and Operations Technicians in the production units.


You Will Use Your Expertise To:

  • Provide effective people leadership to Shift Supervisors and Operations Technicians.
  • Deliver and support achievement of KPIs related to Responsible Care® and the Annual Business Plan.
  • Manage operational costs related to Operation Technician staffing to support the unit as well as department overtime.
  • Participate in workforce planning to maintain operations support required for the unit.
  • Ensure required technician resources are available to support site and unit events such as plant turnaround and minor outages.
  • Support Conduct of Operations (COO) and Tenets of operations.
  • Participate in Facility Change Management (FCM) Turnovers as applicable.
  • Monitor daily plant operation and performance looking for opportunities to optimize existing plant capabilities.
  • Provide technical discipline leadership during plant turnarounds and minor outages to foster collaboration, leveraging learnings, and skill development.
  • Challenge the status quo and provide leadership in continuous improvement and change initiatives to drive improvement to business results and foster a learning organization.
  • Lead and provide technical expertise, with the ability to communicate effectively on issues across the organization, and demonstrate a collaborative work style (with peers, employees, etc.) within and across functions.
  • Gain alignment and resolve conflicts within cross-discipline work groups.


What We Are Looking For:

  • Post-secondary education and/or certification in a related field with a minimum of 10+ years of varied and increasing level of responsibility and technical experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated and sustained commitment to the principles of Responsible Care®.
  • Knowledge of plant operations and risks.
  • Excellence in people leadership and communication that fosters accountability, ownership, and motivation of staff.
  • Ability to internalize values, mission, and vision of the business in order to externalize them to the organization.
  • Strong ability to balance strategic and tactical thinking considering the big picture, both short and long term.
  • Formal or informal leadership experience with a demonstrated track record to achieve results, ability to drive step change improvement and influence others.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment with the ability to coach and develop teams and individuals through effective performance management.
  • The ability to adapt, learn and work in fast paced and dynamic environment and deal with ambiguity and complexity.


You Can Stand Out If:

  • You are passionate about your work and put care and thought into all that you do.
  • You are responsible and follow through with your commitments to others and to safety.
  • You are innovative and are willing to challenge your biases when problem solving. 
  • You are collaborative, inclusive, and work well with others towards team goals. 


Location Information:

The NOVA Chemicals Manufacturing East Sites are located near Sarnia, Ontario. The Sarnia Sites focus on the production of ethylene and polyethylene and is recognized as a cornerstone of Ontario’s petrochemical industry.  Sarnia is situated on the south shore of Lake Huron at the headwaters of the St. Clair River, and just an hour from Detroit, Michigan, United States. 


Additional Information:

  • Relocation will be considered for this position
  • Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience
  • This role requires up to 10% travel
  • Work will be conducted both indoors and outdoors in all seasons
  • Positions will include some lifting and climbing of ladders within various levels of the units
  • In order to fulfil the duties of this role, the successful candidate will be required to wear respiratory protective equipment. Candidate must successfully pass a fit test and be physically able to wear a respirator
  • The successful candidate is required to provide proof of a valid driver’s license


Why NOVA Chemicals?

NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.


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  • Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for company news.
  • Follow us on LinkedIn and Glassdoor for job updates.
  • Read more on our Responsible Care® and sustainability initiatives like Project STOP


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.


Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

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