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Plant-/General Manager Industrial Waste Treatment (m/w/d)


Present on 5 continents with 80,000 employees across the world, our client is an industrial services and solution pro-vider specialized in securing and recovering resources.
The business line Recycling & Recovery Europe offers materials, energy and recovery solutions for all types of waste to se-cure and produce new resources.

Within Recycling & Recovery Europe the newly created business unit Industrial Waste Specialties Europe (IWS Europe) is in charge of hazardous waste management and
has the mission to grow the business with industrial cus-tomers across Europe.

The subsidiary of IWS Europe in Germany acquired recently a rotary kiln for liquid hazardous waste and a sludge dryer. This plant shall boost the growth of the hazardous
waste business in Germany which has a large growth potential.

Our client is looking for a General Manager for this plant which is located in a chemical park.

Position Profile

Reason for the vacancy
  • New position due to the acquisition of the plant

Job Objectives
  • Operating a hazardous waste rotary kiln with a workforce of approx. 28 people

Main tasks
  • The position holder will have the full responsibility of an operation, P&L including sales, HR management etc.
  • The availability of the incinerator and the whole facili-ty according to the applicable EHS rules
  • The heavy maintenance / renewal capex plan and budget and especially during the first years take care of the forecasted compliance CAPEX.
  • The safety (OHSA) and the environmental perfor-mance
  • The performance improvement plan (reduction of chemicals consumption, energy efficiency, new assets for treating new waste)
  • A high performant plant operation and a reliable con-dition of the installed assets
  • The optimization of the waste throughput, the steam production and the gas consumption
  • The management of the contract with the main haz-ardous waste supplier of the plant who is at the same time the operator of the chemical park
  • The proper coordination with IWS sales team, whether national or European
  • Make sure that the sales organization is continuously aware of the feedstock need for the kiln operation
  • In coordination with IWS Finance team, implement the financial processes and tools for keeping the P&L (budget, reporting, etc.)
  • Maintain relationship and deal with local authorities, the main hazardous waste supplier as well as the stakeholders within the chemical park
  • Ensure a proper cooperation amongst all team members

Position within the company hierarchy
  • The owner of the position reports to the Director IWS Chemicals Northern Europe
  • Interface with the German organization

  • Willingness to travel from time to time

Requirement Profile

  • Final degree in Industrial Chemistry (or similar education)

Professional experience
  • 10 to 15 years of experience in chemical businesses with mandatory 5 years experience in Hazardous Waste business
    (plant manager, BU manager …)
  • Experience in managing a P&L
  • Proven track record in customer relationship management
  • Experience in working in a commercial environment

Special skills
  • Must have technical skills in terms of process, process safety, chemical hazards, material and corrosion, maintenance, EHS
  • Knowledge in hazardous waste incineration desirable
  • Good Knowledge in contract management
  • Must be able to interface with other surrounding countries and cultures for transborder shipments and foreign customers
    (Italy, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, etc.)

Managerial Experience
  • Good leadership skills

  • German / English business fluent

Soft skills
  • Excellent communication and intercultural skills
  • Must be able to cope with the culture in an chemical industrial area
  • Ability to engage with employees, motivate them and ensure that they are connected to the business