Airgas Usa LLC Area Operations Manager in Springfield, Missouri

AIRGAS USA, LLC an Air Liquide company is a distributor of Industrial, Medical, Specialty and Welding gases along with Safety and Welding related products. We currently have an IMMEDIATE opening for a highly self motivated person to join our OPERATIONS TEAM as AREA OPERATIONS MANAGER for the OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT. This position will cover the Springfield, MO; Memphis, TN and Little Rock, AR Plants and can office out of any of these three locations.

SUMMARY Primary Responsibilities include offering support and training to Airgas Mid South plant facilities in the areas of Standard Operating Procedures, Intranet tools, Dock Stock, and basic computer software applications used in day-to-day plant activities. Expected to visit plant facilities on a regular basis to conduct audits and continually enhance plant industry and procedural knowledge and efficiency.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Directs and controls activities of the production departments in the manufacturing of gases and repackaging of gasses. Has an in-depth understanding of the following areas: compliance with Federal/State regulations, truck and trailer loading limits, cylinder markings, test dates, pressure ratings, ICC markings, placarding, hazardous material classifications, specialty gases, accident reporting, safety, and compliance. This position is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the specialty gas lab, fill plant operation and distribution departments. Administers supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include but are not limited to training employees, planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints, and resolving problems.


· Previous operational management experience in industrial gas plant. · Gives direction to Plant Manager, Distribution Manager and Lab Manager as needed. · Plans production operations, establishes priorities and sequences for manufacturing products. · Resolves operational, manufacturing, and maintenance problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delays. · Working knowledge of applicable machines and equipment to ensure specific operational performance and optimum utilization. · Works with Plant Manager and Distribution Manager to develop or revise standard operational and working practices. Observes workers to ensure compliance with standards. · Overseas and assists with monthly cylinder inventory. · Works with sales department to resolve customer issues. · Works closely with Human Resources to resolve personnel issues. · Compiles, stores, and retrieves production data. · Other duties may be assigned as dictated by the needs of the business.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES • Manages managers of plant facilities, including distribution managers.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· Must have an excellent understanding of Airgas Mid South’s Standard Operating Procedures Manual (SOP’s), Human Resources Manual, Safety Management System. · Must conduct audits and provide training on the Standard Operating Procedures, including compliance with OSHA, DOT, EPA, FDA and state regulations. · Must communicate monthly with Vice President and Region President regarding progress, issues and process improvement suggestions. · Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. · Ability to effectively delegate and direct the work of the spec. gas, operations, fill plant operations and distribution department, · Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals, · Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. · Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. · Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. · Must possess valid driver’s license. · Excellent oral and written communication skills. · The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. · Must be a self-starter, have a sense of urgency, be personable, well organized, have the ability to achieve goals and the ability to focus on details · Team player with a positive attitude · Willing to improve skills by attending classes and/or operational compliance training on your own time. · Have the ability to work independently and under some pressure to meet deadlines. · Must be able to work with a variety of different people and their personalities. · Must be able to work outdoors in varying weather and temperatures. · Must be able to work in a drug and tobacco free work environment · MUST be willing to TRAVEL up to 75% of the time · Must have reliable transportation to travel to customer sites.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE · Bachelor’s degree (B. S.) from four-year college or university in engineering, chemistry or related field preferred; 10 years experience in the bulk/gas industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience in a production environment in a chemical, gas or related industry. · FDA, OSHA, DOT, EPA, and Hazardous Materials experience.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Must maintain a valid state driver’s license.

COMPANY BENEFITS Airgas offers a competitive benefit package including medical, dental and vision plans. Benefits take effect after only 30 days. In addition, Airgas also offers its employees a 401k Plan with company matching funds, Tuition Reimbursement & Scholarship Program. Airgas provides paid time off benefits for employees, including vacation, sick, holidays and floating holidays. Company paid uniforms are provided, as well as a safety boot and safety glasses allowance.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or disability

Job: *Operations

Title: Area Operations Manager

Location: Missouri-Springfield-65806

Requisition ID: 20023