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Operations Strategic Stewardship Leader


Koch Agriculture & Energy Solutions, LLC. (KAES) Operations is looking for an Operations Strategic Stewardship Leader to join our Operations Excellence team in the corporate office in Wichita, KS. The Operations Excellence team provides the technical capabilities and consultative support to our clients in ammonia, UREA and methanol plants located in Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, and Manitoba, Canada.

The Operations Strategic Stewardship Leader will lead the efforts to build and own the company’s capabilities in strategic stewardship areas including, but not limited to: Energy management and efficiency, water capability (supply, treatment, and utilization), Green House Gas emerging needs and opportunities i.e., blue, or green Ammonia and/or Methanol. This leader will develop and own the company’s vision in these strategic stewardship areas supporting the operating business for six plant locations producing thousands of tons of ammonia and methanol per day. The successful candidate will support the safe operation of the company’s fleet of fertilizer and methanol plants with an emphasis on improving operational reliability, first quartile product throughput, and energy and raw material efficiency. The key focus for the organization is to develop and sustain capability in the fleet, which requires building strong working relationships to lead the profitable application of best practice to optimize operations.

This role is open to candidates sitting in our Wichita or Houston office. 

What You Will Do In Your Role

  • Proactively engage and build partnerships across the fleet, becoming the go-to person for support and guidance on energy, water, "green"/"blue" products, and greenhouse gas (GHG) matters by providing and/or engaging necessary expertise.
  • Develop an energy program based on the KII Energy Management Elements. Manage the program so that the fleet of plants are actively engaged and using the program to identify and implement opportunities. Includes knowledge sharing and SOAST (solve once apply six times).
  • Establish and maintain metrics that provide the visibility at multiple levels to understand, challenge, and make decisions around energy use, cost, and efficiency.
  • Coordinate KAES involvement with industry efforts and programs for knowledge sharing and recognition (ex: Energy Star).
  • Identify and coordinate the development of projects that facilitate efficiency improvements, cogen, and alternate energy resources.
  • Lead the development of practical guidelines for proactive water management across our plants. Ensure the guidelines are known and used, gaps are identified, and a 5-year plan is implemented to close them.
  • Lead the Water Cross Site Team and develop a culture of managing water as a valuable resource and key process component.
  • Ensure that water related reliability is tracked and improved, and that opportunities for improved water stewardship measures (such as treatment and reuse processes and technologies) are identified, evaluated, and implemented.
  • Identify water knowledge and capability needs across the fleet, providing leadership and mentoring for fleet personnel. Engage with Ops Technical Capability Director to support development of fleet staff.
  • Coordinate and communicate GHG efforts across plant, EHS, Business Development, projects, project development, and OpEx process SMEs.
  • Champion the development and implementation of a GHG plan. Make sure that the costs and results of initiatives which affect GHG are tracked and communicated.
  • Coordinate with the rest of the enterprise, providing data as needed for KII decision making, and sharing knowledge across the enterprise and in turn within the fleet. 

The Experience You Will Bring


  • 5+ years of experience in technical industrial operations or engineering
  • Experience in roles that require leadership by influence and collaboration
  • Experience with the development and implementation of technical strategic programs, including working with staff in the field, senior management, and third party resources
  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or process discipline

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Industrial operations or engineering experience with responsibility for energy use and efficiency management and water treatment
  • Experience in the fertilizer (Ammonia, Nitric Acid, Ammonium Nitrate, Urea) or related industries (Methanol, SynGas, etc.)
  • Chemical / Process engineering experience, especially in a petrochemical plant
  • Energy, water, or environmental stewardship experience, including regulatory involvement

Salary and Benefits Commensurate with Experience.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.

This employer uses E-Verify. Please visit the following website for additional information: www.kochcareers.com/doc/Everify.pdf

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