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Operations Innovation Leader


Do you have a long-term vision for your career? Are you looking for your next career opportunity at a pioneering and entrepreneurial company? At Koch, 90% of earnings are reinvested in the company so that we can create opportunities and long-term value for our customers, employees, and society. Our culture is defined by the Market-Based Management®  philosophy which guides everyday decision making and provides employees with opportunities to contribute and personally benefit from the value they create.

At Koch, we offer opportunities for career growth at one of the largest, financially stable companies in the world, responsibilities and rewards based on contributions, and competitive Pay and Benefits.
Do you want to join a team who delivers innovative solutions to meet our customer’s changing needs? Being a leader in delivering superior value in the industry as well as environmental excellence and responsibility is the vision for Koch Fertilizer, LLC.
Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, LLC. (KAES) is seeking an Operations Innovation Leader to join the team in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

What You Will Do In Your Role

  • Provide leadership and acting as a role model to the Shift Leaders to foster employee engagement, innovation, transformation, experimentation, and cultural changes needed to reach best in class operational performance.
  • Champion the MBM philosophy to develop the capability of the operations team.
  • Promote and drive a culture of communication with other Central Plains Nitrogen sites to share knowledge and to develop and maintain strong relationships.
  • Lead technical and strategic efforts for the operations team regarding daily planning, special projects, outage work, and turn-around work.
  • Develop and maintain operations excellence, process safety, personal safety, environmental compliance, product quality and other applicable areas of compliance
  • Assist with diagnosing and troubleshooting equipment and process related issues. Communicate with maintenance to coordinate needed maintenance troubleshooting and repair work
  • Understand facility compliance limits and ensure operation is maintained within the Operator Envelope. Immediately communicate to management, environmental, and/or government agencies as needed in the event a limit is exceeded 
  • Work with operations leader, shift leaders, and operations trainer to continue the development of the “future operator” as reliability personnel that leverage technology and data to optimize the plants.

Physical Requirements for the Role

  • Physical ability to work around and on industrial equipment, including frequent standing, walking, climbing (stairs & ladders), bending, and sitting.
  • Ability to wear required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in designated areas (hard hat, hearing protection. safety glasses & goggles, gloves, heeled safety boots, hearing protection, safety harness, positive and negative pressure respirators).
  • Ability to be medically approved to participate in the respiratory protection and HAZWOPER programs.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs

The Experience You Will Bring


  • High school diploma/GED equivalent
  • At least 5 years of experience in chemical plant operations
  • Willing and able to work around hazardous chemicals
  • Knowledge of process safety and PSM
  • Experience using Microsoft Office products
  • Able to meet physical requirements for the role

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Operations Supervisory experience in a 24/7 chemical or refining facility
  • Ammonia and UAN manufacturing experience

Our goal is for each employee, and their families, to live fulfilling and healthy lives. We provide essential resources and support to build and maintain physical, financial, and emotional strength - focusing on overall wellbeing so you can focus on what matters most. Our benefits plan includes - medical, dental, vision, flexible spending and health savings accounts, life insurance, ADD, disability, retirement, paid vacation/time off, educational assistance, and may also include infertility assistance, paid parental leave and adoption assistance. Specific eligibility criteria is set by the applicable Summary Plan Description, policy or guideline and benefits may vary by geographic region. If you have questions on what benefits apply to you, please speak to your recruiter.

At Koch companies, we are entrepreneurs. This means we openly challenge the status quo, find new ways to create value and get rewarded for our individual contributions. Any compensation range provided for a role is an estimate determined by available market data. The actual amount may be higher or lower than the range provided considering each candidate’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and geographic location. If you have questions, please speak to your recruiter about the flexibility and detail of our compensation philosophy.

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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