ALCOA Electrolysis Operations Leader in United States

Electrolysis Operations Leader

  • New Kensington, PA 15068, USA

  • Full-time

Company Description

Alcoa Corporation is a global industry leader in the production of bauxite, alumina and aluminum, enhanced by a strong portfolio of value-added cast and rolled products and substantial energy assets. Alcoa Corporation draws on the innovation culture, customer relationships and strong brand of it's former parent, Alcoa Inc. Previously known as the Aluminum Company of America, Alcoa Inc. pioneered the aluminum industry 128 years ago with the discovery of the first commercial process for the affordable production of aluminum. Since the discovery, Alcoa aluminum was used in the Wright brothers’ first flight (1903), Alcoa Inc. helped produce the first aluminum-sheathed skyscraper (1952), the first all-aluminum vehicle frame (1994) and the first aluminum beer bottle (2004). Today, Alcoa Corporation extends this heritage of product and process innovation as it strives to continuously redefine world-class operational performance at its locations, while partnering with its customers across its range of global products. We believe that the lightweight capabilities and enhanced performance attributes that aluminum offers across a number of end markets are in increasingly high demand and underpin strong growth prospects for Alcoa Corporation. Alcoa Corporation’s operations encompass all major production processes in the primary aluminum industry value chain, which we believe provides Alcoa Corporation with a strong platform from which to serve our customers in each critical segment.

Job Description

This position will report to the Cell Operations Manager. The Cell Operations Supervisor will be responsible for managing roughly 10 R&D cell operator technicians working on a 24/7 rotating schedule. The Cell Operations Supervisor is accountable for providing leadership and direction to cell operator technicians in order to meet group objectives and will be responsible to ensure a safe and productive work environment. The supervisor will also provide process direction and prioritization to cell operators working during off-shifts and weekends as needed, and will ensure adequate shift coverage is available for each crew.

The Cell Operations Supervisor will be responsible for the performance evaluation of the cell operator technicians, establishing performance parameters, and gauging the operators’ personal targets. The Cell Operations Supervisor will monitor operator performance, including permanent and temporary employees, and provide coaching for any improvements as needed.

The Cell Operations Supervisor must have intimate knowledge of all aspects related to the process as they will lead critical activities related to cell startups, operations, and shutdowns. The individual will also carry-out and provide direction and guidance to technicians conducting special testing, analyzing data, and managing ancillary equipment related to the process.

Major Activities:

  • Ensure the safety of employees and equipment.

  • Make sure that technicians are made available to cover off-shift and weekend needs asnecessary.

  • Responsible for interviewing and hiring permanent or temporary operators as needed.

  • Responsible for handling and resolving personnel issues and conflict.

  • Accountable for the crews operating smelting process. Supervisor needs to understand the objectives for each test and be able to provide guidance as problems arise.

  • Grow the skills and experience of the operators -be a mentor for them.

  • Act as an Alcoa representative and monitor employees to ensure all Alcoa values aremaintained.

  • Create an environment where people are accountable and can see the linkage betweentheir work and project objectives.

  • Responsible for determining and implementing procedures as they relate to cell operations work.

  • Provide technical direction and support to cell operators as it relates to procedures, processes, equipment, and unique testing in cell operations area.

  • Support engineers and scientists by conducting or delegating the request to conduct special tests

  • Analyze jobs, tasks, and data - suggest improvements and communicate possible issues and concerns with process engineer, and manager.

  • Lead critical activities related to cell dry-fits, dry-runs, startups, operations, and shutdowns.

  • Carry-out and/or provide direction and guidance to technicians conducting special testing, analyzing data, and managing ancillary equipment related to the process.

  • Accountable for high bay area being maintained from a housekeeping standpoint – ensure housekeeping field observations are being complete.

  • Manage the day to day inventory required to operate electrolysis cells (including safety supplies and disposable process materials)


Basic Qualifications

  • High school diploma/GED

  • 7 years’ experience an industrial R&D environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.S. or B.A. in science related field

  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

  • Strong communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to delegate work and lead/mentor others

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision once goals or schedule is set

  • Organized approach for prioritization, allocation of resources

  • Ability to work in a fast paced constantly changing work environment

  • Ability to identify, resolve issues/problems and know when to seek help

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

This position is subject to US Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations (EAR) which requires U.S. Person status.