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Accounts Payable Administrator - St. Louis

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.”

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Summary/Objective

The Accounts Payable Administrator provides leadership for all accounts payable functions including invoice processing, workflow management, payment processing, and accounting systems.  Duties include analyzing AP transactions to ensure compliance with internal controls and accounting policies. This role is responsible for analyzing and resolving discrepancies in billing payments and recommends improvements to accounts payable policies and procedures.

Essential Functions

  • Ensures outstanding obligations are credited upon payment, identifies discount opportunities, and issues purchase order amendments or stop-payment orders as needed
  • Reconciles accounts payable total and general ledger with other applicable records (e.g., subsidiary vendors ledger)
  • Develops guidelines for proper handling and coding of invoices to maintain general ledger expense account and inventory records
  • Facilitates payment of vendors, which may include verification of federal ID numbers, reviewing purchase orders, and resolving discrepancies
  • Oversees reports regarding cash flow; ensures correct payments are made in a timely manner
  • Analyzes expense reports and other invoices for accuracy and eligibility for payment
  • Receives and verifies expense reports; reconciles expense and other financial reports with account balances and other office records
  • Facilitates correct and timely preparation of budget reports and purchase journals
  • Ensures proper recordkeeping of purchases for use in tax preparation and periodic audits, enabled by proper maintenance, filing, and storage of records in case of audits
  • Ensures employer identification numbers or social security numbers have been collected from all vendors for the payables clerk to prepare and submit 1099s

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough understanding of bookkeeping practices and procedures, with ability to train others in related practices and procedures
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software
  • Knowledge of spreadsheets and accounting software

Education and Experience

  • Associates degree in accounting, finance or related field
  • At least 3-5 years of related experience
  • Manufacturing experience preferred

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk on the phone, speak with the public, hear on the phone, hear in person, and use hands and fingers. This job requires the employee to sit for prolonged periods with minimal exposure to hot and cold temperature extremes that could be encountered at Ostara’s job sites. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  This job requires close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the office environment is usually low.

Location and Travel

This position is located in St. Louis, Missouri.

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

To apply please email [email protected] 

QC Lab Supervisor - Florida

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.”

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Summary/Objective

The QC Lab Supervisor facilitates efficient production operations by planning, leading, and implementing quality control (QC) programs This position inspects materials, parts, and products at different stages of production to ensure compliance with Ostara standards.

Essential Functions

  1. Collects and evaluates production samples, ensuring that materials and products meet acceptable quality and integrity standards
  2. Collaborates with Ostara technical staff and third parties for methods development
  3. Coordinates employee efforts to ensure efficient production and manufacturing lines
  4. Facilitates communication among production departments and management
  5. Drafts and implements policies and procedures to improve the manufacturing process and the quality of goods produced
  6. Drafts and maintains logs, records, and other documentation of testing procedures, methodologies, and criteria
  7. Maintains records of test results, defects identified, and other key metrics related to quality control
  8. Analyzes quality control test results and offers feedback and interpretations of those results to production management or staff
  9. Identifies, evaluates, procures, and manages calibration and maintenance of lab equipment for QC testing
  10. Maintains knowledge of trends, developments, and technological advances in the fertilizer industry and in the quality control field
  11. Drafts and maintains standard operating procedures, manuals, and documentation for the manufacturing and QC processes
  12. Monitors and periodically reports on production quality, nonconformance, trends, and underlying causes of defects in products or processes
  13. Ceases production when serious product defects or risks arise

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Hires and trains QC staff
  • Oversees the daily workflow and schedules of the department
  • Conducts performance evaluations that are timely and constructive
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Thorough understanding of quality control standards and methodology
  • Experience in wet chemistry and/or granulometry laboratory techniques
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry required
  • Five years of related experience in manufacturing and production required
  • Fertilizer industry experience is strongly preferred

PPE requirements

  • Safety glasses with side shields, hearing protection, hard hat, steel toed boots
  • Occasional use of a respirator
  • Other PPE as required per task

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, high and precarious places, airborne particles, chemicals, and temperature ranges between 32F and 85F. The noise environment in the work environment is usually loud.

Location and Travel

This position is based in Ft. Meade, Florida.

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

To apply please email [email protected] 

Electrical, Instrumentation and Automation (EIA) Supervisor - St. Louis

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.”

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Summary/Objective

The Electrical, Instrumentation & Automation (EIA) Supervisor provides technical support to a 24/7 Heavy Industrial Fertilizer Manufacturing Site in St. Louis, MO. The EIA Supervisor will support and enable a culture that pursues an injury free workplace.

Essential Functions

  1. Stays informed of and complies with all safety policies, guidelines, and procedures
  2. Addresses and/or responds to all safety hazards, near misses and work-related incidents immediately
  3. Offers suggestions and support in efforts to improve the safety culture of the facility
  4. Programs, troubleshoots, and optimizes Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLCs utilizing ladder logic
  5. Coordinates Programming and the design of HMI screens utilizing Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley Factorytalk Site and Machine editions.
  6. Understands, correctly diagnoses, and repairs programming issues and or concerns for both the PLC and HMI systems
  7. Monitors equipment systems to ensure components are fully operational and work to optimal capacity
  8. Coordinates with IT/Network support personnel for operational support
  9. Reviews plans, specifications drawings and application code pertaining to control and information systems
  10. Participate in project scope development, control narrative development and the implementation phases for the electrical control system and network
  11. Tunes PID loops used by various instruments
  12. Provides objective reports of assigned work

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Proficient in Computerized Maintenance Management Systems Software (Ex: DimoMaint)
  • Excellent programming skills in Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLC’s
  • Excellent programming skills in Allen Bradley Factorytalk HMI’s
  • Strong communication skills with experience in the engineering and maintenance of industrial equipment and machinery

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors’ degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering, Electronics programming training/certification and 5 years experience or 7-10 years of verifiable PLC and HMI Programming experience with Allen Bradley ControlLogix and Factorytalk
  • 3-5 years of experience in P&ID’s and instrumentation/control equipment in a heavy industrial environment
  • CAD circuit design experience

PPE requirements

  • Safety glasses with side shields, hearing protection, hard hat, steel toed boots
  • Occasional use of a respirator
  • Other PPE as required per task

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities are required by this job include color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, high and precarious places, airborne particles, chemicals, and temperature ranges between 32F and 85F. The noise environment in the work environment is usually loud.

Location and Travel

The position is based in St. Louis, MO. Travel to Ostara’s existing operating facility in Central Florida will be required during the initial planning phase (and occasionally after commissioning of the St. Louis facility).

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

To apply please email [email protected] 

Process Engineer - Florida

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.”

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Position summary

The Process Engineer develops and optimizes continuous production and manufacturing processes to achieve the output, quality, and cost goals of the organization. The Engineer will collect data and apply scientific standards and statistical methods to analyze, document, and diagram production processes. This position will test and monitor equipment, update current system processes, and conduct risk assessments.  Includes site-visits to assess equipment performance and troubleshoot issues,

Essential functions

  • Supports value creation efforts by analyzing manufacturing process performance and developing key metrics to promote process improvement in safety, environmental, production, quality, value, and yield performance
  • Collaborates with key site and corporate personnel to value and prioritize identified opportunities and outline execution strategies accordingly
  • Gathers and analyzes key performance data on process, product, and equipment to identify strategic improvements that create value
  • Prepare production budgets, updated forecasts and reports for Ostara Pearl production line
  • Track and monitor fertilizer production across facilities to accurately capture production volume reporting
  • Support client operations team as required in troubleshooting issues related to operations and system performance
  • Effectively works with Operations, Quality and Reliability to improve quality, increase production/yield, and eliminate waste and lead or participate on teams in the execution of improvement projects to accomplish these goals
  • Assists with daily plant optimization of production and efficiencies through monitoring and analysis of operating parameters, troubleshooting plant problems, and identifying energy saving opportunities
  • Maintains key performance indicators and models to assess and optimize process unit health

Required skills/abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to utilize multiple sources of information to determine solutions
  • Ability to apply engineering principles in practical application with strong analytical skills
  • Experience with asset requisitions, capital planning preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software

Education/experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering; chemical or mechanical engineering preferred
  • At least 5 years of production/process engineering experience in manufacturing
  • Specialization in thermodynamics, mass transfer, and fluids preferred
  • Chemical and/or fertilizer manufacturing experience preferred

PPE requirements

  • Safety glasses with side shields, hearing protection, hard hat, steel toed boots
  • Occasional use of a respirator
  • Other PPE as required per task

Physical requirements and work environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, high and precarious places, airborne particles, chemicals, and temperature ranges between 32F and 85F. The noise environment in the work environment is usually loud.

Location and travel

This position is based in Ft. Meade, Florida. A minimum 20% travel requirement is expected primarily in North America but also in Europe.

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

Operations Manager - Florida

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Position summary

The Operations Manager will have ownership for leading all elements of a continuously operated chemical manufacturing facility including safety and environmental stewardship, quality, productivity, cost, and ongoing team development. This position will be responsible for all aspects of the site operations, including developing relationships with third party service providers, leading development of behaviors and systems to support Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement cultures, and delivering operational results that meet the business plan. This Site is operated in partnership with another manufacturing company “Production Partner”. 

Essential functions

  • Supports a Safety Evolution with the Production Partner
  • Builds and maintains an engaged workforce; working closely with production partner and quality control staff
  • Works with Ostara resources to integrate Operational Excellence into the daily management practices of the facility
  • Ensures Ostara is recognized as a community partner by fulfilling obligations to employees, government agencies, and community stakeholders
  • Assists with development of and delivering against operational and capital budgets
  • Ensures the production facility meets key business goals
  • Identifies improvement opportunities, provide solutions, and implement changes in the manufacturing process
  • Provides input to routine forecasting of raw material needs, production volumes, and spend
  • Interacts with commercial team to ensure on time deliveries of finished goods for both the current and expected future business state
  • Available to address urgent production issues during nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Collaborates with the Ostara capital projects team to deploy new equipment and processes
  • Participates with executive team in the development and execution of Ostara’s corporate growth strategy

Supervisory responsibilities

  • Oversees hiring and training of Ostara’s manufacturing facility personnel and quality control lab staff
  • Schedules, organizes, and assigns projects to members of the manufacturing facility management team
  • Conducts performance evaluations that are timely and constructive
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with company policy

Required skills/abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels, within and outside the company
  • Demonstrated experience in resolving gaps with human systems, management systems and equipment/facilities within the constraints of the business plan
  • Ability to safely move in and through work areas, including climbing stairs, maintaining good balance, being mentally alert, having good visual acuity and safety working at heights
  • Ability to safety work in and around heavy industrial environment, including moving objects, concentrated chemicals, and transport vehicles

Education/experience

  • Technical four-year degree or engineering degree preferred
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience in continuous chemical manufacturing responsibilities

PPE requirements

  • Safety glasses with side shields, hearing protection, hard hat, steel toed boots
  • Occasional use of a respirator
  • Other PPE as required per task

Physical requirements and work environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, high and precarious places, airborne particles, chemicals, and temperature ranges between 32F and 85F. The noise environment in the work environment is usually loud.

Location and travel

This position is based in Ft. Meade, Florida. A 10% travel requirement is expected.

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

Project Engineer - St. Louis

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.”

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Position summary

The Project Engineer will support Ostara’s Projects and R&D departments throughout the project cycle, with the

primary objective being to assist in the design and development of cost-effective solutions for clients. The role will participate in activities including internal engineering, such as developing P&IDs, equipment specifications, submittal packages, process design calculations, equipment pricing, preparing O&M manuals, control narratives; and field-based tasks, such as reviewing construction activities and assisting with commissioning of the facilities.  The Project Engineer will design, execute, and report test plans to support R&D initiatives, design, operational improvements, and business development relating to Ostara’s portfolio of technologies, based on direction from management on project objectives or desired outcomes.

Essential functions

  • Collaborates with project staff to create a strategic action plan and cost estimates of materials, time, labor, and other resources required to complete the projects
  • Facilitates and contributes to the development of project plans and designs
  • Recommends and/or analyzes materials, equipment, and practices used in the projects
  • Assesses the competence, capabilities, resources, and financial status of vendors
  • Supervises progress of development projects
  • Compares the actual cost of development project to estimates
  • Analyzes equipment, systems, processes, and systems to identify modifications to improve efficiency, increase quality, and reduce costs
  • Prepares periodic progress and cost reports for leadership
  • Ensures compliance with codes, guidelines, best practices, and policies
  • Collaborates with the operations department to identify and troubleshoot problems
  • Collaborates with project engineers from other plants to share problems and solutions
  • Carries out field and laboratory testing and analysis in support of research and process development projects
  • Develops innovative testing/measurement techniques to support evolving needs
  • Develops numeric process and economic models to support optimization of the design, and operation of Ostara’s installations
  • Supports Engineering and Projects teams on an as needed basis
  • Supports non-routine QA/QC testing of fertilizer products
  • Supports of the development and evaluation of new technologies, including support of patent applications and other intellectual property

Required skills/abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent budgeting and cost containment skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Ability to travel to US and Canadian offices, and manufacturing sites

Education/experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related engineering discipline required
  • At least eight years of experience in project management, engineering, systems design, or other related field, with at least three years of management experience leading multidisciplinary design teams required

Physical requirements and work environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk on the phone, speak with the public, hear on the phone, hear in person, and use hands and fingers. This job requires the employee to sit for prolonged periods with minimal exposure to hot and cold temperature extremes that could be encountered at Ostara’s job sites. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  This job requires close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the office environment is usually low, but up to 85dB equipment sounds may be encountered at the job sites.

Location and travel

This is position is remote, but the candidate needs to be based in St. Louis, MO. A minimum of 30% travel is expected.

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

Electrical and Instrumentation Supervisor - Florida

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Position summary

The Electrical and Instrumentation Supervisor provides E&I Support for the 24/7 heavy industrial fertilizer manufacturing site in Ft. Meade. This Site is operated in partnership with another manufacturing company “Production Partner”.  The Supervisor will create, develop, and enable a culture that pursues an injury free workplace.

Essential functions

  • Works with Ostara and Production Partner resources to integrate Operational Excellence into the daily management practices of the maintenance department
  • Stays informed of and comply with all safety policies, guidelines, and procedures
  • Addresses and/or responds to all safety hazards, near misses and work-related incidents immediately
  • Offers suggestions and support in efforts to improve the safety culture of the facility
  • Works alongside, coordinates, and utilizes the abilities and skills of all production facility team members, other assisting trade groups, trainees, and helpers to maintain all Instrumentation and electrical equipment to a high level of reliability at minimum cost
  • Develops a positive and engaged team atmosphere for meeting goals, KPIs, and accomplishing tasks in a timely, efficient manner
  • Provides assistance and guidance to work crews through working knowledge of DCS, PLC programs and instrumentation
  • Troubleshoots, and optimizes Allen Bradley and Siemens PLCs utilizing ladder logic with offsite and 3rd party support
  • Coordinates program and design of HMI screens
  • Troubleshoots and repairs electrical/mechanical issues using both PLCs and drawings
  • Monitors Equipment Systems to ensure components are fully operational and work to optimal capacity
  • Maintains, replaces, and diagnoses all instrument/electrical components in and around the manufacturing site
  • Troubleshoots, repairs, modify, install, operate, and perform routine, preventive, and predictive maintenance on electrical, electronic, pneumatic, digital, mechanical devices and control systems
  • Coordinates with IT/Network support personnel for operational support

Supervisory responsibilities

  • Engage and develop third party relationships to assure cost effective technician support for the facility
  • Schedules, organizes, and assigns projects to members of the E&I team
  • Conducts performance evaluations that are timely and constructive
  • Handles coaching and discipline of technicians as needed and in accordance with company policy

Required skills/abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong ability to supervise, motivate and lead team members
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Proficient in Computerized Maintenance Management Systems Software (Ex: DimoMaint)
  • Rotating Equipment experience (rotary kiln, granulator, etc.) preferred

Education/experience

  • Electrical, Instrumentation, certifications
  • 5+ years PLC hardware experience required
  • Experience in Operation and Maintenance practices associated with Electrical and Instrumentation and Automation equipment in an industrial environment
  • Knowledge of low and medium voltage VFDs preferred

PPE requirements

  • Safety glasses with side shields, hearing protection, hard hat, steel toed boots
  • Occasional use of a respirator
  • Other PPE as required per task

Physical requirements and work environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities are required by this job include color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, high and precarious places, airborne particles, chemicals, and temperature ranges between 32F and 85F. The noise environment in the work environment is usually loud.

Location and travel

The position is based in Ft. Meade, Florida. A 10% travel requirement is expected.

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

 

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