IN DEMAND Recruitment & Consulting Inc. is currently recruiting for a PRODUCTION MANAGER for our North Chicago, IL client.

A Safety Oriented Chemical Company:   They walk that talk in this area.  People who have interviewed tell me this site in extremely clean (which as all Product Managers know, is a great indicator that good work practices are in place and adhered to).  I also noted that when they acquired two mom & pop companies, they quickly hired dedicated HSE support for those sites.

Career Stability Likely: Multi-site chemical manufacturing selling to diverse end-user markets for over 40 years.  They remain relevant through on-going Product Development having an on-site R&D Department and a technically educated sales staff set up to advance new product ideas from customers. Promotability and Career Development:  Great opportunity to progress in your career to Site Manager and perhaps Ops Director.


As Production Manager reporting directly to the Site Manager, you’ll lead a production team in a 24/7 batch chemical manufacturing plant and manage the Production Department in accordance with safety, cost, quality, and quantity specifications.   Your direct reports will include the Production Shift Supervisors and the Production Engineers with a total staff of about 75 non-union hourly labor.

Develop budgets and approve expenditures for supplies, materials, labor and etc

Ensures compliance with plant safety and environmental programs

Review processing schedules and production orders to make decisions concerning inventory requirements, staffing requirements, work procedures, and duty assignments, considering budgetary limitations and time constraints.

Review operations and confer with technical or administrative staff to resolve production or processing problems.

Hire, train, evaluate, and discharge staff, and resolve personnel grievances.

Initiate and coordinate inventory and cost control programs.

Prepare and maintain production reports and personnel records.

Set and monitor product quality standards, examining samples of raw products or directing testing during processing, to ensure finished products are of prescribed quality.

Develop and implement production tracking and quality control systems, analyzing production, quality control, maintenance, and other operational reports, to detect production problems.

Partner with the R&D Process/ Product Development team as new Processes are rolled out for scale up in the plant.


Bachelor’s degree chemical engineering. (BS ChE)

A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in a chemical manufacturing plant including batch chemical reactions under the OSHA PSM regulations

Earlier career history in Production or Process Engineering with hands-on trouble shooting and process optimization experience.

Best with Six-Sigma skills and a philosophy of continuous improvement.

Authorized to work for an employer in the USA without restrictions (no sponsorship available)

For quick career progression:

Best to have skills needed for a quick promotion.  They will be screening applicants heavily on skills required for the next level where you’d then focus on optimal team staffing and succession planning for the entire manufacturing team (maintenance, shipping & receiving, QA/QC and HSE as well as Production).

Qualified and interested applicants are encouraged to apply today in confidence by sending your resume as a MS Document to: