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From humble beginnings in 1977, Nowra Chemical Manufacturers (Nowchem) has grown into an award-winning industry leader in the production of specialised chemical products.

Founded by well-known Nowra couple John and Fay Lamont and now run by their son John, the company produces more than 400 household and commercial chemical products which are sold in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Singapore. Employing over 70 people across two sites; manufacturing and distribution sites, Nowchem has won numerous awards including the 2019 Business Leader and Business of The Year awards and Excellence In BusinessExcellence In InnovationExcellence In SustainabilityExcellence In Workplace Safety, and Employer Of Choice awards.

The company is constantly innovating with products such as its award-winning organic baby care range Cherub Rubs which sells throughout Asia. It’s also very much part of the Shoalhaven community, offering internships to students from the Shoalhaven campus of the University of Wollongong keeping the business up to date with emerging industry trends. Nowchem also allocates more than $20,000 in sponsorships for youth education and allows employees paid time in the community each year. Nowchem also established the Inspire Youth Australia Foundation in 2014, to support local youth.

Yet it is our people that make the real difference and are responsible for our success. People like Eliza, who worked as a fruit shop cashier before she joined us, then worked her way up to become our Compliance and Risk Manager. Eliza also won Shoalhaven’s Young Leader of the Year award in the 2018

Operations Supervisor

About The Role

Nowchem is seeking to employ a fulltime Operations Supervisor to grow and develop with the organisation into a senior leadership role.

The Operations Supervisor will hold a bachelor’s degree in one or more specialized disciplines such as Chemical Engineering, Project Management, Risk Analysis, Logistics or Chemistry.

The Operations Supervisor will be required to perform at a senior level of the business and oversee all operations across the site including chemical production, preventative maintenance, WHS and project management. Working in an experienced team the Operations Supervisor must be competent in leading in a positive and proactive manner, to ensure all people are working to their ability to meet the overarching objectives of the business.

Qualities required to be successful in this position include a technical aptitude / background and / or clearly demonstrated competence in project management, organizational skills and clear and concise decision making.

The ability to liaise with external consultants and contractors is also required, including reviewing contract work to ensure cost effective and technical outcomes.

The incumbent will be required to establish professional networks with local industry such as Industry 4.0 hub, University’s, TAFE, local business chamber and professionals’ association.

Key considerations in this role will be across the areas of WH&S, Environmental, and risk performance as the business expands over the next 3 to 5 years.

Duties include:

Ensure production complies with established quality control specifications and standards.

Monitoring and supervising the activities of operational personnel to ensure effective performance of job duties.

Implement action plans to ensure a cost-effective and high-quality production.

Liaise with other departmental heads such as the technical supervisor to ensure finished products are to the required standard.

Produce and present reports on the manufacturing operation to senior management on resources used, planned improvements and recommendations to decrease costs across the organisation.

Design and implement plans for the effective use of material and labour resources to achieve manufacturing target

  • Supervise the operations of manufacturing personnel to ensure all facets of the manufacturing process are within budget and time schedule.
  • Oversee the hiring, orienting, training, and mentoring of production employees to ensure a competent and engaged workforce
  • Oversee the regulation of workforce planning to ensure proper workload distribution through the production plan
  • Drive a culture of compliance and safety
  • Schedule the maintenance of production equipment and machines to ensure efficient operations
  • Analyse and provide solutions to manufacturing challenges or problems
  • Resolving short to medium term production issues associated with the manufacturing plant, identifying, and implementing continuous improvement projects
  • Review personnel performance to determine individuals most suited for promotion and advocate for staff to help with career development.
  • Monitor and review the performance of production employees in line with business protocols
  • Encourage continuous improvement and quality outcomes

Essential Qualifications:

Engineering degree: (prefer Chemical / Mechanical)

Project management Certificate or Degree

Degree, (under or post grad) in Management /leadership/HR or Project Management

Experience in a Management Team of a min of 5 years

Driver’s licence

Our aim is to create a workplace where people are respected and encouraged to fulfil their potential. We embrace all employee difference and foster a culture that supports diversity and inclusion.

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Sales and Distribution Centre
23 Cumberland Avenue, South Nowra, NSW 2541

Manufacturing and R&D Site
112a Albatross Road, South Nowra, NSW 2541

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00pm

Phone: (02) 4421 4099

Fax: (02) 4421 4932

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