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Traditional Values, Modern Approach

Enjoy a rewarding career on the forefront of America’s graphite industry. Tokai Carbon has a long history steeped in tradition, but our approach to work is modern and innovative. Here, you have the power to drive change throughout the company, helping us be the best team and best graphite electrode supplier in the industry. Our success starts with you.

PLANT HR MANAGER

Ozark

FLSA Classification: Exempt
Department: Administration
Full or Part-Time: Full-time
Reports To: Manager of Administrative Services
Salaried or Hourly: Salaried
Bonus Plan: 3-Qualifying Manager

JOB SUMMARY
The Plant Human Resources Manager will lead and direct the routine functions of the Human Resources (HR) department at the plant level, including talent strategy, enforcing Company policy and procedures, and administering pay, benefits and leave. As a member of the plant management team, the HR Manager will be heavily involved in staffing, training, compensation administration and overall employee relations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Partner with plant management team to develop and implement site specific HR plans and programs to support facility objectives and needs.
• Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices.
• Perform daily/weekly plant-wide rounding to maintain pulse of employees.
• Administer and track hourly performance appraisal process and compensation plan.
• Conduct full cycle recruitment for exempt, non-exempt and temporary positions including phone screens, interviews, conducting pre-employment testing as well as overseeing pre-employment drug and background checks and reference checks.
• Manage the site’s talent strategy, particularly as it relates to recruiting, retention, and succession planning.
• Partner with plant management team to develop and administer learning and development programs and initiatives that provide internal development opportunities for employees.
• Manage the site payroll function, including time management, personnel changes, overtime, special payments, etc.
• Conduct new employee orientations and process new hire paperwork.
• Maintain HR documents including disciplinary documents, attendance forms, and any medical leaves (i.e. worker’s comp, STD, LTD, retirement).
• Present relevant HR stats for weekly and ad hoc site management meetings.
• Oversee employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations.
• Manage the site’s Worker’s Compensation Program; assist in incident investigations to identify causes and recommended corrections.
• Partner with all Company manufacturing and administrative functions to ensure common implementation and compliance with HR related policies and procedures.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

COMPETENCIES
• Excellent verbal written communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
• Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
• Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
• Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the Company’s HRIS/Payroll management system(s).

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Required:
• Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, or related field required.
• A minimum of five to seven years of operational HR experience.

Preferred:
• SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP highly desired
• Knowledge of Six Sigma Methodology

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position will directly supervise the Plant Nurse and one contract worker in security services.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. This position works between an office environment and a plant environment. This position typically works M-F during the core business hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The employee will regularly be working near moving mechanical parts and will on occasion be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions, risk of electrical shock, high, precarious places, or toxic and caustic chemicals.

This position may be required to travel 3 to 4 times per year for up to a week at a time.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, and hear and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee may occasionally be required to stoop or reach with hands or arms. On occasion, the employee may lift up to 30 pounds. This position requires close vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The use of a computer is frequent.

PROCESS ENGINEER

Hickman

FLSA Classification: Exempt
Department: Technical
Full or Part-Time: Full-time
Reports To: Technical Manager
Salaried or Hourly: Salaried
Bonus Plan: 2 – Annual Bonus Plan

*Will not sponsor applicants for work visas

JOB SUMMARY
With a focus on continuous improvement this position develops and maintains an overall knowledge of the facility’s processes and products. This position also evaluates those processes and products to make recommendations to improve quality, productivity, safety, and costs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Identify trends in process variations as part of establishing a continuous improvement monitoring system.
• Develop Standard Operating Procedures for new process improvements as well as new operations.
• Studies, evaluates, and recommends changes in the production process to assure improved quality and increased production while delivering a competitive advantage in personnel, materials, and utilities.
• Develops and performs experimental process tests with respect to quality, method, cost, production efficiency, etc., and summarizes results with detailed reporting.
• Monitor processes to ensure that manufacturing specifications and procedures are adhered to.
• Assists the departmental manager and other personnel with technical advice and specification interpretation to assure quality production. Advise their supervisor and affected departmental manager when manufacturing specifications are not followed.
• Relieves production supervision and performs related duties as needed.
• Maintain and update quality programs (ISO, Six Sigma)

COMPETENCIES
• Very strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Able to work well without close supervision and make effective decisions.
• Good customer service skills.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Very strong analysis/problem solving skills. Six Sigma +Lean Green Belt certified a plus.
• Strong math and science skills required.
• Must be able to encourage and foster teamwork, including the ability to persuade others to provide necessary information / data for process evaluation.
• Supervisory skills, including the ability to direct, coach, motivate, evaluate, and discipline.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Required:
• 4-year college degree in Electrical, Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial or Materials Engineering.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and Minitab are a plus.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position does not have any direct reports, however, may be required to fill in for department supervision / management when needed.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position works between an office environment and a loud plant environment and makes some trips to customer sites. The employee will regularly be working near moving mechanical parts, and will on occasion, be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions, risk of electrical shock, high, precarious places, or toxic or caustic chemicals. This position is required to travel 1% – 25% of the time

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. On occasion, the employee will be required to lift 50 pounds. Must be capable of identifying differences in color as well as visual defects.

GRAPHITE MANAGER

Ozark

FLSA Classification: Exempt
Department: Graphite
Full or Part-Time: Full-time
Reports To: Production Manager
Salaried or Hourly: Salaried
Bonus Plan: 3 – Qualifying Manager

*Will not sponsor applicants for work visas

JOB SUMMARY
The Graphite Manager has the overall responsibility of managing the Graphite deparment. This position managers a diverse workforce to meet Company objectives for safety, quality, productivity, and cost targets.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Track production losses and high demand cost assets and develop ways to eliminate/reduce the losses.
• Prepare designs, scope of work, and technical documentation for manufacturing equipment projects.
• Utilize life cycle asset management processes and develop plans to eliminate/reduce the losses.
• Generate cost estimates and justification for improvement projects.
• Utilize preventative/predictive/condition monitoring techniques to improve machine reliability and reduce the asset maintenance costs.
• Work with cross functional teams including Finance, Transportation, and Operations to generate specs, equipment purchases justifications, and shop inspections.
• Strong understanding of project management, safety, and equipment procedures.
• Participate in technical investigations, studies, and root cause analyses and provide sound engineering evaluations and recommendations.
• Coordinate and execute a multitude of projects with minimal supervision within the allotted time and budget.
• Controls project costs by approving expenditures; administering contracts.
• Prepares project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends, recommending actions.
• Leads and participates in formal/informal design reviews
• Creates engineering standards
• Track production losses and high maintenance cost assets and develop ways to reduce the cost and improve reliability.
• Control project expenses within approved budget. Meet project timelines.
• Equipment is successfully started up, performance tested and handed over to operations.
• Develop and implement proactive preventative/condition monitoring techniques to improve machine reliability, extend the lifecycle of the equipment, and reduce repair costs.

COMPETENCIES
• Strong Project Management skills; demonstrated experience managing capital projects.
• Strong data driven technical skills.
• Excellent communication, organizational and time management skills.
• Advanced computer skills including MS Office and AutoCAD.
• Basic knowledge of contract formats, Project management, and construction sequencing.
• Knowledge of integrated business systems (Microsoft Dynamics preferred)

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Required:
• BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering or related technical degree.
• 3-5 years of experience working in manufacturing.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Manages four department supervisors who in turn supervise 16 employees.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
This position works in an office and manufacturing environment with noise, dust, and frequent weather changes. Proper PPE and Safety equipment may be required based upon the project or site.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perm the essential functions. The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, or kneel, crouch or crawl, reach with hands and arms and use finger, handle, or feel. On occasion, the employee is required to lift and move/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

MAINTENANCE RELIABILITY ENGINEER

Ozark

FLSA Classification: Exempt
Department: Maintenance
Full or Part-Time: Full-time
Reports To: Maintenance Manager
Salaried or Hourly: Salaried
Bonus Plan: 2 – Annual Bonus Plan

*Will not sponsor applicants for work visas

JOB SUMMARY
The Maintenance/Reliability Engineer primary responsibility include being knowledgeable of manufacturing processes associated with capital asset management and support equipment. Ability to develop project objectives by utilizing life cycle asset management techniques to eliminate/reduce cost. Develop proactive predictive/condition monitoring projects to reduce repair costs and extend the life of equipment assets. Maintain project schedule by monitoring progress, coordinating activities and resolving problems. Prepare status reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing information and trend; recommending actions.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Track production losses and high demand cost assets and develop ways to eliminate/reduce the losses.
• Prepare designs, scope of work, and technical documentation for manufacturing equipment projects.
• Utilize life cycle asset management processes and develop plans to eliminate/reduce the losses.
• Generate cost estimates and justification for improvement projects.
• Utilize preventative/predictive/condition monitoring techniques to improve machine reliability and reduce the asset maintenance costs.
• Work with cross functional teams including Finance, Transportation, and Operations to generate specs, equipment purchases justifications, and shop inspections.
• Strong understanding of project management, safety, and equipment procedures.
• Participate in technical investigations, studies, and root cause analyses and provide sound engineering evaluations and recommendations.
• Coordinate and execute a multitude of projects with minimal supervision within the allotted time and budget.
• Controls project costs by approving expenditures; administering contracts.
• Prepares project status reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends, recommending actions.
• Leads and participates in formal/informal design reviews
• Creates engineering standards
• Track production losses and high maintenance cost assets and develop ways to reduce the cost and improve reliability.
• Control project expenses within approved budget. Meet project timelines.
• Equipment is successfully started up, performance tested and handed over to operations.
• Develop and implement proactive preventative/condition monitoring techniques to improve machine reliability, extend the lifecycle of the equipment, and reduce repair costs.

COMPETENCIES
• Strong Project Management skills; demonstrated experience managing capital projects.
• Strong data driven technical skills.
• Excellent communication, organizational and time management skills.
• Advanced computer skills including MS Office and AutoCAD.
• Basic knowledge of contract formats, Project management, and construction sequencing.
• Knowledge of integrated business systems (Microsoft Dynamics preferred)

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Required:
• BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering or related technical degree.
• 3-5 years of experience working in manufacturing.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position has no supervisory responsibility.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
This position works in an office and manufacturing environment with noise, dust, and frequent weather changes. Proper PPE and Safety equipment may be required based upon the project or site.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perm the essential functions. The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, or kneel, crouch or crawl, reach with hands and arms and use finger, handle, or feel. On occasion, the employee is required to lift and move/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

Ozark

FLSA Classification: Nonexempt
Department: Maintenance
Full or Part-Time: Full-time
Reports To: Maintenance Manager
Salaried or Hourly: Hourly
Bonus Plan: 1 – Qtrly Production

*Will not sponsor applicants for work visas

JOB SUMMARY
Support production departments by maintaining and repairing plant equipment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Perform plant Preventative / Predictive Maintenance (PvM’s and PdM’s) as assigned.
• Troubleshoot / repair components and equipment as assigned.
• Install equipment as directed following all applicable mechanical, electrical codes and governmental regulations.

COMPETENCIES
• Three years of electrical maintenance experience in a manufacturing environment and/or two years formal technical education from an accredited university or trade school.
• A motivated team player, with good problem-solving skills and a strong work ethic.
• Ability to work any shift, including nights, weekends, and holidays as scheduled, also call-in for plant breakdown during off shift hours, as needed.
• Ability to read and utilize electrical schematics, wiring diagrams, blueprints, and drawings as required to install and troubleshoot electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems.
• Demonstrated experience and proficiency with control systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and variable frequency drives with computer troubleshooting and digital electronics a plus.
• Demonstrated experience troubleshooting and repairing of electrical systems ranging from 24VDC – 600VAC safely working with electrical hazards using proper PPE.
• Demonstrated proficiency with instruments/tools – multimeter, megohmmeter, oscilloscope, chart/trend recorders, drills, presses, saws, hydraulic jacks.
• Ability to solve practical problems and work within situations where only limited standardization exists.
• Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
• Ability to perform within time constrained situations and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision and make competent decisions.
• Demonstrated experience safely working with the hazards and using the associated proper PPE on voltages up to 25Kvac.
• Demonstrated experience troubleshooting and repairing of electrical systems up to 24kVAC.
• Demonstrated experience and proficiency with various maintenance software; AB PLC programming, WonderWare, AB block logic programming, CNC programming, HMI programming.
• Demonstrated experience troubleshooting hydraulic / pneumatic controls.
• Demonstrated experience and proficiency with PIDs loop and process controllers.
• Welding and fabricating experience.
• Demonstrated experience with Risk-Based and/or Condition Based Maintenance Philosophy.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Associates degree in Industrial Maintenance Technology, Electrical Technology, Instrumentation, or equivalent.
• Five years or more of maintenance/electrical experience in a manufacturing environment.
• Demonstrated experience safely working with the hazards and using the associated proper PPE on voltages up to 25Kvac.
• Demonstrated experience troubleshooting and repairing of electrical systems up to 24kVAC.
• Demonstrated experience and proficiency with various maintenance software; AB PLC programming, WonderWare, AB block logic programming, CNC programming, HMI programming.
• Demonstrated experience troubleshooting hydraulic / pneumatic controls.
• Demonstrated experience and proficiency with PIDs loop and process controllers.
• Welding and fabricating experience.
• Demonstrated experience with Risk-Based and/or Condition Based Maintenance Philosophy.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
• Industrial Maintenance Electrical License and/or Journeyman License/Certification as an Electrical Maintenance Technician

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position does not have any direct reports.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Includes exposure to contaminants, sounds, and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable. Requires working in hot (above 90 F degrees) or cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures. Possible exposure to hazardous equipment and conditions. May require working in high places. Job tasks are performed in close physical proximity to other people. Requires working in non-controlled environmental conditions and wearing common protective or safety equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high places; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions; extreme cold or heat; and risk of electrical shock.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee frequently is required to stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. Requires using hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls. May require repetitive movement, bending or twisting. Requires working in cramped workspaces and getting into awkward positions. May require working in elevated locations and confined spaces. May be required to climb ladders more than 60 feet. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and or move up to 70 pounds. Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Requires contact (face-to-face, by telephone, radio or otherwise) with individuals or teams. Requires being exact or highly accurate and meeting strict deadlines. Requires coordinating or leading others in accomplishing work activities and working with others in a group or team. Requires making decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization, co-workers, clients, or the company.

PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN – BAKE

Hickman

FLSA Classification: Nonexempt
Department: Bake/Rebake
Full or Part-Time: Full-time
Reports To: Bake Manager
Salaried or Hourly: Hourly
Bonus Plan: 1 – Qtrly Production

*Will not sponsor applicants for work visas

JOB SUMMARY
This position is responsible for furnace and lid repair, learning hot so troubleshoot problems with Hartmann vacuum systems, operating a forklift, and masonry repair among other duties.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Follows safety policies & procedures
• Troubleshoot problems with Hartmann vacuum systems.
• Furnace and lid repair
• Load & unload furnace
• Identify furnaces for repair
• Unload coke from Silos
• Operate forklift
• Assist during cover changes
• Assist in loading / unloading stock
• Masonry repair
• Load and unload stock on trailers

COMPETENCIES
• Knowledge of safe forklift operation principles.
• Current forklift certification preferred; must have ability to become certified.
• Ability to work well without close supervision.
• Good attendance

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Required:
• High school diploma or equivalent experience (generally 1 year or less related experience)
• General knowledge of computers.
• Ability to work various shifts, including nights and weekends
• Masonry experience a plus

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position does not have any supervisory responsibility.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position works in a loud plant environment. This position will regularly be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions, and will work near moving mechanical parts. The noise level is loud at times. This position does not require travel.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, talk and hear, and regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is required to lift and carry up to 50 pounds regularly and move or maneuver up to 100 pounds. This position requires close vision, the ability to adjust focus, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.