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St Nazaire, 44, FR

Job Function:  General Management
Job Type:  Permanent
Job Requisition ID:  4120

Plant Manager

We at Yara are part of a global network, collaborating to profitably and responsibly solve some of the world's key challenges - resource scarcity, food insecurity and environmental change.

About the Unit

Yara is the world's largest producer of ammonia, nitrates and NPKs, offering solutions for sustainable agriculture respecting the environment. Our fertilizers and our crop nutrition programs were designed to help the sector of food production and to meet the needs of a growing world population. Our products and solutions help industry reduce emissions, improve air quality and prioritize effective operations safely. Founded in 1905 and operating in more than 60 countries, Yara employs more than 16,000 employees.

The plant of Montoir-de-Bretagne (180 employees), located at around 10kms from Saint-Nazaire and 45kms from Nantes, produces fertilizers (nitrates and NPK). It’s a high-level-SEVESO plant, certified ISO 9001, ISO 14001 et OHSAS 18001 and handicap-friendly.

More information can be found on www.yara.com and www.yara.fr. 


•    Aim to achieve excellence in the overall site operation (production, inspection, maintenance, etc) and to be a role model for the site employees and contractors in achieving outstanding performance with regards to: 
o    Health, Environment and Safety,
o    reliability improvement.
    Montoir plant is facing several issues on those two items, which are key for Yara, in line with our “Safe by Choice” program and our “Yara Productivity System”.

•    Drive accountability to a safety-first and continuous improvement culture.
•    Willingness to work with the commercial, global planning, engineering teams to align visions and develop a vision/strategy (Road Map), after analyzing threats & opportunities within the market, legal and technical framework for present and future operations.
•    Meet annual volumes, maintain assets capacity and flexibility while minimizing unnecessary costs and maintaining current quality standards to maintain client satisfaction.
•    Analyze the need for investments and propose projects in adherence to the Capital Value Process; act as a "good client" towards external and internal engineering parties, overseeing the progress of the projects and taking an active role in agreeing corrective actions and in achieving a smooth operation after handover.
•    Ensure cooperation with French plant managers and largely European ones to share best practices and initiatives; to speed up the implementation and usage of such best practices and to achieve an optimal synergy effect, as well as to get aware of the most recent production methods.
•    Be responsible for the closed sites of the French perimeter (depollution, follow-up of our legal and environmental obligations, etc.) and manage the HESQ specialist in charge of this subject.
•    Share a trust relationship with his team, follow up its performance and development; help it to grow, secure workforce and succession planning; ensure a proper organizational design (short and long term).
•    Ensure good relationship with unions, in order to create a good climate for industrial relations, while pushing a performance culture. 
•    Actively works with the Human Resources Department related to employee grievances, employee development issues and employee motivation.
•    Explain issues, follow-up required actions and maintain a constructive and open dialog with external stakeholders such as regulatory bodies, authorities, media, local communities, etc.
•    Review activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives and revise objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions; implement a transparent and easy-to-follow reporting.

  • Bachelor's degree is required, preferably in Natural Science or Engineering.
  • Fluent in French with a good knowledge of the French context (authorities, unions, and so on).
  • Familiarity with industry standard equipment and technical expertise, at ease to discuss technical issues and to impulse technical projects.
  • Be knowledgeable of quality, productivity and stewardship processes.
  • Relevant experience (at least 10 years):
    o    in management in the (petro)chemical industry,
    o    in tensed relationships with authorities.
  • Must be able to handle various issues simultaneously and to prioritize.
  • Proven track record of leadership, ability to create accountability and to lead by example. 
  • Hands-on mentality, strong team building, decision-making and people management skills.
  • Self-driven, accountable, high integrity, open communicator, strong work ethics.
  • Able to travel on a regular basis (on other French sites or other Yara sites, especially Brussels and Oslo).
  • Fluent in English.
Additional Information

The Plant Manager reports to the President of Yara France, Nicolas Broutin, and is based at Montoir-de-Bretagne.

Contact details

Nicolas Broutin, President of Yara France,

Catherine Branckotte, VP Human Resources.

Apply no later than

19th August 2020.

Knowledge grows through differences
Yara is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that creating a diverse and inclusive work environment is not only the right thing, but also the smart thing to do. To deliver on this, Yara has firmly anchored Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) as one of our top 7 strategic actions and has more than 400 employees worldwide involved in D&I ambassador networks. 

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