Plant Manager
Lockport, NY 
Posted 16 days ago
Job Description


Avient Corporation (formerly PolyOne Corporation), with 2020 revenues of $3.8 billion, provides specialized and sustainable material solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world. Examples include:

  • Barrier technologies that preserve the shelf-life and quality of food, beverages, medicine and other perishable goods through high-performance materials that require less plastic
  • Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation
  • Breakthrough technologies that minimize wastewater and improve the recyclability of materials and packaging across a spectrum of end uses

Avient employs approximately 9,100 associates and is certified ACC Responsible Care and a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. For more information, visit


At Avient, we strive for a culture of trust and engagement. Our associates are leading company initiatives such as Lead by Women, HYPE and Pride to advance diversity in professional and personal development. We also provide our associates with robust development programs such as Avient Academy, Lean Six Sigma, and various leadership workshops to allow for career growth in a variety of ways. With workplace flexibility, health and wellness programs, casual dress days, and paid time off for community service, we are committed to building upon our positive momentum.

At Avient, we believe diversity of ideas and backgrounds gives us the creativity to be successful in a rapidly changing world. In support of this, we stress equality of opportunity for all qualified individuals in accordance with applicable laws. Decisions on hiring, promotion, development, compensation or advancement are based solely on a person's qualifications, abilities, experience and performance.

Job Summary

Avient's Color and Additives US & Canada business is seeking a Plant Manager for its manufacturing site in Lockport, New York.

The Plant Manager is responsible for effectively planning, directing, and coordinating all activities of an assigned manufacturing plant. These responsibilities include safety, environmental, quality, production, cost control and leadership of the site workforce. The Plant Manager for this site will directly supervise 15 personnel and report to the Operations Director.

Essential Functions

  • The Plant Manager provides the direction and necessary resources to establish safety and environmental performance that meets established goals for the plant. This includes development and implementation of the proper behavior and attitudes by employees to guarantee excellent performance.
  • Develops and implements plans to reduce environmental waste, meet applicable environmental regulations and handle emergencies situations that may occur at the plant.
  • Develops a plant-operating plan that is consistent with and supports the annual business plans.
  • Ensures that standards for product quality, equipment and operator performance are maintained and that cost-effective technology is used to maximize production.
  • Leads plant's Operational Excellence initiatives.
  • Develops and manages a capital plan that supports the business strategy and improves plant operations.
  • Ensures that the plant achieves its annual operating cost objectives.
  • Directs production associates in the execution of their responsibilities to ensure the meeting of all plant objectives.
  • Effectively and consistently communicates plant's manufacturing incentive plan goals to employees.
  • Ensures subordinate's career development goals are identified and that plans are put in place to support them.
  • Effectively represents Avient to the external community, including active involvement in local civic groups, ongoing coordination with regulatory agencies and effective interface with emergency response services.

Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree required, with preference for engineering, EH&S or manufacturing operations concentration.
  • 10 + years' manufacturing industry experience including responsibility for both manufacturing operations and safety procedures.
  • 10 + years' cross-functional experience to include problem solving techniques, cost and data management.
  • 7 + years' experience with lean six sigma, change management and budget management.
  • 7 + years' leadership experience to include managing multiple direct reports.
  • Strong preference for 7 + years' experience in plastic or additive manufacturing role. Experience working with Color Concentrates, Colorants or Coatings is a plus.


  • Each position at Avient focuses on eight Core Competencies as a Leader of Self. Additionally, management positions focus on Leadership Competencies as a Leader of Others and/or a Leader of the Business. These competencies are designed to drive behavior that will ultimately help our associates excel at their current roles, while supporting individual and career development.

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities may require close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, toxic or caustic chemicals, and fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment ranges from normal office noise to loud.

Avient Corporation is a drug free workplace. Avient is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination in providing equal employment to all qualified employees and candidates regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran's status, or other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable federal, state and local law.

PolyOne is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status, or other legally protected classification in the state in which a person is seeking employment. PolyOne will use E-Verify to ensure employment eligibility of newly hired employees where required.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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