Semi-Finishing Working Crew Leader

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Job Field: PROD - Production, Maintenance & Technicians
Location: Newport, DE, US
Company: BASF Corporation
Job Type: Standard
Job ID: EN_US_1900066

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, citizenship, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

This position is within BASF Colors & Effects USA LLC, a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of BASF Corporation. BASF Colors & Effects produces a broad portfolio of colorants and effect pigments in 13 sites globally. Based on their chemical expertise in the coatings, plastics, printing, cosmetics and agriculture markets, BASF’s experts offer consultative solutions. Fueled by entrepreneurial spirit, they enable innovation and growth. For our customers and our company: We live colors. We boost effects. For more information about Colors & Effects, visit

Job Purpose – The Semi-Finishing Working Crew Leader role is an important leadership position working in the Semi-Finishing production area at the Newport site. The position is responsible for coordinating the activities of the crew in a safe and productive manner. The Working Crew Leader is accountable for the shifts Semi-Finishing area output and executing the elements of the Toyota Production System every day in line with the expectations of the Area TPS Leader and the Finishing Contact Supervisor.

Core Responsibilities

  • Support and adhere to the principles of the American Chemistry Council's

    Responsible Care® by protecting the environment, health, safety and security of our employees, contractors, carriers, distributors, visitors, customers and neighbors. Be knowledgeable of and follow all Environmental, Health and Safety practices including but not limited to: manage waste movements according to satellite and/or 90-day accumulation requirements, inspect air contaminant sources and institute corrective action for out-of-spec conditions, prevent releases into the sewer and/or stormwater systems by following BMPs (best management practices), activate BASF emergency response procedures in case of spills or other emergencies. Comply with the requirements of the ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System.

  • Accountable that the Semi-Finishing production areas comply with site EHS guidelines, department EHS guidelines, and production operating procedures on a 24/7 basis. This includes all documentation related to environmental and safety compliance, production batch cards, and shift relief documentation.

  • Support behavior based safety (ERP) by supporting SIREN observers on your team to complete behavior based observations in support of an improved safety culture.

  • Accountable for executing Toyota Production System through crew to ensure productivity improvements are sustainable and part of the Semi-Finishing areas culture (e.g. Standard Work, 5S, Visual Management, and area KPIs) and uses these tools and metrics to identify and drive continuous improvement projects across the Semi-Finishing production areas.

  • Develop trouble shooting capabilities of your crew through training and on the job problem solving opportunities. Support the training plans of crew employees and support Finishing Contact Supervisors in assessing employee competency.

  • Provide regular feedback to Finishing Contact Supervisors regarding equipment malfunctions or failures in the Semi-Finishing area so that Maintenance Notifications can be entered by the Finishing Contact Supervisors.

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…
Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

Job Requirements


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Six Sigma/Lean training/certification a plus

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in an ISO certified chemical manufacturing plant
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in pigment finishing processes
  • Personnel leadership/management experience preferred
  • Emergency Response Team participation a plus

  • Working knowledge of pigment finishing operations preferred
  • Capabilities to train others on the area production processes.
  • Computer skills – ability to learn/work with MS Office, OSI PI process data collection software, and plant distributed control software
  • Strong interpersonal communication and organizational skills are required.
  • Ability to learn/apply trouble shooting skills in a complex manufacturing environment
  • Well-developed and practical knowledge of occupational and process safety requirements (LOTO, Confined Space, Hot Work, PPE, etc.)
  • Ability to coordinate crew to execute the Toyota Production System in the Semi-Finishing Area to drive sustainable improvements.
  • Passion for quality, continuous improvement and meeting customer needs
  • Willingness/Ability to be a member of the site’s emergency response team
  • Willingness/Ability to work overtime beyond the standard Newport 12-hour shift schedule

Nearest Major Market: Wilmington
Nearest Secondary Market: Philadelphia

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