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Area Operations Manager


Big Spring, TX, US, 79720

Delek US Holdings, Inc. is a diversified downstream energy company with assets in petroleum refining, logistics, renewable fuels and convenience store retailing.  The refining assets consist of refineries operated in Tyler and Big Spring, Texas, El Dorado, Arkansas and Krotz Springs, Louisiana with a combined nameplate crude throughput capacity of 302,000 barrels per day.


The logistics operations primarily consist of Delek Logistics Partners, LP.  Delek US Holdings, Inc.and its affiliates own approximately 63% (including the 2 percent general partner interest) of Delek Logistics Partners, LP.  Delek Logistics Partners, LP (NYSE:DKL) is a growth-oriented master limited partnership focused on owning and operating midstream energy infrastructure assets.


The convenience store retail business is the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the United States and operates approximately 300 convenience stores in central and west Texas and New Mexico.

Role Summary

The Area Operations Manager directly managers day-to-day operation and is accountable for ensuring reliable and cost effective operation of assigned processing areas including multiple process units, logistics, and utilities where the department includes operations supervisors and operators.  The Area Operations Manager is a key member of leadership and as such is instrumental in establishing and promoting a culture focused on safe, environmentally compliant, and reliable operations.  This role provides oversight for the overall operation, sets priorities for safety, environmental, process safety, reliability; and directs efforts of support staff including maintenance panning & execution, turnarounds, capital projects, and technical support.  This role evaluates plant performance, implements recommendations for reliability improvements and cost optimization, and champions initiatives in support of long term sustainable profitability of the refinery.     


Job Accountabilities

  • Manage and lead the activities of the Area Operations Team to ensure process safety, safety, environmental, reliability, and cost optimization goals of the refinery are achieved
  • Champion initiatives, projects, and programs that support refinery vision.
  • Utilize sound human relations and communications skills to provide development of direct reports and motivation of staff resulting in a reliable and competent work force. 
  • Interview candidates, determine development needs, evaluate performance for compensation, and address personnel issues including training, coaching, mentoring and disciplining of  subordinates
  • Accountable for ensuring process safety and safety compliance by supporting process hazard analysis, leading incident investigations, owning procedure development and improvement, owning management of change, ensuring emergency response preparedness, supporting alarm management, and providing assistance for work scope development, and assessment of operability requirements for design consideration.
  • Accountable for ensuring environmental compliance while meeting or exceeding federal, state, corporate and industry standards and leading practices in Safety, Environmental, and Quality.  Support environmental calculations, establish operating parameters, and provide input into permit development.
  • Continually improve safety and environmental record by addressing both physical safety issues and employee safety attitudes.  Set and maintain exceptional housekeeping standards 
  • Develop and implement annual business plans (financial, safety, environment, quality, personnel, etc.) in alignment with refinery and corporate objectives.
  • Support turnaround and unit shutdown planning and execution through active participation in scope development, providing justification for work items, development of shutdown/startup and outage timelines, and active leadership during the event.
  • Champion capital project development, identify business drivers and assist with justification.  Assure quality input from operations throughout all project phases.
  • Develops and manages the operating and capital project budgets for area of responsibility and supports other departments with planning for costs
  • Develop and implement long range plans to ensure long term reliability, optimization and profitability of the refinery. 
  • Monitor progress towards goals, ensuring actions are in place and sufficient when progress is not on track to achieve goals
  • Assure that collective bargaining agreements are effectively administered and that employee grievances are addressed in a timely fashion
  • Responsible for assuring all company policies, rules and guidelines are being followed and administered in a fair and consistent manner. Provide direct assistance to Human Resources for all employee issues
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or related technical field along with five (5) years of experience in Manufacturing, preferably in Refining including two (2) years of experience in a supervisory/management role, or ten (10) years of experience in Manufacturing, preferably in Refining or military equivalent experience
  • Two (2) years of experience in a supervisory/leadership role
  • Demonstrated values of honesty and integrity, respect for others, teamwork and collaboration, accountability and performance
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with discretion, integrity and the highest degree of confidentiality
  • Strong working knowledge in process safety programs including mechanical integrity, incident investigations, process hazard analysis, management of change, procedure development, and emergency response.
  • Demonstrated capability in successfully leading change management and implementing programs
  • Experience in chemical/refining processes including distillation, heater operation, process control, utilities and laboratory analysis.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence direct staff and staff not under direct supervision.
  • Experienced in economic decision making and in development of operating budgets.
  • Excellent communication skills including ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Proficient in utilizing computer and Microsoft Office applications including MS Excel, Word, Power Point, and Outlook
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to interact effectively and positively with all levels of Company personnel
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to anticipate and adapt to dynamic situations
  • Must pass drug test and background check
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States


Preferred Characteristics

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or related engineering field preferred.
  • Five (5) years of experience in a supervisory/leadership role
  • Advanced understanding of oil refining processes (FCC, Reforming, hydrotreating, crude distillation, extraction)
  • Experienced in managing in an union environment

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans.


It’s an exciting time to join Delek. We’re on a mission to attract, retain, and engage the best and brightest talent – those who are great team players and leaders who make it their first priority to serve. 

  • We are performance driven
  • We value a passion for excellence
  • We value teamwork
  • We value and reward hard work and dedication

Delek US offers the opportunity to provide you with more than a job – we want to help you build a career. 

Since our inception, our ability to hire the right people for the job has served us well, resulting in an impressive record of consistent growth and profitability. With more than 3,500 employees in nine states, we have brought together a diverse team of professionals passionate about investing their time and expertise in one of the most dynamic downstream energy companies in the market today. 

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