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Chemical Production Operator

La Vergne
Cobalt & Specialty Materials

Posted on 05-06-2024

About Umicore 

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Powering the cars of the future. Giving new life to used metals. We are the leading circular materials technology company fulfilling its mission to create materials for a better life. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do? 

About Cobalt & Specialty Materials 

Mastering the cobalt value chain. Umicore’s expertise covers the sourcing, production and distribution of cobalt and nickel products. Umicore’s materials are at the heart of products we use every day such as rechargeable batteries, tools, paints and tires. Our recycling and refining processes give new life to cobalt and other metals and reduce environmental impacts. To meet the demands of our customers we cannot stand still. We need to find new ways to do things, discover new solutions and develop new ideas. Which is where you come in. 

What you will be doing 

As our Production Operator in the Rare Earth production area, you will be responsible for manufacturing, packaging, and labelling rare earth chemical products.  Specifically, this will include:

  • Reviewing batch sheets and instructions;
  • Weighing and staging chemicals;
  • Preparing chemicals for manufacturing and initiating the manufacturing process;
  • Continually observing and monitoring reactions according to written procedures;
  • Controlling reactions, adjusting equipment or making additions as necessary for desired outcome, and documenting actions taken;
  • Performing quality control tests and making adjustments as needed;
  • Filling totes or other required packaging;
  • Labelling products as required; and,
  • Other duties as needed.

Who we are looking for 

Our success is based on individuals who are ready to make the most of their skills and prepared to tackle any challenge they face.  As well as your verifiable high school diploma or GED, you should have solid math skills, the ability to periodically lift 55 lbs, and the ability to wear a respirator.  You should also have some experience working in an industrial or warehouse setting.  Experience driving a sit-down forklift and working with chemicals is preferred, but not required. 

What we offer 

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organization, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do? 

Additional Information

Starting pay depends on experience.  Entry-level candidates start at $20/hour, with a potential increase to $22/hour after 90 days.  This is a first shift position from 5:30 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday.

This position is located at the Palm Commodities International, LLC facility in LaVergne, Tennessee.  The facility is a Drug-Free Workplace, and pre-employment drug testing is required.

We offer an excellent benefits package, including several health insurance options, vision insurance, dental insurance, company paid life insurance and short/long term disability insurance, voluntary critical illness and accident insurance, and a 401K Plan with employer matching and profit-sharing eligibility.  Employees are also eligible for regular bonuses.  We recognize 12 paid holidays per year and provide three weeks’ vacation plus paid sick time.

Our company is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, or other status protected by law.

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