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Operations Leader – Dow – القاهرة

Our purpose

Join a team that’s passionate about partnership. With careers at Dow, we take time to explore questions and talk to each other. We love to learn. Our people are driven by limitless curiosity.

We are an innovative, customer centric, inclusive, and sustainable materials science company.

  • Employing 36,500 individuals
  • Across 109 manufacturing sites
  • In over 31 countries

Our portfolio of products and solutions include:

  • Plastics: With new technology trends, our plastic additives can be experienced in many everyday items including vinyl, blow-molding bottles, film, rigid containers, PVC plastics, siding, decks and rails, foam pipes and profile formulations, window frames and high-efficiency lubricants.

  • Industrial intermediates: As the product of a reaction that is beneficial when used as a precursor chemical for another product, industrial intermediates can take on many shapes and forms. Ours are used in home comfort and appliance, building and construction, adhesives and lubricants, and more.

  • Coatings: Whether it’s a water-based coating or solvent-based coating, a thin film is deposited on materials to enhance specific properties such as enhanced performance, durability, aesthetics, and sustainability.

  • Silicone businesses: Our silicone-based materials can withstand more demanding applications, from those operating at extreme temperatures, to those under harsh environmental conditions for long periods of time.

We make diversity and inclusion a priority—because sharing our perspectives and building on each other’s ideas will drive innovation. Could you imagine yourself in a place like this?

Learn more about our partnerships, collaborations and innovations on LinkedIn (@Dow) or Twitter (@DowNewsroom).


About you

We are looking for an Operations Leader in Cairo, Egypt. In this role you will share responsibility and accountability for plant personnel, assets and achievement of the plant related site, business, and corporate goals. You will supervise daily activities of administrative, technical and operational employees. Further more you set priorities for the team to ensure task completion. You act as the primary back-up to the Production Leader. Also you have accountability for the performance and results of the team. As a leader, it is your job to foster a work environment with a high level of integrity and strong customer and safety focus that embraces inclusion and diversity, innovation and sustainability, continuous improvement and empowerment.


The Operations Leader role is accountable for:

EHS/Reliability Leadership:

  • Maintains site compliance with all internal and external regulations. Represent site and maintain relationships with the local government.

  • Ensures the plant is meeting the operational requirements of Dow’s businesses and continuously improving. This includes environmental, health and safety, product delivery, quality and operating the plant to meet customers’ needs.

  • Maintains Dow’s license to operate by developing and maintaining strong relationships with community, state/provincial and federal political and regulatory leaders.

  • Provide leadership and coaching to operations personnel on issues dealing with safety, environmental, personal health, quality, logistics, cost, productivity, reliability and the business/customers.

  • Drives a strong MOC (Management of Change) process in their organization to ensure that reviews are completed thoroughly, risks are adequately assessed, and personnel are properly trained prior to implementing changes in the production facility.

  • Ensures timely and effective investigations are conducted with appropriate corrective and preventative actions to prevent recurrence. Leverages lessons to other facilities.

Organizational Effectiveness / People Leadership:

  • Creates an inclusive and collaborative work environment, inspires and motivates the organization.

  • Sets vision and ensures goals are established and executed in alignment with business objectives, while adapting to changing conditions. Provides motivation, context, and purpose to the team through frequent communications.

  • Provides a sustainable, highly trained operational work force including contractors.

  • Maintains and improves the expertise index of the facility organization, ensuring that appropriate knowledge remains within the facility – comprehensive training and on-boarding are essential.

  • Facilitate personnel development, counselling, motivation, and policy-setting to create environment for employees and work teams that support commitment to continuous improvement and empowerment.

  • Addresses discipline issues in a timely manner. Escalates to proper channels as needed.

Business Owner Mindset / Financial Acumen:

  • Develops and maintains relationships with the appropriate business and functional leaders to ensure that the needs of the business are understood and communicated to the site.

  • Develops financial acumen skills across the organization to accelerate profitability and productivity. Understands business model and strategy for facility and helps the plant team to understand how they fit into the business/company. Uses knowledge of assets, products, customers, and technology to ensure the business strategy maximizes value from the asset.

Quality / Continuous Improvement:

  • Understands customer needs and drives high levels of quality, responsiveness, and reliability for the customer. Interfaces with customers as needed.

  • Drives continuous improvement mindset and actions across the organization using Six Sigma and LEAN.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent

  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant M&E experience, preferably in the chemical industry

  • Leadership skills

  • Demonstrated successful experience in Environment, Health and Safety performance.

  • Fluent in Arabic and English

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Six Sigma or Lean skills is preferred

  • Previous Functional and Operations Leadership Experience

  • Advanced degrees and training are beneficial

Additional notes

  • No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position.

  • We do not offer relocation assistance for Dow jobs like this position. This includes reimbursement for travel expenses incurred to and from test sessions/interviews. If you apply for a position that is not within the area in which you reside, you will be responsible for all costs that you incur.

Dow Offers:

  • A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits
  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment
  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world
  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries.

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