Operations Specialist – Spec Gas

at Praxair-PDI
Location Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Date Posted July 4, 2022
Category Mining / Oil / Gas
Job Type Not Specified


Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2020 sales of $27 billion. We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality solutions, technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain and protect our planet. The company serves a variety of end markets including chemicals & refining, food & beverage, electronics, healthcare, manufacturing, and primary metals. Linde?s industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to high-purity & specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels and much more. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions. For more information about the company, please visit our website at .

Linde Gas & Equipment Inc. is seeking an Operations Specialist to join our Non-Regional Business Unit (NRBU) team, located in either Bethlehem, PA; Los Angeles, CA; Geismar, LA; or Toledo, OH.

Major responsibilities include but not limited to managing the daily adherence to Linde?s goals of Safety, Quality, Service, Cost and Employee Retention within the Non-Regional Business Unit family of supply plants. In conjunction with the daily responsibilities the position will be evaluating current plant capacities across key product lines and defining capacity expansion plans defined by growth initiates developed by the Specialty Product Marketing Managers. This position will lead continuous improvement efforts within the production processes to achieve productivity objectives, to develop and support implementation of Best Operating Practices (BOP) across all Specialty Products production sites. Position reports to the Specialty Products Operations Director and may be physically located at any Non-Regional Business facilities within the U.S.

Operations Specialist

  • Primary responsibility for defining operations activities required to meet supply capabilities to the Specialty Products network by:
    • Assessing Safety gaps and needs to be collaborated with the NRBU Process Safety and the Safety Managers to ensure the plants are safety focused and audit ready everyday
    • Assessment of plant production capabilities including operations and analytical abilities to drive new products, throughput, and continuous improvement
    • Identification of future production demands, plant equipment and operational upgrades would be required to meet these demands
    • Develop and implement productivity goals as coordinated with the SP&E Productivity Manager to achieve the financial aspect of expanding growth, quality and managing costs
    • Evaluate plant staffing plans to meet growth ambitions
  • Develop and coordinate a documented approach to growth opportunities to include all steps/milestones required to meet timelines utilizing current and new planning tools.
  • Coordinate Engineering Projects within the NRBU plants through focused communication with the Project Manager, Engineers and the NRBU team
  • Support the facilities in current capacity modelling (S&OP Reports) to ensure current demand and excess capacity are fully understood
  • Develop a strong working relationship with the Production facilities and their operation?s management teams to develop capex requests allowing better coordination of cylinder, valve, and equipment purchases
  • Elevate the performance of the production sites using live and post monthly reported key Process Indicators (KPI) to assess supply gaps used to develop plans to address through preventative and corrective actions
  • Align the NRBU Operations, Employee Grades, and Procedures for all sites to migrate, where appropriate, to standardized procedures utilizing the best practices from each site.

Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering field preferred; High School Diploma required
  • 5 years? experience in Operations required, plant management prefered
  • 5 years? experience in Analytical Lab preferred
  • Experience in continuous improvement project execution preferred
  • Knowledge of specialty gases, automotive, medical, equipment and processes required
  • Working knowledge of JDE required
  • Understanding of all US based Specialty Products manufacturing facilities
  • Effective ability to influence people remotely
  • Knowledge of raw material supply chains, production planning and business continuity planning
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other reason prohibited by applicable law.