Cabot Corporation

  • Global Asset Reliability Director

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    Regular Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    **The role can be based in any location where Cabot operates, but preferrably in either of: Billerica, USA; Schaffhausen, Switzerland; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Shanghai, China.**

    As a key leader within the Manufacturing Excellence Group, the Asset Reliability Director is also a member of the Manufacturing Leadership team for the Reinforcement Materials segment.


    By balancing that one size does not fit all and fostering a culture of partnership with the plants to learn and drive improvement from our best practices, the role has full accountability for developing the global carbon black asset reliability improvement strategy, delivering performance improvement for the future while monitoring the execution of the plan and supporting the plants in delivering performance today.


    The scope of the asset reliability strategy includes a mechanical integrity program, turnaround optimization, asset replacement plan, critical spares management and PSM GOESS Program and the CB Standard Design Database.


    The role will provide leadership for the asset reliability improvement practices across the global network of plants focusing on reaching operational excellence; while at the same time increasing the skill level across our global maintenance network to enhance our maintenance capabilities to deliver improved equipment reliability. This position is responsible for leading the maintenance and reliability processes in a manner that will have a direct impact on safety, quality, efficiency, cost management, customer satisfaction, and innovation.

    The Asset Reliability Director supports multiple plants worldwide and is process, project, and improvement focused. This is a global role and can sit in any of Cabot's locations worldwide.

    Job Responsibilities

    • Develop and coordinate the strategies that accelerate and improve current maintenance practices and processes to improve equipment performance, reliability and lower repair costs.
    • Initiate and manage the plant maintenance programs based on best practices in the chemical industry, with an emphasis on equipment criticality, equipment condition inspections, effective planning and scheduling, completing high quality maintenance repairs, and safety, health & environmental policies and procedures.
    • Analyze operational data and equipment performance history to deliver improvements in critical maintenance related metrics including: unplanned downtime, PM compliance, schedule compliance, Mean-Time-Between-Failures, and maintenance related costs.
    • Establish, maintain, and leverage value from a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) for tracking work orders, planned/predictive maintenance, spare parts inventory/sharing, MRO management, and maintenance history of plant equipment on a global basis.
    • Oversee the global capital expenditure plan for sustaining the carbon black assets to support the global business and manufacturing strategies with cross-functional departments (Engineering, R&D, Supply Chain, etc) to ensure operational effectiveness in new plants and expansions, and life cycle cost considerations in global equipment procurement activities.
    • Develop and deliver comprehensive maintenance and reliability tactical training to maintenance resources worldwide.
    • Leverage company subject matter experience/experts to advance current maintenance and reliability efforts through enhanced communication and best practice sharing by driving their application globally.
    • Coordinate planned maintenance with Plant Maintenance Managers, to build a global network. Regularly respond with advice to maintenance/equipment related questions, ensure access to up-to-date maintenance/operating procedures, and facilitate strong team communications activities.


    • Results based leadership style
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to travel globally
    • Tenacity and energy in leading change toward a high performing work environment
    • Communicates effectively to direct and motivate others
    • Strong business process and project management skills
    • Engineering Degree with a minimum of 15 years related experience providing leadership and technical support in manufacturing maintenance.
    • Hands-on plant experience installing, operating and maintaining chemical or minerals processing equipment, maintenance management systems, preventive and predictive maintenance is required.
    • Candidates with strong Lean experience are highly preferred.  
    • Mechanical and electrical aptitude to train, audit and monitor work in plant process areas is required.  
    • Must have effective communication skills, experience in working with multiple projects at once, and must be willing to support global business objectives (multiple time zones, foreign countries).

    About Cabot

    Founded in 1882, Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) is a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The company is a leading provider of rubber and specialty carbons, activated carbon, inkjet colorants, cesium formate drilling fluids, fumed silica, aerogel and elastomer composites.


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