Senior Operations Director
Phoenix, AZ 
Posted 7 days ago
Job Description

A Place Where People Matter.

Start your career journey with Univar Solutions! Here you can make an impact on the world around you and accelerate your career in areas that energize and excite you.

The Sr. Operations Director reports directly to the VP Operations and is responsible for management and oversight of all operations, assets, and personnel within an operating region of the U.S. Business (West, Central, or East).


People / Team Leadership:

  • Build a high performing and engaged team of Operations Leaders. Hire and develop talent, coach objectively for performance and skill development, provide candid feedback, and ensure the right people are in the right roles for business success. Foster a culture that aligns with Univar Solutions' values.

  • Direct supervision for approximately 4-7 District level Operations Leaders across the region with a total org size of 600-800 employees.

  • Partner with Human Resources to optimally execute recruitment, performance management, employee/labor relations, compensation administration, development planning, succession management, and employee retention efforts across the region.

Operational Excellence:

  • Ensure delivery of Key Performance indicators and facility effectiveness while maintaining flexibility

  • Cultivate a culture of continuous improvement across all facilities. Proactively identify, develop, and implement tools and processes that improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and reliability of service.

Environmental, Health and Safety:

  • Responsible for site security, safety of operations and personnel, and regulatory compliance within the Region.

  • Collaborate with EH&S Department to develop and maintain Operating Standards, policies, and procedures that increase stewardship, safety, and compliance.

  • Accountable for taking steps necessary to prevent employee injuries and chemical releases.

  • Ensure that all employees are properly trained and proficient.

Business Goals

  • Oversees effective and responsible execution of a capital budget other stand-alone capital projects.

  • Manage costs to run the business (headcount and salary budget, operating expenses) in alignment with annual operation plan.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, operations, business, or a related field.

  • At least 7 years of leadership experience in a manufacturing or distribution environment.

  • Chemical industry experience highly preferred.

  • Demonstrated leadership experience with proven ability to motivate, engage, and develop a successful team and organizational culture which prioritizes safety and performance. This includes driving results through clear articulation of goals, execution on key behaviors, and accountability. Ability to coach and provide constructive feedback to overcome gaps.

  • Demonstrated business acumen and analytical skills with ability to contain costs, identify improvement opportunities and investments, and drive projects to get results to the bottom line.

  • Effective communication skills with ability to influence and collaborate across functions while thinking in terms of the Univar Solutions enterprise to drive actions which are beneficial to the business.

  • Strong knowledge of relevant legal and regulatory requirements and processes.


This role can be based in Phoenix,AZ , Los Angeles, CA, or Denver, CO areas.

The salary range for this position is $ 156,000 - $273,000. The specific salary offered to a candidate may be influenced by a variety of factors including the candidate's relevant experience, education, training, certifications, qualifications, and work location. In addition, this position is eligible for incentive pay. Available employee benefits include health, vision, and dental. We also provide 401k matching for retirement and paid time off.

Univar Solutions is a leading, global distributor of chemicals and ingredients essential to the safety, health, and wellbeing of our daily lives from life-saving medicines and vitamins to hand sanitizers and industrial materials used for cleaning, construction, and more. Our global team of more than 10,000 employees support our vision to redefine distribution and be the most valued chemical and ingredient distributor on the planet!

We offer a Total Rewards package that includes market aligned pay and incentives as well as a diverse benefits offering to support our employees' physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing.

Univar Solutions supports sustainable solutions for the world around us so that we can do our part to help keep our communities healthy, fed, clean, and safe!

We are committed to a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusion. Together, we are building a culture that acknowledges the unique experiences, perspectives and expertise of individuals and provides the development and growth opportunities to empower us to redefine our industry.

Univar Solutions is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.

Univar is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All aspects of consideration for employment and employment with the Company are governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
7+ years
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