Biofuels Shift Lead

Ethanol Operations • Production Management • Production Team • Cambria, WI • Regular Full-Time

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The Lead Biofuels Technician is a leadership role that is critical in ensuring the highest of safety, production, quality, and efficiency standards in the production of Ethanol and other biofuels bi-products. The Lead Biofuels Technician is a position in which team members demonstrate mastery level of understanding and experience in all areas of the plant. This position coaches and leads a team to high performance during shift and performs expert level problem solving and trouble-shooting with a great degree of autonomy. Positions lead 12 hour shifts with a rotating 4 days on and 3 days off and work every other weekend, with possibilities for mandatory and/or voluntary overtime.


Personal and Work Environment SAFETY is achieved through:

  • Unfailingly commitment to safety first and Didion’s three safety promises.
  • Development and ownership of all aspects the Ethanol Plant Culture. Safety Maturity is advanced through constant development of safe behaviors, procedures and systems
  • Commitment to follow all safety procedures, GMP’s, performs risk assessments prior to commencing an unfamiliar task, seek to identify and implement proactive safety improvements, and use PPE when required such as: chemical handling, hearing protection, lock-out tag-out,harnesses, respiratory masks, etc.
  • Ensure compliance to highest level of personal and food safety not limited to filling in the appropriate documentation like return to service checklists, etc.
  • Absolute adherence to safety procedures with use, inspection, and care of vehicles, equipment, and tools to include test equipment, lab equipment, industrial trucks, production equipment and manlifts. The highest levels of PRODUCTION and EFFICIENCY are achieved through passionate commitment and proactive ownership. People in this key role:
  • Unfailingly commitment to safety first and Didion’s three safety promises.
  • Starts up and shuts down the plant safely.
  • Makes decisions on changes within the Ethanol production processes that are outside of normal guidelines.
  • Uses DCS data and lab results to perform troubleshooting when emerging and unexpected situations occur.
  • Directs the work of others. Provides leadership to the team by:
  • o Leading the safety culture in the plant on shift
  • o Coaching team members for high performance and growth
  • o Giving input to hiring decisions
  • o Conducts quarterly and annual reviews
  • o Gives input to pay increases based on team member performance
  • Leads projects that have urgency and are of significant importance to the plant. Manages the people resources on the projects.
  • Conducts RCAs
  • Participates in the planning of planned shutdowns.

REQUIREMENTS to help ensure success include:

To qualify for this position, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the desired job outcomes.Specific requirements include:

  • AA/BS in Biofuels Technology or HS degree with 3+years of Ethanol Plant experience (Delta T Plant experience preferred), or High School Graduate, GED with 5+ years of Ethanol Plant experience (Delta T Plant experience required).
  • Demonstrated experience successfully providing leadership and developing a team (either leading direct reports or a project team).
  • Ability to work autonomously using critical thinking, problem solving, and troubleshooting skills to complete assigned tasks safely with limited supervision.
  • Ability to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior and present a positive and professional image within the plant.
  • High degree of attention to detail and initiative to act on what you see.
  • Basic driving skills required; forklift driving experience a plus.
  • General computer competency required.
  • Demonstrate ownership of job function and area equipment.
  • Demonstrate personal initiative and collaborative, team player approach.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English fluently in order to communicate effectively with team members within and external to the Ethanol Plant.


  • Must be able to work in environmental factors that include noise, dust, hot weather, and cold weather.
  • Must be able to lift 55 pounds repetitively.
  • Must be able to ascend and descend stairs, ladders, and gangways on a frequent basis and be able to work while standing on a continuous basis.
  • Ability to safely work aloft (heights over 20’) including ladders, man lifts, harnesses, equipment tops and scaffolding.
  • Ability to enter confined spaces, following all safety procedures, while in performance of job duties.
  • Must be able to communicate by using and hearing 2-way radio.
  • Have dexterity and ability to maneuver equipment in tight working spaces.

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