General Manager – Refinery


The General Manager will oversee a 24/7 refining facility that produces various petroleum products and transports its products via pipeline, road terminal and rail. The General Manager (GM) will be responsible for all aspects of refinery operations including: safety, environmental compliance, reliability, product quality, employee relations, capital management, oversight of key performance indicators and budgeting for the refinery operation.

The GM will work across corporate functions (HSSE, Commercial, Logistics, Accounting, and Engineering) to identify production improvement and efficiencies, including safety and environmental performance of the refinery while achieving all regulatory requirements and operating in a planned and reliable manner to maximize profitability and growth of the operation. This role oversees the establishment of programs to measure performance and install programs for safe, reliable, cost effective maintenance and operating systems. The GM will oversee the development and reporting of KPI’s for the plant that will provide the team data for proactive response and improvements. This position reports to the senior management of the Company.

Essential Functions

The following are the main responsibilities and essential core functions for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Responsible for the safe operation of the refinery and related facilities.

2. Monitors refinery operation and process limits to ensure that environmental standards, government directives and safety requirements are followed.

3. Ensures communications between Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Commercial, Transportation, Engineering and other business lines and functions are effectively maintained in both directions.

4. Manage the relationship between the refinery and related personnel within the enterprise.

5. Provide leadership and direction to all refinery departments and personnel.

6. Develop and implement investment and operational strategies including infrastructure, equipment, technology, capital, maintenance and personnel resources.

7. Together with the CFO and COO, help develop expense and capital budgets, monitor approval processes, analyze monthly variances and lost opportunities, and operate the plant within budget parameters to ensure profitability and attain financial goals.

8. Interface with the local community regarding day to day issues that may arise out of the refinery.

9. Ensure all personnel are adequately trained.

10. Report key performance indicators and statistics to upper management or Company leadership.

11. Adhere to all corporate policies and standards including, but not limited to environmental and regulatory, human resources, facility, equipment, operations and maintenance.

12. Provide leadership to deliver the production plan, identity threats to stable operation, short term mitigations, and long-term solutions.

13. Work closely with the maintenance and engineering managers to identify threats to equipment reliability; develop systems and work processes to improve reliability.

14. Serve as the main leadership for safety, health and environment (SHE) issues and provide direction on related issues in operation to minimize costs and accidents.

15. Encourage open communications by providing necessary information through meetings and mentoring.

16. Work with the department managers and refinery trainer(s) to close competency gaps.

17. Performs other related duties as required and assigned.


1. Knowledge of refinery, pipeline and terminal safety and environmental regulations; experience in a ‘topping’ terminal is valued.

2. Excellent communication skills both verbally and written. Experience in communicating with the public, press, government leaders, regulatory agencies, and customers is also highly valued.

3. Knowledge of refinery products, safety regulations and human resources management.

4. Demonstrated experience and keen understanding of Process Safety and CALARP management systems to meet expectations of CUPA and CalOSHA.

5. Demonstrated interpersonal skills; organizational, analytical and negotiation skills to resolve internal and external issues.

6. Ability to provide leadership and make decisions with limited information.

7. Strong demonstrated skills in encouraging a positive and motivated workforce. The ability to lead and inspire a team through constructive influence, recognition, and development. Demonstrated ability to act as change agent, coach, educator and/or facilitator within the company.

8. Ability to effectively work in an often rapidly changing environment.

9. Ability to manage competing priorities and allocate resources wisely and proactively.

12. Ability to influence key contributors and build a strong and responsive team.

13. Demonstrated quality, accuracy and time management with work product.

14. Computer literate, proficient in working with Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as office equipment such as fax machines copiers, scanners, and refinery monitoring equipment.


Local travel to various worksites is required (LA area/ 10mi radius)

Required Education and Experience

• BS in Engineering or related sciences; preference given to candidates from petrochemical process environments.

• Refining or related industry experience (15+ years’ experience)


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