Operations & Engineering Director


Polyethylene Terephthalate

  • PET is a versatile material, superior for package design and peformance.
  • Known for clarity, light-weight, oxygen barrier qualities and as an unbreakable competitor to glass and other plastics.
  • Nearly 2 Billion pounds of PET is recycled each year in North America and reprocessed as rPET into new products including:
  • Packaging
  • Bottles
  • Clothing
  • Carpet
  • rPET is now one of the most widely sought-after materials for packaging by major companies in Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods. Verdeco Recycling is well positioned as a leading innovator in rPET solutions for high demand applications.

The Process

  • 1) The process begins with clean, hot-washed PET flake, from reliable suppliers.
  • 2) The material goes through a process of crystallization, melt extrusion, decontamination and pelletized into FDA approved rPET pellets.
  • 3) Through innovative processing and material formulations, the rPET is well matched for high-value applications within consumer, food & beverage packaging where clarity & quality are key.
  • 4) Focusing on customer specifications and solving complex formulation challenges, means the ability to deliver consistent, high-quality products.

Rinse & Repeat!

About The Position

The Operations Director is responsible for managing the manufacturing facilities for Verdeco’s growing line of rPET material solutions. This critical role will lead the 24x7 operation during a period of rapid growth including the expansion of an existing facility and the opening of an additional production plant in the near future.


Engineering leadership and extrusion equipment utilization and efficiency are crucial to the company’s success and profitability. By implementing continuous improvement methodologies (Lean, Six Sigma, TPM) throughout the organization, the Operations Director will make a quick impact on the company and position them for success in this competitive market.


This position will play a critical role in the development of SOP’s, hiring & training additional staff, oversight of facility expansion and improving processes.

Primary Responsibilities- Manage existing manufacturing facilities on the West Coast, Midwest and future locations
- Manage and optimize extrusion equipment and processes
- Identify opportunities for improvement of manufacturing processes, OEE, Quality, Safety and other KPI’s
- Develop, execute and manage a Preventative Maintenance program and control costs associated with repairs, spare parts and unplanned downtime of machinery
- Create and maintain SOP’s
Work with Project Engineering Team to oversee new equipment installations and facility upgrades
Manage Engineering, Maintenance, Quality, Safety and Production teams
- Travel as needed to company facilities
- Work with customers to resolve and prevent quality issues

Preferred Qualifications- Bachelor’s Degree is desired, technical degree preferred
- Experience in plastics is highly preferred. Plastic extrusion / compounding experience desired. rPET, PET experience helpful but not required.
- LEAN / Six Sigma experience required. Formal training or certification desired.
- Ability to drive operational excellence across multiple manufacturing facilities
- Experience in hiring, developing, training and managing production personnel