A career where you can enhance lives every day

At Kensing, we work together to improve the quality of life of our clients, their customers, and each other. It shows in our dedication to collaboration, in our commitment to teamwork, and in the culture of pride and respect each of us strives to exhibit day after day.

We combine the deep heritage of our Kankakee plant with a commitment to leading the world in safety and purity, along with an eagerness for expansion. If you are passionate about innovation, about improving products and lives, we want to hear from you. At Kensing, we have a bright future ahead. You can be a part of it.

Please send your resume and cover letter to HR@KensingSolutions.com.

Kensing is a new company recently carved out of BASF along with the associated manufacturing site in Kankakee, IL. The company delivers natural high-quality vegetable-oil-based raw material sterols and natural vitamin E, anionic surfactants and esters used in nutrition and personal care products to global blue chip consumer product companies.

We are seeking a Key Account Manager to join this standalone, nearly 300MM dollar company poised for innovation and significant growth! Interested in those with either Domestic and/or Global Key Account Management, Relationship Management or Sales experience.

Summary

A Key Account Manager acts as the lead point of contact and the primary liaison between the customer and the company. They are responsible for successful growth and management of an existing book of business within their assigned geographic market.

Markets include North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pac.

Territory

USA West Coast to Mid-west

Location

(Remote) within the 50 United States

Responsibilities

  • Promote Kensing products to existing customers with focus on continuous improvement to enhance the customer experience and overall satisfaction.
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of key customer needs and requirements
  • Build deep customer relationships with all relevant customer stakeholders
  • Ensure the correct products and services are delivered to customers in a timely manner
  • Resolve any issues and problems faced by customers and deal with complaints to maintain trust
  • Develop new business in existing or new markets and manage opportunity pipelines through generation and closing of new business opportunities.
  • Interface collaboratively with internal stakeholders including supply chain, purchasing, regulatory, legal and finance to manage processes and improve engagement with accounts.
  • Ensure PO processing, shipping and operational logistics are meeting requirements
  • Create call reports, update strategic account plans, report on key intelligence data collected, and lead documentation.
  • Work closely with Supply Chain/Operations to ensure inventory levels are maintained for sales forecasts and order fulfilment.
  • Establish and oversee internal and external budgets, including P&L responsibility.

Requirements

  • Minimum of 5-8 years’ experience Key Account Management or Sales with proven success building and maintaining long term commercial relationships
  • Chemical industry experience: natural chemicals or surfactants used in home and personal care products is preferred. Or complex ingredient companies.
  • Nutrition and Personal Care industry experience highly desirable.
  • Strong ability in problem-solving and negotiation.
  • Deep understanding of order to cash process preferred.
  • Exceptional ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time efficiently to meet critical deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written.
  • Proficiency with MS Excel; ideally with some familiarity of pivot tables.
  • CRM System and SAP experience is a plus.
  • Entrepreneurial – ability to adapt and create new processes
  • BS in business administration, chemistry, or chemical engineering. MBA is a plus.

Job Summary

The Human Resources Manager will be accountable for providing the full range of Human Resources support for the manufacturing facility which includes the corporate headquarters and is responsible for the development and administration of the employee relations program, affirmative action program, talent management, organization development and employee engagement. This position interfaces with employees, government agencies and educational institutions. The Human Resources Manager is responsible for the day-to-day HR management activities at the site including: Employee Relations, Benefits, Recruiting, Policy Interpretation & Implementation, Employee Engagement and Talent & Performance Management.

The Human Resources Manager is responsible for onboarding and orientation of the workforce, workforce analysis, employee relations, EEOC, and other workplace investigations in a manufacturing plant setting. The Human Resources Manager will also be responsible for administration of the local collective bargaining agreements, grievance handling, organization development and talent management. This role could be full time on site or hybrid.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or equivalent degree is preferred. SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) credential preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in human resources with experience in manufacturing/industrial organizations including union dealings is required.
  • Knowledge of World Class Manufacturing methodologies — specifically People & Organization Development
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and administer a broad range of tasks including union relations, participating in union and department level discussions, resolving complaints, and counseling managers and employees on the interpretation of policies, procedures and other site issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive working relationships and engagement, internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. state and federal laws and governmental compliance requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with all levels of management including union, hourly employees, staff associates and leadership.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software particularly Microsoft Excel.
  • Highly developed proficiency in the following competencies must be evident and demonstrated:
    • Change transition
    • Influencing / Impact
    • Conflict Management
    • Organizational Awareness
    • Interpersonal Communication & Understanding

 Principal Responsibilities

Legal Compliance

  • Interpret and ensure compliance and administration of employment laws and policies such as FLSA, FMLA, EEO, NLRA, Workers Compensation etc.

Employee Relations

  • Administer the equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs.
  • Provide guidance and direction to managers for issue resolution and improved employee performance.
  • Coordinate and manage the performance management process, ensuring clear communication, compliance, and consistency and ensure performance review evaluations are administered fairly and effectively as per company guidelines.
  • Work closely with union and department representatives to resolve issues and attend meetings, as required.
  • Evaluate employee relations and work-related issues and help develop appropriate solutions within the framework of Kensing policy and procedures and ensure that management is aware of and proactively responds to employee engagement issues.

Benefit & Payroll Administration

  • Support, and maintain all compensation and benefit processes and programs at the site level.
  • Ensure the development of job descriptions, job analysis and salary surveys, as required.
  • Coordinate the process to ensure all employee issues and concerns are handled on time, amicably.

Recruitment & Selection

  • Manage the recruitment process to ensure positions are filled on a timely basis with highly qualified diverse candidates based on established KPIs.
  • Manage the cycle of recruitment and coordinate the process with hiring managers.
  • Manage the on-boarding process and training for all new employees.

Organization Development

  • Review and optimize organization structure and roles.
  • Coordinate employee development and succession planning activities ensuring appropriate plans are in place.
  • Enable cross developmental opportunities for employees and training.
  • Anticipate workforce planning issues and help develop workforce strategies.
  • Drive employee engagement strategies.

The position reports to CHRO, Kensing LLC.

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for managing unplanned work and developing job plans to drive work execution efficiency and asset availability. This includes generating work steps with labor, material, equipment, and services, estimating labor and material costs; creating job packets for field execution and continually improving job plans via updates based upon feedback from the Execution Teams.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage the backlog of unplanned work:
    • Review the backlog and planning list.
    • Clarify incomplete or unclear work notifications.
    • Group work orders and/or notifications together that can be planned and completed as a single order.
    • Determine the appropriate degree of planning.
    • Utilize the proper SAP status codes including work order start and finish dates to allow proper scheduling of the work order.
  • Work Order Planning:
    • Create job plans for the effective execution of work by providing job scopes, job step sequence, labor and material requirements, skill requirements, specifying the necessary tools and equipment, external resources, and determining work order costs.
    • Identify permitting requirements and special isolation needs.
    • Create task lists (job plan library) for recurring jobs.
    • Create purchase requisitions and reservations for necessary materials, equipment or services and orders material.
    • Forward completed “ready-to-schedule” job packages to the Scheduler.
    • Continually improve the job plans by collaborating with Maintenance Supervisors and Engineers to 1) Maintain a spare parts inventory, 2) Build & Maintain Bill of Materials for area equipment, 3) Continually update task lists to ensure: necessary changes or improvements are incorporated, and efficiencies are captured per job feedback, 4) Obtaining and analyzing feedback from the work crew through the job feedback process and 5) Updating the task list and job plan libraries.
    • Review work scopes for changes which would result in triggering a Management of Change (MoC)
    • Create Job Packets as needed by providing spec sheets, vendor manuals, P&IDs, pictures, isolation plans, job plan/feedback form, etc.
  • Turnaround Planning
    • Create job plans for the effective execution of turnaround projects: job scopes, job step sequence, labor and material requirements, skill requirements, specifying the necessary tools and equipment, external resources, and determining work order costs
    • Participate and coordinate with turnaround group on scheduled jobs and external resource needs.
    • Coordinate purchase requisitions / purchase orders and expedite orders to assure scheduled delivery for turnaround.

Key Qualifications:

Education/ Experience

  • Requires High School Diploma or equivalent
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a chemical/petrochemical or other similar manufacturing environment.

Knowledge/Specialized Skills

  • Hands on knowledge and experience with various types of process systems and equipment, and crafts, along with an understanding of maintenance work processes. Possess an understanding of maintenance scheduling.
  • Ability to procure and expedite materials and resources.
  • Deal effectively with the unknown and unexpected and possess the ability to handle non-routine and emergency activities, such as plant shutdowns, start-up, etc.
  • Excellent organizational and work management skills.
  • Keen attention to detail and a high degree of quality orientation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Quality Orientation & Attention to Detail
  • Work Management
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Entrepreneurial Actions
  • Customer Focus
  • Strategic Thinking

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Communicate with supervision and Production
  • High sense of urgency
  • Performs duties in a manner that fosters good teamwork and is consistent with our vision of maintenance being a high-performance work team.
  • Be able to lift 60 lbs., walk, sit, squat, bend, push/pull with arms/legs, body, reach overhead, stoop.
  • Available for flexible hours and overtime as required to support Maintenance activities including shutdown both planned and un-planned.
  • The process problems include dealing with the technical difficulties of corrosive and hazardous chemicals and operating temperatures up to 2400°

Position: Assistant Controller

Location: Kankakee, IL

Date Created: 2/22/2022

This role will play a critical part in managing the day to day activities in the accounting functions of the business, including leading the month end close process, assisting in establishing product costing standards, budgeting, and financial reporting activities across the entire company.  This position reports to the Kensing LLC VP & Corporate Controller.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the growth and development of the Accounting staff.
  • Manage the monthly close process in accordance with the established schedule.
  • Review all journal entries and account reconciliations.
  • Direct and manage the Company’s financial accounting activities in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and best practices in our business processes.
  • Manage capital spending plan and WIP/ JIP (works in progress/ jobs in progress). Manage the closing of AUC projects on a timely basis into completed projects and the final fixed asset account(s) with appropriate useful lives.
  • Partner with operations and oversee development of standard costing including bill of materials, routings, and cost accounting for the plant operations.
  • Develop and maintain a system of internal controls over accounting and other integral parts of the organization
  • Support the Controller and CFO in cash management and Treasury related activities as directed including bank account reconciliations, etc.
  • Support FP&A in providing monthly statements and ad-hoc reports as needed.
  • Assist in development, improvement and delivery of timely monthly financials for management and lender reporting.
  • Assist and support the sales and use tax return process with external tax advisers, as well as assist with sales and use tax audits as needed.
  • Assist with external audit as needed to support the process, including sample selection, review of journal entries and account reconciliations and other activities.
  • Collaborate with GMs and Operational leadership to support the business and manage stakeholder relationships.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, CPA and/or CMA preferred; Big Four or large regional public accounting background desired
  • 4-6+ years of progressive accounting experience with experience managing a team in a manufacturing environment – ideally chemicals process manufacturing in mid-cap sized business ($200M-$1Billion revenue)
  • Excellent Excel and Powerpoint skills including use of pivot tables
  • Proficiency in US GAAP compliance
  • Excellent planning and forecasting skills, experience with costing standards, working capital management, and product-line profitability analysis
  • Treasury and banking related activities
  • Excellent professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership skills with a dedication to driving and achieving results
  • Proficiency in SAP (ideally S/4 HANA)
  • Experience working in Private Equity owned enterprises preferred but not required
  • Strong work ethic – Self-directed/proactive
  • Insatiable curiosity underpinned by data-driven mind-set
  • Detail oriented but able to step back and see the bigger picture
  • Strong knowledge of product costing in a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to work at a rapid cadence
  • Process and continuous improvement oriented
  • Ego checked at the door – collaborative and transparent
  • Excellent verbal/written/presentation skills
  • Integrity beyond reproach

Position: Key Account Manager

Location: Asia Pacific, position located in China

Date Created: 2/18/2022

BACKGROUND:
Kensing is a new company recently carved out of BASF along with the associated manufacturing site in Kankakee, IL. The company delivers natural high‐quality vegetable‐oil‐based raw material sterols and natural vitamin E, anionic surfactants and esters used in nutrition and personal care products to global blue chip consumer product companies.

We are seeking a Key Account Manager to join this standalone, nearly 200MM dollar company poised for innovation and significant growth! Interested in those with either Domestic and/or Global Key Account Management, Relationship Management or Sales experience.

SUMMARY:
A Key Account Manager acts as the lead point of contact and the primary liaison between the customer, our distribution network and the company. They are responsible for successful growth and management of an existing book of business within their assigned geographic market.

Market: China

LOCATION: TBD or Remote

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Promote Kensing products to existing customers with focus on continuous improvement to enhance
    the customer experience and overall satisfaction.
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of key customer needs and requirements.
  • Build deep customer relationships with all relevant customer stakeholders.
  • Ensure the correct products and services are delivered to customers in a timely manner.
  • Resolve any issues and problems faced by customers and deal with complaints to maintain trust.
  • Develop new business in existing or new markets and manage opportunity pipelines through generation and closing of new business opportunities.
  • Drive growth goals and act as a liaison with regional distributors.
  • Interface collaboratively with internal stakeholders including supply chain, purchasing, regulatory, legal and finance to manage processes and improve engagement with accounts.
  • Ensure PO processing, shipping and operational logistics are meeting requirements.
  • Create call reports, update strategic account plans, report on key intelligence data collected, and lead documentation.
  • Work closely with Supply Chain/Operations to ensure inventory levels are maintained for sales forecasts and order fulfilment.
  • Establish and oversee internal and external budgets, including P&L responsibility.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of 5‐8 years’ experience as in Key Account Management or Sales with proven success
    building and maintaining long term commercial relationships. Distributor management experience
    is strongly preferred.
  • Chemical industry experience: natural chemicals used in nutrition and/or personal care products
    is preferred or complex ingredient companies.
  • China Account Management experience.
  • Strong ability in problem‐solving and negotiation.
  • Deep understanding of order‐to‐cash process preferred.
  • Exceptional ability to multi‐task, prioritize and manage time efficiently to meet critical deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written.
  • Proficiency with MS Excel; ideally with some familiarity of pivot tables.
  • CRM System and SAP experience is a plus.
  • Entrepreneurial ‐ ability to adapt and create new processes.
  • BS in business administration, chemistry, or chemical engineering. MBA is a plus.

Position: Product and Pricing Manager

Location: Kankakee, IL

Date Created: 2/3/2022

Job Responsibilities

  • As a leader, you will be responsible for driving sustainable, profitable growth though effective margin management and volume growth including pricing, pricing processes, cost management, customer bids, business forecasting, and other.
  • Leveraging your educational background in STEM and business and professional experience in marketing, operations, and/or product management, you will be responsible for strategy planning and project execution working with complex, interdisciplinary, cross-functional teams.
  • Building upon your business savviness, you will monitor market trends and drivers with understanding of key raw material movements and developments and also capture market, competitive and pricing intelligence through leverage of external and internal sources.
  • You will be responsible for driving the margin-oriented view on asset effectiveness and profitable organic growth by positioning asset to meet forecasted volumes and new pipelines.
  • With focus on continuous improvement, you will identify areas of poor performance in the company, make recommendations for improvement in processes, policies and systems and as needed, drive these projects to execution and value creation.
  • As a critical part of the commercial team, you will be responsible for the execution of business strategies and internal projects to ensure the desired result is achieved quickly and effectively.
  • Leveraging your analytical skills, you will design and implement daily, weekly or monthly reports of performance and success, pointing out areas in need of improvement and making recommendations.
  • As expert in pricing and product management, you will design and lead training programs to establish a base understanding in any department or company-wide and ensure that all employees grasp the information correctly.
  • As aligned with company strategy, you will explore new customer satisfaction options and make recommendations at monthly board meeting for how satisfaction can be improved.
  • As a collaborator, you will work closely with supply chain, sourcing, customer service and operations teams, participate in monthly meetings and complete deliverables.

Job Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, STEM or related field.
  • Five years minimum of working in product management, sales and/or business development
  • Strong background with business analytics
  • Experience in sourcing or supply chain environment

Position: Procurement Category Manager

Location: Kankakee, IL

Date Created: 2/3/2022

Kensing, LLC has a rich and successful history supplying producers of nutrition, health, personal and home care products used by consumers around the globe. We offer high value, sustainable ingredients and materials that are relied upon for premium quality, and are well known for sustainable sourcing and renewable, natural content.

Kensing is looking to hire a Procurement Category Manager to join their growing team in developing and leading supplier relationships. The ideal candidate is an innovative professional with 7+ years of experience in procurement of chemicals/ingredients. They have proven successes enhancing quality and service, while effectively managing costs and minimizing risk. This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new and exciting company located in Kankakee, IL which is just Southwest of Chicago.

Responsibilities:

  • Interacts with stakeholders to develop and lead supplier relationships for extracting the greatest value in supplier quality, total cost effectiveness, enhanced service levels, risk management, sustainability, and innovation.
  • Manages the ongoing performance of the suppliers including objective setting and supplier evaluations where warranted.
  • Develops short-term and long-term category specific strategies that align with the Company goals for reducing costs and meeting financial expectation, while managing vendor relationships.
  • Drives consolidation of spend and seek out synergies across where applicable, by forming and leading cross-functional strategic sourcing teams to develop and implement strategies and maximize profitability.
  • Consults with Sr. Management, and other subject matter experts, to develop alternative solutions; advises on options, risks, total cost of ownership, and business impacts.
  • Executes category sourcing strategies including development and execution of RFIs and RFPs.
  • Develops selection criteria and drives the selection and approval process of suppliers in collaboration with cross-functional teams.
  • Conducts supplier negotiations and ongoing supplier management.
  • Actively seeks ways to streamline business processes; researches and provides information on industry category trends and best practices.
  • Provides procurement input to maximize procurement leverage, optimize project design and minimize project durations and cost.
  • Ensures business process efficiency, and process improvement in line with Procurement strategy to empower the business as strategic partners.
  • Supervises and validates purchase order creation in line with directives.

Position: Engineering Administration Assistant

Location: Kankakee, IL

Date Created: 1/12/2022

JOB SUMMARY:

The Engineering Administration Assistant supports the Project and Technical Engineering Services for the site. The role requires heavy use of SAP and internal databases (Sharepoint and HCL Notes)  to generate documents and populate forms then track their approvals and final disposition. The role requires accuracy in these tasks as mistakes are difficult to correct.  Kensing plans to implement SAP Project at the end of January so there is a 6 month backlog of data that needs to be entered into SAP within the first 2 months.

Job Duties

  • Oversee flow of Capital Requests (RES-POM), Project Objective Memos (POM) and routing of Capital Project Approvals
  • Support for Initial Project Setup in SAP and Electronic Project Book creation (including content auditing)
  • SAP Purchase Requisitioning/ Orders, Invoicing support, Service Entries, and goods receipts processing
  • Organization & filing of Technical Documentation and drawings into databases & Project Books
  • Support Capital Project reporting, tracking, and closure routing (Wrap-up Checklist including auditing)
  • Update/ proof department (site) standards and procedures
  • Schedule department meetings, conferences, and luncheons
  • Relay vacation schedules & on/ off site personnel availability
  • Support other Admins as necessary for coverage.

Skills & prior experience:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Software Suite; Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint, and Teams Collaboration
  • Previous experience in SAP & HCL(IBM) Notes Databases

Capital Project Manager

The Project Manager is an experienced project leader and is accountable for overall project implementation activities. The project manager is passionate, high energy, and results oriented with a creative and analytical mind and is experienced with advanced PM tools and processes and has the ability to manage critical situations.

As a Project Manager, you are relied upon to execute and coordinate projects with efficiency and cost effectiveness. Project designs must consider personnel safety, process safety, ergonomics, environmental compliance, operational functionality and adherence to Codes a top priority.

Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain relationships with project Stakeholders (Manufacturing, Maintenance EHS, Quality and Supply Chain representatives).
  • Meet with the Stakeholders to assess, define and clarify the requirements of each project.
  • Follow the Kensing project process flow chart. Set up meetings and gate approvals to drive the projects through the steps.
  • Coordinate with outside off-site Engineering Firms and equipment vendors for detailed design and engineering as needed.
  • Coordinate and manage bidding of equipment and construction services.
  • Ensure that Site’s standards and preferences are met while managing project expectations.
  • Identify and mitigate project risks.
  • Lead interactive planning sessions to establish the alignment of scope, schedule, budget and quality.
  • Create a detailed work plan / schedule which identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the project. Microsoft Project is available.
  • Regularly update project forecast, manage the project design team to achieve project objectives, and provide direction to the project team.
  • Schedule, manage and document regular team meetings and be the primary point of contact for the project design team and Stakeholders.
  • Responsible for ensuring positive team environment and facilitating conflict resolution.
  • Ensure that all project information is appropriately distributed, documented and saved. Project files, Equipment Database, Drawings Database, FL build, hand over to Maintenance, etc.
  • Coordinate internal resources as well as external resources.
  • Learn and use SAP to
    • Enter Purchase Requisitions and/or POs.
    • Create and close projects.
    • Track spending
  • Ensure the quality assurance procedures are followed and completed throughout the execution of the project.
  • Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, check project progress toward project plan and objectives, and take corrective actions to address project deviations, i.e. avoid scope growth.
  • Communicate with Management as soon as any overrun projections are recognized.
  • Ensure that all relevant Site Procedures are followed on projects. Procedures are found in a database called Documentum.
  • Act as construction manager on smaller projects. May utilize a contracted construction manager on larger projects.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – Minimum
  • 10+ years of industry experience
  • Professional Engineering License is optional
  • Knowledge and awareness of Project Management principles
  • High Initiative, self-starter, strong drive and resilience
  • Action and result oriented.
  • Strong leadership skills; ability to motivate, encourage, demonstrate enthusiasm and influence others
  • Strong management, presentation, decision-making, problem solving and people skills.
  • Proficient with required software and management tools. Microsoft Office (Excel, Power Point, Word), Notes databases, Microsoft Project (or equivalent)
  • Willingness to take on project ownership and accountability.
  • Ability to manage multiple, set priorities and manage multiple tasks.

JOB SUMMARY: The Junior Accountant will be responsible for providing support to the other members of the accounting and finance team including the Controller and FP&A Leader.   This position reports directly to the Kensing LLC Corporate Controller.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide accounting support, including account reconciliations, data entry, cash application, and developing subledger analysis
  • Supports department by leveraging broad generalist skills to complement team mates wherever needed
  • Supports information gathering requests for audits and other special projects
  • Supports all monthly financial closing and reporting activities

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimal 2 year degree in  Accounting or Finance; BS or BA degree preferred
  • 2-4 years of accounting experience
  • Thorough knowledge of U.S. GAAP
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills with a dedication to driving and achieving results
  • Knowledge of employee relationship building and performance management techniques
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills. Experience with other financial systems.
  • Experience with or working knowledge of systems like SAP (ideally S/4HANA)
  • Strong work ethic – Self-directed/proactive
  • Insatiable curiosity underpinned by data-driven mind-set
  • Ability to work at a rapid cadence
  • Process and continuous improvement oriented
  • Ego checked at the door – collaborative and transparent
  • Integrity beyond reproach