CO2 Production Manager


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Wichita, KS

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:



At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations
  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
  • Discounted home and auto insurance



  • Operations oversight of CO2 production facilities owned and/or marketed by POET Ethanol Products.
    • Must be able to prioritize schedules for plant and customer needs based on severity of problems and business risk.
    • Stay continuously acquainted with plant production, equipment, and schedules.
    • Primary point of contact for plant personnel for questions or problems that arise with the CO2 process.
    • Recognize plant needs and engage leadership to resolve shortcomings.
    • Assist with plant training as needed, including new and existing operator initial and refresher training.
    • Facilitate localized ownership and empowerment with on-site subject matter experts at each facility.
  • Adhere to all safety requirements at all times and in all work environments.                     
  • Create scorecards to track key performance indicators and develop/implement strategies to improve.                       
  • Plan and facilitate major repair and rebuild strategies of operating equipment.
  • Maximize plant uptime through training, planning, teamwork and innovation.                  
  • Set protocol, procedures and expectations regarding operations and maintenance of equipment with plant partners.
  • Regularly visit plants to ensure expectations are being met and assist with any problems that arise.
  • Develop and provide technical presentations to management and plant team member training.
  • Interact with suppliers, equipment manufacturers and customers to act as an advocate for the POET Pure and POET Bioprocessing facilities on specific projects.
  • New Plant Projects
    • Provide input during planning phase to help optimize future plant operations.
    • Review plans, ensuring necessary equipment and piping to meet project scope.
    • Set expectations for contractors that P&ID’s are installed to best perform plant operations and maintenance.
    • Oversee contractors to ensure commissioning is being done as expected and within the timeline allowed.
    • Establish and implement a training schedule to equip the operating facility to operate the plant after the start-up phase.
  • Leadership responsibilities include delegation, coaching and performance management to effectively execute departmental strategies and support company objectives.
  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.
  • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.
  • Other duties as assigned.



POET Biofuels is proud to be a 2022 Wichita Business Journal Best Places to Work Honoree. When we show up each day, we look forward to using our talents to change the world and add value to society. We are a global leader in the energy and agricultural space.  We started as a supplier of fuel ethanol, and have grown into a multi-commodity marketing and transportation company providing solutions in fuels, grains, and carbon dioxide markets. 


As a CO2 PRODUCTION MANAGER, you will be responsible for oversight of the operation and quality control of CO2 production facilities owned and/or marketed by POET Pure. The position will ensure optimization of CO2 production including analyzing plant data, developing reports, troubleshooting and assisting with plant operations and maintenance. The CO2 Production Manager must able to effectively work in a team environment both on-site with the operations groups as well as with contacts at the managed plants and customers.



  • You have a Bachelor’s degree or greater in Engineering or Science is preferred.
  • You have 5 years of experience in a liquefied CO2 manufacturing or chemical processing plant environment is preferred.
  • You demonstrate mechanical aptitude, natural curiosity and desire to grow and improve.
  • You have the capability to build relationships and desire to help enable growth in others.
  • You are highly self-directed and able to maintain a thorough understanding of company policy, procedures and values.
  • You demonstrate proficient filing, documentation, record keeping and organizational skills.
  • You have experience in the Microsoft Office Suite and the ability and willingness to learn new software applications. 
  • You demonstrate excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to adapt to change.
  • You have additional training in Microbiology and team-building (helpful but not required)



POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.



  • Travel required as-needed, up to one week at a time.
  • This position is exposed to work in multiple environments, including plant, laboratory, as well as an office environment. 
  • The team member may be exposed to high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, dusty conditions, internal and external temperature/weather conditions, and chemicals.
  • Specific physical requirements may include:
    • Occasionally lifting weight up to sixty (60) pounds.
    • Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders.
    • Opening valves.
    • Occasionally bending, twisting and turning while lifting weight of less than fifty (50) pounds.
    • Data entry while seated for greater than one (1) hour.
    • Walking up to two (2) or more miles per day.
    • Pushing brooms, shovels, etc.
    • Working at heights, in confined spaces and at temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees.
    • Standing for extended periods of time.
    • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
    • Using hand and power tools.
  • Culture is king at POET. We are all on the same team. We always communicate. We park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s part of who we are.
  • In the Wichita office we have an open work environment, with no offices. We are all in this together and we work close together.
  • We work hard. We play hard. We have frequent team events, from bowling to BBQs to charity activities.
  • We also expect that everyone will maintain a healthy work-life balance. It’s the best way to optimize health, happiness and productivity over the long term.  


To submit your resume and application, please visit We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.