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Refractory Team Manager - Steelmaking

Requisition ID:  20068 

Reflected in our name, AM/NS Calvert is a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel Corporation, two of the world’s leading steelmakers. We use the most innovative technology to create the steels tomorrow’s world will be made of. As part of ArcelorMittal, every day over 190,000 of our talented people, located in over 60 countries, push the boundaries of digitalization and use advanced technology to create a world that is stronger, faster and smarter. Our strength comes from having a rich tapestry of high-performance, multi-cultural teams, each of them working together effectively to achieve the same organizational goals. AM/NS Calvert promotes an innovative, diverse team experience, while supporting our team members in advancing their careers.


Located in Calvert, 35 miles north of Mobile, Alabama, our state-of-the-art steel processing facility has the capacity to process 5.3 million tons of high-value steel grades in the North America market. We are constantly striving to work safer and smarter, and to make our products stronger, lighter and more sustainable so we can meet the ever-changing needs of our customers, our communities and the wider world.


AM/NS Calvert is expanding its existing portfolio with the addition of a brand new, cutting edge Steelmaking facility in Calvert, AL. The addition of this facility to our site creates a unique competitive advantage, providing team members with endless opportunities to use the latest technology, develop innovative solutions, and drive digitalization across everything we do We invite you to apply to join this Steelmaking start-up and become a part of forging the future of steel in Alabama for generations to come.



The ideal candidate will lead operations for the Refractory area of the Steelmaking team, including managing team of refractory operators and refractory specialist, to meet the business goals of AM/NS Calvert.


The Basics:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum of 3 years of refractory team management experience in a steelmaking factory required
  • In depth knowledge of steelmaking refractory and concrete material
  • Extensive knowledge of steelmaking refractory works and gunning operations
  • Strong decision-making, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Intermediate Computer skills to include SAP and Microsoft Office
  • Excellent communications skills working with professionals, operations/maintenance personnel, and construction trades


The Extras:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business, Management, or similar field preferred
  • 6+ years of refractory team management experience
  • Technical knowledge of Caster, EAF, Ladle Metallurgy Facility (LMF), and/or RH desired



  • Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Makes good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward
  • Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
  • Builds strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals
  • Creates a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives



Project Execution, Construction, and Startup Phase:

  • Provide refractory expertise during basic & detail design of production equipment
  • Design of refractory equipment; Participate in ladle design
  • Hire and train team of refractory operators
  • Create a refractory vendor database; Meet and evaluate vendors
  • Develop technical specification for refractory consumable and create SDS & MM number
  • Write work instruction & HIRAC for refractory equipment usage
  • Develop training documentation & course for refractory operators
  • Set up refractory areas to include tools, devices and arrangements


Operations Phase:

Health, Safety, Environmental, and Quality Management

  • Responsible for Safety, Quality, Environmental and Production for refractory team
  • Lead and/or participate in incident root cause analysis and corrective actions for major failures to include safety incident, environmental deviation, quality deviation, production loss.
  • Ensure refractory compliance with environmental regulations; Investigate safety, quality, environmental and production incidents
  • Ensure operators are appropriately trained to perform their duty safely; Ensure work instructions & HIRAC are up to date for refractory

Team Management

  • Lead refractory team to achieve performance: production, cost, & quality KPIs
  • Communicate and provide leadership and vision to refractory team
  • Demonstrate and promote AM/NS Calvert Purpose and Values: Safety, Teamwork, Accountability, Relationships, and Sustainability
  • Organize the refractory team members work schedule, vacations and replacement
  • Evaluate performance of team members and take actions to develop their skills, including disciplinary correctives actions
  • Ensure housekeeping is performed by the team in the workplace at any time

Performance Management

  • Identify appropriate counter measure in case of non-achievement of refractory performance targets
  • Work with EAF, LMF, RH, caster interfaces for the overall benefit of steelmaking mill
  • Communicate and plan with the maintenance team the maintenance needs of refractory equipment
  • Manage and evaluate EAF, LMF, Ladle, RH, caster refractory performances: state, degradation time
  • Follow up production equipment process parameters, identify deviations to standard that have influence on refractory performance and implement corrective measures
  • Manage budget and financial performance of refractory activities, including stock levels
  • Organize and coordinate refractory repair and reline works for EAF, LMF, Ladle, RH, tundish
  • Manage performance of selected contractors and vendors
  • Lead or participate in continuous improvement activities
  • Organize new refractory material trials
  • Provide a refractory expertise to technology team for improvement projects implementation
  • Monitor inventory levels of refractory and related consumables; Communicate with procurement and refractory vendors to ensure optimal refractory inventories are maintained
  • Provide resources to engineers and specialists for achieving their objectives



  • Office and Industrial setting in the Steel Making facility
  • During first ~2 years, Construction setting
  • Gulf coast region in Calvert, AL
  • Days, Monday to Friday with extended hours as required due to periods of peak workloads



AM/NS Calvert focuses on hiring the best candidates, so we strive to provide the best benefits and perks to make your world easier.


Health & Wellness - You can choose between a high deductible health insurance plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a traditional PPO plan with a Flex Spending Account (FSA) option. We provide excellent dental and vision coverage and an employee assistance program (EAP). We also have a 24-hour on-site gym available.

Financial Protection - We provide life insurance, short- and long-term disability plans, AD&D insurance, and 401k with an employer match of 6%.

Compensation - We offers competitive pay with quarterly bonuses as well as a comprehensive relocation package.

Workplace Flexibility - Paid vacation, starting at 13 days per year, increasing with tenure. Additionally, we provide 10 paid holidays, bereavement leave, and parental leave. AM/NS Calvert believes in a positive work-life balance and offers remote work opportunities, flexible work hours, and alternative schedules, depending on the position.

Career & Personal Development – We offer a tuition reimbursement program and provide in-house training on professional topics, technical skills, and leadership competencies.

Culture – Our culture is built on a foundation of its core values, which include safety, teamwork, accountability, relationships, and sustainability. We emphasize collaboration and recognize every individual's unique contribution, encouraging a diverse and inclusive workforce where all team members can grow and develop.

Way of Life – On-site 24/7 convenience mini markets are located throughout the site. AM/NS Calvert has a strong commitment to community involvement. Team members can contribute and get involved in giving back to their communities.



Please note: The Job Profile is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.


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Nearest Major Market: Mobile AL

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