Production Supervisor

Process Plant Foreman

Chemical Plant Operator


The tasks a Supervisor and Foreman, Chemical Processing and Related Activities (Excepting Petroleum) is expected to perform include:

Supervising and guiding the workers engaged in various chemical and related operations and ensuring safety of workers and correcting performance

Guiding workers in setting and operating machines and plants for chemical and related processes such as crushing, grinding, mixing, cooking, roasting, making solutions, precipitating, filtering, operating stills and reactors, etc. and ensuring correct performance

Ensuring compliance with rules and regulations binding on chemical factories and taking appropriate emergency measures as necessary

Maintaining the records, and registering and submitting the returns

Ability to maintain records and register or submit returns as prescribed

Knowledge of getting samples tested or conducting shop tests as prescribed and directing necessary adjustments to get specified results

Well-versed with ensuring safety of plants and workers supervised

Well-versed with various compliances, rules and regulations binding on chemical factories


Knowledge of setting machines and plants, performing chemical and related tests

Knowledge of training workers for proper operation of plants and equipment

Physically fit

Good communication skills

Problem-solving attitude

Time -management skills

Good interpersonal skills

Ability to work independently or in teams

It requires one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Factories usually work for 5/6 days a week for 9/10 hours everyday. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

This job is considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health risks may include exposure to chemicals, etc.

Occupational hazards may include illness, skin disease, breathing problem, headache, back pain, tiredness, etc.

For freshers - INR 95 to INR 150 per day

For candidates with 1/2 years of experience or more - INR 150 to INR 190 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Chemical & Petrochemical Sector in India

Global chemical market size was estimated at USD 3.9 trillion in 2013 and is expected to grow at 3-4% per annum over the next 5 years to reach USD 4.7 trillion by 2018. India currently accounts for approximately 3% of the world chemical market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry expanded in 2013 despite weakness in key export markets and subdued growth in the domestic market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry currently stands at USD 118 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8% for the next five years.

Bulk chemicals form the largest sub-segment of Indian chemical industry with 40% market share whereas the specialty chemical with 19% market share is the fastest growing segment. Together, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh account for more than 50% of Gross Value Add (GVA) and Gross Output of the chemical and petrochemical industry in India.

The petrochemicals industry is a significant industry for the Indian economy. The growth of this industry is closely linked to economic growth of a country. Today, petrochemical products permeate the entire spectrum of daily use items and cover almost every sphere of life like clothing, housing, construction, furniture, automobiles, household items, agriculture, horticulture, irrigation, packaging, medical appliances, electronics and electrical etc. The Indian petrochemical market has grown at a CAGR of 11% from USD 19.3 billion in FY11 to USD 24 billion in FY13. The demand for basic petrochemicals and end products petrochemicals is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10% to reach 16 MMTPA and 19.5 million tonnes by FY18 respectively.

The current per capita consumption of products of chemical industry in India is about 1/10th of the world average. The low per capita consumption across industries and segments and strong growth outlook for the key end use are the key growth drivers for the chemical and petrochemical industry in India.

Chemical and petrochemical industry is a human resource intensive industry and hence employs a large number of people across the world. Currently the industry provides employment to about 1 million people in India. With the growing demand, the manufacture and marketing of chemicals will continue to offer substantial employment opportunities both for skilled and unskilled persons. The industry also generates indirect employment for the chemicals, engineering, packaging and transport industry. With the additional emphasis on exports, there will be new opportunities in logistics and marketing as well. As the industry grows, so will the job opportunities for Supervisor and Foreman, Chemical Processing and Related Activities (Excepting Petroleum).

Chemical and petrochemical companies across India

Towns and cities across India