Operations Manager – Knoxville, TN

Universal Environmental Services is hiring an Operations Manager for the Knoxville, TN Division. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with extensive experience managing  DOT CDL drivers’ plant operations and a background in hazardous waste, waste oil handling/processing, and industrial vacuum services.

Salary is based on experience – UES offers a very comprehensive compensation package. 

Reporting Relationship – Direct Reports to Vice President of Operations; Indirect – Corporate Staff


  • Associate degree or five years of comprehensive experience in operations and management
  • Five years experience in either hazardous waste oil or waste oil handling/processing


  • Leads and directs overall facility operations.
  • Business Development – Develop and sustain relationships with new and existing vendors.
  • Plant Operations – Oversee all collection, sales, and service operations
  • Industrial Vacuum Services – Oversee vacuum truck services, sales, and project operations.
  • Increase volumes and sales in territory areas as determined by our growth strategy.
  • Monitor the vehicle maintenance program; maintain all required DOT documentation; review driver logs and related DOT documentation.
  • Support vacuum truck services, schedule services, and maintain the equipment.
  • Supervise daily driver activities for the Region, including but not limited to new customer setup, scheduling call-in services, analyzing routes, optimizing efficiency using routing system and other resources available, worker productivity, and administering bi-weekly payroll.
  • Monitor the collection and shipping of used oil to customers, the segregation of used antifreeze for recycling, and the segregation of oily water for other materials.
  • Provide periodic training, including DOT regulations, Used Oil Regulations, and OSHA Regulations. Conduct safety meetings working closely with UES safety resources.

Job Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must have a working knowledge of all applicable laws – Federal and State  on collection/transportation of used oil
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Good planning and organizational skills – personally motivated and self-starter
  • Excellent verbal and written communication ability.
  • Above-average computer skills and ability to learn and effectively use new software systems.
  • Ability to travel to other locations; overnight stays will be required.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Physical activity includes bending, reaching, stretching, climbing in/out of tractors and on top of trailers
  • All types of weather conditions, such as rain, cold, and heat.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Plant personnel, drivers, administrative staff, and outside vendors

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