Plant Manager

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POST DATE 8/26/2016
END DATE 12/19/2016

Razorjack Recruiting Marion, IL

Marion, IL
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Breadth and Scope

The Plant Manager reports to the VP and Operations Team Leader, who reports to the SVP North American Operations who reports direct to the company President and CEO.

The Plant Manager has line management responsibility over all plant and distribution associates. Annual operating budget is approximately $200M and capital budget is approximately $1.0M.

The Plant Manager will interface with a variety of functional areas at the Company's corporate headquarters, with other Plant Managers within the segment and the Company, and with the Company's Regional Distribution Centers. Successful candidates must be confident functioning within a matrix organization, both at the plant and corporate level. External relationships include suppliers and customers.

Situation Analysis and Key Initiatives for next 12 months

The Marion plant participates in one of the companies three core businesses. The plant has been successful against internal measures, including a company best safety record, and receiving the coveted Plant of the Year award in 2014. The plant was also recently recognized as a 2014 IndustryWeek Best Plant winner. The business in total however has margins which are below the company average and expectations. The focus of the new leader will be to sustain the Safety Excellence while accelerating cost out programs and other initiatives to elevate margins. The recent Plant Manager who was at the location for 2.5 years was very well liked and respected, but relocated for personal reasons.

The Company believes all of the components for success (solid demand, sufficient capacity, strong and able workforce, good support staff, excellent production equipment and ready access to capital) are already in place.

In order for the new Plant Manager to be successful, he or she will have to pursue the following initiatives over the next six months:

Build trust: It will be critical for the new Plant Manager to establish a high level of trust throughout the plant. This must be achieved quickly and with the right personal combination of openness, creativity, intellect and leadership. The team wants to know the Plant Manager is in it for the right reasons.

Immediately demonstrate a hands-on management style: It is absolutely critical that the new Plant Manager have a natural hands-on manufacturing management style. He or she must have the inclination and the inter-personal skills to spend substantial time on the factory floor learning both the processes and the people.

Drive Targeted Cost Improvements: Through internal and external benchmarking the candidate needs to develop a strategy to achieve cost leadership in the core product offering. This will require building strong relationships with cross-functional peers and timely execution of initiatives.

Sustain Safety Excellence: It is important that the new leader continues to provide strong leadership in this area as it is a key value for the company and a source of identity and pride for the location.

Engage Associates: The Company is a strong believer in leveraging the skills and talents of all associates. Given the diverse make-up of the workforce it is important that the new Plant Manager engages all levels of the organization to address the "critical few".

Build on success: This is not a turn-around situation. The new Plant Manager must build on the past success, while imprinting his or her own personal stamp on the facility and the workforce. The right new Plant Manager, with the right management style and clear vision, will quickly gain the support and respect of the staff and production workers resulting in the desired financial and quality results for the Plant.

Business metrics and measures of success

There is a very strong corporate-driven emphasis on standardized metrics regarding safety, cost management, quality, working capital management and service levels. The Plant Manager must be comfortable and experienced in working within a framework of similar standardized metrics.

Key background requirements


The ideal candidate will have 10 to 15 years of management experience in a manufacturing facility. Wire and cable experience is not necessary, but experience with some type of process-oriented manufacturing vs. assembly operations will be helpful. Preferred previous career path is through line manufacturing versus support functions such as materials or engineering. Must have a strong working knowledge of Lean and Continuous Improvement tools. Experience with a large, publicly held, multi-division corporation is preferred. Preference is for individuals who have already been Plant Managers or Operations Managers, however, Focus Factory Managers and Manufacturing Managers from large facilities who can demonstrate strength and proven results will also be considered. Demonstrated experience with a wide range of standardized metrics is a must. Preferred experience is with commodity-type products where quality and cost is more important than product features.