• Posted on: Jan 17, 2024
  • Location: Kansas City, KS
  • Job ID: 884242b9
  • Type: Full Time
  • Category: Management, Operations
  • Posted on: Jan 17, 2024
  • Location: Kansas City, KS
  • Job ID: 884242b9
  • Type: Full Time
  • Category: Management, Operations

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If you love choregraphing all the parts of a manufacturing orchestra to deliver as promised, then this will be your DREAM JOB!

This is an exceptional opportunity for an Operations Manager to join a machining/foundry operation that is part of a growing $4.5B diversified global manufacturing company with 18,000 employees. You will coordinate a team of 100-135 with 3 direct reports in the production of quality pressure-poured steel components to meet the company’s sales requirements.

We want an Operations Leader who:

  • Will partner with the General Manager in planning, organizing and directing the manufacturing operations with optimum cost-effectiveness,
  • Has a broad background and a keen understanding of the manufacturing process.
  • Possesses the leadership skills needed to motivate and direct all the hourly employees.

You will get:

  • A cost of living that is 13% below the US average
  • A great family environment in one of the Midwest’s best kept secrets
  • Kansas City famous for Jazz, BBQ, Bioscience and Big Tech!
  • Very affordable housing
  • Great schools that have a very low student/ teacher ratio
  • Close proximity to professional sports, restaurants and entertainment.
  • Close to nationally known universities
  • A Corporate relo package

But wait! There is more!!! This well-run operation is an employee-owned ESOP that gives employees a share of the company, individual employees will directly benefit from the success of the company!

  • There is a strong salary/with a 15% bonus compensation package
  • ESOP program provides 10% of your salary in stock every year
  • The company puts 1% of your salary into your 401k whether you contribute or not
  • The company also matches 100% of your contributions into your 401k
  • There is an extensive corporate relocation program for this role to Kansas City
  • Very generous benefits are offered for this key role that includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, EAP, Educational Reimbursement, Employer Retirement Account, Travel Accident Insurance Prescription / Drug, great 401K Match, Vacation, and a Flexible Spending Account


  • Receives operating cost analysis from the Plant Controller
  • Lean Manager to further the concepts of Lean manufacturing
  • Working with the Purchasing Department in testing of new materials and vendors regarding the usage of their products
  • Responsible for compliance to Griffin quality standards and productivity/WIP objectives.
  • Responsible for ensuring safe workplace conditions within established safety policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for maintaining operations within cost and budget restrictions and ensuring continuous improvements.
  • Work with Quality Manager to ensure adherence to AAR and Griffin quality standards and/or specification
  • Plan, organize and direct the manufacturing facility and act on their behalf in the absence of the General Manager.
  • Plan and schedule manpower requirements to meet labor objectives.
  • Handle employee issues (either formal or informal) to promote good employee relations and equitable solutions for the Company. This includes personnel problems, and disciplinary actions.
  • Select, develop and motivate a competent supervisory staff to assure a safe, efficient, cost-effective production operation.


  • Bachelors or better in Engineering or related field.
  • 5+ years of Manufacturing Operations Leadership experience leading multiple departments/shifts
  • Must be able to demonstrate a past history of developing and implementing operations metrics to drive results
  • Experience with budget management/development
  • Experience in foundry or heavy manufacturing is a big plus
  • Can demonstrate a track record of cost-saving, inventory turns improvement, and implementation of planning approaches (JIT, Kanban, and Lean Manufacturing)
  • Ability to motivate co-workers, and colleagues, and develop a positive attitude on the shop floor.
  • Experience making high-impact decisions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Possesses strong change management skills.
  • Skilled using advanced spreadsheet tools, word-processing, and manufacturing-control software applications are required.
  • Motivated to keep schedules and/or responses to customers as needed.
  • Professional training/certifications are a plus. i.e.Green Belt, Black Belt, or Lean
  • Advanced education is a plus

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