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Position Summary:

As Plant Manager you will be responsible for leading a cross-functional plant staff, and for leading all activities relating to the manufacturing operations; as well as, lead a multifunctional staff and direct overall manufacturing activities for the plant including purchasing, materials management, maintenance, tooling, manufacturing engineering, production scheduling, planning, warehouse, quality assurance, and safety of plant operations.  You will inspire the staff to achieve results in alignment with company and business strategy as well as operational objectives focused on safety, health and environment, quality/warranty, lead-time/delivery, productivity, resource/asset utilization (inventory, people development) and employee engagement. The Plant Manager will lead the implementation of a lean (continuous improvement) culture through visual management boards and Kaizen events and develop a safety culture that achieves organizational targets.  He/she will oversee the organization to deliver operational excellence and achieve organizational strategy and goals.

 As Plant Manager you will report to the Vice President and General Manager.  This position is located just south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area and requires some travel (up to 10-15%).  Reporting to the position are direct managers/supervisors, as well as direct labor for the plant. The position requires the ability to work and communicate closely with plant teams and across regions with all levels of the organization, with customers and suppliers, and to work in teams worldwide.  Seeking a strong leader and one who is not afraid to get out on the production floor, with experience in an environment of short runs and high-mix.

Leadership Competencies aligned with the company and executed with appropriate expectations for the job level:

  • Strategic Mindset: Has understanding of global industry or market; creates breakthrough strategies that alter the competitive dynamics in a market and establishes a series of competitive advantages yielding profitability that exceeds expectations for the organization.
  • Results-Driven: Produces results that exceed strategic objectives via a combination of planning and implementation, while living the Company’s Values.
  • Change Leadership: Aligns an organization and its people to drive for improvement and adopt new, challenging directions. Energizes a whole organization to want to change in the same directions. Influences others in a mature and empowering manner.

 J       Experience In the following:

  • Two (2) years’ of plant management experience a plus.
  • Requires minimum of five (5) years’ of operational experience in industrial manufacturing (manufacturing engineering, machining and assembly area will be a real advantage).
  • Successful track record of achieving growth and profitability targets in an operation, including reducing direct/indirect costs while increasing operational efficiency, productivity, and quality.
  • Experience in managing a diverse manufacturing background, ideally having worked in a high-mix low-volume environment with both machining and assembly. Experience in a strong production scheduling background preferred.
  • Expert level knowledge in general operations, lean manufacturing, and safety processes.
  • Experience managing a plant or Value Stream/Manufacturing/Operations Manager for a plant that machined, fabricated, and assembled industrial components.
  • Experience and education in Lean Manufacturing, TPS, 5 S, Six Sigma, Value Stream Mapping, and Theory of Constraints.
  • Extensive experience with manufacturing process improvement, including budget management, facility enhancement and improvement, Total Cycle Time reduction principals, lead time reduction, workflow/layout enhancement program and capacity management planning, Target Costing.
  • Diverse functional experience within operations including manufacturing, engineering, materials management, supply chain, quality, etc. 

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to build and lead a strong positive team environment
  • Change agent who builds, leads and inspire a team, transforming a company culture at all levels
  • Analytical thinker with a drive to create innovative solutions for sustainability
  • Ability to execute high value customer contracts
  • Extensive technical and business product knowledge globally
  • Knowledge of machining and assembly best practices
  • Strong business acumen and project management skills
  • Excellent communicator including facilitation, verbal, and written skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and managerial skills

 Education and Certification Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Operations Management, Engineering or other related field

 This is a great opportunity to grow upward with this company if you are in a career path growth.  Let’s connect today and start the process moving forward for your next exciting career!


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