Plant Manager

This role is a key member of our operations leadership group within the Americas Cooling organization.

Job description

This role is a key member of our operations leadership group within the Americas Cooling organization.  It is the senior site operations leader responsible for overseeing all plant activities in order to meet business objectives, including but not limited to the safety, quality, planning/processing, production, maintenance, warehousing, and shipping functionality of this company's plant operations.
The successful candidate will be accountable for all aspects of plant performance in a manufacturing environment of high quality engineered products by effectively planning work, organizing the workforce, and managing financial metrics while optimizing quality and safety. The successful incumbent will be a strong leader, leading operations directly and functions indirectly and be able to motivate employees to produce quality products in a safe manner.  They will also be results oriented and continuously focused on driving improvement. This role acts as site lead for this company's operations.
  • Directly leads and oversees scheduling, production, inventory control
  • Indirectly leads and oversees functions including but not limited to: IT, HR, finance, sales support, engineering and supply chain
  • Leads continuous improvement initiatives to lower costs and increase efficiency
  • Manages site budget to ensure minimal production cost and optimal product quality
  • Collaborates with engineering and commercial teams to ensure planning and production are optimized
  • Leads performance management for plant employees; identifies and addresses areas of needed coaching and guidance
  • Oversees long term planning activities geared towards enhanced operations; manage capital projects
  • Ensures timely and effective delivery of goods to clients
  • Drives a safety first culture; continuously improves and ensures compliance with all safety procedures
  • Ensures adherence to  quality standards while actively driving quality focus among all levels of employees
  • Complies with all applicable state and federal environmental and safety regulations and enforces local policies
  • Partners with Cooling BU leaders and site leadership to develop, implement, and effectively communicate business metrics and goals to all team members
  • Develops and implements an effective succession planning program for all levels of leadership and departments
  • Shares responsibility for continued improvement of positive culture as it relates to site morale and turnover initiatives
  • Successfully manages and completes multiple business projects and initiatives through effective delegation and mentoring
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in mechanical or industrial engineering, industrial management, or a related discipline
  • 7+ years of plant operations/management experience
  • MBA or advanced degree preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to lead continuous improvement, lean savings, and process improvements
  • Previous experience in an environment manufacturing highly engineered, custom products
Functional Experience
  • Plant operations leadership experience.
  • Progressive experience in implementing continuous improvement, lean savings, and process improvements
  • Formal exposure to process improvement methodology.
Industry Sector and Company Experience
  • Manufacturing industry experience, specifically with highly engineered, custom products preferred
Emotional Intelligence & Sense of Urgency – High levels of self-awareness and ability to recognize needs and concerns of others.  Consistently demonstrates high levels of energy, passion, enthusiasm and a can do attitude.
Strategic Orientation – The successful candidate will have demonstrated an ability to draw a high level of insight from multiple business situations to create and/or refine high-level market strategy. S/he will display a deep understanding of business strategy in multiple and integrated markets, competition, trends and other factors to develop a strategy that increases the competitive stance of the business. S/he will link strategy to a series of clearly actionable marketing initiatives, taking into account impacts in many parts of the business. Most importantly, the successful candidate will have exemplary analytical and problem solving skills coupled with the ability to effectively communicate insights to internal parties and to marketplace partners.
Collaboration and Influencing – S/he should thrive in an environment where influence, leadership, and engagement are the norm versus direct authority. The successful candidate will have experience working across “overlapping boundaries” between groups and can lead cross-functional teams effectively. S/he must be highly analytical, detail oriented and rigorous in developing alternatives and solutions to complex financial and operational issues with the ability to communicate solutions in a straightforward, collaborative and collegial way.  The successful candidate will have a personal style that is non­-hierarchical, non-territorial, and collegial. While the individual will not hesitate to take bold action when appropriate, the candidate will have a natural inclination toward leading through collaboration by seeking input and buy-in from key players across the company and his/her team. The individual will be able to learn the industry quickly and build relationships effectively with internal/external partners and customers. The ideal candidate will be adept at showing others how their objectives align with his/her own and be able to fine-tune communication to the specific audience. S/he will build informal networks internally and externally and view them as a crucial part of the value creation process.
Results Orientation – The successful candidate brings a strong track record of driving performance in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, global environment. S/he must demonstrate an “ownership mentality,” with a passion for delivering on commitments, owning results and “rolling up” his/her sleeves to drive performance. This includes establishing enterprise-wide stretch goals and championing change initiatives to help the company measure and achieve objectives and performance standards.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to improve the top and bottom line under a variety of macroeconomic conditions and requirements. The candidate will be energized by a challenge and driven to exceed goals. He/she will have identified and exploited opportunities, even under adverse conditions, and will have a track record of enabling successful integration. Additionally, he/she will have had experience developing and communicating a plan as well as utilizing business and management reviews to benchmark progress against plan.
Team Leadership – The successful candidate will have a strong track record as a leader, including team leadership and people development, and will effectively “convey the story.” S/he will spend significant time with indirect team members in the business units and with third parties, and will routinely solicit ideas, suggestions and help in order to arrive at a better solutions. This individual will empower his/her team (direct and indirect) to take risks while measuring their performance and holding them accountable for results. S/he will also be able to engage in a variety of interactions with key leaders across the business. The candidate brings a good sense of humor and self-awareness to the business.