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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Plant Manager – Lean Focus

Company: Confidential

Position: Plant Manager – Lean Focus

Location: Midwest – Northern Illinois

Reporting: Position reports to VP of Global Operations

Compensation: Excellent Compensation and benefit package

Relocation: Relocation Available

Company Profile:

Our client is leading global manufacturer and supplier of consumer and commercial products servicing the mass retail, home center and commercial outlet markets.

Position Description and Responsibilities:

This is a key leadership position within our client’s division, with responsibility for the business’s flagship non-union manufacturing plant and distribution operation supporting revenue in excess of $120MM (300+ employees). Reporting directly to the VP of Global Operations, this position will require a candidate with a solid plant management and distribution leadership background, preferably with a materials processing and/or batch manufacturing background. Key to success in this role requires a leader that is able to facilitate and drive service, quality, cost and safety leveraging Lean methodologies in a fast paced and “ever changing” environment. The position will require a leader with a strong blend of both strategic and tactical approaches to operational and business objectives, leveraging his/her background and experience to drive results via credibility, influence and leadership by example.

· This position will be responsible for managing the both manufacturing and distribution operations, holding managers accountable to achieve monthly and annual targets in service, quality, cost, safety, and other key performance targets.

· This role will lead, drive, and sustain the cultural and technical changes necessary to make our client’s plant a world class Lean manufacturer.

· This role will serve as the leader and catalyst for implementing Lean Enterprise principles, tools, and techniques within the plant and distribution center.

· This position will be responsible for the preparation of annual operating budgets, business plans for both the plant and distribution center.

· Leadership responsibility for 275 hourly and 40 support staff team associates with functional responsibility for all manufacturing, distribution, local product management, human resources, EH&S, plant engineering, and indirect reports from sourcing and finance.

· This position will have responsibility for the management of the people resource through good practice, employee appraisal systems, implementation of compensation and benefit programs, communication systems, and performance management techniques

Position Critical to Quality + Success (CTQ+S): Technical Behavioral Requirements:

· BS degree Engineering or Business / MBA or M.S. Advanced Degree preferred

· 15+ years of increasing responsibility in manufacturing leadership roles (Plant Management and Distribution Experience)

· Advanced Training in Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, 5s, SMED, and other continuous improvement methodologies

· Materials processing experience / background

· Strong financial acumen - understanding of 4 wall operating costs and P+L measures

· Knowledge of Word, Excel, MS Power Point required

Position Critical to Quality + Success (CTQ+S): Skill/Ability Behavioral Requirements:

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Excellent interpersonal skills…edge, energy and the ability to lead and energize others.

· Demonstrated track record of promotion within a minimum of two different organizations / business cultures

· Strong ability to quickly assess and develop talent to build team and operational bench strength

· Ability to work under pressure of multiple projects and deadlines… sometime with conflicting requirements

· Ability to effectively prioritize workload and manage changes in direction and priority

· Ability to develop, interpret and apply required policies and procedures

· Ability to work/ in a team / matrix environment

· Ability to address tactical business shortcomings with strategic solutions

· Ability to build buy-in with multiple stakeholders with sometime conflicting priorities

· Motivated to take on a career enhancing challenge… high level of energy


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