Plant Operations Manager

Mattoon, Illinois
Plant Operations Manager
Competitive Salary & Benefits

The Plant Operations Manager is responsible for managing the operational and fiscal activities of plant operations and maintenance. They establish plant policies and procedures, oversee plant production goals, and foster a well-trained and motivated staff. Additionally, they plan and develop systems and procedures to improve the operating quality and efficiency of the plant. The Plant Operations Manager supervises staff, including hiring, training, and coaching employees.

Plant Operations Manager Responsibilities:
  • Overseeing all health and safety aspects, including adherence to Company standards and quality and environmental standards.
  • Overseeing all environmental aspects, including adherence to legal reporting and ISO 14001 programs.
  • Advising on all engineering aspects of equipment and improvement, including capital projects and future planning.
  • Overseeing on-site logistics coordination for incoming and outgoing loads.
  • Overseeing all financial aspects, including cost and capital projects, and setting up and reviewing all allocations and methodologies.
  • Directing and coordinating plant operations within company policies and procedures.
  • Establishing and directing plant policies and procedures.
  • Conferencing with department heads to ensure coordination of purchasing, production, and shipping.
  • Selecting and training plant supervisory and administrative staff.
  • Scheduling and conducting plant meetings.
  • Meeting productivity and quality goals for the plant.
  • Managing the operational and fiscal activities of the department, including staffing levels, budgets, and financial goals.
  • Planning and developing systems and procedures to improve the operating quality and efficiency of the plant.
  • Analyzing and documenting processes and problems and developing solutions to enhance efficiency.
  • Coordinating and implementing solutions from process analysis and general department projects.
  • Directing staff in the development, analysis, and preparation of reports.
  • Coaching and providing career development advice to staff.
  • Establishing employee goals and conducting employee performance reviews.
Plant Operations Manager Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in material science, ceramic engineering, or a related field is preferred.
  • 7+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Experience in lean manufacturing, process engineering, and capital projects.
  • Knowledge of production and processing, mechanical systems, administration and management, engineering and technology, lean manufacturing, manpower utilization, Microsoft Office, and JDE.
Key Competencies:
  • Strong leadership skills in training and accountability.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • Active listening, speaking, coordination, critical thinking, and management of personnel resources.
  • Problem-solving and complex skills, including statistical aptitude. 


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