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  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • 2021-09-23
Are you an Operations Manager/Production Manager who wants to join a growing manufacturer who is expanding operations?  Are you are an Operations Manager/Production Manager who has solid experience in a plastics injection molding environment?  If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you should consider this opportunity.
Our client is a global manufacturer that is a leader in innovative and quality manufacturing of closures and dispensing systems. Our client is celebrating 100 years in business this year, and our client serves a huge range of markets– health & beauty & home care; food & beverage; and industrial.  Our client supplies both boutique manufacturers and the world’s top brands with a variety of rigid packaging caps and dispensers.
Our client’s plant in the Columbus, OH area is expanding and is adding an Operations/Production Manager to its team.  Reporting to the Plant Manager, as Operations/Production Manager you will be responsible for P&L Performance of the manufacturing facility, including safety, quality, delivery, cost and inventory.  You will lead a team of 5 direct reports and 33 indirect reports walking in the door.  With the future expansion those numbers will dramatically increase.  You will develop and control profits, plans, and budget; deliver the actual sales demand on time and at cost.  You will play a key part in the development of the customer relationship through meeting daily commitments regarding on time delivery, product quality and safety; identify and implement productivity improvement projects to improve the profitability of the operation.  You will participate in the development of new projects to be launched at the facility, and lead project implementation.  You will be a change agent leader, driving the cultural transformation necessary to achieve world class performance within the organization.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all plant processes and activities are managed in a manner which maximizes team member safety and complies with all relevant environmental and Health & Safety Legislation. Creates and promotes a safety culture amongst team members.
  • Direct and manage plant operations for production, maintenance, quality, shipping and receiving.
  • Implement and champion processes to support Rieke’s Operational Excellence framework for performance excellence. Ensure team members are trained and adhere to processes and policies on a daily basis.
  • Drive continuous improvement within the organization.
  • Coordinate plant activities through the planning with departmental managers to ensure the total manufacturing objectives are accomplished in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Implement cost effective systems of control over capital, operating expenditures, inventory, manpower, wages and salaries.
  • Manage capital asset maintenance.
  • Establish and monitor overall plant performance for on-time delivery, production and quality standards.
  • Control and minimize labor overtime, premium freight, scrap, rework and repair expenses.
  • Maintain existing plant facilities and equipment; replace, or make adjustments to plant facilities and equipment when necessary.
  • Implements and maintains preventative maintenance programs.
  • Incorporates shop floor organization and plant cleanliness among plant personnel.
  • Ensures that there is daily, weekly and monthly structure around shop floor schedules, demand/supply plan, and tracking of production performance.
  • Lead implementation of lean manufacturing techniques to support performance objectives.
  • Lead implementation of new products and projects, including on-site technical support at filler trials.
  • Provides direction, development and leadership to plant leadership team and uses performance management tools to evaluate achievement against objectives (the what and the how), improve succession depth in organization and creates developmental opportunities.
  • Participate in design of new equipment with the corporate technical team and various vendors
  • Develop and implement well-managed process for equipment changeovers to optimize uptime and ensure performance objectives are achieved. Continuously explore opportunities to reduce equipment changeover times.
  • Develop and document operating procedures. Train team members to effectively use the procedures in their day-to-day roles.
  • Conduct daily production meetings, plant walkthroughs and safety compliance audits; implement corrective action as required.
  • Ensure the operation meets environmental regulations and operating certificates; implement corrective actions as required.
  • Represent and promote the business in the “community” with other suppliers to support sales, service, innovation and speed to market for customer restage programs.
  • Regularly conduct Town Halls, staff meetings, round tables and other effective means of communication to ensure team members are well-informed about critical aspects of the business.
  • Proactively participate in Operating Reviews to discuss past, current and forecasted performance, including improvement projects, growth projects and corrective action plans.
  • Support all EHS activities and strictly Reporting on the performance of the quality management system and on opportunities for improvement to management.
  • Ensuring the promotion of customer focus throughout the organization and in particular, your area of responsibility.
  • Ensuring that the integrity of the quality management system is maintained when changes to the quality management system are planned and implemented.
  • Ensuring that the processes are delivering their intended outputs.
As Operations/Production Manager your background should include:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, manufacturing and/or business.
  • Injection Molding and Plastics experience a MUST HAVE
  • Lean or Six Sigma qualification including 5S preferred 
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in manufacturing leadership positions.
  • Experience with developing and Implementing successful solutions for complex manufacturing and supply chain problems.
  • Project and process management experience
  • Proven people management skills and ability to develop a team.
  • Ability to deal with conflict and challenge direct reports.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Financial Analysis
  • Product/process costing
  • Forecasting- financial and operational.
  • World class quality systems.
  • ISO 9001/ISO 45001
  • GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) a plus
  • Distribution & Logistics
  • Quality Audits
  • Managing operational relationships with customers
  • Interpersonal savvy with strong listening skills
  • Customer focused
  • Innovative and have an entrepreneurial spirit and intellectual horsepower
  • Ability to manage own time, organize and prioritize numerous activities under pressure to tight deadlines
  • Building and coaching effective teams and peer relationships
  • Understands, inspires and motivates others
  • Highly motivated, has perseverance and tenacity
  • Excellent problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Ability to inspire confidence with customers
Our client is seeking only local/commutable candidates as there is no relocation offered.