The Plant Manager for the Czech facility is responsible for leading a cross-functional plant staff team, and for leading all activities relating to the manufacturing operations.
They 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. S / he 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.
The Plant Manager reports to the Vice President, Global Operations and Supply Chain. This position is located in Czech Republic and requires some travel (up to 10-
15%). Reporting to the position are direct managers (approximately 4), and indirect managers and supervisors (approximately 6) for the plant.
There are additional positions who partner with the Plant Manager and have dotted-line reporting (Human Resources and Finance).
The position requires the ability to work and communicate closely with plant teams and across the regions with all levels of the organization, with customers and suppliers, and to work in teams worldwide.
Key Job Responsibilities included but not limited to :
Fosters a culture of transparency, disciplined problem solving, high performance work teams, and continuous improvement.
Strives to ensure the appropriate team, tools and processes are in place to support these desired cultural traits.
Leads and promotes safety awareness with other key members of the team. Promotes accident prevention and employee involvement in regard to a safe work environment.
Ensures employees have an understanding of the safety expectations of the organization.
Leads and fosters the continuous improvement roadmap for plant management team. Leverages continuous improvement tools to drive continued operational improvements and ensures engagement of the entire plant management team through strong communication and clear direction.
Responsible for all aspects of the plant including delivering on Sales, Cost, EBIT, Inventory, Productivity (Material and Conversion Cost) and other key goals.
Directs overall manufacturing activities for the plant including purchasing, materials management, maintenance, tooling, manufacturing engineering, production scheduling, planning, warehouse, quality assurance and customer service to obtain optimum efficiency and safety of plant operations and in cooperation across the company manufacturing network.
Provides leadership surrounding operations areas including lean manufacturing.
Oversees all Continuous Improvement initiatives with the support and guidance necessary to assure manufacturing success for the facility and its team members, including :
Application of Lean principles to optimize on-time delivery, lead-time reduction, set up time reduction, quick change over, improve work process flow, overall productivity improvements.
Utilization of production boards, (CI / Lean Business Operating System) and lean Kaizen events to manage the operation and deliver customer satisfaction and world class quality.
Identification and implementation methods for improving worker efficiency and reducing waste (A3).
Manage production operations while developing methods to maximize efficiency and minimize cost.
Collaborates with the Operations Director Europe, and VP of Global Operations & Supply Chain to maintain department budget and recommendations on capital expenditures and labor.
Coaches, provides feedback to and develops the plant management team members. Motivates and manages the plant management team to achieve annual goals / objectives set at the individual and organizational level.
Directs capital equipment requirements including efficient use of equipment, materials, and personnel required to produce products in the plant.
Results Driven Produces results that exceed Company’s strategic objectives via a combination of planning and implementation, while living the Company Values.
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.
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 direction. Influences others in a mature and empowering manner.
Job Requirements : Experience :
Requires at least five (5) years’ of plant management experience.
Requires minimum of ten (10) 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.