Director of Operations

Oak Brook, Illinois

Job Description
Basic Function: The Director will be responsible for ensuring that in conjunction with the rest of the stakeholders, this division is meeting gross revenue, profit contribution and production goals as targeted. As a part of this effort, he/she will make sure that each facility - both manufacturing and distribution are meeting or exceeding all human capital, operations, safety, quality, efficiency, and customer / quality goals and objectives.


  • Leading overall strategic planning for each facility including capital, manufacturing and human resources-related strategic resource planning, development, and execution efforts. This will include syndicating proposed plans/activities with corporate and then ultimately overseeing these efforts at the facility.
  • Providing significant input to both the division and corporate leadership teams required to reach world-class capabilities in manufacturing and any additional manufacturing technologies required to compete in a global market. This will include capital project/expense levels around expansion, capital equipment, engineering and potential new product production efforts.
  • Providing overall direction to the Chicago, Memphis and Garland operations surrounding established SI&OP processes (supply and demand planning, long range forecasting, strategic planning, forecasting, optimization, budgeting process, logistics).
  • Partnering and influencing Sales, Product Management, Marketing, and other functions to effectively execute on these SI&OP processes to ensure the optimal balance between customer service levels and inventory utilization.
  • Overseeing and reviewing production and operating performance on a regular basis with each plant manager and providing input to the leadership team as required to resolve operational, manufacturing, maintenance and delivery problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operation delays to customers.
  • Working extensively with corporate and division-level HR to ensure talent acquisition, retention and development efforts ensure both adequate succession levels for key roles within these facilities and as practical, around the division.
  • Overseeing efforts that result in the development and maintenance of the highest levels of engagement possible with all levels of employees within these facilities.
  • Effectively directing each Plant Manager's efforts to maintain a safe, clean, and efficient operation, working within all company guidelines and local/state/federal regulations. These would include efforts/programs and initiatives impacting safety, quality, scheduling, production, shipping, maintenance, and other administrative functions for these facilities.
  • Playing a lead role in ensuring that all operations maintains appropriate customer service levels and intervening as required should specific customer issues arise.
  • Playing a role in relevant due diligence efforts with potential acquisitions and providing suitable feedback / input should products and manufacturing capabilities be integrated into the Chicago, Memphis or Garland operations or other facilities as required.
  • Playing a key role in the professional development of the Plant Managers as well as working along-side human resources to create and maintain an operating culture that encourages professional development overall.

Job Requirements
  • 15+ years of demonstrated manufacturing leadership experience - with 10 or more years as a manager. Work in a continuous process environment is a definite plus.
  • Experience with the business aspects of operations and plant management with regard to P&L responsibilities. Specific experience working with on capital allocation and planning including engineering, costing/budgeting and understanding the assets of the facility.
  • Expertise with the implementation of Lean initiatives, continuous process improvement, project management methodologies and overall operational efficiencies. Significant exposure to a specific operating system (example: the Toyota Production System) will be quite helpful.
  • Demonstrated ability and flexibility to deal with corporate functions such as finance, sales, procurement, human resources, operations, and logistics.
  • Strategically focused leadership skills that include strong communication talent, team-based continuous improvement motivational tactics, creative instincts, and the ability to implement segment, business unit and company-wide goals
  • Specific and demonstrated experience developing talent overall within an operations organization including working to identify and develop a potential successor
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and maintaining a positive employee relations environment through well-established communication programs, approachability and visibility with all employees, a proactive and positive leadership style.
  • Experience in a commercial role and/or with direct customer contact as an operations professional.
  • Strong leadership skills, independent thinking, proven organizational and planning abilities, and excellent analytical and problem-solving skills are essential.
  • A demonstrated ability to work "cross-border" with an appreciation of both personal and cultural nuances.
  • High energy level, positive attitude a must.

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