Plant Manager in Marengo, IL at Thomson Industries, Inc

Date Posted: 9/7/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description


This position is located in Marengo, IL with a total sales volume of $130M.  The product lines for this facility include industrial actuators, ball screws/nuts, and linear systems. The focus of this role is driving change consistent with policy deployment and the strategic plan and daily management. 

The Plant Manager will be responsible for managing and driving results for all areas of operations including Manufacturing, Quality, Materials, and Procurement. This specifically includes lean manufacturing processes, improving service to our customers, building strong employee engagement, and leading this operation in a very fast-moving industry.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all areas of manufacturing and operations support.
  • Improve operating profits for the company. Develop and drive the Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory, and Productivity metrics. Ensure daily SQDIP review.
  • Develop and lead a world class Operations team.
  • Direct the maintenance of a safe and healthy working environment by eliminating hazards, training employees, and promoting safety awareness. Continually upgrade, direct, comply with, and enforce Company safety programs and policies.
  • Lead the plant’s complete supply-chain management to include planning, sourcing, production, shipping/logistics, quality, and quantity objectives, with other plants as well as vendors and customers.
  • Promote the Altra Business System tools while improving ABS training and facilitation skills by pursuing certification in ABS tools.
  • Drive “best practices” in all areas of responsibility.
  • Develop a strategy for, and drive, process improvements. Lead and monitor plant performance through direct involvement, team development, coaching, establishment of goals and good countermeasure practices.
  • Assure coordination of plant functions, responsibilities, budgetary performance, manpower utilization, skills, equipment, and facilities.
  • Motivate all plant employees, encouraging optimum productivity, develop, train, assist, and advise supervisors, and administer company policies and procedures knowledgeably. Drive positive employee engagement and encourage / model open communication.
  • Plan and determine staffing requirements based on an understanding of goals and objectives.
  • Interact with the following on a regular basis (internal and external): Sales and Product Development Leaders, Finance staff, Human Resources, and Customers (OEM purchasing, product development, operations).
  • Maintain building, grounds, equipment, and facilities to provide and sustain a quality-working environment supportive of maximum efficiency, productivity, and return on investment.

Representative Decisions

  • Staffing for key roles.
  • Budgetary decisions and trade-offs.
  • High level capacity planning and customer prioritization.
  • Production staffing requirements.
  • Safety, quality, delivery, inventory, and productivity improvement priorities.
  • Site investment priorities and initiatives.
  • Counseling and disciplinary actions.

Expected Outcomes

  • Consistent positive performance relative to key performance indicators (KPI’s).
  • High associate engagement and involvement.
  • Organization with the capacity and capability to meet customer requirements.
  • Strong, mutually supportive cross-functional relationships.
  • High level of forecast reliability and accuracy.
  • Well managed capital plan addressing high priority investments.


Job Requirements

Critical Competencies

  • Accountability – takes ownership of expected outcomes
  • Adaptability – takes a flexible approach to addressing opportunities; open to new and different ways of doing things
  • Communication – listens to others and creates clarity through verbal and written communications
  • Customer Focus – clearly articulates customer needs to drive customer satisfaction; provides excellent service to internal and external customers
  • Decision Making – makes timely and informed decisions that consider the facts, constraints, risks, and likely impacts
  • Drive and Determination – acts with persistence and tenacity and effectively addresses obstacles; strong work ethic
  • Leadership – creates a compelling vision and leads by example in a manner that promotes followership; leverages the strengths of individuals and teams to achieve objectives
  • Negotiation & Influence – understands leverage points and motivations; constructively and creatively works towards win-win solutions
  • Organizational Effectiveness – effectively navigates organizational structures and drives momentum to achieve desired outcomes
  • Team Player – promotes trust, collaboration, and commitment within a team

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree, preferably in Engineering (preferred) or a Business Discipline.
  • At least 10 years durable goods manufacturing experience, including machining and assembly, with at least seven years prior management experience.
  • Significant prior experience with deploying lean methodology and tools to improve operations.
  • Self-starter, with experience in a team-based organizational structure and culture.
  • Success in managing through influence, persuasion, and coaching.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in time and project management.
  • Experience leading cultural change.

Physical Demand and Work Environment

Physical Demands - while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and sit.  

Work Environment – The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Must be willing to travel occasionally by all forms of transportation.  This position requires 10% travel.

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