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Plant Operations Manager

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Location: Wilson, North Carolina, United States
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The Plant Operations Manager oversees management of all areas of Manufacturing, Maintenance, Quality, Safety, Training and Engineering to produce products and direct activities so that products are manufactured safely, on-schedule, and within quality standards and cost objectives.

In this role, you will:

  • Ensure compliance with current federal, state, and local regulations partnering with Human Resources, Safety, and other departments as appropriate.
  • Develop current state and improvement strategies and plans for the facility working with Sales, Engineering, Quality, Corp Leadership, and other departments.
  • Champion of the company safety programs/processes and adheres to all appropriate safety policies and procedures while directing employees and seeking opportunities to improve safe work practices.
  • Provide leadership in supporting employee engagement programs and culture.
  • Deliver targeted OEE / productivity performance with sustained year over year improvement.
  • Implement and drive Mativ Operational Excellence programs and processes.
  • Execute manufacturing policies and programs that guide the organization in maintaining and improving its competitive position and the profitability of the operation.
  • Partner with Sales to deliver the highest level of customer service, focusing on top customers.
  • Grow and develop Business leaders at all levels of the Plant organization.
  • Hire, train, develop and evaluate staff taking appropriate actions as necessary on a timely basis and in accordance with company policy.
  • Direct the establishment and implementation of Quality Control Plan (with Quality Manager) processes to ensure zero defects
  • Deliver Operational Excellence savings annually per budget
  • Initiate and coordinate major projects, (e.g., plant layout changes, installation of capital equipment, major repairs, etc.).
  • Develop and set stretch goals for direct reports in line with Company strategy.
  • Keep current on information and technology affecting functional areas to increase innovation and ensure compliance.

 Critical Skills & Competencies:

  • Proven track record of successful team building and management, turnaround experience is a plus!
  • Experience in continuous improvement practices and analysis
  • Six Sigma / Lean Manufacturing training and knowledge
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Solid computer skills, especially in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience working with resin manufacturing-based technology, processes and principles is preferred.
  • Experience working with Union Leaders and represented employees strongly preferred


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration or a 4-year degree in a related discipline, an MBA is a plus!
  • 7+ years’ experience in a leadership role in manufacturing management, preferably in resin-based industry or another continuous process-oriented operation.