Plant Manager

Job Overview
Job Order:JO00017687
Date Posted:May 3
Category:2 - Engineering & Manufacturing
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A growing and profitable Steel Company in the Hammond, Indiana area is in need of a Plant Manager. Preferring candidates with hands on Slitting and Pickling expertise. This is a Full Time, Permanent, Direct Hire Position offering Competitive Compensation, Bonus Potential, Good Benefits, Paid Holidays and Vacation.


The Plant Manager is responsible for the overall operational results and they will be focused on driving continuous improvement & Lean Manufacturing initiatives to maximize efficiency and productivity. This role will report directly to the Vice President of Operations.

Safety: Leads the safety culture including the ongoing behavioral based safety program. Continually reinforces a safe work environment.

Functional Leadership: Ensure a high level of communication & collaboration is taking place between functional areas including Interstate Steel Customer Service, Quality, Applications, etc.

Operational Excellence: Establish robust and reliable Lean manufacturing processes to meet the delivery needs of the customers. Lead the plant operations team in meeting its cost and delivery targets. Identify and drive cost savings initiatives. Measure key production metrics such as Operational Efficiency, Tons per hour, equipment up-time, and coil change over times, etc. Identify opportunities to benchmark and network with other company plant managers and external resources.

Compliance: Establish and enforce corporate policies and procedures to meet business objectives. Ensure all Quality programs are successfully in place, monitored/audited and in full compliance.

Culture: Establish and maintain a culture that promotes safety, ethics, integrity and individual accountability. Maintain a positive and achievement goal oriented working environment for all employees.

Measurement & Analysis: Track and analyze key metrics; maintain awareness of, analyze and report on external market factors as they relate to goals and objectives. Create a visual workplace where all employees are aware of key metrics and operational impact.

Support Functions: Leverage internal administrative functions such as Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, etc. to support business operations in achieving business goals.

Staff Development: Provide training, direction and support to employees on their assigned job responsibilities. Evaluate personnel and ensure a high-performance culture focused on accountability and passion to constantly improve. Ensure employees maintain the highest level of professionalism and competence in their work operations.


  • A blend of technical capabilities and operational leadership.
  • A strong process orientation and experience with quality systems, lean manufacturing techniques, and safety. Understands and will apply elements of Lean manufacturing to achieve cost targets.
  • Ability to drive continuous improvement within all aspects of the manufacturing process.
  • A strategic thinker - business oriented, logical thought process; able to develop and articulate strategies for growth.
  • Numbers-driven and analytical; proficient with Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access), MiniTab or other analytical software.
  • Ability to inspire and encourage others through direct communications throughout all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to continually inspire and encourage others. Leads by example.
  • A Bachelor's Degree is preferred or Equivalent Experience.
  • 10 plus years of progressive experience (5+ years in Steel or Automotive OEM Stamping Industry) with 5+ years of Industrial / Operational Leadership experience.
  • Experience in a Steel Processing environment.
  • Experience implementing Lean Manufacturing principles.
  • Six Sigma Certification a plus. Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Strong negotiation skills and executive presence with key accounts and management.
  • Strong leadership skills including foresight and urgency with regards to issues negatively impacting the business.



If you are a high performer and would like to work for an equally high performing company and you think the above opportunity is appropriate for you, we invite you to submit your resume in Microsoft Word format to:

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