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  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #7544

Vice President of Operations Job Summary:

Our client, a leader in the plastics industry, is seeking a VP of Operations. They will report directly to the president of the company and be responsible for devising the business strategy and objectives to optimize individual and corporate performance. Will also assist in analyzing and improving manufacturing strategy, including all long and short-range planning for multiple sites. Through a team of site general managers, you will oversee multiple site leaders and their reports to increase operational efficiency.

Vice President of Operations Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement the Sheet Division strategic operational direction
  • Collaborate with Senior Management team, create a vision, develop, and implement strategies to grow the division’s business into new markets, while sustaining current profitable business
  • Oversee the tactical implementation of the Sheet Division strategic operational plan
  • Design and implement an operational excellence strategy including process and productivity improvement
  • Help implement and manage new ERP system
  • Oversee the management of the supply chain, purchasing and scheduling functions
  • Formulate, recommend, and execute manufacturing policies and programs that guide the organization in maintaining and improving its competitive position and profitability
  • Continuously develop the manufacturing plan and establish operational standards to ensure that products conform to established customer and Company quality, safety, and cost standards
  • Develop and improve the performance of the Sheet Division and its employees to drive better business results and operating efficiencies
  • Provide successful leadership and positive employee relations through effective communication, coaching, training, and development
  • Build, develop and manage an operations leadership team capable of carrying out needed operational strategies
  • Ensure manufacturing practices follow all relevant production standards and the organization’s values and goals
  • Identify, evaluate, justify, and drive implementations of capital investments and improvement projects
  • Exercise overall management responsibility to create an environment in which employees understand Sheet Division and personal objectives, are empowered to contribute, and are held accountable for achieving the goals
  • Exercise financial responsibility to establish and maintain the operational budget
  • Foster a safety-centric environment where safety is the top priority and production is managed with a safety-first approach
  • Utilize and apply data to analyze and formulate recommendations for continuous improvement
  • Work with Sales to achieve the highest level of productivity and profitability
  • Collaborate with Finance/HR/Sales/Engineering/Technical Groups to implement best practice standards to ensure the highest efficiencies in all aspects of the business
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable regulations

Vice President of Operations Requirements:

  • At least 15 years of experience in manufacturing and operations management and business development, preferably in an organization with a minimum of $250 million in sales and multiple locations, preferably in the plastics extrusion, plastics forming, packaging, chemical manufacturing, compounding, or other similar industry
  • 5 years of P&L responsibility and 5 years of sales and business development experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Operations, Engineering, or related field required, MBA preferred
  • Technical skills in lean manufacturing processes and applications, process improvement, materials management, and production practices
  • Strong analytical and problem resolution skills at both a strategic and functional level
  • Excellent leadership, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills – effective collaborator, team builder and listener
  • Knowledge of financial and cost management
  • Proficient in computer applications, including Microsoft Office
  • High degree of initiative, creativity, and problem-solving ability
  • Proven effectiveness in leading and managing others in a non-union environment
  • Manufacturing systems development and deployment
  • Able to delegate and execute to achieve results, while organizing and managing multiple priorities
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing circumstances and the ability to reassess plans in the face of new information
  • Proven willingness to take a participatory approach to management and be a team player
  • Able to serve as a strong and confident partner to the President

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