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Plant Manager

Apply Job ID REF7021O Date posted 06/27/2022 Address 500 North Fairview Road, Zeeland, MI Job Type Full-time Job Status Exempt

ITW (Illinois Tool Works Inc.) is a Fortune 200 company and is one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment, automotive components, consumables, and related service businesses. ITW businesses serve local customers and markets around the globe, with operations in 55 countries and an employee base of more than 48,000 women and men who adhere to the highest ethical standards. These talented individuals, many of whom have specialized engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to our global leadership in innovation. We are proud of our broad portfolio of more than 17,000 granted and pending patents.

The Drawform Division within the ITW Automotive Segment delivers highly differentiated, deep drawn metal components “80” global OEMs & Tiers across North America and Europe through customer back innovation, targeted at addressing the emerging pain points associated with deep draw metal needs, and ensuring best-in-class quality & delivery through our commitment to 80/20 operational excellence.  

The Drawform Plant is a leading innovator in the design, development and manufacturing based in Zeeland, Michigan, we serve a variety of prominent clients throughout North America, Europe and Asia.


The Plant Manager for our Zeeland Plant, is a key leadership role in the division, responsible for the P&L of the manufacturing plant. The position is responsible to provide strategic guidance for the overall Operations, Logistics, Production, Engineering and Quality targets for the unit and to drive operational financial improvement through ITW Enterprise Initiatives (FTB and Strategic Sourcing). The Plant Manager will also play a key leadership role in operationalizing new products, including automotive products under development.

 

Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership -

  • Leading the plant operations to manage and meet plant P&L commitments of over 50Mn USD.
  • Play a key role in developing Annual Plan and Long Range Plans for the plant
  • Develop “Best in Class” culture -  A culture of performance, accountability, engagement and teamwork.
  • To conduct business in an ethical manner by following ITW Principles of Conduct.
  • Understand what it means to be a ‘Model Factory’ and Implement tools and change required to build a ‘Model Factory’
  • Lead the resource planning and operationalizing efforts for the new automotive product under development.

Operational Leadership -

  • Directing and coordinating unit activities to obtain optimum efficiency and economics of operations.
  • Manage the unit operations in order to meet or exceed production requirements according to resources assigned in Annual Plan (AP) and Long Range Plan (LRP) Plan.
  • Drive margin improvements - obtain, analyze and improve all the operational KPI’s of the plant by using ITW toolbox (80/20) MRD, PLS) and strategic sourcing initiatives.
  • Drive a culture of Safety including 5S to meet the goal of zero accidents
  • Best space utilization – 80/20 execution in/out manufacturing.
  • Review production cost and product quality and modify production and inventory control programs to maintain and enhance profitable operation of divisions.
  • Continuously seek and implement cost and waste reduction programs.
  • Lead Engineering team to identify and meet project/program developments in a timely manner
  • Proficient in all company policies and procedures as they are outlined and defined.

People Leadership -

  • Lead teams and departments under direct responsibility (Tooling, Maintenance, Production,  Customer Service, Engineering, Sourcing and Logistics) to establish and deliver on stretch goals.
  • Review Organization Structure and Talent periodically to ensure ‘fit for purpose’.
  • Focus and guide Talent Development with the aid of tools available as part of the ‘Great ITW Leader Framework’
  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university or five years’ experience as a manufacturing plant leader; good mechanical aptitude required.
  • 10 plus years in a manufacturing environment, preferably a just in time production cycle
  • Prior experience in automotive industry is a plus
  • Deep draw metal experience is a plus
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills; good listening skills; a team player who demonstrates the ability to relate to employees at all levels of the Company and who is sensitive to cultural differences.
  • Must be adept at analyzing facts and issues, identifying options, and able to decide and recommend a course of action. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complexity and change.
  • Customer Relationship Building skills to be a trusted advisor
  • Attention to detail, well organized and able to solve problems.
  • Ability to manage time in order to complete multiple tasks by required deadlines.
  • People driven and motivates others to excel; Ability to identify and develop leaders
  • Approachable, inspires trust and confidence.  Ability to use good judgment and discretion with highly confidential business and employee information.
  • Computer literacy required including user experience with manufacturing planning systems, Highly proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Travel up to 10%

ITW is an equal opportunity employer. We value our colleagues’ unique perspectives, experiences and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential. 

As an equal employment opportunity employer, ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  

ITW is an equal opportunity employer. We value our colleagues’ unique perspectives, experiences and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential. 

As an equal employment opportunity employer, ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  

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At ITW, we value our colleagues' unique perspectives, experiences, and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential.

Equal Opportunities

ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Read more information here.

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