Tenneco Director of Manufacturing Operations in Grass Lake, Michigan

Director of Manufacturing Operations

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Job Description

Job Description:

The Operations Director is responsible for the management of assigned manufacturing facilities and related resources and budgets. Key responsibilities include proper utilization of facilities, equipment and manpower. Serves as the interface between the SBU leadership team, operations staff, engineering, program management and customers. Accountable for the safe operation of assigned manufacturing facilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs and monitors the plant’s production and engineering activities. This includes controlling quality, cost of production, warehousing, receiving and shipping of materials through appropriate subordinates. Evaluates results and takes actions to improve performance.

  • Directs the planning and utilization of lean tools to improve all areas of the operation. Facilitates teams and insures all improvements are sustained and continuously improved.

  • Participates in long-range plant expansion, conversion, and equipment planning. Oversees the maintenance of buildings and equipment, and plant security and protection.

  • Forecasts operating costs of facilities and directs preparation of annual budgets.

  • Develops and directs programs to ensure the efficient and cost-effective operation and utilization of facilities.

  • Ensures customer and internal expectations are met relating to quality, cost and on-time delivery.

  • Ensures that operations activities, decisions, and actions conform to production policies and procedures as well as support the needs of internal and external customers.

  • Ensures processes and procedures related to manufacturing operations comply with safety requirements.

  • Develops resource plans to determine required capabilities

  • In collaboration with Human Resources, develops and maintains a productive work team by creating programs for hiring, training and professional development.

  • Approves direct report objectives and evaluates performance; develops employees through coaching and training.

  • Applies sound communication, documentation and motivational techniques in supervising, counseling, and disciplining subordinates

Required Skills

Required Skills:

  • 7-10 years manufacturing operations, preferably in the automotive industry.

  • Experience in multi-plant operations.

  • Experience in manufacturing and operations with significant complexity.

  • Lean Implementation

  • Labor experience

  • Six Sigma Green Belt required; Black Belt preferred


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Manufacturing, or Engineering

Job Location

Grass Lake, Michigan, United States

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