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ITW Plant Manager – Dahti Seating in Rockford, Michigan

The Plant Manager for our Dahti 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.


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/Strategic Leadership -/

  • Leading the plant operations to manage and meet plant P&L commitments of over 40Mn 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.

  • 10-15 years in a manufacturing environment, preferably a just in time production cycle

  • Prior experience in automotive industry is a plus

  • Injection Molding 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 20%

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position may require travel (up to 20% in North America). Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record. Must be able to travel internationally, if required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.