• Operations Manager - Western Forge

    Job Locations US-CO-Colorado Springs
    Posted Date 1 month ago(10/17/2018 4:46 PM)
    # of Openings
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    A subsidiary of IDEAL, Western Forge produces the highest-quality metal work in the USA and is an American standard in premier hand tool craftsmanship.  IDEAL INDUSTRIES, Inc. has been propelled by the principles of its founder, J. Walter Becker, for nearly a century. Since the beginning, this family-run enterprise has been committed to building ideal relationships with its customers, employees and communities, creating some of the industry’s most innovative and trusted products along the way. This commitment to quality and service will continue to spur the success of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, Inc. and its family of companies, for generations to come.


    The Western Forge Operations Manager is responsible for the management of the operations of multiple manufacturing plants located in Colorado Springs, CO.  This leadership position is responsible for setting the direction and achieving results through the entire operations team. This must be accomplished in an environment where safety is first and a balanced ‘lean’ attack continually achieves and improves Quality/Housekeeping/Service levels/Productivity. This position must partner with other functional areas, customers and suppliers in order to align operational activities with established business objectives and product/customer requirements. The Ideal candidate is driven to achieve results, is self-motivated, and experienced with turnaround efforts. All of this must be done in alignment with our culture, core values, LEAN and a safety-first approach. 


    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Participate in the development of strategic plans to support the commercial strategy and business objectives with a clearly defined operations project list.
    • Participate in budget activities, including development of the annual budget and monthly spending controls throughout the year.
    • Make decisions and drive results for the Plant based on an understanding and interpretation of internal business objectives and customer requirements.
    • Drive a culture and management style that encourages teamwork, cooperation, participative management techniques, and the employee relations philosophy of IDEAL.
    • Lead production management/supervision, manufacturing engineering and maintenance to surpass key production metrics by department, including: production rates, on-time delivery, productivity improvements (i.e., Lean Improvements & Operating Efficiency) and quality.
    • Partner with supply chain, product development, finance and human resources to ensure these support functions are aligned with production relative to achieving business objectives.
    • Develop and manage key third party vendor contracts and relations.
    • Manage the Production Planning process (i.e., KANBAN & Make-to-Order methodologies) and associated activities to meet customer delivery requirements.


    Experience and Education:

    • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in a manufacturing environment, with at least 5 of those years supervising both hourly and salaried employees.
    • Must possess experience successfully working through a turnaround situation.
    • Experience successfully working with other business functions including: Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain, and Sales/Marketing.
    • Proven track record of applying Lean manufacturing principles to drive plant efficiencies.
    • B.S. degree in manufacturing management, engineering or other related field of study.

    Critical Skills, Competencies and Traits:

    • Possess strong drive for results.
    • Ability to demonstrate success delegating responsibility to others and coaching them to develop their capabilities.
    • Possess effective interpersonal skills, including presentation, listening and managing skills as required working in and managing teams. Solid conflict resolution and problem solving skills a must.
    • Ability to drive employee engagement, training and development, and accountabiltiy.
    • Ability to identify and manage projects from concept to implementation and successfully drive project results.
    • Ability to to understand, interpret and act on financials/budgets as they relate to the Plant.
    • Ability to set clear expectations, delegate effectively, monitor progress, provide timely feedback and drive issues to closure.
    • Ability to makes decisions confidently and wisely. Takes into account the alternative course of action and considers all options. Makes sound, well-informed and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
    • Ability to systematically apply 80/20 to all aspects of the business and lead their team to stay focused on top priorities.
    • Ability to demonstrate the technical competence required to perform the position effectively.
    • Ability to demonstrate the highest level of business ethics and consistently adhere to and promote key values and principles in all business and personal transactions; Able to contribute to maintaining the integrity of the organization; able to display high standards of ethical conduct; is trustworthy.


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