Operations Manager in Whitehall, MI at Arconic

Date Posted: 7/19/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Whitehall, MI
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  • Experience:
    At least 10 year(s)
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Job Description

This opening is with Arconic Engines – a world leader in the investment casting of super alloys, aluminum and titanium primarily for jet aircraft and industrial gas turbine markets. For more information on Arconic, visit us online at www.arconic.com

The Operations Manager will report to the Plant Manager and is responsible for managing all aspects of production operations for Whitehall Casting - Plant 1.

Will partner and collaborate with the Plant 3, Operations Manager to ensure a continuous flow of product between plant 1 and plant 3.
  • Will manage production flow from wax through casting.
  • Participate as lead staff member responsible for operation and performance of Plant 1.
  • Provide overall leadership and direction to direct reports responsible for all aspects of manufacturing.
  • Lead multi-disciplined plant teams in meeting to establish monthly forecasts, as well as, all associated business metrics, from a continuous improvement perspective.
  • Develop and provide strategic manufacturing direction and planning for 1-3 year planning horizon, utilizing lean manufacturing techniques, automation, and Kaizen disciplines.
  • Participate in the operational Hoshin Planning, budget preparation and coordinate capital plans, appropriation requests, and project follow up.
  • Implement quarter-over-quarter improvement strategies to increase efficiency, spend performance, customer delivery and plant safety performance.
  • Manage the day-to-day manufacturing process activities to assure that safety and best practices are maximized.
  • Analyze and implement process flow, inventory and velocity improvements throughout the entire value stream system, which includes key supplier base and outside vendors.
  • Monitors and manages the production work flow and inventory levels to ensure that production schedules are met and bottlenecks are identified and corrected.
  • Interfaces with union plant committee; maintains compliance with collective bargaining agreement.
  • Interfaces with a variety of functional areas such as Planning, Sales, Quality, Engineering and Finance to ensure cooperative spirit, continuous improvement initiatives, and customer satisfaction are continually enhanced

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of 10 years manufacturing experience.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in leadership capacity within manufacturing/operations and with all facets of business operations.
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. "Green Card Holder"), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in Business or Engineering preferred.
  • Experience with overseeing a large department and/or plant financial including budgets and profit and loss.
  • Experience driving improvement through the implementation of the lean manufacturing principles, total quality practices, six sigma mold decentralized, complex manufacturing operations into an effective team.
  • Demonstrate results in leading customer satisfaction and manufacturing excellence.
  • Strong leadership skills that creates an engaged employee environment; high energy level.
  • Able to drive improvement through the implementation of the lean manufacturing principles, total quality practices, six sigma.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, communication, interpersonal, organizational and negotiation skills.
  • Strong financial literacy.


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