Saint-Gobain Plant Manager in Watervliet, New York

  1. Directs and coordinates the daily operations of the Watervliet, NY Coated Abrasives plant, including financial, production, safety, and quality performance. Develops and manages resources to attain achievement of goals in order to support strategic business objectives in these areas, and to support the annual business plan.

  2. Supervises site management of the Montgomeryville, PA making operations. Provides counsel and general guidance to the Montgomeryville, PA Site Manager on tactical and strategic matters.

  3. Participates as a member of the North American Coated Abrasives Management Team in the conception, development and implementation of both long-range strategic and short-term objective planning, execution and problem resolution in assigned area of expertise, as well as those of a more general business nature to achieve optimum manufacturing efficiencies and return on capital investment.

  4. Provides direction and focus in the timely and efficient deployment of engineering, maintenance and special project resources, and develop a capital plan that effectively balances capital spending across cost reduction opportunities, facility maintenance, environmental and safety needs, and the modernization process.

  5. He/she drives the development and implementation of the WCM program within the organization through continued development of WCM teams that will reduce costs, improve processes, skills and technology.

  6. Enforces safety, work rules and housekeeping practices, while maintaining a high level of employee relations in a heavily unionized environment.

  7. He/she provides strong leadership and reinforces positive employee engagement/relations at all levels of the organization.

  8. Works jointly with Human Resources in effectively negotiating collective bargaining agreements with 4 local labor unions, as well as addressing grievances in a timely manner.

  9. In addition to directing and coordinating the manufacturing operations, he/she develops and submits financial budgets for variable manufacturing and fixed cost areas of responsibilities. He/she develops and manages/supports capital budgets to ensure equipment and processes remain competitive and support business objectives, both short and long-term, including the modernization process.

  10. He/she is responsible for maintenance of plant property and equipment to ensure compliance with governmental regulations and to ensure effective and economical operations, including but not limited to safety concerns, environmental, as well as production requirements and improved manufacturing/engineered processes.

  11. He/she interacts extensively with all Coated Abrasive Plant Managers, Customer Service, Logistics Operations, Product Management, Sales & Marketing, Finance, external suppliers and worldwide abrasive affiliates.

  12. Works collaboratively with Corporate R&D and World Technology Assistance groups in order to identify, scope, support and implement process and equipment upgrade projects aimed to increase productivity, while reducing losses.

  13. Assures compliance of all plant operations to Saint-Gobain policies, as well as local, state and federal regulations.

  14. The position requires 10-15 years of experience in a manufacturing role, as well as an engineering degree or related degree with the appropriate experience. An MBA is highly desirable. Business systems knowledge is imperative.

  15. He/she must have advanced skills in both strategic level planning and operational skills in planning and management of a broad group of functions. A very strong analytical ability, statistics, computer proficiency and the ability to plan and monitor many processes and functions at once is critical.

  16. Oral, written and presentation skills are essential. Ability to sell concepts to change the business to peers and upper management is necessary. He/she must have excellent managerial capability and strong interpersonal skills.

  17. A broad and solid understanding of the financial aspects of the business and the specific site parameters is critical.

  18. He/she must be a capable motivator and be able to develop strong teams to effectively operate the site and drive results needed to remain competitive in this industry. Strong leadership skills and an ability to select and mentor key individuals for growth are essential.

  19. Lean Manufacturing experience is highly desirable.

Saint-Gobain Abrasives Inc. is one of seven businesses within the Innovative Materials Sector, which is spear-heading the advancement of innovation within the Group.

At Saint-Gobain, our people are our most valuable asset so we provide competitive base salary and incentive compensation packages to reward and recognize employees for their contributions toward the company's success. We also offer a comprehensive and flexible benefits package with programs designed to meet our employees’ diverse needs.

▪ Medical/Vision/Dental/Pharmacy ▪ Short and Long Term Disability ▪ Life and AD&D Insurance ▪ Dependent Life Insurance ▪ Volunteer Paid Time Off ▪ Retirement Plan: 401(k) ▪ Group Legal Coverage ▪ Flexible Spending Account ▪ Paid Holidays ▪ Paid Vacation ▪ Tuition Reimbursement ▪ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) ▪ Matching Gifts Program ▪ Product Rebates ▪ Vendor Discounts ▪ Scholarship Program ▪ Live Well ▪ Wellness Reimbursement ▪ Pet Insurance

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