Director of Operations
Our client is a progressive organization driven by core values and powered by talented and engaged team members. They are proud of their reputation for delivering exceptional customer service and their extraordinary team of employees make it happen. With true transparency and passion, they have created a culture that not only has core values but operates by those values, putting people first. Our client is an industry leader in manufacturing building products, and they were named a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune in 2021. They are headquartered in Minnesota with other locations in Arizona and Ohio.

Provide leadership and direction to foster the company’s growth through strategic manufacturing and operations practices. Plant operations include 3 Minnesota, Arizona and Ohio, direct reports are the 3 Plant Managers. This position reports to the CEO and COO.

Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding, coaching and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems; maintaining confidentiality; timekeeping.  Challenges others to develop as leaders, while serving as a role model and mentor.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain a culture of continuous feedback and improvement, training and development and safety.
  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to multi-state manufacturing operating divisions.
  • Serve on the Executive Leadership Team which includes strategic planning, setting organizational direction and priorities, strategic decision making, and discussing and solving issues in an honest and open team environment. 
  • Develop high performing leaders at all levels of the operation, employees, and teams through ongoing coaching, mentoring, and training and development. 
  • Create, lead, communicate and implement company-wide plans in the areas of safety, quality, manufacturing technology, lean and continuous improvement.
  • Develop and execute strategic and annual business plans. Develop policies and programs that improve competitive position and profitability and align with long range objectives
  • Develop, analyze, and manage operating budgets and P&L, including controlling expenses to achieve profitability objectives and long-term goals. Recommend and manage capital expenditures.
  • Direct and oversee managers to accomplish established operating goals.
  • Continuously communicate with managers on issues including safety, quality, inventory, security, employee relations, technology, scheduling, and training. 
  • Lead facilities improvements and other special project initiatives.
  • Collaborate with Automation/Engineering teams to ensure successful implementation of automation and manufacturing technology initiatives.
  • Proactively identify and resolve issues.
  • Build and strengthen cross-functional teams to address and resolve customer concerns and improve internal communication and efficiencies. 
  • Lead capacity and resource utilization planning in collaboration with Sales and Marketing, Supply Chain, and other departments to ensure requirements of fulfillment are met and adjusted as required.
  • Oversee the organization and facilitation of physical inventory counts for reporting divisions. 
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with key customers.
  • Establish and ensure proper systems, procedures, internal controls, quality standards and metrics are in place for all functional areas. 
  • Adhere to and maintain compliance with established company systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Keep supervisor(s) and other members of management informed of progress, issues, and successes.
  • Work continually toward professional development to stay current on relevant industry trends, manufacturing, customer service and supervisory procedures and leadership practices.
  • Demonstrate and uphold company values.


Required Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering or related discipline required.
  • A minimum of 10 years progressive experience in manufacturing operations, preferably in high-speed manufacturing, a process-oriented operation and/or related industry.  Multi-state operations experience desired.   
  • A minimum of 5 years of management experience required.
  • Experience identifying and leading continuous improvement initiatives required.
  • Strong computer skill proficiency and experience with Microsoft Office programs (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.  Experience with ERP systems required. 
  • Experience with automation and robotics preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to compose concise and clear correspondence, reports, and manuals.
  • Ability to guide others and provide work direction.  Ability to speak, effectively present information and respond to questions before groups of employees, customers and vendors.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • A high level of attention to detail, organization, and follow-through skills.
  • Demonstrated sound judgement, problem solving conflict management and decision-making in emotional, difficult, and stressful situations.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents, including but not limited to policy and procedure manuals, technical instructions, general business periodicals and safety protocols.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations, involving fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  • Ability to interpret data, formulas, equations, and graphs in most complex forms.
  • Ability to apply principles of logic and critical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Strong customer service (internal and external) focus.


About Versique

Versique is a high-performance recruiting firm based in Minneapolis, MN specializing in interim solutions, direct hire, and executive leadership search. We believe people are the ultimate business advantage. Our experienced functional recruiting teams work within a variety of areas of expertise (HR, Finance & Accounting, Demand Generation, IT, and Engineering) and broad industries (Healthcare, Banking, Consumer Packaged Goods, Manufacturing, Private Equity, and Family-Owned). Voted as a “Star Tribune Best Places to Work” three years in a row by our employees, Versique is one of the largest and fastest growing staffing and recruiting firms in the Midwest. The Versique brand represents a powerful combination of “versatile” and “unique” as it hints at the concept of “search” in its pronunciation: ver-seek.

Versique is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse workforce. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status, among other factors.



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