Cleveland, Tennessee, United States

Plant Leader - Cleveland, TN

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Job ID 54077


The Plant Leader has overall responsibility for all areas of operations at the Cleveland OCA Manufacturing Facility. The person in this position leads the development and implementation of organizational strategies, standards and practices to achieve best-in-class performance in the following areas:

  • Safety – Our employees live injury-free lives
  • Manufacturing and Technical excellence – Our plants are continually improving world class manufacturing environments
  • Quality – We produce zero defects or failures to customer requirements
  • Environmental – We operate with zero non-conformities and zero waste streams
  • Cost – We are the competitive cost leader
  • Talent –Our employees are engaged and empowered and own the success of the business

In addition, the Plant Leader collaborates closely with other Plant Leaders and leadership across the business to leverage One Company best practices focused on eliminating waste, serving our customers and growing and developing our people. The Plant Leader is also an active member of the community and represents Owens Corning’s interest in local affairs.

The Plant Leader owns the financial performance of the site and is responsible for plant P&L. He/she is also an integral partner in executing the operations strategy for the business.

REPORTS TO: This position reports to the Director – Regional Operations

SPAN OF CONTROL: This position leads the plant NLT team.


Leading safety and security for an injury free work environment

  • Ensures a safe and secure work environment for all employees , contractors and visitors
  • Shows passion and caring for our people , leads from our safety stand and treats safety as the first priority
  • Allocates resources and identifies investments required on systems, focused programs and leadership to strive for zero injuries
  • Ensures a clear and effective measurement system is established and implemented to drive results; rewards and celebrates safe behaviors and achievements as well as ensures accountability

Knowing the business and our customers

  • Continuously builds insight into the business’s market, customer base and strategies
  • Develops relationships with customers to understand what it takes to ensure high quality products as defined by our customers and develops solutions to better serve our customers
  • Ensures the supply of consistent quality products in a timely manner and superior customer experience that fosters customer loyalty and strong relationships; operates with a zero defect mindset
  • Gains alignment and relationship with commercial and sales team.

Directing operations to drive towards manufacturing excellence

  • Provides guidance to the technical leadership in the plant
  • Communicates strategic direction to employees across the organization and how it fits with the day-to-day actions and results being driven
  • Identifies and drives continuous improvement efforts through both the personal use and promotion of standardized work to cut cost and improve productivity and quality
  • Drives cost leadership by engaging employees across the organization, identifying improvement opportunities and executing against them
  • Sets clear and measurable performance expectations, in line with division and corporate goals; proactively analyzes and manages all relevant operations performance metrics
  • Oversees the development of a comprehensive annual capital budget and operations plan; initiates timely and appropriate capital requests to maintain or enhance plant performance necessary to meet customer needs
  • Operates with zero environmental non-conformities to applicable company, government and regulatory policies
  • Continuously improves the plant operations environmental footprint consistent with company goals and community interests

Developing a positive employee relations environment

  • Ensures a positive, creative, diverse and collaborative work environment where employees own the success of the business
  • Selects talent based on business needs; ensures the proper trainings, tools, processes and systems are in place to empower our people to deliver against performance expectations
  • Creates an environment where all employees are engaged, empowered and focused on serving our customers
  • Monitors labor activities and leverages labor relations resources as appropriate to ensure compliance with all company policies and governmental regulations
  • Establishes OC as an employer of choice in the local market
  • Builds a facility worthy of being used as marketing and communications platform, both internal and external
  • Maintains productive relationships with key political and community decision makers and represents the company in relevant community matters

Leading and Developing Talent

  • Creates “complete” jobs with strong accountability and development opportunities
  • Creates an environment where talent is developed and their full potential is realized
  • Effectively builds a diverse team with competent people using the appropriate mix of internal promotions and external recruitment to satisfy both near-term performance and long-term succession needs as well as ensure the sustained success of the business
  • Invests in the growth and development of direct reports and other identified talent in the organization; Be engaged in personal development as well
  • Ensures alignment with functional leadership (e.g., finance, safety, human resources) on performance management and talent development



  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Engineering Degree preferred
  • 5+Yrs. Minimum work experience
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in leading people in a cross-functional and complex environment
  • Demonstrated project or process management skill
  • Highly organized and self-motivated


  • Exposure to cross-functional team leadership or participation outside of manufacturing
  • A history of hiring, growing and promoting talent within an organization
  • Six Sigma formal training and Lean manufacturing experience a plus
  • Demonstrated ability of coaching and guiding for results
  • Demonstrated success of engaging others
  • TPM experience preferred


  • Sufficient computer skills to utilize OC systems and the software necessary for this role
  • Able to utilize data and data collection system as well as Six Sigma, or other problem solving methods for decision-making to eliminate manufacturing losses and unnecessary costs
  • Able to create and implement strategic and operations plans
  • Able to influence and engage people across the plant and the company
  • Effective verbal & written communication skills
  • Business and Financial acumen
  • Strong planning, resourcing and delegation skills
  • Able to engage and care for others starting with safety
  • Able to achieve results fast both individually and through teams
  • Able to collaborate and foster teamwork
  • Customer orientation: Has an external perspective and understands that all business opportunities start with knowing customers’ needs as well as competitively executing against costumer expectations
  • Able to develop people
  • Embraces and helps drive division initiatives throughout the business unit and is willing and able to take on additional division type assignments as needed
  • Able to competitively drive results
  • Able to inspire and energize others
  • Excellent performance management skills and be able to differentiate rewards based on the performance of individuals
  • Able to engage self and others in learning


About Owens Corning  

Owens Corning is a global leader in insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composite materials. Its insulation products conserve energy and improve acoustics, fire resistance, and air quality in the spaces where people live, work, and play. Its roofing products and systems enhance curb appeal and protect homes and commercial buildings alike. Its fiberglass composites make thousands of products lighter, stronger, and more durable. Owens Corning provides innovative products and solutions that deliver a material difference to its customers and, ultimately, make the world a better place. The business is global in scope, with operations in 33 countries. It is also human in scale, with approximately 20,000 employees cultivating local and longstanding relationships with customers. Based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, the company posted 2018 sales of $7.1 billion. Founded in 1938, it has been a Fortune 500® company for 64 consecutive years. For more information, please visit

A career at Owens Corning offers the ability to enhance your expertise and achieve your personal and professional aspirations. Through it all, we’ll empower you with an environment that encourages open communication and big ideas, competitive pay for your performance, comprehensive benefits, and more opportunities to make your impact.

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.

Please note:Applications must be filled out completely—incomplete applications will not be considered. Resumes are welcome, but are not a substitute for completing the application.

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