Tallmadge, Ohio, United States

Operations Leader

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Job ID 54037


The Operations Leader has responsibility for providing exceptional leadership and effective management in all areas of the plant operations.  A key member of the plant leadership team, the Operations Leader is expected to lead with a clear view of where the organization needs to be in 1-3 years and consistently deliver results to achieve that view.  Must empower and engage the teams in decision-making, modeling the proper inclusion of analytics, team ideas and personal experiences.  Effectively communicate in a way that positively shapes customer, team member and community action, and builds the OC talent pipeline by growing all team members and recruiting the best of the best.

  • Safety – Our employees live injury-free lives
  • Productivity Improvement – All lines continually increasing productivity gains
  • Product Quality – We provide the best quality to our customers
  • Cost – We are the lowest delivered cost leader

Reports to:  Plant Leader

Span of Control:  Plant Operations


Safety Leadership

    • Build a culture where Safety is the first priority
    • Ensure a safe, clean and environmentally compliant work environment
    • Develop risk assessments for critical tasks
    • Follow requirements for Process Safety Management (PSM)


  • Near-miss and first aid reporting
  • Primary employee involvement in Safety Teams
  • Hazard and Risk Control and Reduction
  • SAFE Score (Management and Critical Six Modules)

Execute Strategy and Lead Operations

  • Prepare budgets relative to capital expenditures, manpower, production, and space forecasting
  • Develop and lead strategic business plans; accountable for delivering plant performance metrics
    • Set clear and measurable performance expectations that drive plant metrics
  • Facilitate process improvements through people deployment, productivity projects, high performance work teams and being a model for change
    • Ensure a positive, creative, diverse and collaborative work environment where employees own the success of the business
    • Establish an engaged workforce characterized by mutual trust, open communications, teamwork, and recognition
    • Share best practices, challenge thinking and provide candid and respectful feedback
    • Partner with process, quality, maintenance and warehouse leaders to resolve product, material and customer challenges and drive alignment between plant departments
    • Support cross-functional projects and teams
    • Assist the plant leader with other duties as required


  • Yield
  • Cost per BDFT
  • Internal quality claims
  • Team engagement
  • Employee feedback surveys and assessments
  • Turnover

Knowing our Customers

  • Understand and communicate customer expectations throughout the facility, and ensure that all products meet customer specifications, standards and requirements
  • Ensure timely and accurate production to schedules in order to meet or exceed delivery to promise
  • Ensure operational procedures exist and are followed to product specifications and quality metrics are met to meet customers’ needs
  • Schedule attainment
  • Customer complaints
  • Quality claims
  • Cost per BDFT

Lead and Develop Talent

    • Create an environment where talent is developed, and the full potential is realized
    • Build and sustain effective work teams that drive continuous improvement and overall plant performance
    • Coach and teach employees to reinforce the values of engagement, empowerment, conflict resolution, and ownership of plant processes and performance
    • Develops growth and development plans for all operations employees
    • Lead teambuilding activities
    • Counsel and execute coaching and corrective action when performance issues occur
  • Create, monitor and enforce plant policies in a consistent manner to ensure a positive labor environment
  • Performance of operations team
  • Talent developed and promoted
  • Succession plans in place for key roles
  • Unplanned turnover
  • Talent additions through external recruiting



  • 5-10 years progressive leadership experience in manufacturing
  • Bachelor’s degree required


  • Experience in leading, assessing, and developing talent to deliver results
  • Background in continuous manufacturing preferred
  • Plastics or chemicals industry experience preferred
  • Leadership experience in a matrix environment
  • Experience in an extrusion process preferred


  • Able to engage and provide leadership in safety, talent, and working to improve the lives of employees
  • Demonstrated capability in change management
  • Ability to effectively communicate to all levels of management and all hourly employees
  • Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing knowledge and experience
  • Achieves results fast, individually and through teams
  • Exposure to cross-functional team leadership or participation
  • Able to hire, grow and promote strong talent within the organization
  • Effective with verbal and written communication


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 www.owenscorning.com.

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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