• Plant Manager

    Job ID
    Full-Time Regular
    Functional Group
    Business Segment
    Transportation Coatings
  • Overview

    About Axalta

    Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions.  From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer.  With more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the approximately 14,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axalta.com and follow us @Axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn


    See link:  http://www.axaltacs.com/content/dam/Corporate/Documents/About%20Axalta/Axalta%20Brochure%202018.pdf


    The Plant Manager will develop and execute the manufacturing strategy to meet Axalta’s business requirements; drive process excellence in every step of the manufacturing process; implement improvements to reduce the cost of goods sold (COGS); and, direct Plant Management, including Quality, Engineering and EH&S.



    This position is responsible for analyzing local plant requirements and working cross-functionally within operations (internal manufacturing, external manufacturing, supply chain, procurement) as well with functions outside operations (businesses, R&D, HR, Finance, Legal). The successful candidate will leverage knowledge of industry best practices and financial analysis/modeling to recommend solutions to enhance operations performance and profitability. The position will translate Regional and Global operations strategy into local execution while developing and ensuring consistent and efficient flow of product and supply chain from supplier to customer, as well as enabling best-in-class service to internal and external customers. The position will also consider the latest developments in competitive technology, EH&S, and team development.

    The qualified candidate will be a high-energy self-starter with a strong work ethic who must excel at both day-to-day tactical execution as well as long-term strategic planning. This individual must be motivated by a competitive industry and be an expert at fulfilling customer requirements and maximizing profitability.  Excellent communication and leadership skills, as well as deep, relevant experience across multiple functions/facets of a best-in class manufacturing organization(s), will be critical to success in this role.


    Additional responsibilities include:

    • Responsible for all plant operations and facilities
    • Direct line responsibility for a 100+ employee operations organization, including 3 salaried direct reports
    • Full accountability for all aspects of an integrated coatings facility including production, warehousing, and maintenance
    • Full accountability for all local site regulatory matters
    • Inculcate a continuous improvement mindset that drives improvements in quality, cost, delivery, and inventory every day
    • Provide strong leadership to Manufacturing, Quality, EH&S and Engineering, and build capabilities around these areas
    • Manage operations budget through continuous productivity improvement and Quality control
    • Lead strategic capital investment projects and deliver expected outcomes
    • Bring Operational excellence and discipline to the site
    • Be data driven yet able to implement solutions at an appropriately urgent pace
    • Must have demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with cross functional stakeholders and various levels of employees



    • Strong financial and analytical skills; must be able to develop and implement a strategy to maximize productivity and profitability
    • Strong chemical batch processing knowledge in a lean environment with high customization amongst products, including experience applying or implementing lean manufacturing, kaizen methodology and productions systems
    • Large capital project management skills a plus
    • Strong communication and influence skills required; must be able to effectively enact change management and implement and lead new initiatives and programs
    • Demonstrated experience in gathering and reporting business data and key performance indicators to business leadership teams
    • Strong bias for action and keen sense of urgency
      • Demonstrated ability to take calculated and intelligent risks using creative/innovative thinking
      • Flexible and adaptable to demanding and fast-paced work environment
    • Able to adeptly operate in a matrixed reporting structure
    • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities



    • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, chemistry or related field
    • Minimum 10 years manufacturing experience, including 5 years in the chemicals or related industry (Coatings experience strongly preferred), as well as 5 years leading people
    • Experience managing a unionized workforce is required



    • Must be able to work flexible hours and/or overtime when needed.
    • Work requires manual dexterity, accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Heavy visual and mental concentration and periods of prolonged sitting are required.
    • Occasionally required to conduct production floor and warehouse visits requiring prolonged standing or walking, negotiation of obstacles, and bending or stooping.



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