Operations Manager (Fostoria, Ohio, USA)

  • 200 N Town St, Fostoria, OH 44830, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Morgan Advanced Materials is a company which manufactures specialist products, using carbon, advanced ceramics and composites. The company is headquartered in Windsor, United Kingdom, and has 85 sites across 30 countries, around 7500 employees and a revenue of around £ 910 million.
The Electrical Carbon business is one of the 5 Business Units of Morgan Advanced Materials and develops and manufactures a wide range of electrical carbon brushes and collectors, brush holders, slip rings and linear transfer systems, which are used to transfer electrical current between stationary and rotating or linear moving parts in motor, generator, and current collector applications.
Our products are engineered for specific customer applications and they are often required to operate in harsh or extreme environments. Electrical Carbon’s main markets are rail, industrial drives, power generation, iron and steel, mining and wind. The business’s core strength is its longstanding materials and applications experience and its ability to engineer appropriate, reliable solutions for individual customer requirements.

Job Description

Your role as Operations Manager;
Morgan Advanced Materials is looking for an Operations Manager for their biggest plant in Fostoria, Ohio.
The Operations Manager is part of the global Operations and Supply Chain organization for the Electrical Carbon Global Business Unit, reporting into the global Manufacturing Director.
This position is responsible for the facility’s operational leadership, including production, quality management, health and safety, maintenance and engineering with dotted line responsibilities towards human resources management, finance and supply chain. The operations Manager has around 6 direct reports.

The role will require strong cross-functional collaboration with the Commercial, Finance and HR functions as well as other Morgan facilities, as Fostoria is a key internal supplier of materials. The Operations Manager will create a safe, compliant, collaborative, inclusive and increasingly efficient working environment with their team in Fostoria in order to support the global Sales and Operations Plan.

The plant in Fostoria is the largest manufacturing site in Electrical Carbon. The plant covers several acres with multiple buildings, furnaces, cranes and heavy machinery and a diverse landscape of industrial operations; e.g. mixing, pressing, extruding, furnace operations. Around 150 people work at  this plant with mostly a long tenure which has created a good atmosphere on the site. 
Morgan is investing heavily in new equipment for this plant to become more efficient and be ready for the future.  

We are looking for a hands-on, experienced manager who is not afraid to make changes and get their hands dirty. 
The ideal candidate must be a self-starter who has an entrepreneurial mindset and have strong emotional intelligence to work with a wide range of stakeholders. For this position you need to be on the site, so if necessary a relocation package is available. Whilst this is a senior position it still provides an opportunity to develop and grow further within Morgan.

VITRU | International Executive Recruitment is exclusively assisting Morgan Advanced Materials to recruit the best candidate for this crucial role.

Your responsibilities are: 
•    Health & Safety;
o    Champion a strong health and safety culture, by visual leadership, personal engagement, inclusion and care;
o    Responsibility over the safe condition and operation of the facility’s processes and machinery;
o    Improve the efficiency of the site’s operation while improving environmental KPIs.
•    Quality
o    Responsibility over the quality of Fostoria’s production, including dealing with internal and external customer complaints,  reducing scrap and overall cost of quality. Ensuring compliance with relevant certifications such as ISO standards. 
•    Production
o    Direct responsibility over the production of the site, including the leadership of all personnel involved in the manufacturing process, hitting production targets, on time with the shortest lead-times possible. 
o    Improve efficiency of our production lines, increase productivity and achieve operational or Continuous Improvement (CI) saving targets.
•    Maintenance
o    Improve machine up-time, reduce frequency and severity of machine breakdowns;
o    Invest focused effort to modernize our operations and improve the site’s footprint. 
•    Leadership
o    Direct reporting responsibility over the production, quality, engineering, maintenance, CI, EHS teams and dotted line reporting over the HR, finance and supply chain teams. 

Soft Competencies:
Directing Others, Hiring and Staffing, Learning on the fly, Problem Solving, Building Effective Teams, Negotiating.


Our new Operations Manager:
•    Degree in Engineering (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Material Science preferred), Supply Chain or equivalent, or equivalent experience in Operations Management;
•    Progressive managerial experience in Operations Management;
•    Demonstrated experience in performing a leadership role in a manufacturing facility;
•    Experience working in industrial, refinery or materials is preferred;
•    Advanced English language skills;
•    Experience in working with kilning/ furnace technologies, materials mixing, pressing, extruding is an advantage;
•    Lean/Six Sigma qualification is an advantage.

Additional Information

Morgan offers you a challenging position with good career prospects in a fast-growing international company. They also offer a competitive remuneration and bonus package with good secondary benefits. If necessary a relocation package is available.

How to Apply:
If you are interested and you meet all the above requirements please send your resume via the apply button to VITRU | The Global Executive Recruitment Firm. For more information about this position, please contact Guy Laeven at VITRU via +31 6 19 79 80 68 (The Netherlands) (www.vitru-hr.com)

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