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Plant Manager

Job ID: 7571


We have been retained by a global leader in the custom window treatment industry to find a hands-on Plant Manager to lead their manufacturing site in Hialeah, Florida (a suburb of Miami). Our client is a company founded over 80 years ago and has over 8,000 associates and 18 locations worldwide.  Their custom window treatments are available under many leading brands and presence in nearly every major retailer, in thousands of designer showrooms and showcased in large commercial buildings. Our client has invested heavily in building capabilities over the last three years to become a leader in product innovation. As North America’s premier window covering company, they are committed to creating a “Best Experience” for their consumers, channel partners and associates. Our client is experiencing high growth as consumers spend more time at home and want to redecorate. 



The hands-on Plant Manager is responsible for the overall performance of site operations (nearly 50,000 sq/ft. building) based in Hialeah, Florida. He/she has responsibility for setting the facility’s strategic direction, creating production and component inventory plans, and developing/overseeing tactical support plans. The Plant Manager will have profit and loss responsibility for all Plant operations. Reports to the VP of Operations.


Overall Manufacturing Operations

  • Drive achievement of all Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost Metrics
  • Responsible for management, efficient operation, and continuous improvement of the Manufacturing Departments requiring diverse product, process knowledge, and interpersonal skills.
  • Assist in leading the Maintenance and Tool Room departments in their supporting role as well as other facilities, manufacturing & product engineering, and New Product Development Department.
  • Mentor, train and develop staff in BEx Guiding principles, Lean Mfg., continuous improvement, supply chain cost reductions, operating budgets, (Balanced Scorecards), and Quality @ Source initiatives.
  • Ensure that customer needs are understood and that quality and on time shipments are paramount.


  • Responsible for the overall associate safety and security of the facility. Achieved through collaboration between direct reports, leads, and safety manager by setting safety goals and emphasizing high expectations of awareness through the 5-S initiatives from all associates.
  • Being proactive within compliance of OSHA and NIOSH laws affecting associates.
  • Assure that staff resolves issues on a timely and equitable basis.
  • Drive ergonomic improvements through continual assessments and improvements.
  • Drive associate engagement programs and participation.


  • Responsible for building quality into everything we do at every stage.
  • Each manufacturing functional area is challenged with continuous improvement through improved process controls, departmental process teams, and action planning in both the short and long term.
  • Goals are set to reduce remakes and reduce waste. 
  • Implement controls to protect the customer from quality escapes.


  • Assure production capacity and capability in terms of staffing and processes are in place to meet forward-looking demand plan.
  • Monitor daily production and order backlogs to assure lead-time targets are met.
  • Create and monitor component inventory plans in collaboration with supply chain team to assure materials are available to meet production plans.

Cost Improvement

  • Develop and Drive Cost Improvement initiatives.
  • Work with Manufacturing Engineers to define improvement targets and design the process to meet target timelines.
  • Utilize Lean Manufacturing Principles to drive reduction in all forms of waste.

Teaming / Engagement

  • Will participate as an active member in numerous cross-functional teams listening to Voice of the Associate, Voice of the Customer, and Voice of the Process to make continuous improvements.
  • Work with cross-functional teams along with senior management to ensure company objectives are achieved within the direction of the strategic plan.
  • Grow the engagement of the salary and hourly workforce through training, development, and participation in the daily operations and continuous improvement of the factory


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.
  • 8 years of relevant manufacturing experience required. For example, Plant Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Manufacturing, Sr. Operations Manager 
  • Experience with build-to-order or discrete manufacturing is preferred.
  • Strong background in lean manufacturing.
  • Must have experience running a plant with KPI’s robust processes.
  • Experience with P&L.
  • Experience making successful presentations to corporate leadership.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong leadership skills. Must be able to build trust and strong relationships with team. 
  • Plant managers must be assertive and work with sense of urgency.
  • Strong working knowledge of lean manufacturing and its application
  • Experience working with ERP system 
  • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish (75%+) is required

Behavioral Competencies

  • Ensures Accountability Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Drive Engagement – Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives
  • Instill Trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
  • Drive Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances
  • Consumer/Customer Focus – Building strong customer relationships and delivering on customer-centric solutions
  • Critical Thinking – Making Sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems
  • Being Resilient – Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations
  • Optimize Work Processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement

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