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General Manager – Mexico Operations

Job ID: 7403

General Manager, Mexico Operations

THE COMPANY

Our client is a leading manufacturer and supplier of custom, highly engineered technical plastics and lightweight innovations to the global automotive industry. They are The New Powerhouse of Fluid Management Systems and are projected to grow over 50% in the next two years. They offer constant innovation driving towards technical and operational excellence and an engaging work environment that encourages personal and professional growth.  This opportunity will allow you to work with some of the best/brightest leadership on a divisional and corporate level in the automotive industry.  Our client offers a competitive base salary, bonus, and a full benefits package.  This position is open to U.S. or Mexican payroll (depending on legal works status) and the General Manager may live (or be relocated to) in McAllen / Rio Grande Valley, Texas or Reynosa, Mexico.

THE POSITION

Job Summary:

The General Manager, Mexico Operations is responsible for providing leadership and leveraging management strategies and practices in accordance with the Company’s business philosophy and strategic growth goals. The General Manager will drive successful operations at our largest, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Reynosa, Mexico with a site population of approximately 2,000 employees, and will also provide active oversight of our Distribution Center in McAllen, Texas with over 50 employees.  The GM reports to the VP of Operations based in the USA.

The GM will be accountable for all aspects of plant performance including P&L and KPI’s and ensure that objectives are attained in a cost-effective manner consistent with safety standards, quality requirements and company values. The GM is responsible for the Reynosa site leading a variety of departments including Production, Engineering, Continuous Improvement, Materials, Purchasing, Warehouse Operations and Maintenance while working closely with Commercial and Support functions in the organization. The GM also indirectly oversees plant human resources and finance.  The ideal candidate will work with a sense of urgency, drive continuous improvement, and provide guidance and leadership to the management team and employees.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides strategic vision to develop and implement effective organizational structure to maximizes customer satisfaction and profitability. Make decisions that lead to achievement of goals and objectives.
  • Determines and establishes short-term and long-term objectives consistent with the business strategy, financial targets, sales forecasts, and other related factors.
  • Responsible for the overall production and financial performance of the Reynosa Plant, executing to the approved plan and budget.
  • Develops strategic plans, establish, and maintain key performance indicators, analyzes total cost performance data, and coordinates cross functional work teams to increase effectiveness of initiatives.
  • Establishes functional organizational policies and interprets, executes, and recommends modifications to company-wide policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Develops and proposes an Annual Plan and Capital Expense budget.
  • Develops the weekly operating forecast, measures result and develops actions to correct any gaps or deficiencies.
  • Actively coaches and develops direct reports. Works with team members and managers to develop objectives and determine needs for ongoing development.
  • Encourages the development of improved manufacturing methods, layouts, equipment, and techniques. Conducts a continuous cost reduction program throughout the plant.
  • Plans, organizes, and implements the necessary controls and measurements to ensure the efficient, cost-effective manufacturing operations that obtain objectives in the areas of Safety, Quality, Customer Satisfaction, Productivity and Cost.
  • Ensures quality standards are met through identifying root cause for defects and implementing action plans to remove manufacturing deficiencies.
  • Provides project management as assigned. Provides regular updates and communications regarding project and product timelines as directed.
  • Maintains open and efficient lines of communication with employees and key stakeholders in Operations, Sales, Product Development, as well as other teams.
  • Will be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.
THE CANDIDATE

Education:                

  • Bachelor's degree in business management, engineering or related field required.
  • MBA or master’s degree in Engineering is a plus.
  • Six Sigma or Lean Certification is preferred.
Experience Qualifications/Requirements:              
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in a General Manager, Plant Manager or Director of Operations position or similar.
  • At least 5 years of management experience, preferably leading mid- to large-size manufacturing operations (750+ headcount), preferably in the Automotive industry but will consider candidates in medical devices, aerospace, or highly regulated industries. Will also consider candidates from plastics molding industry.
  • Solid exposure to production, quality, materials, engineering, and safety.
  • Injection molding experience is preferred but not required.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, ERP knowledge or experience. IQMS or EPICOR CMS is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of ISO-14001, IATF16949 and customer specific requirements.
  • Quality and Certification systems exposure required (ISO, IATF, etc.).
  • Experience in successfully managing multiple projects.
  • Has a proven track record of creating and supporting a team culture.
  • Ability to lead and manage all assigned staff, including establishing expectations, ensuring resources necessary for success, coaching, promoting a positive and ethical work environment, and holding staff accountable.
  • Excellent analytical and writing capabilities. Must be able to present ideas, concepts, and technical strategies on an individual and group basis. Must have experience presenting to senior management and large employee groups in both English and Spanish.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence, negotiate and manage complex interpersonal dynamics.
  • Aligned to our Core Values of integrity, strong work ethic, team player, collaborator, and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Proven ability to manage conflict and find resolution.
  • Proven team building and strong leadership skills.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Able to cross the US/Mexico border legally (valid Visa).
  • Prefer local candidates within the Rio Grande Valley or Reynosa / Matamoros region.

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