• Plant Manager - Tallahassee Operations

    Job Locations US-FL-Tallahassee
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/12/2018 3:07 PM)
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  • Overview

    GT Technologies (GTT) is a leading Tier 1 manufacturer of engine valve train components. Founded over 100 years ago and employing 500 people in five plants (Toledo, Ohio, Defiance, Ohio, Tallahassee, Florida and Curitiba, Brazil), two sales offices and one technical center located in Westland, Michigan.  The company’s footprint spans across three countries and three US States. The company is well known and highly regarded in its served markets.



    GTT has seen much change and transformation since it was an operating unit of a publicly traded company called GenTek, acquired by the private equity firm in 2009.  Today, GT Technologies is owned by Industrial Opportunity Partners. 

    The Tallahassee Plant Manager will be an integral member of the company’s leadership team and have frequent interaction with top management. This Plant Manager will be responsible for the total operations of a manufacturing plant of approximately 105 hourly employees and 25 salaried employees in a facility of 150,000 sq. ft. producing approximately $100M in annual sales.  This facility is non-union. The plant runs three shifts.


    The selected candidate will strategically direct and be personally responsible for the planning, organization, and effective execution of all strategies and policies for this manufacturing operation, according to the objectives outlined in the Operations business plan. The Plant Manager will have a voice in formulating strategic direction and selling strategies. The directive of achieving manufacturing excellence will include leading the development and deployment of world-class lean manufacturing, quality systems, processes, procedures and initiatives. Driving a culture of continuous improvement in overall productivity, efficiency, quality, cost, delivery, inventory optimization, safety, and employee relations is required as measured by established company performance metrics.  The Plant Manager will have operational interface with sister plants.


    The Plant Manager will have direct reports in the areas of Plant Engineering, Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Plant Quality, Logistics and Human Resources. Some individuals will be matrixes in their reporting to functional organizations at the corporate level.


    The Plant Manager will be responsible for directing and coordinating activities of all plant operations by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate managers.


    Specific Responsibilities:


    • Responsible for the overall safety of employees.
    • Responsible for all Manufacturing Operations, Engineering, Human Resource, Materials, Finance and Purchasing functions that are present at their respected facilities.
    • Responsible for the above mention functions and their performance with internal and external customers.
    • Guides and directs department managers in the production of products and services.
    • Drives cost reduction and productivity increase programs utilizing continuous improvement and lean manufacturing methodology.
    • Directs the operating activities and assures that profit and year-end goals are attained.
    • Directs the preparation of short term and long-range plans and budgets based on broad corporate goals and growth objectives.
    • Establish cost tracking mechanisms and use them to drive cost out.
    • Develop a strategic plan for operations both current and long range.
    • Responsible for data driven decision-making and the ability to communicate decisions.
    • Evaluates the results of overall operations regularly and systematically and reports these results to the Senior Vice President of Operations.
    • Provides leadership and ensures that the responsibilities, authorities, and accountability of all direct subordinates are defined and understood.
    • Assures that all managers and departments are working in concert.
    • Ensure the timely and proper execution in planning, construction, and installation of production tooling, equipment and facilities for the introduction of new products and model changes.



    • Eight years relevant experience and minimum three to five years related plant manager experience in an automotive tier one manufacturing environment.
    • Automotive industry experience required. Demonstrated results with APQP processes.
    • Strong team orientation.
    • Demonstrated success in plant financial acumen. Proven analytical and financial skills including working with Standard Costing Systems. Proven ability to use financial acumen to manage a P&L. Knowledge of finance and accounting alone is not sufficient. Applying it effectively is essential, by taking on “Bottom Line” responsibility to obtain the necessary results.
    • Demonstrated success in Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement. Experience in Six Sigma business management strategy a “plus.”
    • Proven ability to look at manufacturing processes and determine where savings can be generated as a result.
    • Demonstrable leadership background that is participative, team-oriented, and decisive when required.


    • Strong managerial skills with ability to interface with internal and external customers, and senior management.
    • Display independent judgment and initiative.
    • Excellent analytical and general business skills.
    • Demonstrated leadership skills.
    • Good presentation skills, both oral and written.
    • Strong Lean Manufacturing experience.
    • Must have a high degree of integrity, business savvy, credibility and relationship building skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead the organization through growth and transition without losing momentum or focus on the key business drivers and issues.
    • Must be a positive role model. Must also be a polished listener, skilled at influencing and be a team player with a balanced ego who is approachable by any person in the organization. 
    • A well-organized and self-directed individual.
    • An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with an appropriate professional image who inspires commitment and loyalty.
    • A teacher with a keen sense for talent and potential in others. Has a record of helping others develop.
    • High degree of technical competence with ability to implement ideas and execute plans through strong working relationships.
    • Accepts the risks required to achieve innovative results.


    • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university.


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