Plant Manager

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Date: Nov 21, 2022

Location: Pontiac, MI, US

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

Contributes to the execution of the sales, expense, and profitability targets established by managing Operations of the site and continuously improve the performance of the site’s ISC metrics.  Manages, directs, and coorindates overall site operations. Assuring that organization or divisional production objectives are achieved in the safest manner and at the lowest cost consistent with quality requirements. Delegates authority effectively to key supervisors in production, production controls, methods, cost accounting, maintenance, and other related operations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plans, leads, organizes & controls the delivery (ready to serve) of the site’s contribution to business objectives and overall performance (in terms of safety, reliability, productivity, service, cost, quality, material/eco-efficiency and community stewardship) and provides insights regarding developments based on analysis.
  • Contributes to the formulation of business objectives from an operations perspective and ensures site capabilities, constraints and HSE considerations are incorporated into integrated business planning.
  • Ensures ISC strategy is cascaded to the site organization effectively to ensure appropriate alignment of focus and relevant information and issues are fed back up.
  • Establishes, achieves, enforces and continuously improves the performance levels for the site in terms of customer service, safety, cost, quality, resource productivity, capital, engagement and eco efficiency and enforces the minimum personal performance level.
  • Implements and operates the common HSE platform and identifies and respond effectively to hazards in HSE and security.
  • Coaches, mentors and develops the site management team members and build a team which collectively is capable of and fully involved in achieving the task.
  • Establishes a culture of functional and operational excellence, continuous improvement and accountability, professionalism and commitment to company values and behaviors
  • Ensures the In Control interal proces and regulatory and legal compliance.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for communications outside of the site; being responsible for maintaining good relationships internal AkzoNobel and with all external bodies (media, attorneys, governmental and regulatory officials, community and business leaders, customers, employer association/association of chemical industry).
  • Be familiar with all applicable corporate as well as site policies/procedures with regard to personal conduct/HSE standards and acts in compliance with all regulations.
  • Leads the planning and execution of site capital projects

Key Responsibilities

  • Bachelors degree in related field or greater
  • 10+ years of related experience and background in manufacturing
  • 5+ years experience managing a medium to large size site
  • Experience managing large CapEx projects
  • Experience with Continuous Improvement programs such as Six Sigma or Lean with a proven track record of improving performance
  • Extensive knowledge of Health & Safety regulations as they apply to manufacturing
  • Fluent English verbal and written
  • Familiar with use of current computing systems i.e. Microsoft and SAP
  • Ability to manage large team independently with cross functional communications and collaboration, locally and regionally, with i.e. isc/commercial teams, legal and complicance, internal and external customers etc.


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AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

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