Operations Manager in Ottawa, IL at ITW Specialty Products

Date Posted: 6/19/2019

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    Ottawa, IL
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Job Description

Zip-Pak is the global leader in resealable solutions for the flexible packaging industry.  We operate in more than 52 countries around the world with a workforce of more than 270 dedicated flexible packaging professionals. These talented individuals adhere to the highest professional standards and focus their efforts to meeting and exceeding the needs of every Zip-Pak client. Combining this commitment to client success with our technical innovation and unmatched network of resources enables us to confidently and consistently deliver “uniquely flexible" solutions to our customers.

The Operations Manager provides leadership in both day-to-day and long term aspects required to oversee all operation's functions for Zip-Pak's Ottawa, IL facility.  This includes: production, process engineering, quality, and maintenance.  In addition, this position manages the relationships between the plant, sales, vendors and all activities related to operations. This position provides strategic leadership and coordination on manufacturing projects in support of the Global Director of Operations. 

Principal Accountabilities
: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Continue improvements in safety record and increase ownership of the safety program to the operator level.  Focus to be placed on improving tracking and correcting of hazards / near misses reducing overall hazard opportunities in the facility (Sharps / Slips / Soft Tissue).
  • Develop, implement and oversee manufacturing plans and strategies including capacity planning regarding equipment, training, staffing, raw materials, packaging, systems, and general operations improvements.
  • Ensure compliance with Company standards for cost control, waste reduction, quality, OSHA, safety, AIB/SQF/HACCP and complete on-time delivery at the lowest possible cost.
  • Reviews production and operating reports and directs the resolution of operational, manufacturing, and maintenance problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delays.
  • Monitor, report, and initiate action on results of efficiencies, quality, safety, delivery and costs. 
  • Identify and implement cost savings initiatives. 
  • Promote and implement 80/20 simplification principles.
  • Oversee fair and consistent administration of policies, work rules, disciplinary actions, promotions, performance reviews, pay increases, skill development, and job performance counseling for reports.
  • Manage all personnel issues within the facility; including such functions as staffing, compensation, behavioral issues, termination, transfer and promotions. Manage, coach, and develop talent.
  • Strive to maintain a non-union work environment.
  • Evaluate new product concepts for manufacturing capabilities.
  • Identifies, communicates and drives implementation of capital investments and improvement projects.
  • Balance work capacity across the plant.
  • Create strong relationships and work closely with all ZP operations in sharing knowledge, resources, technology, cost savings ideas, and product / process improvements.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university required.
  • 7+ years of related experience in manufacturing with a minimum of 6+ years of progressive management experience
  • Strong project management experience and facility management experience
  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading and managing a team of technical or engineering staff
  • Project Manager Professional (PMP) preferred
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt preferred
  • Plastics extrusion and/or food packaging experience preferred


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