General Manager
at VT Industries

Date Posted: 8/6/2020

Job Description

General Manager – Creative Composites
Clarksville, Iowa

Founded in 2002, Creative Composites has been recognized as a trusted manufacturer and distributor of specialty sound and fire rated door cores for more than a decade. Utilizing bio-based materials to bring innovation to conventional manufacturing methods and green alternatives to traditional door designs, we've grown from a small research and development facility to a proven leader in architectural wood door core manufacturing. Creative Composites is part of VT industries. 

The General Manager will oversee all aspects of a manufacturing plant that produces fire and sound core materials, ensuring performance metrics and quality goals are achieved. The individual will be expected to provide direction and leadership at the facility to drive continuous improvement and achieve annual / long-term goals including P&L responsibility.

This person directs, manages and coordinates all activities for approximately 30 team members across 2 shifts associated with the plant and is responsible for the efficient and economical manufacturing of company products. The GM is directly accountable to lead the manufacturing organization to a level of performance identifiable with a world-class organization, using lean manufacturing and continuous improvement tools. The GM is also expected to develop team members through mentoring/coaching, training, cross-functional assignments, career path planning, and project involvement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• P&L leadership responsibility for the plant in the areas of manufacturing, logistics, warehouse management, inventory control and on-time customer delivery / customer service.
• Oversee the manufacturing activities to ensure maximum effectiveness is obtained for the production of quality products within specified time and budgetary guidelines.
• Provide exemplary leadership in a fast-paced environment subject to constant change while dealing with information and resource constraints
• Establish, review and monitor all plant metrics and Key Performance Indicator's (KPI's) to assess safety, productivity, customer service, quality, scrap and cost management.
• Help with implementation of and continued adherence to Lean manufacturing and 5S initiatives.
• Accountable to ensure products meet or exceed customer quality standards
• Develop and lead processes to identify opportunities to improve productivity and capacity (e.g. demand planning).
• Implement strategies and actions to increase efficiency, improve quality, improve on-time delivery, cost containment / reduction and ensure continuous improvement including new ERP system.
• Maintain high product quality and manufacturing yield while ensuring optimal use of resources and adherences to best safety practices.
• Hire, coach, lead and develop management team members and employees.
• Partner and coordinate with Sales, Customer Service, Engineering, Materials, Maintenance, and other internal departments to resolve issues and concerns.




Job Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Demonstrated leadership ability to deliver safety, quality, productivity and customer service goals
• Strong leader of people who has built high performing teams
• Expert knowledge of operations including manufacturing, supply chain, warehouse management, process engineering and customer service
• Overall knowledge and understanding of lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, six sigma, etc.
• Must have the ability to collaborate, influence others and build consensus and commitment to a recommended direction while managing multiple internal and external stakeholders
• Proven ability to lead, inspire, mentor, develop and guide a team of managers and professionals, ensuring accountability and personal development
• Decisive with a sense of urgency to deliver results
• Proven operations leadership including subject matter expertise and a track record in developing and executing strategies that provide value to both internal and external clients
• Entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to take the company to the next level
• A hands-on leader with unquestioned integrity and ethics, with a desire to work in a growing, dynamic, mission-driven, and values-based organization.

Education and Experience

• Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business or related field, plus 7 years related experience in manufacturing (advanced Degree preferred)
• 7+ years progressive experience in manufacturing with at least 5 years in a management or operations leadership capacity in a manufacturing environment
• Must have experience with lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, and / or six sigma practices
• Strong business acumen and thought leadership, with the demonstrated ability to translate business needs into effective actions
• Drive for results, demonstrated success serving business clients and experience in developing and implementing change initiatives
• Advanced degree or MBA a plus
Personal Trait Profile

• Highly effective project management skills with a complete understanding of manufacturing processes and the ability to integrate multiple resources for integrated solutions

• Constant floor presence to establish strong communications, influencing, and consulting skills with a proven track record in quickly gaining credibility and partnering collaboratively with managers / leaders

• Collaborative decision-making and work style, and comfortable with working through gray areas

• Strong problem solving and ability to assess the needs of the business and design and implement the best solutions

• Ability to quickly learn, understand, and keep abreast of the drivers to company performance, the industry, customer segments, the business value proposition and how the company retains competitive advantage in the marketplace

• Strong written/oral communication, effective presentation skills, team and leadership development, conflict resolution, and organizational influence skills


Job Snapshot

About Us

Why would a company that is so successful choose to keep its corporate headquarters in Northwest Iowa? Largely because of the people who work so diligently to see that VT Industries continues to grow and succeed. When you walk through our facilities, it’s easy to see the hard work and dedication our people put forward. Today, VT has nine manufacturing facilities located across the U.S. and Canada.

VT Industries is family-owned and operated, with a commitment toward continual growth and improvement. Employees are offered competitive wages and benefits packages.


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