Plant Manager

Saint Gobain CertainTeed

The Plant Manger provides leadership and direction in the manufacturing and shipping of joint compounds, textures and accessories, in alignment with the Company’s strategic objectives. This position using World Class Manufacturing (WCM) or Lean tools will assure proper focus on safety, the environment, manufacturing high quality, cost efficient products through continuous improvement activities, which will distinguish CertainTeed as the preferred choice. This position will directly supervise up to six staff persons and indirectly up to an estimated 50 manufacturing personnel when the plant is fully utilized with an estimated net sales at $30 million plus.


Will assist Technical Services and Product Management in running product trials or demonstrations.


BA or BS degree in either engineering or business preferred; or equivalent technical training in a relevant manufacturing environment that provides a comprehensive knowledge of plant leadership and 10 years of relevant manufacturing experience.
5 years of progressive plant leadership responsibility.
Demonstrate leadership and team building skills.
Excellent communication, organization and problem solving skills.
Knowledge of computer software: Microsoft Office, database management and ladder logic.
ERP system knowledge in plant management, preferably SAP
Warehouse and inventory management experience.

2 years of previous plant manager experience.
Professional Engineer Certification
Trained or experience in World Class Manufacturing or Lean Techniques.
Open to relocation for future assignments.
Familiar with or trained in ISO standards.
Experience in process programming or HMI applications.
Knowledge of Total Quality Management or having passed requirements as a Certified Quality Engineer.
Some IT skills would be helpful.

Must develop with the assistance of the Financial Services Manager a calendar budget and adhere to the budget while maintaining good internal controls.


Supervises all direct and indirect employees (estimated to be 25 employees in a full capacity utilization mode) in the plant. Will be accountable for meeting operational standards and approved personnel count within company guidelines. Maybe required to fill in as Plant Manager at other finishing facilities during periods of vacancies.


Works in a manufacturing plant environment with exposure to dust, chemicals, temperature changes and noise. Hours may vary as necessary to provide proper supervision for plant operations, meeting customer needs and reporting deadlines. Some travel will be required, usually via airplanes and rental cars with no restrictions traveling outside Canada.


Enforces safety rules and policies, so that all employees, contractors and visitors achieve a target of zero accidents.

Assures systems are in place to meet Saint Gobain waste and energy reduction goals.

Monitors quality systems to assure all products are shipped within targeted specifications.

Interacts with direct reports, Supply Chain and Customer Service to assure preferred service.

Recruits and develops a competent plant floor labor force and skilled professional staff.

Has strong understanding of product formation, machine process sequence and product application in accordance with ASTM, UL, CE and plant quality plan specifications.

Directs plant personnel or contractors to maintain all equipment to meet benchmark targets and environmental standards.

Must meet cost budgets through the efficient use of all resources.

Must assure plant compliance with company internal control standards.


Must develop a master business plan for the facility.

Continue to grow the plants knowledge of WCM practices or apply Lean Principles.

Develop a Capital Budget and assure projects are completed within budget and schedule.

Interact with sales by visiting customers and accessing preferred quality status.

Must be able to conduct and represent the company in a professional manner during regulatory agency inspections.

Works with the General Manager of Finishing, Finishing Operations Manager – North America, Sales Managers, Product Managers and Technical Services to identify opportunities for sales growth including international opportunities.

Will assist other plants in enhancing their operations through knowledge or expertise of best practice.

Must be able to spend significant amount of time on plant floor. Job requires bending, stooping, climbing, entering confined spaces, navigating rough terrain and infrequent lifting of up to 50lbs. Must be able to wear mandated personal protective equipment per areas accessed.

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