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Director of Operations – Automotive Manufacturing
Plymouth, MI

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$220,000 - $245,000 / yr



Our Client Company has over 100 years’ experience as an automotive supplier. Strong growth in the automotive industry has created an opportunity for rapid expansion of their business.  To achieve their aggressive growth plans they have created an exciting new position of Director of Operations. The right candidate will be a strong leader who has the potential of growing into additional Senior Executive roles.


The Operations Director will have operational and financial responsibility for 4 manufacturing plants and have eight to ten direct reports and several hundred indirect reports. 

  • Direct the Plant Managers in the preparation and implementation of operating plans and strategies consistent with key measurable as well as guide these managers in the preparation of annual budget goals and attainment of annual plant goals.
  • Implement strong Lean Manufacturing systems and promote the methodologies usage in operating plans
  • Plan the use of facilities, equipment and personnel to meet current and future manufacturing requirements, including department budgets and guidelines, plant layout and improvement and capital expenditure programs.
  • Spearhead improvement initiatives to include the automation of current manual processes
  • Develop, maintain and improve product income levels through waste reduction, cost reduction and cost improvement plans
  • Ensure compliance with applicable regulations issued by OSHA, EPA, EEOC and other Federal, State and local regulatory agencies, in addition to application certification issue for ISO 14001 and TS16949
  • Work with Continuous Improvement Manager for ongoing lean training, facilitation and deployment at the plant level
  • Have a full understanding of the Automotive PPAP and APQP standards.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Ten or more years of experience
  • Minimum of five years of automotive management experience in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 manufacturing environment.
  • Multi-Plant experience
  • A strong background and working knowledge of lean manufacturing principles is necessary for consideration (Kaizen


A competitive compensation and benefits package includes base salary and bonus, paid vacation, paid holidays, health, sickness and accident coverage, flexible spending account and 401(k) savings program with company matching contribution.  Relocation assistance is available. There is substantial opportunity for individual growth in this position. 

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