Operations Manager

Wabtec Corporation

Buffalo Grove, IL


Position summary

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at: http://www.WabtecCorp.com.

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

Role Summary/Purpose:

The Operations Manager will have full business leadership responsibility for both sites located in Buffalo Grove, IL.  This role will lead the site management teams in the execution of business goals using Lean manufacturing methods, ensuring sufficient capacity exists to deliver on, employee safety, customer commitments, driving revenue, product quality, cost reduction, margin expansion, and on-time delivery through the effective utilization of resources. In this role, you will drive operational excellence and continuous improvement.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for meeting all established safety, cost, quality, and delivery commitments
  • Control manufacturing processes through plans that consider personnel requirements, materials, turnout, sub-contracting, facilities, tooling, and equipment
  • Ensure assigned employees are aware / comply with all Wabtec, government, customer and applicable policies, procedures, rules and regulations
  • Perform necessary administrative activities associated with effective management of shop operations, including necessary interface activities with other functions and organizations required to accomplish all objectives
  • Develop necessary business plans which encompasses all requirements, including safety, quality, throughput, labor hours, cycle, cost productivity, and delivery
  • Provide ongoing leadership, counseling, and support for plant leadership, guiding them in current positions and assisting with career development and training.
  • Assure commitment in own and other’s actions to the pursuit of highest possible quality of services, internal, and delivered products to customers
  • Work with a variety of cross-functional leaders to achieve business level targets for the Wabtec Bus Solutions Business unit

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Business Management (Operations) from an accredited university or college.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in a Manufacturing leadership position, preferably in the Automotive and/or Commercial Vehicle segments.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Prior plant level leadership experience in union and non-union facilities
  • Depth in EHS, shop operations, customer services operations, manufacturing engineering, quality, materials, sourcing, and material logistics in an automotive based manufacturing environment / industry
  • Prior plant level experience with sheet metal fabrication, machining, painting, and final assembly
  • Strong track record of coaching and team engagement skills
  • Strong understanding of operations and business financials
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced, dynamic, and customer focused environment

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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About the company

Industry: Industrial: Equipment Manufacturing

At Wabtec, we are in the business of realizing potential. Our employees are the architects of the future. Go just about anywhere and you’ll find us. If you want to move and improve the world, start here.