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Sr. Operations Director

Company: Signode
Location: Glenview
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

Requisition Number: 0GE00-2020-010

Job Title: Sr. Operations Director

City: Glenview

State: IL

The Sr. Director – US Operations is responsible for all productionfacilities for the Automation & Packaging Technologies (APT) platform inthe US, leading operational strategy and Lean implementation. This individual will be a key change agentthat ensures the sites within the region implement standard processes, tools,and systems to drive high performance at the local level. Additionally, this person will oversee thedomestic APT footprint by evaluating manufacturing capabilities, identifyingand managing expansion or consolidation opportunities, and supporting facilityintegration during acquisition processes.

Ultimately, this role is responsible for ensuring all facilities operatesafely and within budget, deliver on key operational metrics, and provide workenvironments that develop all members of the team.

This individual will work and collaborate across various levels andfunctions within Signode, both inside and outside of the APT platform. The role reports to the VP/GM – Automatic StrappingEquipment, and is based in Glenview, IL.


Responsible for overall performance and direction of APT production sites within the region

Lead by example to drive a “safety first” mindset; ensures adherence to both Signodeand legal environmental, health, and safety standards and practices

Develop,direct, and lead local plant management

Coordinateactivities such as assembly, supply chain, engineering, and maintenance toensure operational efficiency and drive financial performance

Monitoractual versus planned performance; implement remedies needed to closeperformance gaps

Assumesultimate responsibility for quality of product and of workplace

Leads operational strategy and Lean implementation

Evaluate current operational state of locations; utilizing Lean concepts and principles,identify needed process and organizational changes; develop and manage roadmapfor implementation

Ensure Lean principles are properly implemented, including ensuring employees haveneeded tools, training, and documentation

Identify, develop, and manage a core set of key performance indicators (KPI’s) that allowfor assessment of performance improvement, progress towards standardizationefforts, and effective implementation of lean and quality processes

Leverage internal best practices and benchmark against external “best in class” practices;develop and deploy changes where appropriate

Identify opportunities to increase standardization of processes both within the region,as well as across APT’s global locations through interfacing with regionallybased piers, Signode strategic sourcing, and APT global engineering

Continuously reviews and assesses the overall operational footprint

Conduct overall assessments of existing manufacturing capabilities

Conduct “make vs buy” analysis for products; optimize existing capabilities as well asdetermine optimal capital investment opportunities

Identify opportunities for integrating processes across facilities, possible full siteconsolidations where sensible, as well as site expansions and/or greenfieldopportunities

Conduct analysis and cost reviews for capital expense requests

Participate in acquisition integrations as needed; includes evaluating manufacturinglocation(s) and developing of integration plans

Constructively challenges the status quo to drive changes needed to implement and sustainprocess improvements; champions the development of a Lean culture

Fosters an environment of teamwork; emphasizes the importance of safety, continuousimprovement, operational excellence, and cost control

Collaborates with other functions across Signode (Transit Packaging CI, EHS, finance, etc.)as needed




Bachelor’s degree in management, business or engineering required; Masters preferred

Lean Enterprise certification and/or Six Sigma certification a plus


Minimum of 7 to 10 years of experience in leading continuous improvement activities at a regional or global level required, preferably in a leading diversified industrial with a strong Lean culture

Should include experience in operations management in an engineered products manufacturing environment

Extensive knowledge of operations management practices and methods, including operational excellence tools

Deep experience and knowledge of Lean principles (Kaizan, 5S, A3, value stream mapping, etc.)

Quality experience a strong plus

Proven project management and process improvement expertise; must have demonstrated success leading sustained, successful CI transformations with proven results, preferably in multi-plant manufacturing environments

Well-developed analytical and problem solving skills; demonstrated understanding of cost and productivity drivers and related financial implications

Able to develop and execute both strategic and tactical plans; comfortable being “hands-on” when necessary

Successful experience managing and developing talent and building teams to improve organizational capacity

Confident yet “down to earth;” unassuming

Sense of urgency; has a bias for action and able to make “tough calls” when required

Ability to travel domestically; some international travel may be required (30 - 50% expected)


Strong computer skills with especially strong proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Experience with CAD systems a plus (SolidWorks preferred

Signode is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment withoutregard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,national origin, disability, or veteran status.

We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

For more information, view the EEO is the Law Poster and Pay Transparency Statement .

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