• Director, Plant Operations

    Relocation Available
    Position Type
    Full Time
  • Overview / Job Summary


    Aleris is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of aluminum rolled products, with approximately 14 facilities in three geographically aligned business units in North America, Europe and China. We serve a variety of end-use industries, including aerospace, automotive, defense, building and construction, transportation, packaging, and consumer goods.


    Our Davenport, IA plants are seeking to add a talented Director of Operations to its Manufacturing team. Reporting to the SVP, Manufacturing Operations, the purpose of this role is to lead all manufacturing operations including melting/blending, casting, rolling, coating and slitting of aluminum environmentally correctly and safely, at specified volumes, quality and cost levels while maintaining high morale and cultivating a culture of continuous improvement. This role will manage both the Casting and Finishing facilities that employ more than 300 employees.


    Responsibilities Include


    • Actively lead and participate in maintaining a zero incident safety culture.
    • Live and champion the Aleris core values; Safety, Integrity, Customer Focus, Ownership, Excellence, and Teamwork
    • Fulfill core accountabilities within the policies and procedures established by Aleris and the discretionary limits and standards.
    • Provide input to the Production, Materials Planning, and Engineering-Maintenance processes regarding production capacities, costs and other operating criteria.
    • Participate in the development of a long term (5+ years) business plan for the Davenport Casting and Finishing plants which supports the long-term business unit strategic plan.
    • Improve product quality and service to our customers.
    • Improve and control Davenport systems for cost and productivity while accomplishing Business Plan.
    • Ensure plant operation is within environmental legal requirements.
    • Create a safe working environment and culture promoting safe work behaviors and ensuring Davenport employees are not injured while working.
    • Provide a climate of constancy, trust and employee involvement.
    • Maintain and enhance an organizational structure consistent with the principles of a requisite organization and of continuous improvement.
    • Develop the capabilities of all Davenport employees through effective training, performance reviews, and provide for opportunities to maximize potential.
    • Ensure that all plant, equipment and facilities assigned to the Davenport plants are utilized, operated and maintained efficiently and in a way that ensures effective long-term service.
    • Develop and maintain good relationships with the community and with respective governmental agencies and officials and ensure good citizenship of the company.


    Required Qualifications


    • Bachelor degree in Engineering or Operations Management , or equivalent work experience
    • Minimum 15 years’ experience in operations and business management.
    • Willingness to travel approximately 10%


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Lean, Six Sigma Belt Certification
    • Aluminum Casting or Rolling Experience
    • Leader in a previous Lean transformation site


    Aleris is an equal opportunity employer and supports diversity in the workplace. Qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Our HR teams will reach out to the applicants who meet the qualifications and most closely align with requirements of the position.



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