• Regional Director, Davenport & Lincolnshire 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 Rolled Products North America (RPNA) division is seeking to add a talented Director of Operations to its Manufacturing team.  Reporting to the SVP, Manufacturing Operations, this role will manage three facilities: two located in Davenport, IA and one in Lincolnshire, IL. The role will lead all manufacturing operations including melting/blending, casting, rolling, coating and slitting of aluminum in compliance with applicable environmental & safety standards, at specified volumes, quality and cost levels while maintaining high morale and cultivating a culture of continuous improvement.  Combined, the three facilities employ more than 400 employees.

    Responsibilities Include

    • Live and champion the Aleris core values; Safety, Integrity, Customer Focus, Ownership, Excellence, and Teamwork
    • Actively build a safe working environment and foster a zero-incident safety culture.
    • Lead the development of a long term (5+ years) business plan for the Davenport & Lincolnshire plants which supports business unit strategic plan.
    • Drive facilities to world-class operational status.
    • Ensure plant operations are compliant with all environmental regulations.
    • Improve product quality and service to our customers.
    • Initiate plans and actions as a change-agent and leader for lean manufacturing, reliability and continuous improvement to achieve tangible results.
    • Review and analyze internal performance measures, anticipate potential negative trends in operations, and direct corrective actions when necessary.
    • Fulfill core accountabilities within the policies and procedures established by Aleris and the discretionary limits and standards.
    • Provide leadership to the Production, Materials Planning, and Engineering-Maintenance processes regarding production capacities, costs and other operating criteria.
    • Improve and control systems for cost and productivity while accomplishing Business Plan.
    • Provide a climate of consistency, trust and employee involvement.
    • Maintain and enhance an organizational structure consistent with the principles of a requisite organization of continuous improvement.
    • Build a strong team and develop the capabilities of all Davenport/Lincolnshire employees through effective training, performance reviews, and provide for opportunities to maximize potential.
    • Ensure that all plant, equipment and facilities are utilized, operated and maintained efficiently and in a way that ensures effective long-term service.
    • Manage all capital requirements in facilities and ensure equipment meets the required safety, quality, and productivity standards.
    • Develop and maintain good relationships with the community, governmental agencies and officials and ensure good citizenship of the company.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor degree in Engineering or Operations Management , or equivalent work experience, with a minimum 15 years’ experience in operations and business management.
    • Previous plant management experience leading plant(s) of similar scale
    • Experience implementing reliability engineering and lean/six sigma techniques.


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Recognized certification in reliability engineering (i.e. Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional) and/or Lean-Six Sigma (i.e. Green or Black Belt).
    • Experience working in heavy industry.
    • Experience managing multiple plants.
    • Experience leading cultural transformations.
    • Experience in unionized environments.
    • Education in business / supply chain management to complement engineering/technical degree

    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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