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Operations Manager - Ready Mix - Chicago and Surrounding Suburbs

Thank you for your interest in a career with Prairie Material. Prairie is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and supports diversity among its staff. We look forward to working with you!

Summary:

Plans, organizes, directs and controls operations activities for ready mix concrete production.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Determines appropriate staffing levels at all batch locations to meet customer demands in a cost effective and productive manner.
  • Ensures employees are qualified and trained to perform job duties.
  • Ensures compliance with company, state and federal DOT regulations.
  • Coordinates the purchase, pick-up and delivery of raw materials to batch plants balancing cost, quality and availability.
  • Ensures product produced meets customer specifications using the most cost effective and productive processes.
  • Works closely with safety function to ensure the safety of employees and reliable operations.
  • Works closely with dispatch function to ensure full and efficient utilization of assets.
  • Works closely with quality function to ensure equipment and processes can produce according to customer and company specifications.
  • Works closely with plant maintenance to ensure equipment is maintained in good working condition.
  • Works closely with fleet maintenance to ensure vehicles are properly maintained according to company, local and state DOT and safety guidelines and regulations.
  • Develops, implements and monitors operating and capital budgets.
  • Visits plant locations to audit and observe production processes and equipment.
  • Visits job sites to observe equipment and employee work practices.
  • Ensures compliance with company, local, state and federal safety and environmental policies, programs and regulations.
  • Reviews financial reports to determine areas of improvement and focus.
  • Provides monthly reports on performance (cost, quality, productivity, etc.) for analysis and assessment.
  • Analyzes production and financial information to determine short and long-term plans and needs.
  • Works closely with sales and marketing to understand sales forecast projections and plan production capacity accordingly.
  • Handles employee and customer complaints, questions and issues as needed.
  • Participates in local and state professional organizations.
  • Works closely with equipment and material vendors/suppliers to negotiate cost and ensure product specifications are met.
  • Coordinates the timely and efficient use of corporate staff functions to support efficient operations.
  • Stays abreast of changes and improvements in technology and processes.
  • Conducts regular meetings with staff to discuss safety and operation performance.
  • Provides training and development opportunities for staff based on individual and company needs.
  • Participates in the selection, evaluation and purchase of new equipment.
  • Participates on company safety committee.
  • Assists with plant layout and design as needed
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • HS diploma required with college degree strongly preferred. Additional training or education preferred with a concentration in engineering, business or construction-related curriculum.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a manufacturing environment with at least 5 years in ready mix concrete in a role with P/L responsibility.
  • Minimum 2 years of supervisory experience required.
  • Valid driver’s license. Class B CDL preferred.
  • Level I DOT certification required. Level II preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with personal computer and spreadsheet software (Excel).
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze financial and production information.
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize and to work independently.
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand English.

Eligible candidates will be required to successfully pass a drug and alcohol screening, physical, and background check.

Applications must be completed in its entirety. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of an application.





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