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    [Closed Search] VP of Manufacturing at a Specialty Steel Manufacturer



    The Company, headquartered in Pennsylvania, is the largest independent producer of value-added carbon and alloy wire in North America. Since the early 20th century, the company has been a pioneer in the industry and focuses on segments where metallurgical quality is a differentiating factor. The Company is recognized as a global leader and has industry leading positions as its customers consist of the world’s top fastener, construction and utility companies.


    INDUSTRY experience in a middle-market manufacturing company focused on metals processing
    applications, ideally in one of the following industrial sectors:

    • Fastener Industry
    • Automotive Tier One and Two Manufacturers
    • Capital Goods
    • Construction Equipment
    • Capital/maintenance intensive process production environments

    FUNCTIONAL Prior Success

    • Proven track record in building out a world class manufacturing operation within a middle market manufacturing company, ideally within one of the following sectors: fastener, capital goods or automotive or any capital/maintenance intensive process production environment.
    • Skilled in managing unionized workforce through operational excellence and change management processes.
    • Leading and implementing a certified and comprehensive lean manufacturing and continuous improvement program
    • Serving as top manufacturing executive for company interacting with peers in sales, finance and related operational areas
    • Design, operation and improvement of all manufacturing processes
    • Experience in managing through subordinate managers core manufacturing functions
    • Directing and implementing production schedule, work in process, tracking, material and labor variance controls and manufacturing performance reporting.
    • Has lead or successfully directed operational aspects of implementation of an ERP systems implement and has detailed knowledge of ERP resident processes.
    • Responsibility for ensuring all production objectives are met in the areas of quality, schedule and budgeting.
    • Implementing a program of wholesale cultural change related to product quality, as well as compliance with all relevant regulations concerning safety and environmental issues related to manufacturing
    • Ability to serve as Safety Champion for the company


    • BS or BA in a technical discipline, ideally engineering
    • Six Sigma Black Belt (desirable)
    • APICS, CPIM certification (desirable)

    STAGE of Company Experience

    • Well established but poised for further growth due to increased industry demand

    MANAGEMENT & Leadership Experience

    • Serving as top manufacturing executive in a middle market company reporting to a CEO or COO
    • Experience leading subordinate managers
    • Success in recruiting, developing, mentoring and coaching A players


    Finally, this individual should have as many as possible of the traits required to succeed in this leadership position:

    • High levels of intelligence and analytical strength
    • Strong business acumen including the ability to understand and commit to financial metrics
    • Decisiveness when necessary, coupled with a willingness to seek input and build consensus as much as possible.
    • A very high level of energy, sense of urgency and commitment, combined with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
    • Excellent writing and speaking skills; this individual must be able to communicate complex ideas and information clearly and concisely to a diverse audience
    • Outstanding planning and organization skills.
    • In general, the business and personal skills, and the absolute commitment, required to make a major contribution to The Company during the coming years.


    This company is backed by a growing private equity firm.

    For more information...

    Email Clark Waterfall

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    -by Clark Waterfall on Jun 26, 2014 11:29:07 AM


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