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VP, Operations

Job Title
VP, Operations
Job ID
Chattanooga,  TN 37421
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Astec is a global, environmentally focused infrastructure and manufacturing company of asphalt road building and aggregate processing. Our mission is to design and build the most innovative products for the industries we serve. Leveraging innovative solutions and technologies, we serve customers all over the world.

The Vice President of Operations will plan, direct, coordinate, and oversee operations activities in the Materials Solutions organization, ensuring development and implementation of efficient operations and cost-effective systems to meet current and future needs of the organization globally.

Key Deliverables
  • Establishes, implements, and communicates the strategic direction of the organizations operations division.
  • Creating and implementing a strategic plan
  • Leveraging company output to improve ranking in the competitive field
  • Tackling unforeseen issues and troubleshooting
  • Leading departments and operations of the company

Key Activities & Responsibilities
  • Together with the General Managers and site safety leaders, support corporate safety programs and design pro-active safety programs applicable to each facility.
  • Support Group President to roll out and execute centrally led process initiated by Corporate Management.
  • Guide and lead General Managers to execute site specific OpEx plans in line with strategic plans for the Group 
  • Continuously improving quality through documented quality processes and procedures
  • Develop and continuously improve a consolidated Group S&OP process together with General Managers and Functional leaders.
  • Developing key performance indications to drive site specific productivity improvements in line with the Corporate OpEx scorecard and the Group’s strategic initiatives.
  • Together with Purchasing and site supply chain leaders, develop and implement world class supply chain process to continuously drive down cost and improve Working Capital Turns.
  • Together with General Managers and Group functional leaders develop the annual operating and capital budget for each facility/product line. 
  • Ensures that best practices are developed and shared among group manufacturing locations, monitors progress to goals and helps with tools, training and resources as required.
  • Drive the vision to ensure management empowers employees for ultimate ownership and engagement in the tactical actions.
  • Together with respective General Managers, balance manufacturing work load between sites as needed to minimize the need for manpower and capital investments.
  • Create an Employer of Choice work environment within each facility through effective HR strategies and proactive succession planning.
  • Supports new product development efforts by interfacing with engineering and manufacturing to ensure design manufacturability.
  • Prepares and makes presentations to individuals and groups.
  • Stays current with information and technology affecting the Quality, Lean and Continuous Improvement field.
  • Travels to Astec facilities throughout the world as needed.
  • Attend various meetings and participate in company initiatives to improve the profitability and efficiency of the company.
  • Actively follow, promote and enforce company policies, safety and work rules and core values.
  • Maintain a professional image and demeanor around customers, employees and the general public.
  • Work closely with and liaison with all Astec Industries, Inc. facilities and with appropriate business and trade organizations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

To be successful in this role, your experience and competencies are:
  • 10+ years leading Quality, Lean, Continuous Improvement initiatives within a manufacturing environment
  • Global manufacturing experience preferred
  • Manufacturing optimization experience preferred
  • Strategic vision with ability for tactical implementation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to influence all levels throughout organization
  • Proven catalyst for change
  • Subject matter expert in all methodologies associated with Lean (5S, Kaizen, Value Stream mapping, etc.).
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or business, plus a master’s degree or MBA is preferred
  • Must be able to work satisfactorily as a team member.
  • Must be energetic, highly motivated and have the ability to function in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple priorities and responsibilities.
  • Must be able to solve problems effectively at both a strategic and functional level.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills are required.
  • Must be able to write reports, business correspondence and business plans.
  • Must have valid driver's license and passport.
  • Must be able to meet regular attendance requirements.

Supervisor and Leadership Expectations
  • Infrastructure Group General Managers
  • Together with General Managers and Group functional leaders develop the annual operating and capital budget for each facility/product line.

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