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Director of Operations

Director of Operations

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Who is OMNOVA Solutions?

OMNOVA Solutions is a specialty chemicals and functional surfaces company, whose technologies enhance the performance of a wide variety of well-known products across the globe. We are proud to offer "The Science in Better Brands."

What are we looking for?

The Director of Plant Operations is responsible for creating, leading, and driving a winning vision for OMNOVA’s Auburn Manufacturing facility. This individual will report to the Vice President, Global Operations with direct reports in production, safety, engineering, quality, and design; matrix reports in finance and human resources.   This individual is responsible for ensuring that business objectives are met in a safe and environmentally compliant manner.  

In this role you will build, develop, and implement best practices leading to sustainable operational excellence. The ideal candidate will embody all four of OMNOVA’s Values: Safety, Integrity, Accountability, and Agility.


Are you a change agent?

Are you a lean champion with a shop floor mentality?

Do you have a passion for coaching, mentoring, and leading a team of 250+ professionals?


If so....Let’s talk!

Your tasks and responsibilities...

  • Provide leadership and direction for day to day operations to meet demand for internal and external customers in the areas of service, production, manufacturing and maintenance.
  • Responsible for managing site operational performance to deliver key objectives in safety, environmental, production, quality, customer satisfaction and budget development & control.
  • Foster a high performance work force that is capable of moving quickly, responding to changing environments and driving continuous improvement.
  • Develop and implement strategic and annual operating plans that align with business team objectives and drive operational improvements, including capacity and capital planning.
  • Develop strong working relationships with all cross-functional departments including research & development, marketing/sales, human resources, and finance to ensure support of critical business strategies and goals.
  • Effectively integrate product development, commercial and customer service goals and activities with manufacturing to ensure on time, quality product to the customer.
  • Monitor product and labor levels to ensure continued efficiency while anticipating problems and developing contingencies to address deficiencies and plan deviations to ensure plant goals are accomplished.
  • Support lean projects and continuously identify ways to reduce plant operating costs, increase quality and comply with safety requirements through the incorporation of operational excellence strategies.    
  • Develop facility specific short and long term strategies; identifying challenges, developing goals and objectives, creating priorities and deploying action plans. This includes identifying capital and equipment needs, purchasing schedule and options for financing the plan.

Who you are...

  • Demonstrated strong leadership, team building and advanced coaching skills including the ability to motivate people, assess, select and develop employee skills, and drive organizational culture change.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal savvy, persuasion and negotiation skills to effectively interact with all levels of employees, internal and external customers, vendors and general public.
  • Previous P&L experience with income statements, balance sheet and cash flow. Demonstrated understanding of P&L drivers.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills with the ability to balance production and maintenance needs.
  • Demonstrated understanding and advocacy of safety and quality systems, practices and requirements for a safe, efficient and effective work environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of project and change management principles in planning, organizing and managing resources to bring about successful completion and adoption of project goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge of lean technology and processes to enhance process flows and develop operating and tactical plans to improve efficiency, product quality and manage cost. Previous experience leading and implementing continuous improvement and use of lean tools
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions to expand margins and profitability.
  • Strategic thinker: Able to understand the “big picture” and demonstrated ability to identify indicators of system performance, monitor performance and develop actions to improve or correct performance relative to goals.
  • Bachelors degree required; prefably in Engineering, Science or Business
  • Must have 7-10 years of experience in leading and managing an industrial pant environment overseeing multiple production functions simultaneously

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of rolled goods, printing and/or continue process manufacturing.
  • Knowledge of supply chain management including storage of raw materials, work in process inventory and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.
  • APICS Certification in production and inventory management (CPIM or CFPIM) or supply chain professional (CSCP)


The science of better careers. Come formulate yours.

Bring your ingredients for success and together we’ll create a unique plan for your development and career growth. We recognize that without our talented employees and their passion and curiosity (which really are the backbone of our organization), we would not be where we are today. Click here to learn more about why you should join OMNOVA.