Job title: Plant Manager
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: Manufacturing and Production
Skills: Lean-Six Sigma P&L ovens lamination adhesives continuous web handling Continuous wide web processing; coating drying laminating Chemical processing
Salary type: Annual
Salary: GBP £125,000.00
Location: Lowell, MA
Job published: 22-09-2022
Job ID: 32059

Job Description

Position Title:    Plant Manager (with Lean-Six Sigma experience preferred)

Location:            Lowell, MA

Salary:                $120k - $135k DOE




Our Client is looking for an experienced Plant Manager to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Lowell, MA site while improving the focus on our customers, the development of our employees and our overall reliability in meeting our commitments to financial performance. You will manage scheduling, oversee daily operating reports, and increase production by providing leadership and developing strategic plans. This role requires a leader with a proven track record of effectively developing and leading positive change resulting in improved P&L performance.


DIRECT REPORTS: Production Control Manager, Quality Manager, Safety Manager, Maintenance Manager, dotted line to Plant Accountant and HR Generalist



  • Analyze multi-facetted issues with systemic implications and use sound judgement
  • Think strategically about the whole business, and shape the strategy for the site
  • Foster an innovative environment
  • Establish plans which align the Site with the overall business strategy
  • Drive the appropriate focus on execution throughout the Site
  • Develop and optimize site-wide systems and processes to achieve operational strategies
  • Lead courageously, making touch decisions about situations and people
  • Champion change where required at the site
  • Attract and develop talent at all levels
  • Foster teamwork
  • Empower others to excel, and inspire passion for the site
  • Create an environment which values diversity of background and styles
  • Foster open communication
  • Speak effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Drive for results and show work commitment
  • Focus the whole site on satisfying customer needs.
  • Role model for our values
  • Continuously learn and develop self.



  • Manufacturing improvement strategies; Six Sigma / Lean Manufacturing
  • Understanding of financial management; direct and indirect on P&L
  • Knowledge of ovens, lamination, adhesives, continuous web handling
  • Continuous wide web processing; coating, drying, laminating, converting
  • Chemical processing to support silicone and adhesive coating








Significant people management experience, including management of multiple functions

Site management experience

Continuous process manufacturing management, and either operations or logistics management

Pressure sensitive, coating/laminating adhesives, roll converting and printing


Commercial experience, or experience of another function outside of operations

Leading large-scale change to achieve significant business improvement

Managerial role in start-up, shut-down, major expansion or significant product change

Significant involvement in customer interactions



Experience in vendor negotiations

Experience in one location

Experience in multi-site


Spanish as a second language

B.S. Degree in Technical Discipline

Advanced Degree



  • Translate customer requirements into plant/site goals
  • Ensure products can be manufactured to meet customer requirements
  • Drive radical improvements in productivity, operational effectiveness, service responsiveness and reliability
  • Drive improvements in process and technology
  • Establish quality systems to ensure product quality and delivery performance meet customer requirements
  • Implement best-in-class operations practice, and drive internal process to best-in-class levels
  • Focus and align the Site organization to meet Site goals
  • Continuously improve safety
  • Meet or exceed all financial and operation goals
  • Establish KPI’s and track daily, weekly, monthly
  • Maintain an effective employee relations climate
  • Ensure workforce is capable of meeting financial and operational objectives
  • Build leadership talent
  • Maintain effective links to the customer, vendors and the overall organization
  • Develop and maintain community relationships
  • Build cooperation and teamwork within the plant environment and supporting groups outside the plant
  • Ensure effective communication at all levels of the plant organization