Apothecary Products

  • Director, Plant Operations

    Job Locations US-MN-Burnsville
    Posted Date 1 month ago(3/23/2018 1:34 PM)
    FLSA Status
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Apothecary Products (APL) is currently seeking a Director, Plant Operations to provide operational leadership in manufacturing, facilities and maintenance management, warehousing and distribution in North America. This position is responsible for designing, implementing and managing people, processes and technology to deliver optimal efficiency and world-class service to APL customers throughout all channels in which APL distributes in North America.


    We seek out only the best - the best skills, the best attitudes and expect the best results from our team members. In return, we will not only offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits package but the training, development and support to make our team members a success in whatever they do for us. Apothecary Products peers and management will be the foundation for energetic, eager individuals to thrive.


    Essential Competencies + Skills:


    • Develop and monitor key performance indicators, effectively manage and improve operational cost, quality and service levels, provide alignment of activities and resources and assess/manage risks by auditing performance against all operational objectives and compliance requirements.
    • Drive continuous improvement as well as training, mentoring and developing the team in the principles of Lean and 5S through real application of improvement events and drive culture throughout the value streams.
    • Collaborate with internal colleagues to drive the philosophy and implementation of a continuous improvement program to deliver upon the organization’s objectives through leadership and direct participation at the local and enterprise level.
    • Provide communication and motivation to staff and monitor individual performance by observation and review of various productivity metrics for the development of a productive work team.
    • Collaborate with HR to design and implement effective recruiting, hiring, performance management & training programs for employees and supervisors resulting in a high-performance work force.
    • Collaborate with HR to co-lead and develop human safety program that achieves full OSHA compliance and builds and breeds a behavior-based culture of safety.
    • Provide leadership for staff in establishing/maintaining organizational culture and implementing change management initiatives.
    • Review analyses of activities, costs, operations and forecast data to determine department progress toward stated goals and objectives; developing and maintaining department budgets.
    • Foster a success-oriented, accountable environment within the company by building a great working environment for the contributors and attracting, developing, retaining and motivating the talent required to be a high performing team.
    • Lead/Participate in acquisition due diligence and integration activities.
    • Participate in developing and maintaining annual budgets and annual operating plans that guide organizational priorities and decision-making to meet business needs.
    • Ensure that APL operates in compliance with all local, state, federal and international regulations and ordinances including FDA, OSHA, MPCA, EPA, etc. and applicable APL policies and procedures.


    Manufacturing and Production

    • Lead the Production Team to continuously improve safety, product attainment, quality, productivity and lead time performance.
    • Develop, install and ensure compliance to Production and Process Control SOP’s in support of APL Quality Management System (QMS) in accordance to regulatory requirements.
    • Ensure capacity at appropriate costs to support assurance of supply to APL Customers.
    • Develop and implement methods for analyzing production, system data integrity, effective labor productivity and utilization and equipment utilization.
    • Optimize product manufacturing across locations including working with manufacturing and subcontracting sites to develop costing models to support improvement initiatives.
    • Assess, identify and document internal manufacturing capabilities and participate in the process of make versus buy decisions, selecting the best manufacturing options for new or existing products.
    • Other duties as beneficial to APL


    Facilities and Maintenance Management

    • Oversee the team responsible for maintaining the facilities and grounds
    • Identify fixed asset reconfiguration and improvement needs; create and execute action plans to ensure consistent and reliable plant performance
    • Ensure operational readiness of equipment by ensuring proper maintenance and evaluating new equipment and techniques.


    Distribution and Warehousing

    • Provide oversight to warehouse operations (receiving, material handling, warehousing and distribution) and direct the warehouse team to achieve objectives related to service levels, productivity and safety.
    • Assist in long term planning to determine future capacity requirements for new equipment, inventory, workforce management systems and facilities.
    • Identify process improvement opportunities by continuous review of distribution center operations and subsequently lead the implementation of appropriate continuous improvement methodologies.
    • Manage the commercial relationships with freight forwarders and 3rd party logistics providers (3PL’s)
    • Ensure safety processes and procedures are documented, communicated and implemented.


    Education: B.S. degree in Engineering, Industrial Technology, Operations Management or related technical discipline with equivalent experience


    Work Experience: Minimum of ten (10) years of Operations experience in a manufacturing and distribution environment.


    Travel Requirement: Generally less than 10%; Up to 25% during various periods.


    Critical skills and abilities:      

    • Commitment to Workplace Safety: demonstrates leadership in promoting a culture of safety.
    • Develops Self and Others: success in talent development, coaching and mentoring.
    • Business Acumen: demonstrates the knowledge, abilities and sound judgement to deliver desired results.
    • Solutions Minded: critical thinking skills with demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize information to formulate implications. Ability to define problems and bring clarity to ambiguity in proposing simple and effective solutions.
    • Ability to act in the best interests APL at the enterprise level while rooting out and eliminating sub-optimization at the department level.
    • Proficiency in assessing, developing and managing people.
    • Agility: Adjusts quickly to changing business conditions and priorities. Copes effectively with complexity and change.
    • Accountable: Capability to drive and deliver independently and remain dedicated and focused until deliverables are met.
    • Communication: Ability to actively listen and understand viewpoints of others; communicate in written and verbal form in an articulate manner.  Ability to write business correspondences, policies and procedures.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to all levels of the organization.
    • Must have strong ability to collaborate, build, and maintain strong relationships with team members across all functions and levels.
    • Ability to manage complex and/or critical internal and external relationships requiring diplomacy, strong negotiating, analytical and technical skills.
    • A strategic thinker that is results-oriented and quality-focused and possesses an appropriate sense of urgency and attention to detail in managing individual and team projects.
    • Demonstrable experience with Microsoft Office applications, ERP systems, BOM’s, routings, ECO’s, etc.
    • Promotes positive team spirit through words and actions; follow through on commitments you make
    • Willingness to continuously learn and be open to feedback to improve individual performance
    • Strong working knowledge of state and federal safety laws and regulations
    • Verified experience operating in a fast-paced growth business experience and/or demonstrated effectiveness in a small company/location working both strategically and tactically.
    • Verified personal and professional values aligning with APL


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