Director of Operations in Niles, MI at National Standard

Date Posted: 2/10/2021

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    Niles, MI
  • Experience:
    At least 10 year(s)
  • Date Posted:

Job Description

National Standard is a leading manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of wire and wire-related products that serve multiple industries.   Since 1907, National Standard has led the American charge to manufacture high-quality wire to feed your success. Our unparalleled wire expertise has shaped the industry and continues to drive innovation today. Because wire is our singular focus, no other company knows more. The company’s products include welding wire, tire bead wire, ACSR strand, industrial wire, and clean and coated rod. The company’s two manufacturing facilities are located in Niles, MI and Stillwater, OK. 

National Standard has launched a culture alignment initiative aimed at improving operational performance, communication and employee engagement.  The business has made significant recent investments in building a world-class team to lead the operation.  The Operations Manager is expected to be a key contributor to ongoing initiatives, demonstrating strong change management, growth and operational improvement competence.  The business employs 120 employees, with revenues exceeding $30 million.  The workforce is represented by the United Steel Workers. 

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  • Provide leadership to all aspects of the manufacturing operations including quality, maintenance and EHS.
  • Facilitate, coach, counsel and guide the manufacturing work group to ensure they can deliver year over year results.
  • Educate, develop and motivate a manufacturing work group to achieve required production results.
  • Develop and implement operating policies and procedures to achieve state goals.
  • Establish goals and objectives and assure performance of such is met at the lowest cost and highest quality.
  • Strive for continuous improvement in manufacturing processes to ensure efficiencies and eliminate waste, and implement such plan through people, processes, procedures and equipment.
  • Control and minimize labor overtime, quality returns and repair expenses.
  • Provide business leadership that demonstrates commitment to plant goals on a day-to-day basis.
  • Ensure effective interchange of information between all work groups.
  • Create an environment where all employees are encouraged and developed to reach the full potential in meeting company goals.
  • Exercise direct supervision over general supervisors and line supervisors with respect to production volume, cost and quality of production to meet production schedules and delivery dates.
  • Meet financial objectives and goals by forecasting requirements, support the annual budget process.
  • Review production costs and production quality and modify production and inventory control programs to maintain and enhance profitable operation of plant.
  • Direct and lead all operations to achieve monthly profit results with a focus on operations output.
  • Ensure and oversee all EH&S & OSHA regulations are in force.
  • Facilitate and direct maintenance to optimize machinery utilization.
  • Responsible for cleanliness of his/her own work area and the general housekeeping of the Plant.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent work experience
  • 10+ years’ experience managing a complex multi-shift, continuous operations environment.
  • Experience leading teams in a heavy industrial manufacturing facility required.
  • Experience with wire/metal processing preferred.
  • Experience working with unions strongly preferred.
  • Proven track record of strong safety performance is a must.
  • Ability to understand processes and solve problems.
  • Ability to put together and manage operating budgets.
  • Strong Communication skills (presentation, written, verbal and technical)

 Key Leadership Competencies

  • Commitment to EHS –Continually demonstrate an unequivocal commitment to the highest standards of health and safety for the workforce and be a leader in ensuring the company maintains its high levels of environmental performance.
  • Unquestionable Integrity - Demonstrates the highest degree of integrity when engaging with associates, distributors, and stakeholders. Leads ethically by example and fosters a culture firmly grounded in the values of the organization.
  • Strategic and Agile Thinking - Strong strategic capabilities and overall business acumen. Financially savvy and understands the economic levers behind improving EBITDA and other key metrics. Fact-based, data-driven and analytical. Creative mindset with the ability to identify and mobilize around new opportunities very quickly.
  • Collaborative Style – Engages stakeholders in problem solving and decision making. Is adept at bringing people together to tackle issues rather than dictate solutions. Has a collegial, inclusive working style and is professional and courteous. Builds strong relationships both internally and externally. Is both confident and humble.
  • Communication Skills - Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively deliver and reinforce consistent messages at all levels. Excellent listening skills.
  • Leadership Capability - Has the leadership acumen and credibility to work across the entire organization and develop talent. Should be hands-on, but able to delegate appropriately with the ability to motivate, inspire and commit an organization to a course of action and achieve results.


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