Assistant Plant Manager
Watco Companies 20 reviews - Omaha, NE

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General Purpose:
The Assistant Plant Manager is responsible for the Operations activities within the Plant. In this role, the Assistant Plant Manager is responsible for ensuring the operations teams comply with the company quality system and high work standards to ensure that all activities meet or exceed all business goals, customer requirements, Watco process / procedures, safety standards, and service metrics.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Asset Management - maximize efficiency and ensure that all preventive maintenance is completed

• Auditing & Compliance - audit work processes and ensure that all work teams and results meet Customer and Regulatory requirements

• Customer Satisfaction - actively managing all plant processes from initial arrival to final shipping to achieve our POD Accuracy goals. By being a change leader, the Assistant Plant Manager will help each work center optimize their role and stay focus on the right goals

• Communication - establish clear communication within and between work centers and other plant processes / departments

• Delegate / Support - use effective delegation skills within work teams and support overall business / operational goals

• Discipline / Supervision - lead and manage all work processes and employees. Insist discipline processes / work to ensure consistent standards, seek the facts / root cause analysis, and focus on continuous improvement

• Efficiency - manage work teams to meet or exceed labor efficiency goals

• Financial Goals & Analysis - understand key goals and use financial tools to achieve profit and cost targets

• Lead by Example - always maintain a clean, safe, and productive work environment

• In Process Inspection - consistently conduct process audits and requirements on work centers / teams

• Maintenance - ensure all equipment is properly maintained and in safe working order

• Managing / Scheduling Car Flow - actively manage and monitor car flow and work center queue. Meet or exceed work center car flow cycle time goals.

• Conflict Resolution - proactively apply problem solving skills to a) clearly identify the problem; b) use data / facts to determine root cause; and c) take corrective action

• Production Planning - establish a daily production plan and manage all work processes to achieve operational goals and customer service targets

• Quality - meet or exceed quality standards on all work that is performed and recognize quality as a key element of customer satisfaction and meeting business goals. Instill in your team that they are expected to demonstrate the highest work ethics when performing job functions, in dealings with their fellow employees, supervisors or outside customers, auditors or regulatory bodies

• Safety - Insist that all employees meet or exceed our safety standards. Conduct timely investigation of any safety violation and use pro-active management techniques to focus on prevention and corrective action

• Training - ensure that all employees in work center and department are properly training and current on their training requirements.

• Quality Work Group - lead continuous improvement efforts within the department and work center


Education and Training

The Assistant Plant Manager should preferably have a four-year degree or equivalent work experience. Candidate should posses competency in the following required skills:

• Communication/Interpersonal - ability to clearly communicate and resolve business and personnel issues

• Computer/Technology - working knowledge of PC software (MS-Office, Internet, and Repair/Rail systems) for skills of scheduling, communicating and reporting

• Financial/Budgeting - working knowledge of budgeting/financial principles with ability to meet key goals

• Human Resources Skills - demonstrated experience in hiring, evaluating, developing, disciplining, and terminating employees.

• Leadership skills - ability to lead and motivate cross functional teams to achieve processes and business goals

• Management skills - ability to manage diverse teams and ensure work processes meet or exceed all requirements/goals

• Process Improvement - understand and apply problem solving skills to seek continuous improvement in all work processes and demonstrated track record of results

• Quality Assurance - ensure that all work processes and employees meet or exceed Customer and Regulatory requirements

• Safety - demonstrated knowledge of safety requirements and ability to ensure that all work processes meet or exceed safety requirements and standards

Technical Requirements:
5 or more years of industry and/or technical experience, of which at least two years should be in operations. In addition, candidate should have a working knowledge of:

o Welding, Cutting, and Fabrication

o Railcar Repair (All car types)

o Railcar Repair Procedures & Quality Assurance Manuals

o Industry knowledge (AAR, FRA, Tank Regulations

o Hand tool maintenance and proper equipment usage

o Locomotive operation and switching


Read/understand blueprints; AAR; AAR Field manual inspections and repairs; Welding process variables and proper procedure usage and documentation; Metal processes, including cutting, straightening, forming

Maintenance of welding and cutting equipment; Nondestructive testing requirements of various inspection and repair processes; Understanding of various NDE methods (visual inspection, remote visual inspection, penetrant testing; Truck assembly repairs, recondition if M-214 facility; OSHA and Watco safety standards; Federal Railroad Administration regulations, 49 CFR Parts 100-185 and 49 CFR Parts 210-232; Personal protective equipment requirements and standards; Medical first aid

Managerial Experience:
Five years experience in managing operations personnel and complex activities. These experiences should be gained in areas of engineering or operations and should include a minimum of five years in operations management.


About this company
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Watco Companies (WCI) offers a wide-range of railcar services. Subsidiary Watco Transportation Services (WTS) runs 20-plus short-line...