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Plant Manager

Exide Technologies Manchester Full-Time
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About the role:

Reporting to the Vice President, Operations, the Plant Manager has responsibility for all aspects of the manufacturing plant.  The Plant Manager is a leader, someone who oversees department heads in manufacturing, engineering, quality, EHS, supply chain, HR and continuous improvement to produce products that drive customer results and make a difference in people's lives.

About the work location:

Manchester is a city in Delaware County, Iowa, United States, located along the Highway 20 corridor between Dyersville and Independence.  Delaware County is centrally located just 45 minutes from some of Iowa’s biggest hubs (Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Dubuque) – but you don’t need to go far to find excitement.  Delaware County is home to several golf courses, parks, museums, retail shops, a movie theatre, festivals and fairs, water sport recreational areas, and evening entertainment. Delaware County offers successful academics programs in three community school districts and a critical access hospital to provide healthcare close to home.

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To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Success will be measured by weekly dashboards and monthly operational review scorecards focused on Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, Leadership/Communication (internal to the plant, remote support functions, local community) and an ability to drive for results.
  • Ensure that the plant meets or exceeds all environmental and safety standards in accordance with all government and Exide standards.
  • Establish and modify plant operations, policies and goals towards improving plant profitability in all areas.
  • Promote cost reduction opportunities and delegate responsibility for action.
  • Manufacture all assigned products in conformance with established engineering and quality standards.
  • Provide leadership in the facility that will actively engage employees in the achievement of all plant and company KPIs.
  • Continuously evaluate production equipment and processes to ensure competitiveness in the field. Coordinate with design and manufacturing engineering groups to implement and evaluate new or revised processes.
  • Monitor levels of production, shipments, labor performance, scrap and rejects, and housekeeping. Take action to correct unfavorable deviations improve favorable trends.
  • Insure plant and equipment is maintained to achieve production requirements and provide a safe and clean work environment.
  • Lead and maintain the company’s performance management system for salaried employees, including periodic people reviews
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws, which include but are limited to; interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Lead the development of a high performing workplace culture, especially in the areas of safety, quality, productivity, communications and employee relations

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Engineering or related field from an accredited college/university preferred
  • Minimum five (5) years of manufacturing management experience at the plant level; preferably in the battery manufacturing industry or a Tier 1 supplier of OE products to the Heavy Duty Transportation industry
  • Ability to read and interpret safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Experience with lean manufacturing tools (i.e. Build to Order Processes, Kan-Ban Implementation, Inventory Reduction, TPS).
  • Six Sigma experience preferred
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and or G Suite


EEO Statement

Exide Technologies is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

About Exide

Exide Technologies (www.exide.com) is a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. Exide’s 130 years of technology innovation combined with operations in more than 80 countries enables the company to deliver compelling solutions for the world’s current and future power needs. Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products, serving the Transportation, Industrial Network Power and Motive Power market segments with battery and energy storage systems and specialty applications for a broad range of industries including: agricultural, automotive, electric, light and heavy-duty truck, marine, materials handling, military, mining, powersport, railroad, security, telecommunications, utility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), among others. Exide is Powering the World Forward - history and scale combined with a start-up mentality make Exide the right choice for customers who want more than simply a battery supplier.


Skills required

Process Improvements (Business)
Quality Assurance
Financial Reports
Production Planning Process


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