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General Manager (Manufacturing)

Fort Dearborn Company Menomonee Falls, WI Full-Time
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Fort Dearborn Company is a leader in printed labels for the consumer products industry. Join Fort Dearborn and you will have the opportunity to become part of an organization that is committed to excellence and industry leadership for almost 100 years. 


Responsible for overall site plant operations.  Drives manufacturing operating policy to realize business strategy.  Effectively develops teams that are able to achieve corporate improvement objectives. Creates a work environment which promotes safety and quality, while adhering to all regulated environmental guidelines. Accountable for all aspects of plant performance, and will ensure that objectives are attained in a cost-effective manner that is consistent with quality requirements, ensuring policies and procedures are followed.  Drives best practice through the organization and leads the implementation of improvement in safety, quality, delivery and cost.

  • Makes and/or approves major operating, business, engineering and operational decisions, as required, to ensure that plant is operating optimally.
  • Ensure that strategic operational/business plans are developed and implemented within plant, and analyze and report, on the achievements and/or gaps.
  • Holds direct responsibility for managing cost by effective approval expenditures, overtime and effective budget monitoring and monthly variance reporting.
  • Manages change by anticipating or responding to developments within  the plant and FDC
  • The General Manager will also be responsible in directing the Operations Manager in the overall FDC operational capacity.
  • Managing Customer relationships in a positive and professional manner
  • Directly, and through delegation, coordinates activities required to assure optimum safety compliance, field/shop/office efficiency, reliability, and quality in accordance with established contracts, agreements, policies and applicable regulatory laws and procedures
  • Communicate, monitor and control the effective plant expenditure on labor, materials and expenses against issued budgets, ensuring accurate performance and reporting via standard site documentation and tools, and/or written reports to corporate.
  • Ensure the correct implementation of all related project instructions; maintaining visibility of project progress against the agreed schedule, liaise and report on all matters of concern relating to the program, viability, safety, environmental, work quality and HR related performance.
  • Ensure that project quality and safety requirements are applied in accordance with Company and statutory requirements.
  • Ability to "Coach and Mentor" team members by aligning with business needs.
  • Prepare, authorize, review progress reports, cost reports, sales reporting, job reporting, business structure, business opportunity and ensure the preparation (by others), of other associated documents ,in accordance with FDC procedures.
  • Develop and implement cost saving initiatives to improve operational performance within the plant.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to make sound, cost effective judgments
  • Holds direct responsibility for managing cost by effective approval expenditures, overtime and effective budget monitoring and monthly variance reporting, OTIF, EBITDA.
  • Participates in special products and performs other duties as assigned.


  • Degree in Engineering, Industrial Technology or Business or equivalent (10 years manufacturing leadership experience)
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in Operations/Lean Management, preferably with a printing focus, and with P&L responsibility at the plant level is necessary.
  • Experience in being the lead change agent in complex transformational activities.
  • Significant experience in implementation of complex Lean principals as they apply to manufacturing operations.
  • Formal Lean training from an "academy" organization - either through direct consulting experience or via organizations with deep, well-established lean operating systems.
  • Ability to analyze problems and provide innovative solutions.
  • Proven success designing, implementing, communicating, and meeting KPI goals, including reducing supply chain costs, improving through-put, shortening cycle time, and improving inventory turns.
  • Expert business knowledge
  • Excellent proven communication skills


Other considerations:

  • Fort Dearborn offers a competitive wage and generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance and 401(k).

Fort Dearborn welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Fort Dearborn Company is an equal opportunity employer.



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