Production Operations Manager


DeForest, WI, US, 53532

Requisition ID:  6749


As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of our strategy, we are becoming a net-zero company, with our people and communities at the heart of our success. We are driving circular construction as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. It’s all thanks to our 70,000 talented people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.


Holcim people are passionate about finding better ways to build. They embrace innovation and improvement with a pioneering spirit. They work as trusted partners, creating better solutions and experiences for their customers, communities, and colleagues.

The purpose of this position is to coordinate plant manufacturing processes which include Production, Maintenance, and Quality Control in accordance with company objectives.  Use Strategy Deployment and systematic continuous improvement techniques to drive better Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost. Build and maintain a more effective team through intentional teammate engagement and capability building.  Collaborate with internal departments and corporate resources to help run the business as member of the site leadership team.


Duties and responsibilities



Direct the Production team in the preparation and implementation of operating plans and strategies consistent with the business plan. The Production Team consists of Production Supervisors and indirect hourly Production teammates 

Build a culture consistent with Holcim's philosophy of Safety First, Always. Actively support safety initiatives including, safety observations, safety audits, 5S, risk assessment, as well as near miss and incident investigation and remediation 

Plan the use of facilities, equipment, and personnel to meet current and future production requirements including department budgets and guidelines, plant layout and improvement, and capital and expenditure programs

Manage the Production departments with the appropriate communications of goals, performance feedback, corrective actions, rewards and recognition to provide optimum teammate relations

Mentor supervisors and department leads to maximize capabilities in leadership, operations, and continuous improvement.  Conduct training and career path planning for all teammates


Continuous Improvement 

Learn, teach and drive LEAN Manufacturing using the Holcim framework and daily coaching in Gemba

Use Visual Management to make problems obvious, identify actionable root causes, and develop corresponding action plans to reach desired operational performance

Set and achieve manufacturing cost reduction targets

Understand and employ appropriate tools: 5S, Standard Work, Visual Management

Propose and justify capital improvements to reduce material and labor requirements  


Customer Focus 

Provide, implement and administer quality assurance and engineering control functions to ensure product reliability and conformance to customer specifications in the most effective and economical manner possible

Plan, schedule, and execute a manufacturing plan to achieve the highest possible service level

Proactively communicate to internal stakeholders potential risks and actual deviations to planned schedules

Enhance consistency and reliability of processes through working standard development, routine auditing, and effective teammate training


Financial Management

Establish and meet annual expense budget for production operations

Identify causes of material, labor, and overhead manufacturing variances and minimize them




Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Business Management

4-7 Years Mfg experience in a mid level leadership role

7-10 years broad manufacturing experience

Lean Mfg/Six Sigma certificate and/or 3 years CI experience preferred



At Holcim, there is endless opportunity for you to play your part. Whether you’re in a technical, managerial, or frontline role, you can shape a career that works for you. With us you’ll have the chance to embrace the passion we share for our planet. You’ll be encouraged to seek out diverse perspectives, share your ideas and build the skills and connections you need to perform at your best. Because it’s only when we work together in a culture where everyone thrives, that we can build the world we all want to live in.

Nearest Major Market: Madison