Vice President of Operations

Datum: 01.12.2021

Standort / Land: Plymouth, MN, US, 55447

Unternehmen: WAGNER Group

Title:  Vice President of Operations – Americas

Reports to: Decrative Finshing COO in Germany


Position Objective: Plan, direct, coordinate, and oversee operations activities in the organization, ensuring development and implementation of efficient operations and cost-effective systems to meet current and future needs of the Wagner Americas. Drives continuous improvement to standard manufacturing practices, by ensuring to comply with local, state and federal governmental regulations. Development of state-of-the-art operations management reporting (dashboard). Manages and coordinates operational activities so that approved products are manufactured on time with the required quality standards at the required costs and with optimal stocks.




% of time          No.    Priority Order

15%                   1. Collaborates with executive leadership to develop and meet company goals while supplying expertise and guidance on operations projects and systems.
15%                   2. Provides Operations support, including SIOP, purchasing, manufacturing engineering, and production, to assure new product development projects are completed as defined by the division Product Creation Process.

10%                  3. Establishes, communicates, and implements operations-related policies, practices, standards, and security measures to ensure effective and consistent support and execution.

10%                  4. Sets up and maintains inventory controls and levels to conform with budgets and forecasts. Drives and improve integrated planning, organization, control and handling of the flow of goods and materials with the associated information flows.

10%                 5. Assures that customer orders are processed accurately and in a timely manner to meet customer requirements regarding on-time shipping, fill rate, and packaging requirements.

10%                 6. Drives continuous improvements to standard manufacturing/assembly practices based on comparative studies of methods, costs, and production figures.  Ensures that operations conform with local, state and federal governmental regulations.

5%                   7. Directs preparation of cost control reports, cost estimates, labor, and facility requirements forecasts.
5%                   8. Directs the maintenance and adequacy of physical facilities to support the Americas business requirements.

10%                9.  Build superior forecasting and planning process within SAP to drive transparency in planning and reduce lead times.

10%               10. Oversees the daily workflow of the department


Relationship To Others:  Directly manages manufacturing, SIOP, product distribution management personnel, and Lean Management.  Indirectly manages 100+ staff and production level personnel.  Regular communication with Product Management, Engineering, Finance, Executive Management, Human Resources, and Sales personnel, as well as with personnel at both Wagner divisions and at multiple locations.


Dimensions of Position:

Responsible for materials planning/scheduling, production, meeting product specifications, developing product standard costing, product distribution, and inbound/outbound freight. Regular coordination and alignment with Purchasing on strategies and spend.

Works with confidential information including company financials, salary data, sensitive product engineering specification information and company strategic plans.


Education and Experience:



College degree in engineering-related discipline, manufacturing, or business is required. Graduate level degree a plus.



  • Strong operations, and supply chain Management experience in international companies managed in matrix Structures
  • Excellent track record in defining and successfully implementing operational performance improvement programs. (DFM, cost down programs, etc)
  • Proven leadership experience in coaching people and operations organizations


Requirements / Skills

  • Customer orientation and centricity
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent relationship, communication and social skills
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, procedures, and best practices in the industry
  • Several years of experience with system-controlled (system-supported) logistics, production and assembly processes, preferably in SAP
  • Experienced in Lean Manufacturing and Shop-Floor Management
  • Hands-on Mentality

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