Superior Concrete Materials
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

Plant Manager

Superior Concrete Materials, Inc.

U.S. Concrete, Inc. [NASDAQ: USCR], headquartered in Euless, Texas, is one of the leading producers of ready-mixed concrete and aggregate products in North and West Texas, Northern California, New Jersey, New York, Washington DC, Oklahoma, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Superior Concrete Materials, Inc., (Superior Concrete) an operating unit of U.S. Concrete and U.S. Concrete East, is a leading supplier of ready-mixed concrete in the Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland areas. Our materials have been used in some of the most complex and highly specialized construction projects in this metropolitan area including the Fairfax Public Transportation and Safety Center, the DC City Center and Marriott Marquis, and the Dulles International Airport's Fourth Runway and Taxiway. Superior Concrete has 3 ready-mixed concrete plants and approximately 109 non-union employees.

Office Location

DC Metro Area

Job Summary

The main focus of this position is on the management of plant and truck productivity at a Ready Mix Concrete plant. Yards per hour produced at plants and loads per truck delivered per day are the two most important criteria with measurable results. Although both are driven by daily volume and delivery schedules, cost per yard is to be minimized. As this position will have responsibility for the management of plant and heavy equipment maintenance, successful candidates will have a strong background in this area.

Maintaining acceptable figures requires close attention to detail in various areas. Plants must sustain a ready status at all times if trucks are to be productive. Preventative maintenance must be performed regularly to include visual and audible inspections; therefore, plant manpower planning is critical. Equipment repairs must be scheduled keeping company-wide priorities in mind. Plant modifications and/or upgrades will be considered and developed into projects when properly investigated and justified.

Truck availability is key and requires daily review of driver inspection reports and communication with the maintenance department. Truck cleanliness, concrete buildup, radios and counters and motor vehicle paperwork are direct responsibilities of this position.

With plants and trucks ready to produce, maintenance of material inventory comes into play. Preparations for specific workloads must include close communication with dispatchers to avoid last minute material procurement such as special aggregates, dyes, fiber or admixtures. An overall review of the next day's schedule should provide the basis for plant personnel and driver start times that result in minimum overtime costs. Subordinate training in all of these areas is most important.

A review of daily results will provide the information needed to improve productivity and cost control going forward.

Frequent inventory reconciliation will result in continuous production capability and minimize unexplained losses.

Materials testing will ensure a quality product and reduce lost production time due to specification failures.

Safety and environmental compliance are critical and a direct responsibility of a Plant Manager. Productivity gains can be insignificant if a failure in safety or environmental concerns occurs. Regular inspection of facilities is the preventive measure and communication with employees is the re-enforcement. Adherence to company policies on reporting requirements is critical. In the matter of safety and environment, community relations is as important as a safe, clean plant operation. Involvement in local programs and neighborhood politics improves the perception of our industry, especially in locations that border quiet, residential areas. Managers are expected to be proactive.

As required on specific jobs and as directed by the management of the concrete operations department, plant managers will act as customer service representatives in an effort to support customers when needed and protect the best interested of Superior Concrete Materials, Inc.

Plant managers will be responsible for budget development, CER justification and manpower allocations.

Constructive communication on all levels is essential to the success of Superior Concrete Materials, Inc. Achievement of goals can only be accomplished if unbiased interaction with other members of management is maintained.

The position reports directly to the General Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize and direct the day-to-day operations of the plant in order to exceed our customer's expectations.
  • Increase production, assets capacity and flexibility while minimizing unnecessary costs and maintaining current quality standards.
  • Ensure the plant and associated equipment and machinery are fully operational and safe at all times.
  • Develop and effectively implement a preventive maintenance plan for assigned plants.
  • Be responsible for production output, product quality and on-time shipping.
  • Allocate resources effectively as well as fully utilize assets to produce optimal results.
  • Implement strategies in alignment with current strategic initiatives.
  • Provide a clear sense of direction and focus for the plant employees.
  • Monitor operations, Safety and initiate corrective actions when needed.
  • Establish a professional relationship with all divisions of the plant's employees.
  • Assist in the recruitment and training of new employees.
  • Collect and analyze data to locate areas of inefficiencies such as excessive or unnecessary overtime.
  • Coach, Mentor and Train the plant staff on Safety procedures as well as hold employees accountable for Safety related processes and procedures.
  • Manage materials that are required for the plant as well as trucking schedules.
  • Develop systems and processes that monitor productivity to be utilized in ensuring performance targets and return on assets.
  • Ensure plants are in full compliance with OSHA, DEQ, and other environmental and safety related agencies' rules.
  • Coordinate the delivery of production and maintenance inventory supplies with a consideration of budget allowances.
  • Coordinate with Human Resources to ensure all discipline, promotions, transfers, and other employee relation issues to ensure consistent practices across all of Superior Concrete.
  • Attend court hearing for tickets or disputes on unemployment as needed.
  • Conduct performance reviews and facilitate goal setting for direct reports.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Must have 5+ years experience in supervision and the maintenance of plant equipment in the Ready-Mix industry
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the management of large teams
  • Ability to use all Microsoft Office tools (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Self-motivated with strong interpersonal and communication skills

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit, walk, talk, hear and occasionally lift up to 15 pounds. The Plant Manager will also be required to drive and walk around a plant location including up and down stairs and in all types of weather conditions.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Maintenance Management: 5 years (Required)
  • Ready-Mix: 5 years (Required)

Work Location:

  • Multiple locations

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • Parental leave
 
 
 
 
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