Manager of Foundry Operations

Job Function:

US, IL, Blue Island

Innovating since 1905, G&W Electric has grown into a global leader in engineered electrical power grid solutions. Working with us means joining a worldwide team of passionate manufacturing professionals striving to continually improve the technologies the world depends on to deliver safe, reliable electricity. Our culture is focused on employee success, so we foster an entrepreneurial environment that encourages everyone to thrive.

Position Summary: Oversees all aspects of foundry operations, sales, and manufacturing processes.

Primary/Essential Responsibilities:

Operational and Technical Management:

  • Responsible for day-to-day oversight of foundry operations, sets and executes business goals to meet safety, quality, delivery, and financial targets
  • Drives timely manufacture and delivery of customer orders, monitors and communicates production schedules, keeping relevant parties informed of delays and other related issues
  • Implement and maintain quality control systems to ensure products meet industry standards and customer expectations; analyzes data and processes and handles corrective actions
  • Oversees training program to ensure employees are trained effectively and efficiently. Ensures compliance of all manufacturing procedures, work instructions and TWI’s
  • Works with Environmental Health & Safety to maintain and enforce policies and procedures, which include applicable regulatory requirements
  • Manages and monitors inventory, monitors metal trends and pricing, interfaces with vendors as required
  • Serves as technical subject matter expert; point of contact for new products, including quality, material, and financial inputs, and optimizing method to meet product requirements
  • Monitors industry trends and technological advancements, implementing best practices in foundry operations
  • Establish priorities in line with future state and business strategies; including implementing new processes and equipment
  • Lead and mentor manufacturing workforce including supervisors, team leaders, and hourly production staff, as well as technical engineers, and office staff.

Financial Management:

  • Develop and manage the foundry’s budget, ensuring cost-effective operations.
  • Monitor financial performance, analyzing variances and implementing corrective measures.
  • Reviews and adjusts roles and headcount requirements to meet changing production needs and targets; evaluates performance of team regularly against job requirements
  • In conjunction with finance, handles casting costing and pricing procedures

Customer Relations and Business Development:

  • Sets and drives commercial strategy to achieve sales targets and revenue growth.
  • Identifies opportunities for expansion and growth by developing new business relationships
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with existing and potential customers, understanding their needs and providing tailored solutions.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for key customers, managing relationships and ensuring long-term partnerships.
  • Provide commercial oversight for existing customers and products, as well as new products in development

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in technical discipline (Metallurgy preferred); or the equivalent combination of work experience and skill development
  • 10+ years or more of progressive experience working in foundry environment, including 5+ years in a leadership role
  • Possess the fundamental knowledge and skills to effectively design and manufacture custom non-ferrous alloy metal castings
  • Proven experience in sales, business development, and customer relationship management. Possesses a strong drive, and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Experience managing vendors, contracts and expense budgets; as well as tools and infrastructure upgrades
  • Demonstrated motivational/influential leadership skills and strong business acumen
  • Sound financial skills to drive operating profitability, customer quotes, capital expenditures, and long-term planning
  • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Working Conditions:

  • The role is primarily based in the foundry environment, requiring adherence to safety protocols and use of personal protective equipment.
  • Frequent travel may be required to meet with customers, suppliers, and attend industry events.

Why join us? G&W enjoys a long reputation for product quality, innovation and world-class customer service to the power industry. We have established this reputation by believing that our greatest asset is our employees. We owe our success to the initiative and talents of highly skilled individuals within our team-based organization. Our goal is to set the standard for customer satisfaction by ensuring a superior level of service, performance and innovation. As a global organization and industry leader, we are committed to cultivating an engaging work environment that embraces our core values and develops our talent. Our continuous focus on growth and innovation means that you become part of a company that provides challenging opportunities, rewards excellence and combines your individual expertise to achieve a higher level of shared success. As part of our organization, you also help power the world!

G&W Electric is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. G&W Electric participates in the E-Verify process for all new hires.

*G&W Electric participates in the E-Verify process for all new hires.

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