Plant General Manager

Date: Jun 9, 2022

Location: Downers Grove, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenue of over $7 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, consumable supplies, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of approximately 24,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV." Additional information is available at 

Role Description: (multiple locations in the Southern US)


The Plant General Manager is responsible for leading all activities relating to the manufacturing operations at the site. S/he will lead a multifunctional staff and direct overall manufacturing activities for the plant including purchasing, materials management, maintenance, tooling, manufacturing engineering, production scheduling, planning, warehouse, quality assurance, and safety of plant operations. S/he will inspire the staff to achieve results in alignment with company and business strategy as well as operational objectives focused on safety, health and environment, quality/warranty, lead-time/delivery, productivity, resource/asset utilization, and employee engagement. S/he will deliver operational excellence and lead the implementation of a continuous improvement culture. Reporting to the position are direct managers and indirect managers and supervisors for the plant. There are additional positions who partner with the Plant Manager and have dotted-line reporting (Human Resources, Finance, and Safety).  The position requires the ability to work and communicate closely with plant teams and across the regions and at all levels of the organization, with customers and suppliers, and to work in teams worldwide.


Key Role Responsibilities:


  • Fosters a culture of continuous improvement, disciplined problem solving, high performance work teams, and transparency. Strives to ensure the appropriate teams, tools and processes are in place to support these desired cultural traits.
  • Leads and promotes safety awareness with other key members of the team.  Promotes accident prevention and employee involvement with regards to a safe work environment. Ensures employees have an understanding of the safety expectations of the organization. Partners with Global Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Manager to implement best practices.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the plant including delivering on Revenue, Cost, EBIT, Inventory, Productivity (Material and Conversion Cost) and other key goals.
  • Partners with Engineering and Product Management to develop new products aligned with growth strategy of the business.  Provides operational input and assigns plant resources to develop prototypes and pre-production activities ensuring successful product launch.
  • Directs overall manufacturing activities for the plant including purchasing, materials management, maintenance, tooling, manufacturing engineering, production scheduling, planning, warehouse, quality assurance and customer service to obtain optimum efficiency and safety of plant operations.
  • Leads and fosters the continuous improvement roadmap for the plant. Leverages continuous improvement tools to drive continued operational improvements and ensures engagement of the entire plant management team through strong communication and clear direction.
  • Partners with the Dover Operations Center of Excellence to analyze and implement appropriate tools, processes and KPIs aligned with company goals and strategy.
  • Collaborate effectively with Sales and Engineering to solidify growth goals for the company.
  • Oversees all Continuous Improvement initiatives, including facilitating the Zero-Dover (0Dover) journey, with the support and guidance necessary to assure manufacturing success for the facility and its team members, including: 
    • Application of Lean principles to optimize on-time delivery, lead-time reduction, set up time reduction, quick change over, improve work process flow, overall productivity improvements.
    • Utilization of lean Kaizen events to manage the operation and deliver customer satisfaction and world class quality.
    • Identification and implementation methods for improving worker efficiency and reducing waste (A3).
    • Leading all Dover activities to maximize operational excellence
  • Manage production operations while developing methods to maximize efficiency and minimize cost.
  • Maintains department budget and recommendations on capital expenditures and labor aligned with annual operating plan and operating company long term strategy.
  • Directs capital equipment requirements including efficient use of equipment, materials, and personnel required to produce products in the plant.
  • Coaches, provides feedback to, and develops the plant management team members.   Motivates and manages the plant management team to achieve annual goals/objectives set at the individual and organizational level.
  • Travel to other sites – approx. 5%




  • Bachelor’s degree required in Operations Management, Engineering, or another related field
  • Requires at least five (5) years of plant management or significant operations experience.
  • Requires minimum of ten (10) years of operational experience in industrial manufacturing (manufacturing engineering, machining and assembly area will be a real advantage).
  • Successful track record of achieving growth and profitability targets in an operation, including reducing direct/indirect costs while increasing operational efficiency, productivity, and quality.
  • Must be a strategic thinker who can develop and execute strategies aligned with Dover’s priorities and vision.
  • Experience in managing a diverse manufacturing background, ideally having worked in a high-mix, low-volume environment with both machining and assembly. Experience in a strong production scheduling background preferred.
  • Expert level knowledge in general operations, lean manufacturing and safety processes.
  • Experience managing a plant or Value Stream/Manufacturing/Operations Manager for a plant that machined, fabricated, and assembled industrial components.
  • Experience and education in Lean Manufacturing, TPS, 5 S, Six Sigma, Value Stream Mapping, and Theory of Constraints.
  • Extensive experience with manufacturing process improvement, including budget management, facility enhancement and improvement, Total Cycle Time reduction principals, lead time reduction, workflow/layout enhancement program and capacity management planning, Target Costing.
  • Diverse functional experience within operations including manufacturing, engineering, materials management, supply chain, quality, etc. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.


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