Plant Manager

Date: Apr 11, 2021

Location: Madison, IN, US, 47250

Company: Dover Corporation

Part of Dover Corporation’s Engineered Systems segment, Vehicle Service Group (VSG) is a strong, diverse and dynamic global leader in the vehicle service industry. VSG comprises 13 major vehicle lifting, wheel service, diagnostic and collision repair brands: Rotary Lift®, Chief®, Forward®, Direct-Lift®, Ravaglioli, Hanmecson®, Revolution®, Elektron, Blitz, Nogra, Butler, Space and Sirio.

POSITION TITLE:  Plant Manager

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Operations


SUMMARY:  Responsible for the overall management of VSG Madison operations in terms of profitability and long term viability through the effective and efficient production of assigned products. While immediate focus and  responsibility will be for running the manufacturing operation to meet schedules, plans and budgets. Immediate responsibilities include:  Responsible for efficient utilization of plant personnel, material and equipment. Responsible for performance to unit budgets and financial goals. Plan and implement both short and long term operations improvements. Set operation leadership example and policies for manufacturing and salary support positions. Supervise manufacturing operations and manufacturing salary support positions with expense control responsibility. Responsible for the implementation of World Class (or Lean) Manufacturing within our operations.


COMPANY OVERVIEW:  Dover’s Vehicle Service Group is the global leader in designing and manufacturing vehicle service, collision and automotive OEM equipment.  It is one of the founding companies of Dover Corporation, an eight billion dollar diversified global manufacturer. VSG consists of fifteen leading vehicle lifting (Rotary, Forward, Blitz, Ravaglioli etc.), collision repair (Chief), wheel services, diagnostics (Butler, Rotary, Chief and Ravaglioli) and tier-one automotive brands (WARN Automotive) with operations worldwide, including regional business operation centers and large manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia.


Responsibilities include:

  • Supervise all manufacturing operations including people, equipment, and processes. Facilitates the production to meet customer orders including measuring this with on time delivery, customer complaints, and customer returned goods.
  • Manage manufacturing support operations to ensure on time delivery of product shipments consistent with customer expectations. 
  • Conduct long term planning and project implementation to ensure timely delivery of cost reduction control activities.
  • Plan and set operation goals and schedules consistent with company strategic directions and customer demands.
  • Responsible for compliance to all environmental, health and safety, hazardous materials, and government related regulations.
  • Provide leadership of plant safety consistent with a goal of zero injuries.
  • Communicate with all manufacturing and salary support staff to ensure smooth flow of information and execution of plans.
  • Administer control of all cost centers within budgetary guidelines and financial operating plans.
  • Set operational policies and procedures for the manufacturing operations and assure consistent implementation.
  • Participate in product planning, development and rationalization of existing and new products including: marketing, features, design, manufacturing, and distribution of products.
  • Evaluate performance of manufacturing and support personnel through formal review system and informal coaching sessions. Ensure the documentation of personnel and operational related issues.
  • Improve operational efficiency and reduce waste through the implementation of World Class (or Lean) manufacturing methodologies.
  • Daily review of manufacturing areas for hands on evaluation of performance, quality, safety and housekeeping issues.
  • Attend daily production meetings to ensure progress of scheduled shipments and communication of operation needs and changes.


Supervisory Responsibilities:  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.  Key development drivers include:

  • Leads by example and demonstrates fair, firm and consistent treatment of all employees.  Builds and sustains honest relationship with staff.  Manages department by interaction and clear communication.  Assures a safe work environment.
  • Takes an active role in developing and facilitating desired behaviors (ethics/work standards, communication, teamwork, continual improvement, accountability) in his/her employees.
  • Takes ownership of evaluating his/her organization to assure the right people with the right skills are in the right jobs.


Competencies:  To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: 

  • Ethics & Work Standards - Maintains the highest ethical and work standards, while promoting the same attributes in subordinates, business partners, and vendors.
  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; designs work flows and procedures.
  • Accountability - Accepts responsibility and accountability for both the strategic planning and the successful implementation of all projects/programs/duties as outlined in this job description. Advises supervisor of concerns, problems and progress of work in a timely manner. Demonstrates a sound balance between quality and quantity of work while maintaining a sense of urgency toward completion.  Deadlines are met. 
  • Continuous Improvement and Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.  Uses technical/analytical abilities to assure existing work practices are the most efficient and cost effective possible. Performs root-cause analysis and implements viable, permanent solutions to problems. Works with both internal and external customers to develop solutions which meet company-wide needs and objectives. Uses technical/analytical abilities to assure existing work pr4adctices are the most efficient and cost effective possible.  Applies a sense of urgency to resolve problems or create opportunities that will increase productivity and create value. Shares best practices with other employees across the business.
  • Visional Leadership – Displays passion and optimism; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.
  • Cultural Awareness – Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to global cultural differences.  Works comfortably ni a myriad of environments.  Promotes and supports corporate diversity initiatives.
  • Change Management – Develops workable implementation plans; builds commitment and overcomes resistance.
  • Delegation – Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities.
  • Strategic Thinking – Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; understands organization’s strengths & weaknesses; adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Communication - Expresses thoughts clearly, both orally and in writing, using good grammar.  Presents concise, well organized reports. Listens to understand input, feedback and concerns. Provides complete information in an open, honest, and straight-forward manner. Responds promptly and positively to questions and requests.
  • Teamwork/Relationships - Works with other employees willingly and in a spirit of cooperation and teamwork. Supports cooperation.  Demonstrates a commitment to the entire business and is supportive of all initiatives (company and departmental) to help grow Vehicle Service Group's business. Cooperates fully with others to achieve organizational goals. Is tactful, courteous, and considerate. Embraces a positive outlook. Is respected and trusted by others. 



  • Bachelor degree in Engineering or Business is required. A master’s of business administration is preferred. 
  • At least five years of operational or plant management experience in an industrial facility is required.  


Travel:  Must be willing to travel as needed – including both domestic and international travel.


The above description represents a general synopsis of the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of all requirements that may be inherent in the job.



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.

This position may be located in: Americas : United States : Indiana : Madison

Sub Division : VSG NSA

Job Requisition ID : 35756

Nearest Major Market: Bloomington Indiana
Nearest Secondary Market: Seymour

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