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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Director, Operations / Plant Manager in St. Paul, Minnesota

Job Title:

Director, Operations / Plant Manager

Job ID:



MN - St. Paul

Full/Part Time:




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Who We Are:

Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 17,500 people worldwide and reported 2018 net sales of $11.6 billion. Ball is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Ball Corporation is committed to recruiting, training, compensating and promoting regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status.

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Job Duties:

Primary Purpose of Position:

The Director, Operations manages operational processes from start to finish in assigned plant. They work with their plant leadership teams to manage operations in the plant and achieve assigned production and operational goals.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the overall safety performance in the plant by ensuring plant focus on programs, procedures and KPI’s in accordance with Ball safety programs.

  • Provide oversight for the operations management team including production, engineering, maintenance, quality and safety along with a strong connection to planning, procurement, logistics, finance and human resources.

  • Ensures plant performance is closely linked to customer requirements.

  • Confirms the plant complies with all environmental regulations by maintaining effective environmental programs.

  • Ensures the plant uses Ball’s Integrated Management System, as well as the associated Quality, Food Safety, Environmental, and Health & Safety Systems. (ISO 9001, 14001, 22001, 45001).

  • Works collaboratively as a member of the plant leadership team, providing direction and collaborating with central support functions including finance, Lean Six Sigma, quality, commercial, integrated business planning, engineering, sourcing, human resources, health/safety, and technical services.

  • Develops and manages the plant budget and operating plans.

  • Supports the achievement of plant-level KPI’s in areas of EHS, quality, delivery, cost and human resources.

  • Responsible for the selection, training, growth and development of shift and staff personnel to attain organizational goals.

  • Supports positive employee relations in the plant, including with local/national union leadership, if applicable.

  • May be responsible for special projects related to other functional areas.

  • Orchestrate activities, assignments and projects to maintain optimal level of customer service for both internal and external customers.

Position Requirements:

  • Broad training in a related field usually acquired through college level education or work-related experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Business, or Supply Chain (MBA-Preferred).

  • Job related experience for 6 year(s) minimum.

  • 5 years of manufacturing leadership experience (high speed manufacturing/packaging preferred).

  • Demonstrated successful experience using Lean Six Sigma principles in manufacturing.

  • Highly Matrixed/High Growth Organization Experience.

  • Working knowledge of the following areas: company policies, procedures, and products; general administrative principles, practices, nomenclature, and procedures; generally accepted managerial practices and procedures; business principles, legal practices, customer needs and expectations, and manufacturing operations.

  • Ability to participate with functional counterparts within the organization at the earliest stages of planning and development to meet plant objectives; directing, allocating the plant’s resources, timing, etc., resources needed to assure meeting the plant’s objectives.

  • Must be able to handle sensitive related and proprietary information in a confidential manner.

  • Performs such individual assignments as management may direct.

  • Must follow company policies, procedures, practices, and standards of conduct as outlined in the Ball Corporation manuals.

  • Must maintain professional competence, ethical integrity, knowledge, and skills.

  • 10% travel


Relocation for this position is Available

Ball Corporation offers comprehensive benefits packages, including paid holidays/vacation, affordable medical, dental, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, ESPP, and retirement plans.

EEO Statement:

Equal Opportunity Employer

Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans.