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Plant Manager

Gainesville, Florida, USA

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As the largest pureplay adhesives company in the world, H.B. Fuller’s (NYSE: FUL) innovative, functional coatings, adhesives and sealants enhance the quality, safety and performance of products people use every day. Founded in 1887, with 2023 revenue of $3.5 billion, our mission to Connect What Matters is brought to life by more than 7,000 global team members who collaborate with customers across more than 30 market segments in over 140 countries to develop highly specified solutions that enable customers to bring world-changing innovations to their end markets.

H.B. Fuller Construction Adhesives provides technologically advanced solutions to the commercial, industrial, and residential construction industry. The company’s recognized and trusted brands are available through an extensive network of distributors and dealers, as well as home improvement retailers.

Plant Manager

Gainesville, FL

The Plant Manager is responsible for driving a culture of continuous improvement focusing on serving the customer by creating and maintaining a safe, highly productive and quality focused facility, while making the most efficient and cost-conscious use of our assets.  

This position is responsible for developing and gaining support for both the operating and capital budgets, drive continuous improvement efforts and achievement of plant goals and objectives. As the senior management representative at the location, the Plant manager is expected to be the voice of the company and effectively communicate the company’s positions and decisions on a timely basis.

The Plant Manager will work with the management team to make H. B. Fuller a great place to work, where employees are engaged and have the opportunity for career growth.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Creating a culture of safety as a value through safe manufacturing practices and ensure compliance with all applicable safety and environmental rules, regulations, and procedures.

  • Set and maintain standards that ensure on-time delivery of quality products that meet customer needs.

  • Optimizing costs and productivity through lean continuous improvement activities

  • Control operational costs that are aligned with seasonal business needs.

  • Identifying, prioritizing, and pursuing capital project activity to drive process improvement, improve safety and optimize flow through the plant.

  • Determine facility headcount required and manage planning and approvals.

  • Guide management team in recruiting, hiring, development and termination activities to meet business needs

  • Function as an in-plant expert concerning the production of the plant’s product line.

  • Manage the managers in the plant and mentor potential successors for plant and operations leadership roles.

  • Maintain performance excellence by holding the team accountable for both rewarding results and managing employees who do not meet performance expectations. 

  • Provide innovative solutions to customer issues by leading collaborative efforts to address all issues. Hear and leverage the ideas of others to prioritize, create and deliver innovative solutions.

  • Build and maintain strong cross functional relationships with commercial, marketing, operations, HR, Finance and R&D partners. 

  • Facilitate collaborative teamwork by engaging employees, setting goals & objectives, and addressing employee issues, and concerns appropriately.

  • Identify, implement, and share manufacturing “best practices.”

  • Support new product introduction / scale-up and raw material acquisition.

  • Administer merit pay programs within the provided guidelines.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or chemistry

  • 8+ years’ experience in batch manufacturing leadership roles

  • 3+ years’ experience leading a manufacturing operation as site leader.

  • Demonstrated expertise in managing significant change within a manufacturing operating environment.

  • Experience in plant start-ups with demonstrated success in organizational development and team building.

  • Hands-on experience managing both large and small capital projects.

  • Expertise in Safety Management with demonstrated results.

  • Proficiency in Quality Management Systems with demonstrated results.

  • Knowledge of applicable regulatory requirements

Preferred Requirements

  • Powder handling experience

  • Knowledge of SAP or similar ERP database management systems

  • Six Sigma certification - Green or Black Belt

  • LEAN implementation

  • Experience in warehouse operations and distribution.

This position is not eligible for work visa sponsorship. Applicants must have U.S. work authorization that does not now or in the future require H.B. Fuller sponsorship of a work visa to work for H.B. Fuller.

Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, and geographic location.

The salary for this role is $120,000 - $160,000.

In addition to your salary, H.B. Fuller offers employees a competitive total rewards package including comprehensive benefits, incentive and recognitions programs, health & wellness benefits, 401K contributions, paid time off and paid holidays. Eligibility may vary.

H.B. Fuller is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and proud to have created a collaborative culture where employees around the world are seen, heard, and respected. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, or marital status or status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected classification.

H.B. Fuller does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or staffing firms. To conduct business with H.B. Fuller, a written service agreement must be executed by Human Resources prior to submitting any information relating to a potential candidate. Without a signed service agreement, H.B. Fuller shall not be obligated for payment of any fee or compensation.

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