Position Description

Director of Plant Operations
Location Waterford, CT
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Working at Fabcon

Do you want to work at the top tier pre-fabricated concrete wall manufacturing and construction company in the East Coast and Midwest?

Do you see yourself at a company on the cusp of rapid growth due to creative products, lean manufacturing expertise, and market dominance?

Do you dream of being on a team that values leadership development and career growth opportunities?

If so, a career at Fabcon may be for you.

We are the precast wall panel industry leader in the United States.


This position is responsible for improving Fabcon’s profitability by leading the plant in a manner that meets or exceeds all goals including Profit and Loss, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost (SQDC) and Culture, as well as any other Fabcon goals. The Plant Manager provides all necessary leadership to those within his/her area of responsibility as well as support groups to insure a successful operation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Insures fulfillment of all customer orders at the right Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost.

  • Insures that all required resources (staffing, equipment, methods, and materials) are present to produce the required output.

  • Works with all required resources to create a level-loaded, mixed model schedule based on customer demand that minimizes resource needs.

  • Interacts with other functions such as R&D, Marketing/Sales, Project Management, Supply Chain, and Field Operations on a regular basis to ensure that new products, processes, plans, promotions, and service requirements are fulfilled by the operation.

  • Uses Lean principles to drive continuous performance improvement and elite performance.

  • Establishes a Lean vision, establishes visionary Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost Goals (SQDC) and drives the proper action to achieve those goals.

  • Leads the plant with Lean “Managing for Daily Improvement” principles and practices that produce benchmark annual levels of improvement.

  • Stays abreast of current technology and techniques through benchmarking and other means, incorporates best practices and shares across the organization.

  • Provides strong leadership and organizational stewardship

  • Establishes budgets that fulfill Fabcon objectives, and leads the plant in the fulfillment of those objectives.

  • Coaches the development of a winning (goal achieving) team through recruitment, development and performance management practices that make this a “best place to work”.

  • Leads in accordance with Fabcon values and insures that all personnel act accordingly.

  • Insures the long-term operational health and viability of the facility through proper maintenance and long-term capital planning.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in Business, Operations, Engineering or related discipline or equivalent experience.

  • 7+ years of experience in manufacturing operations with at least three years in a supervisory role.

  • Demonstrated track record managing plant operations, setting and achieving Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Profit/Loss performance objectives.

Other Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of Lean with experience implementing Lean principles and methods.

  • Experience establishing and operating according to budgets that satisfy Fabcon objectives.

  • Experienced recruiter, performance manager and developer of plant personnel at all levels.

  • Experienced leadership and team development coach with a track record of fielding winning teams.

  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills with personnel at all levels.

  • Experienced strategic planner, able to develop projects and teams that will achieve corporate objectives.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA or MS in Business, Operations, Engineering or related field.

  • Concrete industry experience.

  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to travel

  • Work with a computer for extended periods of time

  • Use of telephone and video-conferencing technology

  • Traverse uneven ground

  • Spatial awareness/depth perception to interact with heavy machinery and hazardous obstacles

Work Environment:

  • This position works in an office environment with occasional travel and visits to the plant, yard and field construction sites

  • Office (50%): Quiet with some ambient noise, climate controlled, fluorescent lighting

  • Plant/Yard (50%): All types of weather conditions (year-round, Mid-west and Northeast), dirt/dust, noise from heavy machinery/vehicles, vibrations from machinery and vehicles, loud noises, little to no climate control, varying amounts of light, stairs, narrow walkways

  • Field (periodic visits): All types of weather conditions (year-round, Mid-west and Northeast), dirt/dust, noise from heavy machinery/vehicles, natural and/or uneven ground including loose dirt and rocks

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status). 

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Fabcon is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, family care status, veteran status, marital status, or any other lawfully protected status. Minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans are encouraged to apply. If you need a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process, please contact our Human Resources Department.

Qualified applicants are subject to pre-employment drug testing and background check upon receipt of conditional job offers. Our Drug Free Workplace Policy is available for inspection in the Human Resources office in Minnesota or our plant locations in Ohio, Kansas and Pennsylvania during normal business hours.

We participate in E-Verify and if you are hired, we will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, we are required to provide you with written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you. Please refer to the posters on our website or DHS for more information on E-verify

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