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Cannon Falls, MN, United States

Plant Operations Director


At Henkel, you can make a difference and craft your career. That’s why you own your projects and take full responsibility from an early stage. Our unique brands in markets around the world open up countless opportunities to follow your convictions and explore new paths. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset that allows you to always think out of the box - take the chance and shape the digital future together with us.


  • Provide direct leadership to the functions of Manufacturing, Engineering, SHE, Materials Management, and Facility/Maintenance.
  • Manage and maintain operating functions that follow Henkel philosophy. Establish and implement policies and procedures necessary for orderly and effective operations, and ensures compliance to all applicable Henkel policies and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with Henkel standards for human resource management, safety and loss prevention, cost control, waste reduction, quality, and on-time delivery.
  • Ensure compliance with all Federal, State and Local legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Manages resources to effectively balance strategic objectives with financial return (profit) and efficient use of financial assets, including working capital. Manage all capital planning and expenditures.
  • Develop innovative and cost effective methods of manufacturing, labor management, material procurement and utilization, and business processes to position Thermal Substrates for continued growth.
  • Support Henkel quality initiatives, and leads the facility commitment at all levels of direct and indirect personnel to follow the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & IATF 16949 Quality Management Systems
  • Audit facility operations continuously by reviewing performance, major item variances, and other critical business elements, and reports as required by the VP Operations, or other management.
  • Establish and maintain customer and other business relationships necessary for the successful operation of the business. Participate in key customer visits when required.


  • B.S. or B.A. degree in Engineering, Operations or related technical field. Master's Degree preferred
  • 10+ years of experience in manufacturing and engineering required
  • Exceptional leadership skills that are demonstrated by achieving desired results through others, and building an effective management team through coaching and mentoring
  • Proven strategic and tactical skills.  Demonstrated problem analysis and resolution
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, verbal and presentation communication skills
  • Comprehensive business process and systems knowledge, such as ERP, and the ability to identify and implement best practices
  • An entrepreneurial spirit coupled with a strong ethic, and a commitment to high personal standards that link to exceptional business values and ethics
  • P&L responsibility in general management or plant management in a manufacturing organization

Henkel is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

Henkel does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Unsolicited referrals and resumes are considered Henkel property and therefore, Henkel will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited referral.  At Henkel’s request only, preferred vendors may be invited to refer talent for specific open positions. In these cases, a fully-executed agreement with Henkel must be in place and current.

JOB ID: 1800071C