Plant Leader


Russellville, AR, US, 72802

Function:  Manufacturing
Audience:  Experienced Professional
Work Arrangement:  On Site
Requisition ID:  61707



As the Plant Leader for the greenfield startup in Russellville, AR, responsibility will include working with the Startup Program Manager.  While the Program Manager will lead the startup project, the Plant Leader will be involved in the construction, commissioning, vertical start up, ensuring project timelines and milestones are met for operation of the new manufacturing facility.  The Plant Leader is accountable to implement an inclusive culture, organizational strategies, standards, practices, leading business changes and the continuous growth and development of the Russellville Plant. The Plant Leader owns the financial performance of the site and is responsible for plant cost. The Plant Leader is also an integral partner in executing the operations strategy for the business. They are expected to lead from an outside-in perspective, understand what is necessary for the customer to be successful and manage and oversee all operations through the TPM Operating System - providing vision, strategy, and leadership to achieve and maintain the highest standards of Safety, Engagement, Cost, Productivity, Efficiency, Quality, Talent Development and Customer Service. 

In addition, the Plant Leader collaborates closely with other Plant Leaders and leadership across the business to leverage One Company best practices focused on eliminating waste, serving our customers and growing and developing our people. The Plant Leader is also an active member of the community and represents Owens Corning’s interest in local affairs.

Reports to:  Operations Director


Span of Control:  This position has 6 direct reports and overall responsibility for approximately 50 primary employees in this start up facility.



Leading safety and security for an injury free work environment

  • Leads from the OC Safety Stand: All accidents are preventable, safety is everyone’s responsibility, working safely is condition of employment
  • Ensures a safe and secure work environment for all employees, contractors and visitors
  • Shows passion and caring for our people, leads from our safety stand and treats safety as the first priority
  • Allocates resources and identifies investments required on systems, focused programs and leadership to strive for zero injuries
  • Ensures a clear and effective measurement system is established and implemented to drive results; rewards and celebrates safe behaviors and achievements as well as ensures accountability

Startup related

  • Involvement with the Capital Delivery Team who will ultimately have accountability for the construction and commissioning of the new manufacturing facility.
  • Collaborate with capital delivery and engineering teams to ensure the facility is designed and built to meet production requirements and quality standards.
  • Develop and implement operational plans to achieve production targets and maximize efficiency
  • Collaborates with the Human Resources Team on hiring and training of the plant team, including production operator, technical leads and maintenance

 Knowing the business and our customers

  • Continuously builds insight into the business’s market, customer base and strategies
  • Creates an environment where all employees are focused on serving our customers
  • Develops relationships with customers to understand what it takes to ensure high quality products as defined by our customers and develops solutions to better serve our customers
  • Ensures the supply of consistent quality products in a timely manner and superior customer experience that fosters customer loyalty and strong relationships; operates with a zero-defect mindset
  • Gains alignment and relationship with commercial and sales team.

Executing business strategy and directing operations to drive towards manufacturing excellence

  • Leads with a clear view of where the organization needs to be in 1-3 years; communicating strategic direction to employees and how it fits with the day-to-day actions and results being driven
  • Provides guidance to the technical leadership in the plant
  • Identifies and drives continuous improvement efforts through both the personal use and promotion of standardized work to cut cost and improve productivity and quality
  • Drives cost leadership by engaging employees across the organization, identifying improvement opportunities and executing against them
  • Sets clear and measurable performance expectations, in line with division and corporate goals; proactively analyzes and manages all relevant operations performance metrics
  • Oversees the development of a comprehensive annual capital budget and operations plan; initiates timely and appropriate capital requests to maintain or enhance plant performance necessary to meet customer needs
  • Operates with zero environmental non-conformities to applicable company, government and regulatory policies
  • Continuously improves the plant operations environmental footprint consistent with company goals and community interests

 Developing a positive employee relations environment

  • Ensures a positive, creative, diverse and collaborative work environment where employees own the success of the business
  • Selects talent based on business needs; ensures the proper trainings, tools, processes and systems are in place to empower our people to deliver against performance expectations
  • Creates an environment where all employees are engaged, empowered and focused on serving our customers
  • Monitors labor activities and leverages employee relations resources as appropriate to ensure compliance with all company policies and governmental regulations
  • Establishes OC as an employer of choice in the local market
  • Builds a facility worthy of being used as marketing and communications platform, both internal and external
  • Maintains productive relationships with key political and community decision makers and represents the company in relevant community matters

 Leading and Developing Talent

  • Creates an inclusive environment where employees understand their unique contributions and feel empowered to unlock their full potential.
  • Leads with integrity, passion and creates an environment of appreciation for all.
  • Builds collaborative and engaged teams through shared goals, open communication, and celebration of team success.
  • Creates “complete” jobs with strong accountability and development opportunities
  • Creates an environment where talent is developed, and their full potential is realized
  • Effectively builds a diverse team with competent people using the appropriate mix of internal promotions and external recruitment to satisfy both near-term performance and long-term succession needs as well as ensure the sustained success of the business
  • Invests in the growth and development of direct reports and other identified talent in the organization; Be engaged in personal development as well
  • Ensures alignment with functional leadership (e.g., finance, safety, human resources) on performance management and talent development



  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Engineering Degree preferred
  • 8+Yrs. Minimum work experience in a manufacturing environment
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in leading people in a cross-functional and complex environment
  • Demonstrated project or process management skill
  • Highly organized, resilient and self-motivated


  • Exposure to cross-functional team leadership or participation within the organization
  • Experience in discrete manufacturing a plus
  • A history of hiring, growing and promoting talent within an organization
  • Demonstrated ability of coaching and guiding for results
  • Demonstrated success of engaging others
  • TPM experience required
  • Experience in driving results and improving function, team or area productivity


  • Computer skills – the ability to utilize OC systems and the software necessary for this role
  • Able to utilize data driven problem solving methods for decision-making to eliminate manufacturing losses and unnecessary costs
  • Able to create and implement strategic and operations plans
  • Leading and motivating peers, managers and subordinates
  • Able to influence and engage people across the plant and the company
  • Effective verbal & written communication skills
  • Business and Financial acumen
  • Strong planning, resourcing and delegation skills
  • Able to engage and care for others starting with safety
  • Able to achieve results fast both individually and through teams
  • Able to collaborate and foster teamwork
  • Demonstrated success in working closely with peers for the good of the business- other plant leaders, COE, S&T, Supply Chain
  • Customer orientation: Has an external perspective and understands that all business opportunities start with knowing customers’ needs as well as competitively executing against costumer expectations
  • Able to develop people
  • Embraces and helps drive division initiatives throughout the business unit and is willing and able to take on additional division type assignments as needed
  • Able to competitively drive results
  • Able to inspire and energize others
  • Excellent performance management skills and be able to differentiate rewards based on the performance of individuals
  • Able to engage self and others in learning
  • Ability to travel as needed

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock
Nearest Secondary Market: Russellville