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Operations Director

Date: Jul 21, 2022

Location: Troy, MI, US

Company: Leggett & Platt

We, at Leggett & Platt Inc., are searching for an Operations Director within our Automotive team to help support our business.  Did you know we are the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of seating support and comfort systems for transportation manufacturers, as well as tier one and two suppliers within the automotive industry?  That’s right!  In fact, in 2019, we were named as one of GM’s “Supplier of the Year” recipients.  Our automotive products fall into four primary groups:  Seating and Lumbar support, Wireless Charging, Motors and Actuators, and Mechanical Cables.  If you join our team, your work will ensure people across the world have a little more comfort in their lives.


As an Operations Director you will have the opportunity to manage the operations of three of our automotive branches.  Your contributions will have a direct impact on the business by strategically driving growth and owning the overall product roadmap.  The team you will be working with is hardworking, and values collaboration with all team members


So, what will you be doing as an Operations Director?

  • Maintain responsibility for global operational P&L for the product group
  • Work directly with Branch Managers to oversee and deliver on operating plan as defined by operational product and manufacturing excellence strategy
  • Prepare business cases for capital spent targeted to optimize asset utilization, leverage open capacity globally to maximize capital and facility utilization
  • Develop plans to increase efficiency and reduce costs in order to deliver on committed operational CI plans
  • Share best practices on implementation and cost operational across global product line
  • Provide regional operational cover for exceptions management
  • Define goals for Branch Managers as aligned to manufacturing strategy, talent management, and succession planning. Provide regular coaching, mentoring, and feedback
  • Ensure inventory levels are accurate and managed/maintained
  • Ensure process adherence as outlined in GOM across Global Product Group
  • Lead a safety first approach maintaining zero accident culture


To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • Master Degree in Business, Economics, Manufacturing, Engineering, or other quantitative degree
  • Minimum 10 years experience of strong business experience
  • Automotive industry experience
  • Business acumen with proven track record and expertise
  • Excellent analytical skills with experience rapidly building and analyzing business plans
  • Expert project management skills with track record of managing multiple projects and driving results
  • Proven ability to build relationships, influence decisions, and drive results through internal partnerships
  • Strong positive / can-do attitude and comfort interacting with all levels of an organization
  • Proactive problem solving skills
  • Willingness to travel, domestic and international


Things we Consider a Plus

  • Fluency in Spanish


Reasons You’ll Love It Here

Our benefits may vary slightly from one location to the next, but what you will find, is that we offer: medical, dental, and vision insurance; as well as paid vacation, paid personal time, and various opportunities to give back to your local community.  One convenient fact about our medical plan, is that we offer tele-visits, so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home when you are feeling under the weather!  We also strongly encourage and provide opportunities for learning and professional development.  Our Learning & Development team has put together in-house training on subjects like front-line supervisor essentials, how to manage conflict in the workplace, and many others.


What to Do Next

Now that you’ve had a chance to learn more about us, what are you waiting for!  Apply today and allow us the opportunity to learn more about you and the value you can bring to our team.  Once you apply, be sure to create a profile, and sign up for job alerts, so you can be the first to know when new opportunities become available.


Our Commitment to You

We're actively taking steps to make sure our culture is inclusive and that our processes and practices promote equity for all, including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We welcome and encourage applications from people with these identities or members of other historically marginalized groups.


Research shows that women and people of color tend not to apply to jobs unless they believe they are 100% qualified and apply to fewer senior-level positions. With that in mind, we encourage you to apply if you meet the minimum qualifications but perhaps not all of the preferred qualifications. We'd love to have the opportunity to consider you! In keeping with our commitment, Leggett & Platt Inc. will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations.


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