Production Manager

Job location:
Sylacauga, Alabama, USA
Created moment:
May 11, 2022
Job reference:
REQ - 05875

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Production Manager

Job Summary

IMERYS, is the World Leader in Mineral-based specialty solutions for industry. IMERYS transforms a unique range of minerals to deliver essential functions that are essential to its customers’ products and manufacturing processes. 


Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary to manufacture products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications. Responsible for the safe and compliant operation of all processes. Lead site implementation of Continuous Improvement (I3) methodologies to drive efficiency, service-level, culture and profitability improvements. Identify and execute training & team-building opportunities within and between departments. Foster effective communication and coordination within the plant and among Atlanta-based support functions. Actively participate in the development and execution of site’s Commercial Plan.


  • Lead efforts in fostering a team environment within the production staff.

  • Effectively communicate expectations and provide feedback to employees regarding performance in safety, quality, delivery, and cost control.

  • Manage production schedule and organize available resources to fulfill customer needs.

  • Partner with site Maintenance organization to effectively and proactively improve up-time, reduce unplanned repairs, minimize ‘run-to-fail’ activities.

  • Liaise with Packaging & Shipping to ensure product is available for on-time shipment.

  • Introduce & implement Continuous Improvement (I3) initiatives in coordination with Corporate guidance.

  • Provide front line process technical expertise / problem solving and hands-on process assistance to the production staff to drive continuous improvement. 

  • Ensure all processes and work activities are fully compliant with regulatory and corporate policy – that operators are well-trained and executing requirements.

  • Communicate with Customer Service regarding customer demand and issues that may arise impacting production. 

  • Work with customers to handle issues related to quality and processing.

  • Engage Process Engineering inquiries & deliverables to systematically address opportunities & inefficiencies.

  • With local & corporate Process & Project Engineering, identify, organize and execute Capital improvements. 

  • Champion Change Management. 

  • Actively participate in the site leadership transition.

  • Develop and execute departmental operating budgets.

  • Establish, implement and communicate KPIs to effectively drive all of the above-mentioned activities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned 


  • Demonstrated ability to establish positive relationships ( engaging and forthright) with subordinates so that the team adopts the efforts to achieve the established targets – Adept at Change Management

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven problem solving skills (process, mechanical, and people) to identify opportunities for improvement and develop then implement resolution to the point the issue is eliminated 

  • Demonstrated since of ownership to the point that constraints are eliminated rather than accepted - Comfortable challenging the status quo. 

  • Demonstrated success in preparing and presenting improvement proposals with appropriate justification - Eagerness to try a new approach, fail, and try again.

  • Ability to further develop subordinates by identifying and fostering growth environment

  • Knowledge in Managerial Cost Accounting methods is a plus.

  • Excellent multi-tasking skills with proven computer skills to enhance ability to effective


  • Successful US-based candidates must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 before the employment start date unless exempted by applicable law.

  • Bachelor degree in Engineering, Business, Mining, or related field preferred.

  • Minimum 5 years' experience continuous process manufacturing environment – preferably “heavy industry”

  • 3 years direct leadership experience 

Position Type

Full time



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IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.