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Wabtec Corporation Plant Manager in McPherson, Kansas

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at: http://www.WabtecCorp.com .

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

Summary: The Plant Manager will demonstrate leadership in communicating business goals, programs, and processes for your location. In this role, you will utilize your experience and expertise to solve problems, develop and execute objectives for self and others, and effect short-term and long-term operational goals.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading daily Shop Operations functions under guidance of the General Manager as needed. Promote a working environment to achieve excellence in productivity, customer service, quality, and EHS.

  • Assign and direct work priorities for hourly production workers to achieve daily, weekly, and monthly production goals.

  • Drive initiatives to maximize employee contribution and drive improvements in product quality and services while ensuring all services support functions at facility are staffed and well trained to perform their duties effectively.

  • Responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing Operations and Services functions at the facility under the guidance of the General Manager while leading the effort to develop and implement plans to meet customers’ requirements for product quality, cost, and delivery.

  • Responsible for managing the facility within operating budget.

  • Lead and mentor entire facility staff.

  • Liaise with the business unit HRM on yearly goal setting, evaluations, and merit planning, for the facility.

  • Initiate and influence integration of EHS policies and practices into the business. Maintain an in-depth knowledge of applicable EHS regulatory requirements, and work with consultants and contractors on related EHS issues.

  • Conduct EHS education programs as needed and required and provide and determine alternatives for issue resolution.

  • Interface with production, sales, purchasing and suppliers in order to schedule the receipt of raw material to meet production demand to include coordinating with Material Buyers for raw material scheduling.

  • Establish plant production schedules that coincide with raw material scheduling and drive resolution on all manufacturing material quality and supply issues, while keeping adequate raw material on hand for suitable lead-time response and shipment.

  • Assure that the shop has the necessary materials, configuration records, manpower, and tooling to meet required production levels.

  • Identify and react to material plans that do not meet customer requirements.

  • Prepare and implement work orders and plans as required for assigned commodities to meet the requirements of the business.

  • Lead a team of salaried professionals performing various production and support functions.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, or HS Diploma, or GED Equivalent, and at least 5 years of supervisory experience in manufacturing or site management.

  • Prefer welding experience and steel manufacturing knowledge.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal and leadership skills.

  • Ability to drive growth and change in a fast-moving, high-energy environment.

  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing processes.

  • Knowledge of Environmental Health and Safety regulations.

  • Ability to lead others through conflicts or disagreements.

  • Willingness to drive accountability to those under them.

  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office and ERP systems.

Relocation assistance may be provided if eligibility requirements are met.

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.