General Manager

Schnitzer Steel Industries   •  

Tacoma, WA

Industry: Agriculture & Natural Resources


8 - 10 years

Posted 61 days ago

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If you are looking for a career which offers advancement and growth opportunities, look no further! Schnitzer Steel offers upward mobility, great benefits, and competitive compensation packages.

Founded in 1906, Schnitzer Steel Industries has become one of the nation's largest recyclers of scrap metal. Today, Schnitzer operates 95 recycling facilities, including seven deep water ports – on both U.S. coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico – which enable efficient delivery of processed scrap metals to steel mills and foundries around the world. In 2018, Schnitzer was named a World's Most Ethical Company for the 4th consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. This prestigious award is given exclusively to companies who demonstrate leadership in five key categories: ethics and compliance; corporate citizenship and responsibility; culture of ethics; governance; and leadership, innovation and reputation. Schnitzer is the only metals recycling company to be among the winners.

This position offers competitive pay along with a variety of benefits including: medical, dental and vision plans for both you and your dependents; 401k with company match; paid time off which starts with your first check; and paid holidays.

The General Managerreports directly to the Regional General Manager. The General Manager drives, guides and influences the day-to-day business activities of a single facility or groups of facilities. The General Manager relays the Metals Recycling Business’ (MRB) vision of business growth and diversification to their team and drives the execution of the Scrap Materials Procurement program, monthly forecasting and annual budgeting. The incumbent understands and effectively communicates company goals and drives home these goals at the facility and departmental manager level. The incumbent directs staff to achieve individual and facility goals and successfully delegates responsibility. The incumbent ensures compliance with company policies and established regulations; Health & Safety (H&S), and Environmental, Security, the management and administration of personnel, operations/production activities, cost controls, inventory quality and quantity specifications. Managing each department under their purview, the General Manager makes informed, measured decisions regarding departmental activities. To make sound business decisions, the General Manager must comprehend and synthesize high volumes of information including: metrics, reports, and written and verbal communications in a fast paced environment.

This position operates within flexible parameters. The primary goal of this position is to achieve excellence in all facets of facility management. Providing the highest quality product safely, effectively and efficiently decreases accidents and errors and increases profits.

Essential Functions:

Environmental and Health & Safety (H&S) - Responsible for overall H&S issues within facility by working closely with the Regional Safety Engineer(s). Ensures Environmental compliance in accordance with company, federal and state policies by working closely with the Regional Environmental Manager. Specific accountabilities include:

  • Providing a safe environment for all employees, customers and visitors.
  • Monitoring H&S programs administered by MRB H&S department.
  • Following an incident or accident, communicating Corrective Action Plans to all personnel per policy.
  • Monitoring environmental compliance in order to report any deficiencies and/or issues to the appropriate Environmental party and Regional General Manager and Regional Director.

Commercial - Participates in the execution of Scrap Materials Procurement program as defined by the Regional Commercial Group and facility Commercial Operations team. Specific accountabilities include:

  • Communicating with Commercial and Logistics Departments, ensuring material purchase quotas are met for the facilities and that materials are transferred or shipped in a timely fashion. Daily review of inbound material receipts report by customer and by commodity, ensuring accurate pricing and volumes.
  • Monitoring inbound material purchases ensuring proper grading and customer pricing.
  • Providing direct supervision as needed to the Commercial Operations Manager.
  • Reviewing purchase prices and comparing to sell prices; providing reasonable metal spreads to ensure profit of all material processing and handling.

Budgeting & Forecasting - Works closely with Departmental Managers and Regional Financial Business Partner(s) in regard to internal budgeting and forecasting. Specific accountabilities include:

  • Analyzing operating efficiencies of each cost center (shredder, shear, torch, stockpiling, etc).
  • Reviewing inventory and production levels with regard to material sold and current market conditions.
  • Operates facilities within the established forecasts, operating budgets, and CAPEX budgets.
  • Recommending, on a yearly basis, prioritized capital expenditures, accounting for: environmental necessities; safety enhancements; equipment condition code and replacement program; operational efficiency needs; ability to sustain operations and business growth including new business opportunities.

Operational Performance & Best Management Practices - Responsible for clarifying, validating, analyzing and testing for accuracy in all assigned areas. Specific accountabilities include:

  • Production and Maintenance in all departments.
  • Assuring committed production levels are achieved and maintained for all departments.
  • Optimizing utilization of key equipment
    • Monitoring equipment needs and availability for all locations.
    • Overseeing proper equipment maintenance, servicing and utilization.
  • Reviewing Time and Weight studies.
  • Assessing relative cost effectiveness of sub-contractors, including transportation, burners, etc.
  • Forecasting monthly production with Department Managers in conjunction with Commercial group ensuring that facility goals are met.
  • Supporting other Schnitzer locations as necessary.

Inventory & Quality Control - Responsible for monitoring and maintaining yard inventories (ferrous and nonferrous) for accuracy. Specific accountabilities include:

  • Managing inventory levels in accordance with market data.
  • Maintaining accurate physical material inventories in all facilities keeping in compliance with all internal and SOX controls.

Security - Responsible for overall facility security, including the oversight of outside securitycontractors. At port facilities, the General Manager may designate another manager (generally the Terminal Operations Manager or Ship Loading Supervisor) as the Maritime Security (MARSEC) Facility Security Officer (FSO).

  • Ensuring safe operation of facility stevedoring activities.
  • Administrative Management - Directs management in the supervision and performance evaluation of personnel and their activities within the facility. Specific accountabilities include:
    • Working with Department Managers to identify and implement necessary training for all personnel
    • Ensuring accurate reporting for production departments.
    • Administration and record keeping relative to Operations and Maintenance of facility, buildings and equipment.
    • Following HR guidelines for status changes, salary changes, goal setting, annual reviews/evaluations, and payroll issues
    • Reviewing organizational charts and job descriptions for accuracy.

Special Projects - Performs other special projects which may require project management experience or specialized knowledge.

Internal Control Responsibilities:

Supports the Company’s Internal Control process which includes understanding, communicating and complying with defined internal controls as well as suggesting and making modifications to the policies, procedures and controls to better relate to the business. Communicates upward problems in operations, noncompliance with the code of conduct, or other policy violations or illegal actions.

Supervisory Responsibility:

The General Manager directly supervises the Operations Department Managers. See the applicable Regional Director organization chart for all direct and indirect reporting relationships.

Interpersonal Contacts:

Primary direct lines of communication with the Regional General Manager, Regional Director, Regional Health and Safety Engineer(s), Regional Environmental Health and Safety Engineer(s) and Regional Environmental Manager(s). Secondary lines of communication as requested or needed with MRB Executive Management including the President, Chief Strategic Officer, Chief Operating Officer, National Director of Facilities and Operations, Executive Director, Business Planning & Development, VP Export Sales, National Non-Ferrous Sales Director and/or additional personnel for information exchange.External contacts include union representatives, contractors, vendors, suppliers, community leaders, variety of regulatory officials, and various business contacts.

Job Conditions:

Exposure to physical operations at metal recycling yards; it is necessary to walk/climb in active industrial yards with uneven surfaces and to out-of-the-way areas. Occasional exposure to inclement weather conditions and travel is required. Work pressure can be substantial during peak times, requiring considerable adaptability; disturbances of work flow, and/or irregularities in work schedule are expected and occur on an intermittent basis. Regular overtime is required. Offsite work involves meeting in person with current or potential customers, and visiting other Schnitzer locations. Travel estimated at 25%.

Required Skills

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

Ability to: lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally; sit for extended periods of time, up to 6-8 hours per day; write by hand and keyboard for extended periods of time, up to 6-8 hours per day; communicate by speech and hearing continuously. Visual acuity needed for: close detail work; preparing and analyzing data figures; reviewing / creating reports, schematics, blueprints; accounting and computer use; inspecting scrap material and manufacturing operations / equipment.

Required Experience


A Bachelors degree in Business Administration / Operations Management or equivalent combination of education and / or experience. A minimum of 7-10 years of related experience with operations management responsibilities. Preference for experience within the metals recycling industry with experience in scrap purchasing and operations management. This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive an automobile.