Operations Manager - Injection Molding ( Non - Automotive )


Kansas City, MO

Industry: Accounting, Finance & Insurance


5 - 7 years

Posted 68 days ago

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Job Description

Operations Manager – Injection Molding (non-automotive)

Direct hire with benefits, annual bonus, and relocation

Visa transfer / sponsorship not available for this role.

  • Pay: Up to $122K base + annual bonus opportunity + relocation package
  • Location: Kansas City, MO general area
  • Appropriate Backgrounds: Injection molding is a must. Although non-automotive plant, company loves automotive backgrounds due to intimate knowledge of continuous improvement.


This direct hire opening is with a privately owned (non-automotive) plastic injection molding company that has multiple facilities in N. America. There are around 315 employees in this location. Their product lineup includes semi rigid, thin walled products (hot runners) involving moderate tolerances and common polymers. The molding presses do not exceed 1000 ton and have between 12-64 cavitation. There are a lot of moving parts and automated cells due to some products being further modified in other departments (not assembly). We will go over the type of product, application, and regulations of the plant when we speak on the phone. I reiterate: this is non-automotive and the company would love that sort of background.

THE JOB: Operations Manager, Molding Manager, Manufacturing Manager, Plant Manager

This position reports to the GM who is on site and to a Manufacturing Director at another site. You will be over one of four departments with budget responsibility. You will have roughly a 50/50 floor time / administrative balance. The company is not looking for a molding guru who can fix all problems himself. Rather, they seek an effective manager who can identify, communicate and delegate the needs of the department among the employees.

An automotive molding background would work well in this non-automotive environment due to the first bullet. They want you to know that they need someone who accepts that things are always changing and that if it’s not broken don’t fix it is the opposite of their mindset. For example, they were recently at 82% capacity, and now make more product than before at 60% capacity. They also want you to know that you’re walking into a well-oiled machine. This is not an operations turnaround. They need someone whose leadership style has heavy floor presence (but not heavily touching machinery). This is because this plant and HQ manufacturing site have the same product and equipment, but procedures and processes deviate heavily due to tribal knowledge. Through floor presence and working with the Dir out of corporate, you both will get processes streamlined so both plants run more similarly – this will be collaborative and not do this to-do list in nature. The last person in this role did not relate well to employees – so the company will be examining your communication and leadership ‘style’ quite a bit.

Job Requirements

  • 4 year completed degree
  • 100% required: Injection Molding plant leadership experience
  • Continuous improvement / lean six sigma background preferred.
  • Experience managing 20+ employees at a molding plant


$90K - $115K