Plant Manager in Schnitzer

Schnitzer Steel Industries   •  

Everett, MA

Industry: Agriculture & Natural Resources


5 - 7 years

Posted 176 days ago

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General Position Summary & Responsibilities:

The Plant Superintendent has a primary focus on driving, guiding and influencing the support mechanisms of streamlining and coordinating the overall operational effectiveness and efficiency of the assigned operations. The Plant Superintendent focuses specifically on: overall Health & Safety and Environmental compliance; quality control; maintenance and accuracy of all material inventories; coordination of inter-yard transportation of materials; ensuring volume quotas are being met by communicating with the Commercial Group; and Continuous Improvement for the facilities, administration, and management of Production and Maintenance Superintendents and Supervisors. The Plant Superintendent reports directly to the General Manager.

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)

  1. Supports overall H&S issues within the 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 Superintendent.
  2. Provides a safe environment for all employees, customers and visitors.
  3. Monitors H&S programs administered by MRB H&S department.
  4. Following an incident or accident, instructs personnel on Corrective Action Plans in accordance with policy.
  5. Monitors H&S and Environmental Compliance for all assigned locations to report any deficiencies and/or issues to the Regional General Superintendent, General Superintendent, H&S Engineer(s), and/or Environmental Superintendent.

Operational Performance & Best Management Practices

  1. Investigates to clarify, validate, test and analyze operational data for accuracy and validity.
  2. Oversees operations and maintenance in all departments.
  3. Reviews maintenance procedures and record keeping for all production equipment.
  4. Forecasts monthly production with Department Superintendents, in conjunction with the Commercial group, to ensure facility goals are met.
  5. Ensures that negotiated production levels are met and maintained for all departments.
  6. Assesses the effectiveness of transportation and other sub-contractors.
  7. Spearheads Continuous Improvement for the facility.

Equipment & Maintenance

  1. Monitors equipment needs and availability for the facility

Inventory & Quality Control

  1. Maintains communication with facility and regional Commercial and Transportation Departments to ensure material purchase quotas are being met for the facilities and material is being transferred or shipped in a timely fashion.
  2. Maintains accurate material inventories in all facilities, keeping in compliance with all internal and SOX controls, in conjunction with the regional financial group.
  3. Monitors assigned yard inventories.
  4. Ensures that reports of any off grade/ off spec materials are discussed with supervisor prior to shipment in order to eliminate quality consumer complaints, avoid downgrades, and eliminate claims
  5. Ensures all storage of finished goods is done in compliance with internal controls already set in place.
  6. Implements and maintains an effective, documented Quality Control program focusing on a strong relationship with Commercial and Sales departments.
  7. Works with internal and customer specs for materials.

Budgeting & Forecasting

  1. Operates facilities within established Operating and CAPEX budgets and makes recommendations on a yearly basis for Capital Expenditures taking into account: equipment condition; environmental necessities; operational needs; ability to sustain business operations; business growth.

Administrative Management

  1. Identifies and spearheads any necessary training for all personnel.
  2. Ensures proper reporting is in place and being utilized for all production departments.
  3. Manages all personnel by setting up an appropriate management structure.
  4. Follows HR guidelines for status changes, salary changes, goal setting, annual reviews/evaluations, and payroll issues.

Special Projects

  1. Performs other special projects as assigned.

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 Plant Superintendent directly supervises the Shredder Operations Superintendent, Joint Product Operations Superintendent, Terminal Operations Superintendent, Nonferrous Receiving Supervisor, Nonferrous Processing Supervisor, Maintenance Superintendent or Supervisor and Night Shift Supervisor (if applicable).

Interpersonal Contacts:           

Internal contacts are by phone and in person with Metals Recycling Business personnel and various management level personnel. External contacts are by phone, e-mail and in person with potential and existing customers, other companies within the industry, and governmental agencies.

Required Skills

Job Conditions:

Workload is cyclical and can present significant time pressures when strict adherence to deadlines is critical. Workload is often reactive and cannot be anticipated or planned for. Often many extra hours are required, weekend, weekday and holidays. 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.

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

Ability to: sit or stand for extended periods of time, up to 6 hours per day. Position requires individual to: stand, walk, and/or otherwise move around a steel scrap yard environment. Some computer work is necessary requiring visual acuity to perform close detail work. Must have the ability to communicate in a professional manner by phone, e-mail and in person with all levels of internal personnel and business contacts.


Minimum of 5-10 years previous experience in steel scrap yard operations, and familiarity with physical operations and personnel. College degreepreferred; courses in business/operations management helpful. Project management experience or specialized knowledge a plus. This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive an automobile.

Knowledge of operations; leadership, analytical, organization, good communication, good mathematical skills; and intermediate computer competency. Ability to: apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of practical problems; deal with a large number of variables and determine a specific course of action.

PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.