Technical Leader

Owens Corning   •  

Joplin, MO

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods


5 - 7 years

Posted 178 days ago

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The Technical Leader in Joplin, MO is responsible for providing all aspects of technical leadership to the Plant. The position reports to the Plant Leader and is a member of the plant leadership team. There is also a functional reporting relationship to the Insulation Technical Leader in Granville, OH. This position is targeted to have three salaried direct reports as well as organizational responsibility for several hourly quality technicians.


Leading in Safety

  • Provide a safe and secure work environment for all employees, contractors and visitors
  • Ensures a clear and effective measurement system is followed and used to drive results; rewards and celebrates safe behavior and achievements; ensures accountability
  • Participates in work area self-inspections and accident investigations as well as recommends corrective actions to make the workplace safer
  • Leads and supports safety initiatives and processes to drive towards zero recordable injuries

Technical Excellence and Process Optimization

  • Identify, lead, and implement process development improvements and new process developments
  • Participate in the scope development and execution of all major projects, including rebuilds, to ensure safety, performance, schedule and cost goals of the projects are met or exceeded
  • Set clear and measurable expectations in line with plant goals; proactively analyzes and manages all relative performance metrics
  • Share accountability for successful delivery of all aspects of the plant operating plan with other plant leadership team members
  • Effectively communicate objectives holding people accountable to deliver results
  • Actively drive understanding of customer requirements and the relationship to plant process variables to ensure products meet the customer FFU at all times
  • Ensure that all customer complaints are recorded, communicated plant wide and thoroughly investigated with corrective action preventing recurrence
  • Develop, evaluate, improve and document manufacturing processes / controls
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and meet key milestones, to work and communicate effectively with people at all levels within the organization, and to technically contribute to the development of the process solutions
  • Applies statistical methods/data analytics to estimate future manufacturing requirements

Lead and Develop Talent

  • Create and sustain a culture where talent is developed through effective performance management and talent evaluation
  • Effectively staff the organization with competent people using the appropriate mix of internal and external talent to satisfy both near-term and long-term succession needs
  • Ensure a positive, creative, diverse and collaborative work environment where employees own the success of the business
  • Plan, promote and organize training activities to constantly elevate the capabilities of employees
  • Establish clear and measurable performance expectations and hold direct reports accountable for delivering the goals
  • Actively participate in talent reviews as well as invest in the growth and development of self and others to achieve sustained success
  • Maintain documentation, track, counsel and execute coaching and corrective action when performance issues occur

Lead Across the Site

  • Drive alignment between plant departments
  • Share best practices, challenge thinking and provide candid and respectful feedback; set an example for the organization of how teamwork and partnerships should work
  • Be seen as a great leader across the plant, driving engagement and supporting cross-functional projects and teams
  • Assist the plant leader with other duties as required



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressive technical experience in a manufacturing environment
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience leading people


  • Ability to engage and care for others starting with safety
  • Computer skills: The ability to utilize Owens Corning systems and the software necessary for this role
  • Utilizing data and data collection systems, and Six Sigma methods for problem-solving and decision-making to eliminate manufacturing losses and unnecessary costs
  • Strategic Plan implementation
  • Impactful verbal and written communications
  • Business and financial acumen
  • Strong planning, resourcing and delegation skills
  • SPC (Statistical Process Control) knowledge a plus


  • Utilizing data and data collection systems, and Six Sigma methods for problem-solving and decision-making to eliminate manufacturing losses and unnecessary costs
  • Creating and implementing strategic and operations plans
  • Leading and motivating peers, managers and subordinates
  • Accomplishes the goals of the business; translates strategies into actionable operating plans; sets goals for personal accomplishment; uses measurement methods to monitor progress; quickly overcomes barriers and adapts plans to ensure goal attainment
  • Understands that all business opportunities start with knowledge of how to create value for customer.
  • Able to achieve results fast both individually and through teams
  • Customer orientation: Has an external perspective and understands that all business opportunities start with knowledge of how to serve our customers
  • Acts as a leader amongst peers: Expected to embrace and help drive division initiatives throughout the business unit
  • Demonstrates a strong self-awareness of one’s strengths, development needs and the impact of one’s own behavior on others; and consistently takes actions to be better
  • A balanced sense of self-confidence and an abiding respect for others. Prioritizes strong personal wellbeing in order to maximize and fortify their contribution to the business. Operates in a transparent fashion without a personal agenda