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Manufacturing Director of Operations Job

We Light the Way

Acuity Brands (NYSE: AYI) is transforming the lighting industry. We take pride in our 13,000 employees, and they take pride in working with the best in the industry.  Join a team committed to lighting the way to a more brilliant, connected, and productive world.  Individually we are talented, but together we are unstoppable.

Acuity’s lighting and building management solutions vary from individual devices to intelligent network systems. With fiscal year 2018 net sales of $3.7 billion, Acuity Brands has operations throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia. Individual devices include lighting controls, lighting components, controllers for various building systems (including HVAC, lighting, shades and access control), power supplies, and prismatic skylights. Among other benefits, intelligent network systems can optimize energy efficiency and comfort as well as enhance the occupant experience for various indoor and outdoor applications, all the while reducing operating costs. We continue to expand our solutions portfolio, including software and services, to provide a host of other economic benefits resulting from data analytics that enables the “Internet of Things” ("IoT") and supports the advancement of smart buildings, smart cities, and the smart grid.

Job Summary

The Director of Operations (Plant Manager) in Winona, MN directs and coordinates all activities related to the scheduling, fabrication, finishing & assembly of finished goods. The role will be responsible to coordinate the continuous improvement of activities; develop employees by expanding their skills & knowledge, enhancing a culture of disciplined execution & accuracy of information. Whey will also ensure plant capacity meets or exceeds sales forecast. The Director of Operations will be responsible for direct reports of four Area Managers, schedulers, several supervisors and an hourly staff of over 300 employees and develop future leaders within each functional area.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities
  • Lead all associates to understand, improve & execute plant fundamentals, (Safety & Environmental compliance, 5S, Quality, Delivery, Maintenance, Productivity & cost, (Units / op hr & budget)
  • Manage the continuous improvement process, with all employees to increase throughout & capacity, reduce lead time and improve quality
  • Utilize visual management tools, and coach all associates to remove constraints, (Plan, Do, Check, Act) in a focused factory environment
  • Participate in the Plant Leadership, (Director of Operations, Director of Assembly, Director of Engineering & Director of Human Resources) to direct a transformation of culture focused on customer service, continuous improvement & cost reductions
  • Identify gaps between the plant and current production capacity and develop plans with peers to have the right capacity in place to meet the plan
  • Evaluate performance of all team members and assess organizational fit, identify opportunities for improvement & ensure the development of future leaders
  • Review process audits & create plans to mitigate gaps. Participate in Corporate cross functional teams for performance review, strategy, plant compliance & process improvement
  • Ensure that there is a process in place to manage the parameters, data and integrity of information in information systems
Required Experience and Knowledge:
  • 6 to 8 years plus the education listed below
  • Able to identify, explain and remove constraints.
  • Process oriented with engineering and or fabrication experience preferred
  • Lean or Six Sigma experience required 
  • Able to coach and develop a high performance team
  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Operations or Managment or Equivalent required
  • Masters Preferred


We invite you to apply today to join us as We Light the Way to a Brilliant, Productive, and Connected World!


Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity


This position is not eligible for immigration sponsorship.

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Req ID:  1079

Nearest Major Market: Winona

Job Segment: Industrial, Operations Manager, Manager, Manufacturing, Operations, Management

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