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Plant General Manager

About Premier Thermal

Premier Thermal is a manufacturing company providing products and services primarily to the automotive, heavy truck, energy and agriculture industries.  PT’s customers include OEMs, distributors, forgers and foundries.  PT services its customers through multiple facilities located throughout the Midwestern United States operating 24 hours per day.

Nature and Scope

Responsible for growth strategies, planning, technical sales, pricing, organizing and controlling all processing, equipment installation and support activities of the plant, quality assurance, purchasing, scheduling, production scheduling, shipping and receiving, human resources, training, safety and environmental, maintenance, and customer service to maximize profit and return on investment while serving or customers on a timely basis.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Direct, layout, plan, determine and implement the necessary organization structure to achieve optimum schedules based on employee hours (wages as a % of Sales), workforce, machine and materials availability (Equipment Uptime), tooling requirements and manufacturing space to achieve plant objectives and  meet customer quality and delivery requirements. (Product Quality)
  • Develop and maintain a culture that emphasizes safety for all employees and is reflected in the employee behaviors and locations statistical reporting of safety.
  • Provide an environment for all employees that promotes open positive communication, transparency, mutual respect, and fair treatment for all.
  • Furnish heat treated parts to customers consistent with cost, quality and service requirements.  (Customer Survey)
  • Provide opportunities for employees to achieve personal development growth, and career goals commensurate with their capabilities.
  • Prepare capital expenditure budgets both short and long range to provide processing capacity and skills to achieve growth opportunities in existing and new markets and adhere to successfully executing the plan.
  • Establish annual operation budgets including manpower and equipment requirements and capital expenditures.  Budgets and realize desired profit levels.
  • Maintain and provide objective product cost data to insure intelligent market pricing decisions.
  • Establish and implement necessary controls, including reports, to continually monitor production quality, trucking, maintenance, and other operations in regard to productivity, costs, profitability, inventories, waste, etc.
  • Continually evaluate methods and means for cost reductions and productivity improvements.  (Continuous Improvement)
  • Support Sales and Marketing Department in developing processing skills and technology in penetrating new markets or processing of new products.
  • Achieve housekeeping requirements of an exceptionally high standard to provide favorable customer impressions. (5 S Goal, Customer Survey)
  • Establish management and supervisory objectives to focus on specific productivity needs, waste reduction and cost improvement programs.
  • Evaluate and appraise personnel effectiveness and achieve improved levels of performance where necessary.
  • Determine long-range personnel skill requirements and implement programs to fill these needs.
  • Keep current and informed of new developments in manufacturing and heat treating and make recommendations regarding desirable changes. (Continuous Improvement)
  • Familiarity with OSHA, Hazard Communication Standards and the general safe work practices in the department.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Candidate Requirements

  • A Bachelor Degree in Metallurgy or Material Science preferred
  • A minimum of seven to ten years of manufacturing experience
  • An extensive knowledge of metallurgical processing techniques
  • Additional experience and/or training in Sales & Marketing, Statistical Process Control, Quality Assurance, Human Resources, Safety and Environmental, Purchasing, Customer Service, Computers and general business knowledge
  • Must have proficient computer skills
  • The ability to use higher mathematics involving engineering principles
  • Ability to plan, determine, formulate, develop a “team” concept and establish and manage a complete heat treating production operation
  • Through adherence to company policies and procedures, maintain high quality standards and achieve quantity goals to maximize profit and return on investment


  • Base salary plus incentive bonus
  • Eligible for healthcare plan (medical, dental and vision)
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Life, STD, LTD, Tuition Reimbursement


Plant General Manager


Lansing, MI