"Lighting a Path to the Future"

Operations Manager

Location: Medford, MA
Job Type: Direct Hire
Salary: $100,000.00 - $125,000.00
Degree: Associate;
Date: 10/14/2017
Job ID: 02529168
Job Description

Our client is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled metal products in the United States, recycling 4 million tons of ferrous metal and 510 million pounds of nonferrous metal in fiscal year 2016.  The company has seven deep-water export facilities and operates in 23 states, Puerto Rico and Western Canada. The Company’s vertically integrated operating platform also includes 53 retail stores which sell recycled auto parts and receive approximately 5 million annual customer visits.


The Shredder Operations Manager reports directly to the General Manager. The Shredder Operations Manager oversees production and quality control of the shredder operations.
  • Assigns daily duties for equipment operators, pickers and cleaners for whom he/she has responsibility for.
  • Assists Joint Product Operations Manager, Terminal Operations Manager, and Maintenance Manager, Regional Environmental Manager and facility and regional Commercial teams with issues pertaining to optimizing physical plant operations.
  •  Maintains a safe work environment and assists the Regional Safety Engineer(s) in training employees on safety procedures.
  • The primary goal of this position is to achieve excellence in all facets of the shredder production operation.
  • Providing the highest quality product safely, effectively and efficiently decreases accidents and errors and increases profits.
  1. Environmental and Health & Safety
  • Ensures safe work practices and equipment are used at all times and that documentation, inspections, and current practices are in accordance with corporate safety policies, OSHA and other regulatory guidelines. In addition, provides a safe environment for all customers at the shredder.
  • Creates Health & Safety Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) with Regional Safety Engineer(s).
  •  Ensures all department employees receive timely safety and operational training and that the appropriate documents (signed acknowledgement forms) are prepared. Maintain employee files per regional practice.
  • Assigns an employee to be on the Safety Committee and personally attend Safety Committee meetings on rotation with other managers.
  • Monitors safety program to reduce accident frequency within department, implement new safety ideas/procedures and establish safety goals
  • Responsible for understanding and monitoring the regulatory environment as it affects this department and our relationship with the regulatory agencies
  1. Operational Performance
  • Provides leadership to department employees on multiple shifts.
  • Assigns work schedule for employees under his/her direct supervision in order to run efficiently, at optimal production rates, with minimal overtime.
  •  Shredder Committee member.
  • Back up Shredder operator in emergency situations.
  •  Equipment & Maintenance
  •  Reviews repair and maintenance needs with the General Manager and Maintenance Manager.
  • Determines necessary parts to order and lead times needed to maintain efficient and effective functioning of equipment.
  • On a monthly basis, provides management with a 6 month general plan which describes scheduled repairs, upgrades, and major projects.
  •  Schedule for major projects including manpower, equipment, downtime and time line.
  •  Manages spare components and wear parts inventory
  •  Issues, tracks and reorder these inventory stores.
  • Ensures processing and storage of finished goods is done in compliance with internal controls already set in place.
  • Implements and maintains an effective, documented Quality Control program focusing on a strong relationship with Commercial and Sales departments.
  • Works with internal and customer specs for materials.
  •  Ensures that reports of any off grade/ off spec materials are discussed with supervisor prior to shipment in order to eliminate consumer quality complaints, avoid downgrades, and eliminate claims.
  •  Prepares and monitors daily production reports to continuously improve throughput, reduce costs/expenses and increase profitability and maximum metal recovery.  
  • Implements operational goals based on monthly projections
  •  Interviews prospective production employees.
  • Reviews performance of employees.
  • Monitors supervisory practices to ensure compliance with HR policies and union contracts.
  • Monitors and maintain hourly staff at cost effective and competitive levels. 5.
  • Work with Human Resources personnel to prepare job descriptions
  •  Supervises up to 30 or more employees, on up to one shift for the Shredder Operations 5 days a week, possibly including Saturdays
  • 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.
  • Candidates with strong softs skills (leadership/development) that are tech savvy are preferred.
  •  Prior experience dealing with unions and interpreting a CBA is preferred.
  • Industry experience is not required
  • 2-5 years industrial management experience required


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