This “Hands-On Operational leader” has some of the most significant responsibilities in the company and will have the opportunity to turn what is currently a solid manufacturing operation into an industry model of productivity, profitability and reliability.  This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate who is ready to take the next step in their career.  You will have the ability to balance a hands-on management style with high level strategic planning and implementation and will partner with the owners in establishing and implementing the operational metrics needed to achieve production goals.

Assignment: 4237
Title: Director of Operations
Industry: Plastic Packaging
Reports To: Owners
Location: East Coast

Our Client:

Our client is a privately owned, well established and growing full-service manufacturer and distributor of polyethylene film, liners, bags, etc., whose products are manufactured solely in the United States.  Their superior customer service, attention to detail and focus on quality over the years has helped them to become a leader in the packaging industry.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The production and on-time delivery of products to cost and quality standards
  • Operations oversight of the facility and all production departments including; Extrusion, Converting, Printing, Recycling, Pre-Production, Shipping & Receiving and Maintenance
  • Reduce scrap
  • Proactive maintenance leadership to keep machinery running in optimum condition
  • Train and lead foremen and workers
  • Increase operating profitability
  • Establish processes to achieve the above objectives
  • Manage 3 direct reports and approx. 15 indirect reports

Position Requirements:

  • The ideal candidate possesses a deep familiarity with custom manufacturing processes and operations within the polyethylene film, liners and bags industry
  • The individual has experience to initiate, measure and maintain operational improvements
  • The ideal candidate is a leader and is comfortable in taking responsibility for overall operations
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Operational Management or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ plant operations experience in a Plastics packaging, extrusion and/or converting, roll-to-r0ll manufacturing facility
  • High mechanical aptitude and experience in machine based operations
  • Demonstrated planning skills balanced with excellent execution
  • Project management experience
  • Experience creating and documenting systems and procedures
  • Excellent analytical skills with high computer literacy
  • Naturally inquisitive/wants to learn about and understand new things
  • Excellent people leader with a coaching/mentoring style.  Capable of creating a company culture of success built on teamwork, devotion and enthusiasm
  • Must have a hands-on management style


Rick Mohrman
Executive Recruiter