Responsible for all operational activities including achievement of planned financial, quality and growth objectives, this dynamic leader will have the opportunity to significantly impact the growth of the company and to move into an even greater scope of leadership, working with senior executives across the organization.

Assignment: 4272
Title: Vice President of Operations
Industry: Specialty Vehicle
Reports To: President
Location: Mid-South

Our Client:

Our client is a division of a worldwide market-leading manufacturer of custom trailers and specialty vehicles with a 140-year history and which enjoys a strong financial position, dominance across a range of specialty markets, and strong growth both organically and by acquisition.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop long-term strategic and annual operating plans for the division
  • Provide direction, development, leadership and coaching to key, senior division managers to increase and expand productivity, output and new product capacity
  • Create a Safety First and Always Culture and champion the safety of all employees by requiring a Safety First and Always commitment from all members at all levels of the organization and a spirit of continuous improvement toward the ultimate goal of an incident free workplace
  • Establish annual Excellent Performance Outcomes and long-term development plans for key, senior division managers and direct reports assuring that every employee understands their role in safety as a top priority
  • Hold key, senior division managers accountable for good performance and established Excellent Performance Outcomes, addressing issues as required in a timely manner
  • Create a Servant Leadership, Performance based culture that results in consistent performance and achievement and that results in a positive workplace free from any discussion or exposure to outside organization or representation activities
  • Proactively identify and respond to unexpected changes in business conditions or in the company’s markets to capitalize on new opportunities and / or respond to unexpected challenges
  • Maintain interaction and keep open communication with associates by answering questions and explaining policies and procedures; monitor associate morale; respond to ideas to improve associate engagement

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum of 10 years in a manufacturing environment with a proven record of success and increasing responsibility (trailer or truck body manufacture preferred)
  • Excellent (or rapidly improving) safety record at his/her facility
  • Experience or certification in Lean Manufacturing with the ability to demonstrate measurable successes in efficiency improvements and cost reduction
  • Capital project management experience
  • Understanding of manufacturing financials and metrics that determine profitability
  • Servant Leadership mindset and methodology
  • Track record of team engagement and development, holding team members accountable, comfortable with delegation
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects/priorities simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills – all forms and levels
  • Computer skills:  MS Office, ERP
  • 4-year degree in Engineering, Manufacturing, or related technical discipline; MBA a plus


Rick Mohrman
Executive Recruiter


Abigail Seymour