Operations Manager, PEP

Location US-OH-Leetonia
ID 2024-1721
EP - PNX Extruded Product
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Consider joining the Pennex family as an Operations Manager, PEP at our Leetonia, OH location.  This role manages and coordinates activities of the Leetonia Precision Engineered Products (PEP) department engaged in cutting, machining, stretch-forming, assembly and other value-added activities for structural, automotive, ornamental and other aluminum products. This position works alongside other departments, such as engineering, operations, maintenance, sales, and quality to ensure the highest quality, highest margin products are manufactured in a safe environment. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Fosters our dual bottom line philosophy by leading and demonstrating a culture of safety excellence and engaging employees in behavior-based safety initiatives.
  • Responsible for leading, coaching, and evaluating all shifts for the Precision Engineered Products team.
  • Directly and indirectly leads the department through Supervisors across multiple shifts thereby optimizing performance.
  • Monitoring business goals and metrics, executing the business plan and meeting key metrics such as safety, profitability and sales volume.
  • Provides operational leadership ensuring customer expectations are met or exceeded.
  • Reviews production and operating reports and resolves operational, manufacturing, and maintenance problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delays.
  • Develops and implements operating methods to improve quality production along with internal and external customer satisfaction.
  • Develops and implements methods and procedures designed to eliminate operating and maintenance issues while improving product quality.
  • Responsible for developing subordinates, increasing their overall performance and enhancing their future growth.
  • Reviews production costs and product quality, and modifies production and inventory control programs to maintain and enhance profitable operation of department.
  • Reviews monthly financials, analyzes results, and develops strategies to increase profitability.
  • Prepares annual operational budget, ensuring accuracy while establishing required resources and planning necessary to achieve sales and profitability targets.
  • Key management representative that ensures departmental compliance with the Quality Management System (QMS) and our IATF 16949 certification.
  • Coordinate with other Pennex operations to develop business opportunities.
  • Recommends measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, and quality of product and suggests changes in use of equipment to increase efficiency.
  • Works with outside processors to manage the production and quality of those processors to meet the customer demands and requirements.
  • Actively participate in safety training, insuring compliance to Pennex and OSHA regulations.
  • Manages PEP Supervisors across all shifts and is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, evaluation and performance of this unit.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws; these include: interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Maintains a clean and safe work environment for the employees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Ideal Candidate Will Have:



  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain or engineering or equivalent experience is required.



  • 7 to 10 years of manufacturing leadership experience
  • 7 to 10 years of fabrication experience in advanced manufacturing
  • Technical/ machining background – PEP / metals fabrication experience preferred
  • Thorough understanding of advanced manufacturing
  • Strong analytical skills with production experience
  • Experience managing multiple process streams
  • Ability to work cross functionally within the organization (finance, sales, operations, leadership)
  • Understand the core competencies of a fabrication environment in a Tier 1 automotive supplier
  • Automotive experience


Other Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities      


  • A desire to work in a fast-paced, hands-on manufacturing environment
  • Highly motivated, self-driven, and eager to learn and apply new skills
  • Attentive to details and follows through on assigned tasks and commitments
  • Flexible and driven to meet tight deadlines, handle multiple projects and prioritize them appropriately
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Strong organizational skills, and ability to effectively disseminate information in a clear and concise manner
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment physical and drug screen
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States, visa sponsorships are not available

About Us


Perks of the Job

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Disability and life insurance
  • 401(k) with robust matching contribution
  • Generous allotment of paid vacation and paid holidays
  • Competitive wages plus performance-based bonus opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Ongoing training and professional development
  • Opportunity for career growth and advancement
  • Relocation package may be available


Why Our People Love Working Here:

  • Purpose-driven, friendly, open and respectful culture
  • Shared core values of safety, caring, integrity and growth
  • Employee discount program with hundreds of partner brands
  • Up to $5000 tuition reimbursement
  • Wellness incentive program


Who We Are: Founded nearly half a century ago, Pennex Aluminum continues to see rapid growth as a leading provider of quality aluminum cast products and extrusions. With state-of-the-art technology and facilities across Ohio and Pennsylvania, we’re proud to offer the capabilities and expertise to cast billet, extrude custom shapes and fabricate finished components for customers across a range of markets - including automotive, transportation, building and construction, electrical and machinery, consumer durables and distribution.  


But it’s not just what we do that sets us apart, it’s how we do it. Safety. Caring. Integrity. Growth. These core values are embodied by each member of our team; guiding every action we take and decision we make. Whether it’s driving innovation within our industry, making the impossible possible for our customers, providing a safe, respectful workplace for employees or supporting our local communities, our purpose is clear. We are dedicated to impacting our world in a positive way.  


If you are a like-minded individual with a strong ability to problem solve, collaborate and effectively communicate, Pennex Aluminum may be the perfect place for you to grow your career. To learn more, please visit PennexAluminum.com or check out other opportunities within the Metal Exchange family of companies at MetalExchangeCorp.com. 


Our Commitment to Inclusion: We welcome people of different backgrounds, abilities and perspectives. To ensure our business and culture continue to be inclusive of all people, we never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age or marital, veteran or disability status. Metal Exchange and the family of brands are proud to be equal opportunity employers. Additionally, all of your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. Should you have any questions or require special assistance completing your application, please email pennexrecruiter@pennex.com. 


Qualified Applicants must be legally authorized for employment in the United States and not require employer sponsored work authorization now or in the future for employment in the United States.


Our salary ranges are primarily determined by role, level, and location. The range provided for each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target salaries for the position across all US locations. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.


Posted Min Pay Rate

USD $115,000.00/Yr.

Posted Max Pay Rate

USD $155,000.00/Yr.


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