Plant Manager in Lebanon, Missouri

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If you are a seasoned Manufacturing and Operations professional looking for an opportunity to grow, we have an exciting opportunity for you! You will provide top-level leadership as thePlant Managerfor our Copeland-Americas plant in Lebanon, Missouri. You will also be responsible for developing and leading a culture that drives behaviors which build trust and achieve results. This includes daily leadership of manufacturing operations, materials, safety, quality, engineering and all other support functions for achieving plant operational goals and for developing strategies that facilitate growth, deliver profitable margins and material velocity. You will continuously balance customer, employee and shareholder needs to help drive the business.

The Plant Manager reports directly to the Vice President of Manufacturing and will collaborate closely with peers at other plants, the Business Unit, and the corporate level.


  • Adopt the Copeland Business System as the operating platform to drive value stream mapping, lean daily management, and structured problem-solving.
  • Clearly communicate Copeland vision and improvement plans to employees while modeling core values of partnership, respect, innovation, responsibility, and excellence
  • Develop a culture that embodies operational excellence core principles: respect everyone, lead with humility, seek perfection, scientific thinking, process focus, quality at the source, flow and pull value, think systematically, constancy of purpose, customer value
  • Establish measurements and get results through lean and continuous improvement on operational critical metrics (Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, and People)
  • Lead the team with high expectations, building a culture of candor, trust, and strong performance. Ensure direct reports are meeting goals as established in the annual operating plan
  • Develop talent at all levels within the plant organization but specifically as relate to direct reports or staff. Supervise and mitigate talent gaps to develop an impactful organization with deep bench strength
  • Provide regular performance reviews to employees while mentoring and counseling team members quickly and optimally to meet the company’s expectations for both leadership proficiencies and goal achievement
  • Build influence and rapport with people across various levels, functions, cultures, and geography
  • Gain insight into customer needs to develop solutions that also align with organizational needs
  • Implement and handle cost effective process improvements, capital, and operating expenditures, and cost-reduction program
  • Lead regular safety, lean, 5S inspections, review performance to targets, and pursue root cause analysis and countermeasure steps
  • Participate in sales, inventory, and operations planning sessions to develop operations objectives in support of
  • organizational goals and customer support
  • Model high standards of honesty and integrity, and assure others think and act similarly


You show a tremendous amount of initiative in tough situations and are exceptional at spotting and seizing opportunities. You build and deliver solutions that meet customer expectations. You are a proactive leader, constantly imagining future scenarios, and creating strategies to sustain competitive advantage. You maintain frequent interactions with a broad stakeholder network.


  • Prior plant management experience
  • Bachelor of Science degree in a technical, engineering, or business discipline; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Ten (10) years of operations and/or business-related experience and consistent track record of progressive levels of leadership in business, technical or manufacturing management roles
  • Excellent communication skills including written, verbal, and presentation ability with a focus o the customer
  • Strong analytical and data leadership skills
  • Strong social skills enabling collaboration in a team-oriented environment
  • High-quality decision making even in the face of uncertainty or when incomplete information is available
  • Hands-on leader who possesses a high level of drive, integrity, accountability, and energy to connect with all levels of employees
  • Legal work authorization in the United States – Sponsorship will not be provided for this role
  • Occasional travel for trainings, meetings and events up to 15% of the time


  • Experience with customer-facing engagement
  • Graduate-level education in business, technical or engineering field
  • Relevant business insight into the HVACR industry and customer needs
  • Experience with the deployment of automation

Why Work in the Lebanon, MO Area
Our facility in Lebanon, MO is located on Interstate 44 and Historic Route 66 in the scenic Ozarks of South-Central Missouri. We enjoy a small-town community with a Lebanon population of 14,628 and Laclede County population of 36,069. Our area is known for Bennett Spring State Park, lakes, rivers, hunting, and fishing. Lebanon is home to several boat manufacturers and two stock-car racing tracks. Lebanon is also centrally located, just 1 hour from the city of Springfield and 2.5 hours from St. Louis. Why not work and play where you can make your vacation home your home? We are only 35 minutes from the world-famous Lake of the Ozarks. For the outdoor enthusiasts, we have Bennett Spring, MO, which is an unincorporated community and home of the Bennett Spring State Park, which has the third or fourth largest natural spring in the state with an average daily flow of about 100-million gallons. Bennett Spring is home of Missouris largest trout park, featuring fishing, camping, hiking, dining, and lodging. We also have the Niangua River, which is host to numerous campgrounds, canoes, rafts, and kayaks, and is a premier water attraction for outdoor enthusiasts.

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