Plant Manager

Req Number: KF366
Location: Rainsville, Alabama, United States
Posted: 9/16/2021
Category: Industrial : Construction
Job Type: Permanent

Position Plant Manager

Company BlueScope Buildings North America (BBNA)

Location Rainsville, AL Reporting

Relationship Manufacturing Operations Manager



The brands of BlueScope Buildings North America (BBNA) pioneered the inception of the metal building industry in North America. The two brands that make up BBNA and comprise its heritage are Butler Manufacturing and Varco Pruden Buildings.

These two brands each have a lengthy and storied history. For more than 100 years, the name Butler has been synonymous with innovation. Butler Manufacturing was founded in 1901 in Kansas City, Missouri and is credited with pioneering the start of the global metal building industry. The company started by making factory-produced stock water tanks, followed by grain bins – and eventually transformed into manufacturing pre-engineered buildings. In 1943, they pioneered the use of 3-plate rigid frames, helping to formally launch the PEB Industry. Varco Pruden Buildings, Inc began producing pre-engineered buildings by 1950. Both companies expanded internationally in the 1960s.

Both Butler Manufacturing and Varco Pruden Buildings, Inc were founding members of the MBMA (Metal Building Manufacturers Association) in 1956. Over the years, the MBMA has helped establish U.S. design standards, loading criteria and acted as an industry association within North America.

In 2004, Butler Manufacturing Company was acquired by BlueScope Steel. Varco Pruden Buildings, Inc was acquired in 2008.

About BlueScope Steel Limited

BlueScope Steel Limited (ASX:BSL) is a flat-steel products company, with a manufacturing and marketing reach that spans Australia, Asia and North America. BlueScope Steel is approximately $8.5 billion in annual revenue.

BlueScope Steel, through its BlueScope Buildings division, has continued building a global footprint and has worked to develop a building product portfolio providing unlimited options with regard to a building’s appearance and functionality.


The Plant Manager of BBNA’s flagship Rainsville, AL facility will play a pivotal role in the cultural transformation and future growth of the organization. This exciting opportunity represents a critical position in a rapidly growing organization.

The Plant Manager leads, directs, facilitates, and optimizes all operations of the manufacturing plant in order to achieve business objectives. S/he will develop and execute strategic plans aligned with business goals.

The role is accountable for all aspects of plant performance, with a focus on safety, quality, people, customer service, and performance. Through employee engagement, the Plant Manager focuses on performance improvement, cost reduction, product delivery, and customer service.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate quality and service improvements, as well as cost reduction, by developing and implementing robust manufacturing processes and best practices.
  • Develop and administer budget while improving conversion cost and reducing variances.
  • Ensure robust HSE and security procedures and training are in place, and the site is following compliance as required by legislation and corporate policy.
  • Mentor staff to optimize performance, drive results, and prepare for career development.
  • Lead and support programs that create a culture of respect, inclusion, and recognition.
  • Communicate the company’s vision, values, and key results areas.
  • Manage plant equipment layouts and new equipment startups.


  • Safety - LTIFR / MTIFR, Good Catches and other leading indicators
  • Quality - Claim Dollars per Ton, Count of Claims per Ton Produced, Weld Quality
  • People - Workforce engagement and diversity, capability of direct reports, including appropriate development and progression
  • Productivity - People Hours Per Ton and Hand Weld Efficiency
  • Cost - Conversion Cost
  • Variances - Overhead, Material, Labor and other
  • Budget Performance
  • Delivery Performance


The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of progressive experience in plant leadership in an ERP system driven environment. Given the critical nature of this position within the business, the ideal candidate would also demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Strong leadership, analytical and diplomacy skills.
  • Knowledge of steel industry.
  • Continuous improvement techniques with manufacturing processes and capabilities.
  • Understanding of Oracle ERP systems.
  • Management of inventories.
  • Demonstrable experience in successfully leading large-scale projects.
  • Experience with plant start-up’s and equipment layout.
  • Ability to manage and motivate a diverse team of 150+ employees.
  • Ability to lead business transformation and change through creating and driving culture.
  • Excellent verbal, problem-solving, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Strong organizational, communication, and analytical skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required. An undergraduate degree in Business or Manufacturing engineering is preferred.


Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. It will include a base salary and an annual performance-based bonus.