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Plant Optimization Manager

Date: Feb 21, 2021

Location: Lawton, OK, US

Company: Goodyear

Location: US-OK-LAWTON-PLT-0153-2170   
Goodyear Talent Acquisition Representative: Heather Rodriguez  
Sponsorship Available:  No
Relocation Assistance Available: Yes 


Plant Optimization Manager

Primary Purpose of the Position:
• Act as the primary plant optimization subject matter expert inside the plant.  Teach, coach and mentor leaders and associates to leverage the pillar methodology to drive a sustainable implementation.
• Develop a partnership and work closely with the Regional Plant Optimization Practitioner to understand the plant organization and culture, tire manufacturing processes, deployment progress to date and resources required to drive the implementation.
• Support the Plant Leadership Team in the strategic direction and deployment of Plant Optimization to ensure consistent and rigorous application across the plant = "One Goodyear Way".
•  Drive the development of a problem solving culture amongst all associates focused on loss elimination to deliver business results.
• Lead the PO Specialists and share/benchmark with other plants as appropriate.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
• 50%- Create the strategic direction to leverage Plant Optimization methodology to coach leaders and pillar champions to deliver results and sustain improvements. Ensure discipline to the methodology to make Plant Optimization the operating system, teaching and educating associates.   Act as a key member of the Plant Steering Team and report to the site Manufacturing Director. 
• 15% -Drive the progress and effectiveness of application of methodology of each pillar implementation against master plan and, in partnership with plant optimization specialists and pillar leaders, develop contingency/recovery plans necessary to improve plant KPIs and deliver business results.  Drive gap closures from PO maturity assessment when appropriate.
• 15% -Coach the plant pillar leaders and other associates on the cultural transformation of Plant Optimization (change management). Model and teach the behaviors that reinforce the methodology.                                 
• 10% Conduct pillar audits to ensure adherence to the methodology and participate in the plant's Daily Management System (DMS) to sustain improvement gains.  
• 10% Provide clear, concise and direct feedback to Plant and Regional leadership on successes and challenges to replicate and sustain improvements. Partner with Regional Plant Optimization Manager to ensure maximum effectiveness of PO deployment plans. 

Education & Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Business, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Management, or a related field.

• 10 or more years of manufacturing experience in production, quality, engineering or related field 
•  5 or more years of management experience in a manufacturing environment
• Experience in a Union environment (if applicable to plant)
•  Demonstrated experience in implementing Plant Optimization or Lean/TPM principles in a manufacturing environment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Solid experience in implementing and knowledge of Plant Optimization pillars (Workplace Organization, Daily Equipment Care,
• Focused Improvement, Reliability Excellence, etc.) 
• Demonstrated ability to lead and direct cross-functional work teams
•  Strong project & time management skills
• Knowledge of Zero Loss Thinking & Loss/Financial Stratification


Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 63,000 people and manufactures its products in 46 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to

Nearest Major Market: Lawton
Nearest Secondary Market: Oklahoma

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