Plant Manager – South Charleston, OH

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Employee Classification: Full-Time


Kamps Overview:


Kamps is a full-service pallet company meeting the needs of industries coast to coast. Kamps manufactures new pallets, reconditioned pallets, and recycles unrepairable pallets into high value residual products including mulch and bark. We believe the talented individuals that make up the Kamps Pallets team are our biggest asset. Here at Kamps, we recognize and reward hard working individuals that consistently exceed expectations.


Job Overview:

The position of Plant Manager (PM) is a challenging position in a fast paced, pallet recycling facility designed to sort, repair, store, receive and ship pallets from various supply points. The position requires excellent communication skills, computer skills, strong leadership ability, and the ability to motivate and direct a diverse workforce.  The PM will be responsible for up to 140 hourly and clerical employees that are engaged in the sortation, repair, disposing, shipping, and receiving pallets and pellet mill production.  The PM position reports directly to the Regional General Manager, Bob Minner.


The PM is responsible for achieving objectives, budgets, standard work practices, production standards, scheduling of personnel, quality, shipping and receiving, daily inventory management, safety, and sanitation/housekeeping requirements. The position requires the PM to occasionally fill in for limited periods of time to leadership roles within the plant. The PM must be available to work shifts with starting times around the clock including weekends and holidays.


Essential Functions:

  • Plan, organize, and direct optimum day-to-day operations to exceed our customers’ expectations
  • Increase production, while minimizing unnecessary costs and maintaining current quality standards
  • Manage production output, product quality, and on-time shipping
  • Perform on-site HR functions including but not limited to hiring and terminating employees
  • Train, coach, and develop plant management, production, and administrative teams
  • Partner with sales representatives as needed
  • Handle full profit and loss responsibility for assigned location
  • Develop relationships with vendors and transportation
  • Commit to plant safety procedures and ensure a clean and safe work environment
  • Manage product costs and quoting to ensure margin requirements are met
  • Monitor site costs
  • Develop systems and processes that track and optimize productivity and standards, metrics, and performance targets to ensure effective return on assets
  • Other duties as assigned by the General Manager

This list of duties is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that senior management may deem necessary.

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Experience in a management role with profit and loss responsibility in a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience in a lumber, wood, or pallet industry is preferred
  • Ability to create accountability and to lead by example
  • Strong team building, decision-making and people management skills


The work of the Plant Manager is directed by our customer in the form of published Standard Operating Procedures, Standard Work Methods, and Process Control Plan. It is essential that the processes outlined by our customers are followed. It is essential that the Kamps Plant Manager puts safety first in the way the plant is managed. Kamps Plant Managers are required to meet agreed upon production allocations, quality metrics, performance metrics, financial metrics, inventory control, waste reduction and control, recycling programs, yard management, HR issues, control maintenance, and PM programs. Therefore, there could be changes to the essential job functions and the performance metrics which would be directed by the management of Kamps.


The Plant Manager must conduct quality inspections throughout the course of their day. The PM shall not limit their audits to one shift. The PM will be required on occasion to vary their days and times of work, including weekends, to ensure that all shifts are adequately evaluated. A considerable amount of strength and endurance is required of the individual to safely and successfully perform in this position.


In addition to handling pallets, the Plant Manager must be capable of learning to safely operate a forklift which carries the pallets throughout the plant, operate sortation equipment, and how to safely operate the tools of the repairmen. The PM must understand the layout of the facility and the inventory/storage requirement required.



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