Plant Manager - Eastlake, OH

Conn-Selmer, Inc. is the leading U.S. manufacturer of musical instruments for student, amateur and professional use encompassing a brand portfolio of Vincent Bach, C.G. Conn, King, Holton, Selmer, Armstrong, Leblanc, Ludwig, Musser, Scherl & Roth; and is also the North American Distributor of Henri Selmer Paris woodwinds, and Yanagisawa saxophones.

Join our team of entrepreneurial leaders, innovative manufacturers and passionate music educators seeking to improve the music industry worldwide. With a focus on quality craftsmanship and superior musical performance, we empower the next generation of talent to make their mark on the future of the world's most-loved musical brands.

We are seeking a Plant Manager of our Eastlake, Ohio, Production Facility.  Our Eastlake team uses a combination of craftsmanship and technology to build quality instruments across multiple levels of musical performance.   If you have experience leading a large production group where manufacturing processes are a blend of artisan craftsmanship, modern instrumentation, and traditional manufacturing principles, this opportunity is right for you.  Many of our team members were previously musicians, while others are still active today.  This is a great place for a music enthusiast and highly-skilled Manufacturing Leader.  This position reports directly to the Vice-President of Operations & Engineering.

Position Overview:
The Eastlake Plant Manager leads a production facility of over 300 employees, including salary and unionized hourly team members.  Eastlake plays a key role in the Conn-Selmer manufacturing footprint.   This position leads the management of all resources to deliver the strategic objectives of the site.  The Plant Manager must effectively lead and inspire both direct and indirectly teams that include Quality, Materials/Scheduling, Operations, Lean Manufacturing, Purchasing/Procurement, Engineering, Data Administration, and Human Resources.  This role develops strategies and initiatives for year over year performance improvement in safety, quality, delivery, productivity and employee engagement; identifies and manages capital requirements for new products, maintaining facility infrastructure, equipment and process improvements; and owns the site P&L and financial performance.  Finally, through focused Employee and Labor Relations strategies, the Plant Manager builds high performing teams focused on the site’s shared goals of safety, quality, efficiency and delivery.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Direct leadership of site management team to consistently execute facility KPI’s across Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost
  • Sets, defines and leads plant staffing structure to execute on-time customer delivery, safely, with best in-class quality and year over year cost reductions
  • Counsels and sets direction with the site leadership team
  • Ensures that facility operates efficiently and financially wise
  • Continually improves and maintains a culture of collaboration promoting healthy and effective employee and labor relations.
  • Works collaboratively with management team and union to set performance standards, establish training requirements and resolve issues
  • Directs implementation of  CIP Initiatives (i.e. LEAN Implementation)
  • Lead production and scheduling team in developing and executing the production schedule in conjunction with customer orders and optimal inventory targets
  • Manages and assists in development of the initial training and cross training strategies of all departments in order to maximize production and minimize scrap
  • Responsible for managing and implementing company safety program; designated as Emergency Coordinator
  • Assists the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement


  • Minimum of 10 years manufacturing/operations management; 5 year minimum in union environment
  • B.S in Engineering or Operations Management required
  • Previous experience in union negotiations required (UAW preferred)
  • Hands-on knowledge and development of departmental procedures and policies
  • Proven track record as a people manager, leading & development teams, with a ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Lean manufacturing knowledge and implementation experience
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