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Kenansville, NC, US

Plant Manager


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Lear Corporation is the leading Tier 1 automotive supplier serving all of the world's major automotive manufacturers with our world-class automotive seating and automotive electrical products. Our products are developed and produced by a diverse, talented team of more than 165,000 people. With operations in 39 countries, Lear operates in every major automotive manufacturing region in the world. For our globally positioned and successful teams, we are looking for dedicated talents with zest for action and enthusiasm. If you love challenges, want to experience development opportunities unrestrained, and want recognition that pays off, then you've come to the right place with Lear.




As the Plant Manager of the Kenansville Plant, you will be responsible for all plant operations, including Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Quality, Materials, Production, Maintenance, and Engineering for the Kenansville plant which operates inside Lear’s Surface Materials business unit.


The Role:

Your work will include, but not be limited to:

  • Establishing and leading cultural change in a participative work environment.
  • Establish the vision and goals for the plant that are aligned to the overall business vision.
  • Communicate and realize the vison in terms that the team can understand and know how they each contribute, and what is required to achieve said vision.
  • Ensure financial success of the plant by controlling the various controllable P&L related metrics and adjust to reflect economic factors that are out of our direct control.
  • Develop a collaborative and engaged workforce through the adoption of consistent and fair policies, effective communication regimes and an environment of openness and two-way communication.
  • Evaluate the leadership within the plant, coach and mentor to develop the team into a cohesive team with development and succession plans for high potentials, enable a culture of succession planning and career development.
  • Be open to constructive criticism and use the opportunities to continue to grow and develop.
  • Prepare and update corporate reports as required.
  • Ensures compliance with the following legislation: OHSA, WSIB, Human Rights, Employment Standards, and Labor Relations.
  • Uses and or wears personal protective equipment that the company requires to be used or worn.
  • Performs any other duties as required in pursuance to the function of this position or as directed.
  • Drive a zero tolerance H&S culture in line with company directives
  • Recognizing and understanding the requirements of our internal and external customers and is dedicated to establishing the highest industry standards for quality, value, service & technology.
  • Ensures and understands compliance with harassment within the workplace towards others in the organization.
  • Drives the highest standards of excellence across the plant as a whole including functional areas within a matrix organization, the plant manager sets the standard for the plant and its success.


Advantages of working at Lear in the Surface Materials group:

  • Part of one of the largest automotive component suppliers in the world with financial backing to be able to succeed for the long term.
  • Exposure to a business with limitless growth opportunities on a global scale.
  • Role enables you to build and develop your own team.
  • Autonomous ownership of a large manufacturing plant.
  • Ability to make a difference to the local economy and environment through social responsibility initiatives


Your Qualifications:

  • 5 years of experience in a plant management function, preferably within a textiles facility  
  • Experience in complex supply chains and high complexity manufacturing environments
  • Experience with High Performance Work Teams
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Planning and Organization skills.
  • Time Management and Prioritization skills.


Bonus If You Have:

  • 5-10 years experience in a Plant Management function within the automotive or comparable manufacturing industry.
  • Exposure to Arbinger Outward Mindset training.
  • Lean Manufacturing.



Lear Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workplace.


Applicants must submit their resume for consideration using our applicant tracking system. Due to the high volume of applications received, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. Unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, or similar, will not be paid a fee and will become the property of Lear Corporation.