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Operations Manager - Farmington Hills, MI

Farmington Hills, MI, US, 48331

Michigan Paving and Materials


Job ID:  154949


Michigan Paving and Materials, a vertically integrated CRH company, energetically drives to continually be a leader in our markets in quality construction materials and value added services by employing innovative techniques and customer-centric practices. We believe that our employees are the reason for our success and we focus on their development and advancement opportunities as well as attracting new talent to our organization. We encourage you to learn more by visiting, or our parent company at


Position Overview

To Coordinate and oversee all aspects of asphalt operations. Lead his/her team to ensure the highest levels of health and safety of our employees and environmental compliance for our operations. Strategically focused, team builder, and strong financial accountability. This role has a strong emphasis on safe and professional operations management: budgeting and forecasting, labor & equipment utilization, capital planning, preventative maintenance, and ensuring manufacturing best practices and tools are fully utilized across the market area.  Ensures Cadillac Asphalt is viewed as a valued member of the local communities in which it operates. The Operations Manager will work closely and effectively with safety, environmental, sales, customer service, materials performance, and finance personnel. 


Key Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Functions)

  • Health and Safety:  Ensures that all processes and equipment meet or exceed OSHA and Cadillac Asphalt Safety guidelines.  Continuously pursues a culture of Safety at all times and actively engages employees to reinforce safe behaviors.
  • Environment:  Establish the environment as a priority in operations management and acts as a steward to the environment and the community.  Reinforce the need to meet or exceed environmental compliance among personnel.
  • Operational Strategy:  Develop an operational strategy for the market area.  Identify operational deficiencies and areas of opportunity based on systematic processes. Optimize fixed and mobile equipment utilization, and plant personnel, while ensuring customer satisfaction through excellence in quality, production, and delivery. 
  • Operations Planning:  Ensures the proper processes and tools are utilized to plan operational activities:  examples maintenance programs (i.e. preventative maintenance, winter shutdown), capital planning, process reviews, and performance planning/budgeting & forecasting, asset utilization, and inventory management. 
  • Capital Expenditure Request (CER’s):  Work with his/her team to analyze capital needs and prepare appropriate requests for capital consistent with Cadillac Asphalt guidelines.
  • Operations Analysis and Tracking:  Ensure that key operational data are reviewed and analyzed monthly (i.e. cost items, KPI reports). Track progress against action plans and KPI targets.  Investigate variances and ensure corrective actions are established and managed.
  • Plant and Operations image: Maintains and promotes a consistent professional best in class image in all operations.  Plant /operations image includes all housekeeping, storage, equipment condition, property entrance, signage, and buildings.
  • Mentoring and People Development: Works closely with plant management to develop a professional approach to operations management.  Maintains professional and ethical conduct at all times.  Provides monthly operational employee meetings and reviews safety, business performance, company initiatives, best practices, employee recognition and more.  Coordinates with HR to select, hire, train and terminate as required.  Also responsible for performance reviews merit and bonus recommendations as well as having overwhelming concern for the development of the team members.
  • Professional Association:  May participate in industry associations as a Cadillac Asphalt representative, promoting Cadillac’s interests and participation.  


Other Responsibilities

  • Excellent motivator and team builder, able to form strong interpersonal relationships  with operations team and peers
  • Ability to drive performance excellence while building a positive team environment
  • Passionate coach willing and able to provide regular feedback to operations team
  • Excellent customer service skills – dedicated to meeting the expectations of internal and external customers
  • Must be flexible and balance shifting priorities to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of HMA production, quality,  and asphalt paving
  • Excellent leadership skills - must be able to motivate others and provide complete, direct and actionable feedback
  • Ability to make decision is a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete data and under tight deadlines and pressure
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills and the desire to seek solutions
  • Must have a strategic business focus and ability to anticipate future consequences and trends accurately
  • Ownership mentality: Assumes responsibility and makes decisions
  • Communication Skills: Communicates clearly and listens carefully in an open, candid, and consistent manner



  • Five to ten years’ experience in HMA plant operations with related knowledge of asphalt and civil construction
  • Three to five years of supervisory experience.
  • Strong Financial and business acumen
  • Strong communication skills and ability to network within the organization
  • Asphalt product and production knowledge
  • Preferred BS in Business, Construction Management, or Engineering
  • Proficient with Microsoft applications, specifically Excel, Word and PowerPoint




Knowledge/Skill Requirements

  • Action Oriented
    • Enjys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning; seizes more opportunities than others.
  • Customer Focus
    • Is dedicated t meeting the expectations and requirements of the customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.


  • Dealing with Ambiguity
    • Can effectively cpe with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn't upset when things are up in the air; doesn't have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Functional/Technical Skills
    • Has the functinal and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
  • Informing
    • Prvides the information people need to know to do their jobs and to feel good about being a member of the team, unit, and/or the organization; provides individuals information so that they can make accurate decisions; is timely with information.
  • Listening
    • Practices attentive and active listening; has the patience t hear people out; can accurately restate the opinions of others even when he/she disagrees.
  • Peer Relationships
    • Can quickly find cmmon ground and solve problems for the good of all; can represent his/her own interests and yet be fair to other groups; can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is seen as a team player and is cooperative; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; can be candid with peers.
  • Time Management
    • Uses his/her time effectively and efficiently; values time; cncentrates his/her efforts on the more important priorities; gets more done in less time than others; can attend to a broader range of activities.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be considered.

  • Work may be performed in an office setting and outside on a job site. Physical requirements include sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending, twisting
  • Majority of the work is conducted in an office setting. May also be required to go to another division or off-site meeting.


Work Environment

  • This position will work the majority of the time in an office setting but may also on limited occasions work outdoors on a job site and in a plant. Work environment will vary depending on job task.


What CRH Americas Offers You


  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development and internal promotion
  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs


About CRH Americas


CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


CRH Americas is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Please complete your online application and profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


Michigan Paving and Materials is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

 EOE/Vet/Disability--If you want to know more, please click on this link


Date Posted:  Oct 20, 2019

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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