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Production Manager - Foreman, AR

Foreman, AR, US, 71836

Ash Grove Cement Company



Job ID:  314361


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, provides portland and masonry cements to help build the foundation and infrastructure for the world around us.  We ship millions of tons of cement from our plants and network of terminals located across North America. When you work for Ash Grove, you are connecting to something bigger. Join our team and help Ash Grove build America.




Coordinates efforts with the Plant Manager in planning, organizing and scheduling activities of the employees working in the production department to produce cost effective clinker and cement, according to quality control specifications and plant production goals.  Coordinates production activities with other departments to ensure shipping, maintenance and quarry activities are aware of production schedules.  Works under general supervision with specified objectives and goals.  Refers to supervisor for clarification or interpretation of plant and organization policies.  Exercises direct and indirect supervision to employees involved in production operations, which ranges between 35-45 employees in plant and quarry operations.




  • Ensures compliance of department with all safety procedures and training of personnel.
  • Plans and schedules mill and kiln operations in coordination with maintenance, quality control, shipping and production personnel.
  • Ensures efficient operation and scheduling of quarry workforce by the quarry supervisor.
  • Establishes, assigns and communicates job responsibilities and schedules for employees involved in the production process.
  • Supervises and evaluates job performance.  Performs daily observation and inspection of operations.
  • Establishes, documents and monitors employee training guidelines and benchmarks.
  • Monitors and maintains records of attendance, absenteeism, vacations, overtime, personal leave, sick days and floating holidays for employees within supervisory responsibility.
  • Participates and/or conducts safety meetings and training sessions, and ensures they are held on a regular basis.  Monitors production operations to promote compliance with safety regulations.
  • Orders safety equipment needed for production employees and checks to make sure they are used properly.
  • Closely monitors control room operations and raw mill and finish mill-grinding operations.  Assists control room operators and shift supervisors in resolving operational problems that will ensure production and quality goals are achieved.  Ensures operators are trained properly and held accountable to utilize provided training resources.
  • Coordinates incoming shipments of alternative fuels including waste oil, tire derived fuel (TDF) and other types of alternative fuels through the production system.
  • Directs shipping supervisor in coordinating railroad and trucking activities.  Ensure shipments are efficiently processed.
  • Oversees and assists in the design and implementation of plant construction projects.  Supervises and inspects work performed by outside contractors working on plant projects.  Communicates with vendors as needed.
  • Provides semiannual certification to Plant Manager and Environmental manager of compliance with environmental regulations assigned to Production department.
  • Coordinates plant cleanup activities.
  • Handles the first stages of discipline problems and grievances.  Assists plant management, as requested, in resolving union problems and grievances.
  • Communicates with vendors as necessary regarding new production equipment and supplies.
  • Provides information on an ongoing basis to the Plant Manager regarding the status of current operations and manpower.  Submits reports as requested by plant management.
  • Monitors and controls inventories for raw materials, fuels, finished products, kiln refractory, grinding media and grinding aid chemicals.  Informs plant management of same.
  • Takes active role in development of annual budgets.  Monitors department compliance with operating, capital and major maintenance budgets and adjusts activities to maintain operations within the budget.
  • Maintains adequate inventories of imported raw materials and fuels.  Works with vendors and railroad to ensure plant has adequate supply.
  • Monthly report by 5th day of month on Production activities
  • Kiln brick and pre-heat tower refractory selection and installation
  • Works in concert with environmental department to ensures compliance with all environmental permits and all applicable federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations
  • Attends RCRA and other training related to waste fuel activities.
  • Performs other job-related duties as needed to ensure production schedules and quality standards are attained.


Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision-making skills
  • Proficient in English written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to lead/manage others
  • Extensive knowledge of production operations involved in the cement manufacturing process including kiln burning techniques and processes, mill grinding, process control design, inventory estimation using geometric calculations and machines utilized in the production process.
  • Knowledge of air permit regulations and safety requirements.  Knowledge of Heat Transfer functions and calculations, and calculations of mill systems and grinding media preferred.
  • Ability to calculate heat and mass balances as well as air and gas volumes preferred.




  •  5 years of experience in supervisory position in a production department of a cement or related industry plant facility. (Required)




  • Bachelor's Degree in a science or engineering field (Required)


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! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our career site. Please complete your online profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


Ash Grove Cement is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Date Posted:  Sep 17, 2021

Nearest Major Market: Texarkana

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