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Assistant Operations Manager -Portland, OR

Portland, OR, US, 97203

Ash Grove Cement Company



Job ID:  340819


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.


Job Summary


Responsible for all aspects of operating a limestone and dolomite grinding facility including safety, production, maintenance, quality, environmental compliance, finance, and HR.  Works directly with staff and hourly employees to drive operational excellence.  Incorporates directives provided by corporate management into plant policies and procedures to maintain appropriate standards and schedules.  Uses independent judgment in making routine plant decisions.  Works from general policies and procedures.  Refers to Operations Manager when clarification or interpretation of organizational policy is needed.


Essential Functions


  • Communicates daily with plant staff to plan, coordinate, and review plant operations including areas such as production and shipping schedules, maintenance activities, product quality, current events, and plant specific initiatives.
  • Work with all employees to promote and maintain a strong safety culture.  Assist plant EHS Manager to implement company, and plant specific, safety initiatives.  Participate in area safety inspections.  When warranted, participate in bi-annual site safety inspections with MSHA.
  • Establishes plant standards, short-term goals and long-term strategic plans regarding production, maintenance, process improvements, and capital projects.
  • Prepares and presents reports regarding plant operational performance and activities on a daily, weekly, monthly and/or annual basis.    
  • Developments and presents the annual plant operating budget with input from staff.  Monitor plant operating costs monthly in comparison to budget.  Identify any operational risks or opportunities over the course of the year that could impact plant costs
  • Oversee plant environmental stewardship.  Work with various government agencies, environmental engineers, and attorneys as necessary to insure plant environmental compliance. 
  • Work with staff to develop annual personal performance goals.  Conduct semi-annual performance reviews to monitor progress, addressing opportunities for improvement, growth, and/or development.
  • Work with staff, contractors, vendors and engineering firms to develop, design, budget, and implement plant process improvement and preventative maintenance projects.  Package and present projects requiring capital funds.
  • Work with HR, staff, and employees to implement fair and consistent administration of the plant collective bargaining agreement.  Participate in contract negotiations.  Assist with recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and training of new employees.




  • Bachelor's degree required. Bachelor's degree in engineering, chemistry, or physical sciences preferred. Bachelor's degree in business is acceptable. 




  • 5 years of experience in a cement, lime or aggregates manufacturing facility with specific exposure to plant management responsibilities 


Skills and Abilities


  • Proficient in English written and verbal communication skills
  • Develops and delivers effective presentations
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision-making skills
  • Effectively coaches and delivers constructive feedback
  • Ability to inspire and develop staff
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Effective use of computers for general word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, e-mail, internet and customized company programs.  Able to use technology to develop a continuous improvement plan for the plant.
  • Able to communicate the company’s vision into actionable goals and contributions for plant personnel.
  • Excellent ability to network with industry professionals, consultants, vendors, suppliers, regulatory and the community.
  • Familiar with MSHA/OSHA regulations, safe work practices, hazard recognition, regulation of air, water and waste, and general business and law contracts.
  • Fundamental understanding of basic chemistry and physical testing methods.
  • Familiar with the following types of systems: computerized maintenance management, data acquisition, compliance management, and data management


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:  Nov 17, 2021

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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