The Heritage Group
  • Operations
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

7% match on 401K, Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short-term, Long-Term, Education Assistance, and Employee Assistance Program

Plant Manager - Cicero

Who We Are:

The core strength of our business is the formulation, manufacturing, and R&D of asphalt binders and emulsions. Founded in 1956, Our Asphalt Companies continually supply high quality products and services allowing us to excel in pavement preservation techniques and construction services. We play critical roles in assisting federal, state, local & private authorities in building economical and reliable pavements, while maintaining safety and environmental stewardship to the highest standards.

Job Summary:

The Plant Manager is considered the key leader in managing the day to day operations of the asphalt plant and is accountable for achieving business results. The Plant Manager will be expected to ensure overall operational excellence, including production, quality control/assurance, energy efficiency, maintenance, capital projects, environmental concerns, health and safety issues, customer/community relations and employee training and development.

Job Functions:

  • Provide day to day leadership and development of employees of the plant operations
  • Complete and communicate calculations and reports for plant metrics such as man hours, product inventory, process codes, etc.
  • Ensure safety, environmental and regulatory compliance for plant operations and products
  • Build and maintain a strong functional team through effective recruiting, training, coaching, team building, employee development and succession planning
  • Oversee quality assurance and quality control compliance
  • Work with sales and supply contacts to coordinate and forecast production schedules
  • Act as point of contact for customers, sales, general public, regulatory officials, and business leaders
  • Develop multi-year facility maintenance plan, oversee all contractors and maintenance related activities, and utilize plan to create financial justifications for capital expenditure requests
  • Reinforce a culture focused on teamwork, effective communication and problem solving through daily discussion and decision making involvement.
  • Ensure plant practices align with overall business strategy and goals
  • Produce creative solutions and use appropriate problem solving techniques to resolve plant issues such as formulation trouble, employee conflicts, material shortages, and process breakdowns
  • Ensure flexibility in staffing and scheduling by cross-training employees and having the ability to execute operations jobs and tasks as needed
  • This role is responsible for the outcomes of decisions including, daily production, scheduling, process improvement, employee training and development, and will have involvement in decisions regarding expenditures, talent acquisition decisions, and disciplinary actions
  • Supervise crews to obtain top-quality workmanship, efficiency, employee satisfaction, morale, communication, commitment, teamwork, and pride
  • Review and verify employee time sheets and submit to payroll officer on specified day. Ensure that hours are assigned properly
  • Evaluate employees' skills and abilities to suggest and initiate staffing, training, development, scheduling, and succession planning needs
  • Initiate plant employee life cycle events including identifying staffing needs, interviewing, hiring, onboarding, promotions, disciplinary actions, and terminations

This Job is For You If:

  • You have mentoring and leadership skills
  • You have technical knowledge
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication
  • You have the ability to create positive employee and customer relationships
  • You enjoy working on a team
  • You can self-motivation and have a positive attitude


  • Three to five years relevant work experience
  • High School Diploma minimum; Bachelor's degree preferred (Engineering, Science, Construction, Business, or related field)
  • Experience with liquid asphalt processing, emulsions, chemical processing, refining operations or other similar industries preferred
  • Prefer experience with pumps and heating technologies including hot oil, steam, and heat exchanger systems
  • Proven leadership and management experience
  • Demonstrated customer focus and satisfaction results
  • Physical Requirements: Abilities to stand for long periods of time; lifting 50 pounds; bending to lift; climbing ladders; ability to drive equipment


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