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Blount International, Inc. Operations Manager in Kansas City, Missouri

Operations Manager

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Date: May 18, 2021

Location: Kansas City, MO, US

Company: Oregon Tool

Work Location: Kansas City, MO (NADC)

Functional Area: Distribution and Warehouse

Number of Openings: 1

Current Openings: 1.00

Blount International, Inc. has an exceptional opportunity.

We are committed to excellence in our people, products, performance, and profits. We believe our team members are the foundation of our Company's success, and we are committed to continuous improvement and learning, exceptional quality, connecting with our customer, and good relationships with our team members.

Location: Location: North American Distribution Center

Reports to: Kansas City Distribution Center Manager

Primary Duties and Responsibilities, other duties maybe assigned as business needs determine:

  • Leadership –

  • Ensure compliance with and continuous support of improving the safety of the Team Members

  • Ensure a safe environment and promote safety awareness in the workforce

  • Grows leaders and Team Members through training and development opportunities, one-on-one feedback, competency, BIG10 and career development discussions

  • Develops leaders into cohesive high performing Team

  • Leads cross-functional team including facilities, quality, engineering, and maintenance Team Members in support of operations

  • Maintain adequate level of resources and continuously improve performance of assigned resources, i.e. manpower, equipment, departments, etc.

  • Foster environment of teamwork between Operations, and support departments to address daily issues and meet long term objectives

  • Develop subordinate leaders and staff members

  • Jointly develop and implement consistent policies, procedures, strategies, and plans for the DC

  • Maintain open communication through conversation and both formal and informal documents

  • Enforce accountability among managers and supervisors for implementation of best practices and engage all team members in following best practices

  • Provide technical direction/guidance to employees at all levels by simplifying complex processes and procedures to achieve desired results

  • Lead and assemble cross-functional project teams

  • Operations -

  • Balance the day-to-day business while driving the organization toward operational excellence

  • Develop and encourage lean principals in all aspects of the operations

  • Identify appropriate interventions and countermeasures to meet group objectives for quality, cost, delivery, and engagement

  • Determine manpower and machine requirements to meet customer needs

  • Directs the maintenance programs and processes of the assigned plant(s) to ensure timely and effective production, Coordinates with other management staff to ensure efficiency in preventative maintenance and new equipment installation

  • Oversees facilities design and inspection, equipment repair and installation

  • Establish and track key indicators and targets for business performance to meet goals

  • Continuously improve capability and reliability of processes

  • Develop annual operating budgets for support departments, take countermeasures when necessary

  • Determine capital equipment needs, submit capital proposals, and lead project from inception to completion

  • Meet or exceed budget expectations

  • Maintain procedures, standardization, and use of quality control tools supporting ISO 9001

  • Ensure operation meets or exceeds all regulatory agencies requirements

  • Prepare and submit regular reports on project process to senior management


  • Bachelor of Science in an Engineering discipline or equivalent required

  • Quality experience preferred

  • Masters preferred

    Knowledge & Experience:

  • Minimum of five or more years executing engineering project management: managing and developing direct reports, proven track record in process improvement and Lean Tools

  • Experience implementing and/or managing in a Lean environment

  • 3+ years of experience in quality, engineering, or project management

  • Experience with Safety, asset management, planning, and financial / cost management

    Skills/Abilities: Typical skills and abilities may include the following:

  • Leader development capabilities to set direction and guidance to DC supervisors, engineers, and support departments

  • Solve problems analytically; search out relevant information, uses data to drive decisions and make required improvements

  • Demonstrate ability and willingness to learn and listen; seek out development activities to improve skills and increase knowledge; learn from other leaders and Team Members

  • Accountable for actions; owns mistakes and able to complete responsibilities in a timely, professional, and quality manner

  • Take initiative, seeks and act on opportunities to improve organization performance

  • Ability to translate specific goals into action and follow through to achieve goals

  • Collaborative and effective team player and able to work with teams who are globally dispersed

  • Effective written and oral communication skills; able to express oneself clearly and in technical and non-technical terms to all levels of the organization

  • Creative thinker; forward focused to see the possibilities

  • Sets the standard for safety; leads by example in actions

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and data management software (SAP preferred)


    Available to work on site as required by job; eligible for domestic and international travel several times per year up to two weeks’ duration.


    Blount is a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for consumers and professionals operating primarily in two market segments: Forestry, Lawn, and Garden (“FLAG”); and Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture (“FRAG”). Blount also sells products in the construction markets and is the market leader in saw chain and guide bars for chain saws. We also supply original equipment manufacturers (OEM) with cutting attachments.

    Blount offers products under the brand names of OREGON®, Carlton®, Woods®, KOX, SpeeCo®, ICS®, Pentruder, and Merit. For more information, visit www.blount.com .

    Blount will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. It is the policy of Blount International to provide equal employment to all qualified persons without discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under law.

    During the application process we will not ask for or collect any confidential, proprietary or sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g. date of birth; drivers license number; or credit card, bank account or other financial information) (collectively, “Sensitive Information”). If you submit any Sensitive Information, you do so at your own risk and we will not be liable to you or responsible for consequences of your submission. This notice should not be construed as an offer of employment or creating any terms of employment.