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Plant Manager, Fox River Quarry

Plant Manager, Fox River Quarry

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US-IL-South Elgin
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Lafarge North America Inc.

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The Plant Manager has direct responsibility for the aggregate plant site including safety, environment, operations (surface and underground), performance, quality, human resources, plant image and community relations. The Plant Manager is an operations professional who understands the value of planning and processes and takes a disciplined approach to execution. The Plant Manager works closely and effectively with safety, environment, land, sales, customer service, materials performance and finance personnel. The Plant Manager also works closely with the WUS Aggregates Manufacturing team.





Safety: Ensures that equipment and processes meet or exceed the MSHA, OSHA and Lafarge guidelines.  Pursues a culture of safety that is best in class with an objective of “zero”.  Actively engages with the workforce to reinforce safe behaviors.


Environment: Establishes the environment as a priority at the site.  Ensures regulations are met or exceeded by following Lafarge best practices


Operations Management: Provides direct oversight in the extraction, processing, storage, and shipping of aggregates at the site.  Embraces best practices, processes and tools to ensure plant activities are optimized and costs are best in class.  Effectively utilizes Lafarge’s maintenance programs to maximize plant up-time and manage costs.


Performance Management: Promotes a culture of performance.  Effectively utilizes KPIs, Performance Efficiency Reviews, financial statements and operational reports to track performance, establish effective action plans and continuously improve the operations.


Quality: Understands the value of quality and ensures processes are in place to provide a quality product to our customers.  Utilizes best practices in extraction, processing, stockpiling, stock-pile reclamation and re-handling to ensure product remains within target specifications as it is received by our customers.  Uses available reports effectively to measure quality, identify variances and establish corrective action.


Planning: Develops operational and capital plans for the plant to continuously improve productivity and maintain costs as low or lower than our competition.  Prepares budgets and forecasts.  Prepares rolling 12 month production forecasts monthly and works closely with sales and customer service personnel to optimize production, sales and inventory levels.  Assists in the creation of Mine Plans and ensures they are closely followed/executed (i.e. overburden removal and placement, extraction, and progressive rehabilitation/reclamation).  Prepares Winter Shutdown schedules and executes accordingly.


Capital: Works with WUS Mfg team to identify necessary sustaining and development capital according to Lafarge best practices.   Assists in preparing CERs (Capital Expenditure Requests) and assists in installation/construction as required.  Project Management to be performed by the Project Engineer for the Market Area.


Plant Image: Maintains the plant in accordance with standard guidelines for plant image.  Plant image includes housekeeping, parts storage, vehicles and equipment condition (cleanliness and appearance), entrance & property, and buildings.


HR/Labor Relations: Supervises the workforce, typically through plant foreman and/or lead-hands.  Responsible for effective recruitment, merit/recognition, disciplinary actions and terminations on site.  Participates in union negotiations.  Fosters effective employee relations. Establishes a safe and productive work environment where employees are proud to members of the Lafarge family.


Community Relations: Works proactively with the local community to ensure that Lafarge is a valued member of the community.  Activities include organization of open houses and participation with local schools and non-profit organizations.



Reports to the local aggregates Operations Manager. Works closely with the Manufacturing team for WUS Aggregates and Safety Manager, WUS Aggregates. Also works with local Territory Managers, Commercial Manager, Manager - Customer Service & Logistics, Materials Performance Manager, and Land Manager.



Required Education:  Bachelor's/Undergraduate Degree, or significant industry experience

Field of Study Preferred:  Mining or Engineering

Required Work Experience:   minimum of 10 years relevant experience and 5 years managing underground limestone mine

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Strong supervisory skills. Ability to develop effective internal and external relations
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Disciplined and process oriented
  • Knowledge of mining, crushing, and screening principles
  • Knowledge of welding, repairs and maintenance of mobile and processing equipment
  • Must be familiar with state and federal mining regulations as well as material specifications


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