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Director, Operations - Pendergrass, GA


The Director of Operations is at the helm of DEUTZ’s manufacturing and production facilities located in Pendergrass, GA. The role is responsible for the strategic and hands-on operational leadership for our value-add assembly, engine remanufacturing, and sequence center operations.  The ideal candidate will be an exceptional operations leader at home on the shop floor, able to lead and motivate a team, and serve as the liaison between upper management and plant operations.  The Director Operations must be dedicated to achieving operational excellence with a genuine interest in helping DEUTZ succeed to take the business to the next level of growth.


The Director, Operations will be responsible for, but not limited to the following duties:

  • Oversee day-to-day plant operations
  • Develop, implement, and monitor operations strategy, structure, and processes to improve employee engagement, operational and financial performance, and customer satisfaction
  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement, problem solving, collaboration, and employee engagement which becomes the standard by which all employees operate. 
  • Continue to maintain and develop relationships with the DEUTZ global machining and production locations, and global Operations, Engineering, and Quality functions to ensure alignment with operating procedures and global best practices.
  • Develop, deploy and promote lean manufacturing practices
  • Monitor manufacturing performance to meet safety, quality, delivery, and cost objectives and identify and take corrective actions as needed
  • Develop, hire, train, and mentor a high-performance operations team
  • Create accountability and to lead by example
  • Provide regular performance updates to the senior leadership team

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Yes

  • Direct Reports: 4 Production Managers: Manager Remanufacturing, Manager Value-Add Production, Manager Production Planning, Manager Sequence Center Services
  • Dotted line reports: Human Resources, HSE, Quality, and Operations engineering
  • Department Size:  Approximately 200 – 300 FTE and Temporary Workers

Travel Demands: Anticipated domestic and international travel is approximately 10%


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.







BA or BS in operations management, engineering, or related field



10+ years plant operations or engineering experience and 3+ years management and supervisory experience in a manufacturing environment.  Global/International experience



Experience managing others both directly and indirectly in a matrix environment



Demonstrated experience implementing Lean Manufacturing



Adequate knowledge of business and management principles (budgeting, strategic planning, resource allocation and human resources)



Familiarity with industry standard safety, quality, productivity, S&OP, maintenance, inventory and management practices and processes


  • Fluency with SAP
  • Proficient with Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint


  • Confidence and a positive “can-do” attitude to work within a small yet dynamic global team
  • Extensive knowledge of the operations principles, procedures, and best practices.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to think quickly and to react with good business sense to challenging situations
  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic and sense of ownership
  • Leads by example and demonstrates high personal energy, sense of ownership, and instills a culture of accountability throughout the team
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, a demonstrated ability to lead people, work in a matrix organization, obtain results through others and influence change in areas outside of direct responsibilities
  • An effective communicator in both large and small group settings able to effectively and persuasively present information to top management, customers, and employees
  • Unquestionable integrity and ethics
  • Knowledge of German language is a plus


Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Write routine reports and correspondence. Speak effectively before groups of customers or employees.


Add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Compute rate, ratio and percent, and draw and interpret bar graphs.


Apply logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Deal with nonverbal symbolism (e.g., formulas and equations) in difficult phases. Deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is located in a manufacturing facility that is not climate controlled.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud due to running engines, compressed air, air tools, industrial tools and other equipment such as overhead cranes, forklifts, etc. Works around chemicals such as solvents, oils, sealants and paints.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Performs light work; exerting up to 75 pounds of force occasionally, or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. 

  • Concentration/Attention to Detail (Constant)              
  • Vision (Close, Constant)   
  • Sitting (Frequently)                                                         
  • Verbal Communication (Frequent)
  • Standing (Frequently)                                                     
  • Walking (Frequently)  
  • Hearing/Listening (Frequently)

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.