Date: 2024-06-18 08:53:05

Plant Manager

Job Description
Whatever you do, you'll make a difference at Lafarge Canada. Because we know that your passion and curiosity are the natural resources the world needs. Thanks to our teams' energy, commitment and ideas, we are reinventing how the world builds to make Canada greener and smarter for all.

Plant Manager

Requisition ID: 4412


Brookfield, Nova Scotia, CA, B0N 1C0

Pay Type: Salary


As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Lafarge is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of our strategy, we are becoming a net-zero company, with our people and communities at the heart of our success. We are driving circular construction as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. It’s all thanks to our 7,000 talented people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.


Lafarge people are passionate about finding better ways to build. They embrace innovation and improvement with a pioneering spirit. They work as trusted partners, creating better solutions and experiences for their customers, communities, and colleagues.


Reporting to the Cement Vice-President, the Plant Manager is responsible to provide leadership and direction to the Brookfield manufacturing facility and quarry, to accomplish goals and objectives of the plant and quarry and to maintain a permanent effort towards increasing efficiency and productivity. The Plant Manager is responsible to develop and maintain high plant and quarry performance standards in safety, maintenance, sustainable industrial excellence, effective environmental stewardship, people development & mobilization, customer relations, budget planning and control.

Key Responsibilities:

Health, Safety & Environment Leadership

  • Drive the safety culture of Lafarge at the plant/quarry by enforcing safety policies, taking ownership for ensuring a safe workplace, and demonstrating support to organizational safety initiatives.
  • Achieve safety and environmental goals that establish the plant/quarry as a benchmark or “best practice” for health, safety and environmental measures of excellence.
  • Active leadership, participation and support of plant/quarry safety and environmental/wildlife committees or improvement teams.
  • Ensure all employees at the plant/quarry are properly trained and developed in regards to health, safety & environment.
  • Ensure that local laws and regulations pertaining to the activities of the operations are respected and the environment is protected as per the Group standards.

Operational Management

  • Direct and manage overall plant/quarry operations for production, maintenance, quality, engineering and community relations.
  • Coordinate plant/quarry activities through the planning with departmental managers to ensure that all manufacturing objectives are accomplished in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Ensure the execution of production programs according to schedule, quality standards and forecasted expenses, in order to satisfy sales needs, by coordinating activities of the plant/quarry and without compromising the future of the operations.
  • Contribute to the minimization of our production costs through studies, tests and technical or organizational modifications, which allow a decrease of our fixed and variable costs without prejudice or equipment damage.
  • Responsible for the quality of the products, in accordance with international standards and marketing objectives, and the respect of environmental standards, in accordance with regulations and our operating permits and approvals.
  • Establish and monitor overall plant/quarry performance for production and quality standards.
  • Ensure that plant/quarry equipment and property are maintained in good condition to ensure compliance with government regulations and to ensure effective and efficient operations.
  • Maintain existing plant/quarry facilities and equipment; replace, or make adjustments to plant and quarry facilities and equipment when necessary.
  • Develop and control activities to fulfill yearly budget and long term plans while managing capital assets efficiently and maintaining control of fixed costs.
  • Implement cost effective systems of control over capital, operating expenditures, manpower, wages and salaries.
  • Coordinate activities regarding major contracts such as natural gas, power, raw materials and solid fuels.
  • Direct actions to achieve/exceed KPI targets as well as other established KPI’s regarding operational excellence.
  • Recommend and implement investments within budget, time and quality standards required for a satisfying operation

Community & Customer Relations

  • Represent the company and/or plant/quarry in an ambassador style role to local community groups as well as regulatory agencies for local, provincial and the Federal government groups. The incumbent will be the face of Lafarge as a senior leader within the Canadian Maritime Provinces.
  • Participate and provide leadership to community groups/associations as well as civic and business organizations to enhance the image of Lafarge and to communicate the plant and quarry’s contributions to the local community.

Talent & Team Management

  • Lead, manages and mentors plant/quarry leadership team, supervisors and other key roles within the plant and quarry.
  • Provide leadership, guidance and training across the plant and quarry to accomplish goals and objectives. Specific focus on performance improvement, asset optimization, and making people successful.
  • Manages key relationships with the union and is heavily involved in setting the labor relations strategy and in the negotiation and ongoing management of the collective agreement.
  • Provide resources and support for knowledge, skill and behavioral development that improves the effectiveness of the plant/quarry’s human capital.
  • Prepare the “People for Tomorrow” and the plant/quarry talent review; establish robust succession plan and ensure the development of talent within the plant and quarry

Internal Relationship Management

  • Manage plant/quarry relationship with area sales force so that a direct link to customer feedback, suggestions and requests are maintained.
  • Partner with area sales management to ensure production plans and sales forecasts are coordinated as well as site visits for customer groups.
  • Work closely with distribution team to ensure delivery is on time, in full and invoiced correctly.
  • Actively participate with the broader cement management/leadership team
  • Visit customer base with Sales and other product Lines to ensure good understanding of customer needs and opportunities.
  • Actively lead the ‘Advanced’ team, the monthly coordination group between plant, sales and logistics.

Relationships with Others’ Jobs:

  • Close interaction with the rest of the senior management team of Cement including local leadership of Albany and Cement Cartage as well as the Atlantic sales team.
  • Close interaction with peers in Eastern Canada and in Cement Industrial Performance support team
  • Work in conjunction with counterparts in other product lines in Eastern Canada


Education And Work Experience

  • Technical undergraduate degree with a preference for Science and Engineering backgrounds
  • MBA or MS/MA in Management desired
  • Experience in managing plants and quarries is desired along with management within a unionized environment.
  • Operational experience required with direct management of employees
  • Cement manufacturing experience desired (technical, process & project management knowledge)
  • 10+ years industrial experience of increasing responsibility

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of cement industry dynamics (marketing, sales, distribution)
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Ability to drive and lead effective change
  • Strong community relations skills
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Experienced people manager, coach and leader (indirect/direct reports, internal/external)
  • Travel Requirements: 15%

Job Specific Competency Profile:

  • Drive for Results
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Problem Solving
  • Customer Focus
  • Business Acumen
  • Command Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Decision Quality

We thank you for your interest. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Lafarge is committed to the principles of employment equity and encourages the applications from women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Lafarge Canada Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. In Ontario, our organization/business is committed to fulfilling our requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


Your Lafarge Experience

At Lafarge, there is endless opportunity for you to play your part. Whether you’re in a technical, managerial, or frontline role, you can shape a career that works for you. With us you’ll have the chance to embrace the passion we share for our planet. You’ll be encouraged to seek out diverse perspectives, share your ideas and build the skills and connections you need to perform at your best. Because it’s only when we work together in a culture where everyone thrives, that we can build the world we all want to live in.

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