General Foreman

Prattville, AL, US, 36067

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

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The General Foreman - Sheet Line Manager manages the continuous improvement of the lines in a high speed, high volume manufacturing environment. The incumbent develops and implements activities in the area(s) to meet safety, quality, and production design goals in addition to cost objectives and promotes a strong team atmosphere. As a member of the Post-Autoclave Department, the General Foreman reports to the Department Manager.

What You’ll Do: 

Position Responsibilities

Leads and supports the plant safety programs by:

• Promoting a safety conscious culture through actions and accountability;
• Providing daily updates on safety issues and training topics to the crew;
• Performing incident investigations as needed for personal injuries and property damage;
• Identifying and correcting hazards in the plant, both safety and environmental;
• Holding individuals accountable for work area and general plant housekeeping; and
• Recognizing employees for exceptional performance in regards to safety.

Verifies conformance of material being produced to meet or exceed the PSU standard by:

• Ensuring equipment on the coatings lines are actively being audited, corrective actions are established and followed through to completion
• Ensuring all employees are properly trained on quality specifications and are accurately using testing equipment;
• Actively pursuing and correcting issues that negatively affect the quality of the board; • Recognizing employees for exceptional performance in regards to quality; and
• Promoting quality conscious culture through actions and accountability.

Understands the waste, speed, and delay design for each product on each machine, then meets and exceeds that

• Recommending improvements and/or upgrades to optimize throughputs;
• Becoming engaged in the production run plan and making suggestions to improve;
• Coordinating daily activities, which include the run plan, clean up, and changeovers to best utilize resources and maximize efficiency;
• Work with Maintenance and department Manager in planning and managing all downtime events on the crew, this would include but is not limited to, wash ups, product changeovers, size changeovers and unscheduled downtime;
• Developing strategies to close design throughput gaps and improve TTE; and
• Recognizing employees for exceptional performance in regards to production.

Actively pursues ways to meet site yield expectation of 95% or higher by:

• Reducing rejects to below 2%;
• Achieving greater than 533 Mstdf;
• Recognizing employees for exceptional performance in regards to cost;
• Reducing interleaver usage by managing an effective plan to eliminate transit damage; and

Creates an environment that promotes teamwork and accomplishment by:

• Recognizing employees for exceptional performance in regards to retention;
• Recruiting high quality employees through interviews and offsite interactions;
• Maintaining an environment of mutual trust and respect;
• Providing clear direction for employees to follow and support;
• Participating in performance evaluations on a bi-annual basis and ranking the employees;
• Enforcing all company policies;
• Documenting all coaching sessions;
• Promoting training for employees and managing for Level 2 certifications in all positions;
• Reviewing each employees’ career track with them once a quarter, and then making sure they are progressing on the track;
• Speaking to each employee one-on-one daily, taking notes afterwards to address or anticipate issues;
• Communicating daily on the issue of job performance, be fair, consistent and objective; and
• Praising in public and reprimanding in private.

The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing. Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.

Quantitative Dimensions

Decision Making:

The General Foreman - Sheet Line Manager makes decisions regarding safety, quality, cost, people and production under the direction of the Department Manager. The incumbent revises production schedules and priorities as result of equipment failure or operating problems.

Supervisory/Lead Responsibilities:

The General Foreman - Sheet Line Manager supports the supervision of crews of up to 35 employees in a continuous manufacturing environment by planning and assigning work, enforcing policies and procedures, and recommending improvements in production methods, equipment, operating procedures, and working conditions.

Scope of Position:

The General Foreman improves the working conditions in safety, quality, production, and cost to increase subordinates skills and capabilities through effective management of the operator skill based system (SBS). The ideal Candidate, has the ability to gain intimate knowledge of the technical operation of the three coatings lines. Use that knowledge to create and complete projects that will lead to the achievement of the Business goals. Possessing an engineering/mechanical background would be beneficial for success in this rule. As well having the ability to communicate and influence others is critical to the success in this role. The incumbent prepares activity plans for the above and discusses them with the Department Manager on an ongoing basis.

What You’ll Bring:  

  • 3+ years supervisory experience
  • 2+ years hands-on manufacturing experience
  • Excellent Communication and Leadership skills
  • Methodical approach to problem solving
  • Computer Literacy- Excel spreadsheets, Word, Powerpoint, MS Teams
  • Lean Manufacturing experience a plus
  • Forklift certification/experience a plus
  • Available to take after hours calls as needed

What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees. 

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more 


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James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

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