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Assistant Plant Manager (Metal-NA) 1


Roanoke, Virginia, US

Job ID:  14708
Estimated Travel:  0 - 25%
Contract Type: 
Talent Area:  Operations Management

Ardagh Group is a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading food, beverage, and consumer care brands. Ardagh Group has a truly global presence. We operate 100+ metal and glass production facilities in 22 countries, employing approximately 23,000+ people and have global sales of more than $9bn.

We believe that the success of our business depends on the success of our people. We strive to create working environments where our employees feel valued, can work to their full potential, and where their achievements are celebrated. We are creating an exciting future for Ardagh that is built on our core values of trust, teamwork and excellence and we have opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines across our organisation.


Role Description:

This role oversees plant operations and acts as the backup to the Plant Manager. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Enforce safety and sanitation regulations.
  • Assist in developing and executing the local plant budget to exceed the business results.
  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of the crew supervisors engaged in the production and processing of can/end production.
  • Develop daily operating plans, coordinate staff to lead maintenance, and production schedules in order to meet customer requirements. Review metrics and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Confer with supervisors to coordinate operations and activities throughout the operation. 
  • As necessary, inspect materials, product, and equipment to detect defects or malfunctions. Determine best problem solving solution.
  • Ensure safe operation of all equipment and ensure supervisors train associates as necessary.
  • Ensure all associates adhere to production and processing standards.
  • Provide guidance to direct reports in resolving employee complaints and or grievances.
  • Ensure all Company procedures and policies applicable to the operation are enforced.
  • Ensure all production, quality, and maintenance systems are in working order.
  • Monitor and drive scrap and spoilage to a minimum.
  • Lead maintenance day activities.
  • Drive the annual performance review for direct reports.
  • The job requires having the desire to lead. The willingness to take charge, offer direction, opinions, and accept feedback. This job requires a high degree of personal accountability.
  • The job requires being honest and ethical in all related business decisions.
  • The position requires the ability to show concern for others, being sensitive to other’s needs, feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • The job requires a high degree of dependability, being reliable, responsible, and accountable for results.
  • The job requires a level of independence in developing one’s own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision.
  • The position requires the ability to build a team spirit on several levels, and a positive work environment. 
  • The position requires outstanding written and verbal communication skills and influencing capabilities.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related discipline required.
  • Minimum 10 years in manufacturing with proven Plant Management experience.
  • 5-7 years in supervision, quality, and related areas in a high-speed manufacturing environment. 
  • Proactive employee relations leadership to include coaching and mentoring employees.
  • Responsible for setting the bar for operational excellence and continuous improvement.
  • Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production equipment and processes, quality control, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Administrative and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in planning, resource allocation, employee relations, leadership techniques, in the coordination of people and resources.
  • Mechanical: Knowledge of machines, tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Working knowledge of Lean tools and principles is also desired.


Our Vision and Values
The people that make up Ardagh Group share much more than a strong brand and an excellent reputation. We each share a common vision: to be the preferred packaging partner to the world’s leading brands. We will achieve our vision by delivering customer innovation, providing an inspirational environment for our people and creating sustainable value for our business through its growth and development.

Ardagh Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.