Exide Technologies Operations Manager in Fort Smith, Arkansas


Developing and implementing plant-wide team efforts in improving key performance indicators such as manufacturing overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), product quality, waste reduction, energy conservation, safety and operating costs necessary to support continuous improvement activities consistent with business goals.


  • To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide prompt customer service at a competitive manufacturing cost

  • Responsible for the work of 6-15 supervisors directly and 100-250 employees indirectly.

  • Plan, schedule, and supervise all operational functions to meet or exceed sales requirements at the minimum operating cost.

  • Coordinate the availability of materials, flow of supplies, and manpower in all production and finishing areas to ensure the achievement of quality, production and shipping goals.

  • Review individual cost areas to meet cost reduction goals.

  • Inspect each process to reduce scrap and salvage costs, machine downtime, and to ensure finished quality production.

  • Prepare various reports, attend meetings, etc. to promote open communication between plant personnel.

  • Assist subordinates in the accomplishment of their business objectives and in their efforts to develop themselves technically and professionally.

  • Evaluate supervisors performance and periodically review results with them; assist them to meet objectives, performance standards, quality, housekeeping and all areas of their responsibilities.

  • Recommend salary merit and promotion increases for his direct reports which are within established salary ranges for each position.

  • Supervise the operating departments: Shipping and Receiving, Casting, Assembly, Charge and Cycle, and Finish and Pack including scheduling operations and refining to meet production requirements while maintaining quality and coordinating the maintenance activity to minimize costs.

  • Maintain safe working conditions and practices and operate the plant in compliance with all OSHA and other environmental regulations.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability necessary to do this job.



8-10 years experience in a manufacturing plant, with graduated levels of business experience.

Bachelor’s degree in business or engineering, or 10 years of plant management experience

Training and/or experience in manufacturing, production, maintenance and personnel.

Proven leadership experience with significant and verifiable results


Battery manufacturing operations experience

Experience in industrial manufacturing environment with excellent track record of business results and increasingly higher levels of responsibility in line operations or engineering leadership roles

Leading site level continuous improvement efforts and projects experience

Experience working in a union manufacturing plant



Training and/or experience in manufacturing, production, maintenance, and personnel.

Good written and oral communication skills.

Able to administer and follow all safety rules and regulations.

Working knowledge of Excel and Microsoft Word and Outlook.

Effective coaching and mentoring skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills to give and share information to/with co-workers, customers and production management in order to achieve optimum plant performance


Background in supplier quality systems or maintenance management systems


The physical demands and 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, individual is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear

Individual is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl

Ability to occasionally lift a minimum 50 lbs, regularly lift a minimum 25 lbs on a daily basis and 51 to 150 lbs with assistance of equipment on a daily to weekly basis

Regular use of safety glasses and steel toed shoes

Limited to regular use of respirator depending on project or department assignment

Vision requirements: close vision.


While performing the duties of this job, individual is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles

Individual occasionally exposed to precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock

Noise level is minimal to loud

Regularly is working in a dirty lead contaminated area and must wear a uniform and safety shoes in that area to prevent the tracking and / or possible lead contamination of other clean areas or outside or the regulated areas

Travel is required in North America, and possibly outside of North America

EEO Statement

Exide Technologies is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

About Exide

Exide Technologies (www.exide.com) is a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. Exide’s 130 years of technology innovation combined with operations in more than 80 countries enables the company to deliver compelling solutions for the world’s current and future power needs. Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products, serving the Transportation, Industrial Network Power and Motive Power market segments with battery and energy storage systems and specialty applications for a broad range of industries including: agricultural, automotive, electric, light and heavy-duty truck, marine, materials handling, military, mining, powersport, railroad, security, telecommunications, utility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), among others. Exide is Powering the World Forward - history and scale combined with a start-up mentality make Exide the right choice for customers who want more than simply a battery supplier.

Requisition ID 2018-1968

Category Manufacturing - Operations and Maintenance

Position Type Regular Full-Time