Arconic Operations Leader in Lancaster, Pennsylvania



Operations Leader

Job Function:

Manufacturing / Operations

Business Unit Group:

Global Rolled Products

Position Description:

Arconic is currently in search of an Operations Leader to join our Global Rolled Products Operations business unit in Lancaster PA. Lancaster Works specializes in aluminum sheet and cast plate.

At our 1.3 million square-foot plant, we offer a variety of products--from painted sheet to blanked products. What we produce here is found in a wide assortment of end products, such as truck cabs, cookware and construction materials. We also produce brazing sheet used by auto manufacturers to make evaporator and condenser components. Another capability, for which we are well known, is the production of machined cast plate used in a number of diverse products, ranging from robotics to medical instruments.

The Operations Leader is accountable for providing leadership and direction to Production Teams and Operations Shift Coordinators in order to meet business requirements for the efficient production of metal in an Arconic Business System (ABS) environment. Under the direction of the Superintendent, the Operations Leader is responsible to ensure a safe and productive environment.


  • Lead the team in safely producing the highest quality product in accordance with plant quality standards.

  • Observes employees for effectiveness, efficiency, performance, safety practices, and adherence to procedures; coaches and corrects behaviors and actions as needed

  • Ensure team performance goals are aligned to department business objectives and communicated to the team.

  • Act as backup for the Production Superintendent.

  • Comply with all employment laws and Arconic Equal Opportunity Policies in all hiring, promotions, demotions, and disciplinary actions.

  • Provides adequate direction for each team leader / lead operator; maintaining clearly stated work assignments and providing assistance when needed.

  • Understands the process and acts as back up for truck and rail shipping

  • Ensures the production schedules and Keystones are followed, and in consultation with the Superintendent and/or Metallurgical Engineer, develops or modifies the production schedule for on time delivery, efficiency and raw material considerations

  • Work in conjunction with the metallurgical engineer to carry out planned tooling and casting practice trials and new customer order trials

  • Identify, recommend, and implement changes to improve productivity and reduce cost and scrap, monitor scrap and rework data. Direct the establishment, implementation and maintenance of production standards.

  • Implements various programs essential to manufacturing procedures (e.g., 5S, training, safety, housekeeping, cost reduction, worker involvement, security, etc.).

  • Develop and drive accountability to the team members and Production Shift Coordinators in the use of ASE principles and tools (key principles, interaction guidelines, employee engagement, discussion planners, motivation, feedback, communication, change, inclusion)

  • Attend team meetings, ensuring that team meetings are occurring and are being led by the team with engagement from Team Star Points, coaching the team to perform in a cohesive manner and drive continuous improvement across all metrics.

  • Serve as a Star Point Leader for a designated Star Point role as guided by the Production Leader

  • Engage with team members and the Production Shift coordinator to resolve team member conflicts as directed by the team’s conflict resolution model.

  • Assist in hiring, onboarding and training hourly personnel.

  • Ensure that EHS incidents and quality issues are appropriately investigated and corrective actions implemented on a timely basis.

  • Maintain awareness of outage plans and communicate timelines to the Production Shift Coordinator.

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Minimum Years of Experience:


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate’s Degree from an accredited institution

  • Minimum of two years’ experience in a manufacturing environment

  • Five years’ leadership experience, preferably in aluminum manufacturing

  • Demonstrated success in coaching and developing high-performance teams

  • Ability to translate corporate and plant business objectives into meaningful and achievable business goals for the department.

  • Strong mechanical and process aptitude

  • Experience with AS400 and Oracle

  • Operational knowledge regarding process, equipment capability, practices, systems

  • Ability to handle multiple projects/assignments concurrently and be results oriented

  • Demonstrated ability to use a computer, including knowledge of Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point)

  • Able to work and communicate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels of the organization

  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills

  • Must be able to work flexible hours as required

Primary Location:


Minimum Education Required:

High School or GED

Minimum Travel Required:


Basic Qualifications:

  • HS Diploma or GED from an accredited institution

  • Minimum of 2 years of leadership experience

  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Business Unit:

GRP Operations

Job Type:


Compliance With the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Laws and Regulations Arconic reaffirms its policy to provide equal employment opportunity in recruiting, hiring, upgrading and promotion, conditions and privileges of employment, company-sponsored training, access to facilities, educational assistance, social and recreational programs, compensation, benefits, transfers, discipline, layoffs, recalls or termination of employment to all employees without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, veteran status, genetic information, sex or age (within statutory limits). We live our Values and measure our success by the success of our customers, shareholders, communities and people. Arconic’s success is driven by the advantage created by the collective efforts of its employees, and is dependent upon a diverse, inclusive environment that embraces change, new ideas, respect for the individual and fosters an equal opportunity for success. We have zero tolerance for discrimination, intimidation or harassment of any kind.