The Weir Group PLC

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Director of Operations
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US-UT-Salt Lake City
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Manages Others 
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Business Need / Purpose of Role

Under the direction of the company President, the Director of Operations develops and executes the operations strategy and operating plans for Manufacturing, Planning, Supply Chain, Quality Assurance, Maintenance, Warehouse and Logistics. This role works with Engineering and Sales to ensure the customer’s needs are met. This role collaborates with operational excellence teams within the Division, Group and Industry to bring best practices, 5S & Safety improvement, use of Lean principles and overall Manufacturing excellence to WSP.

Objectives & Measurement - Key Responsibilities


  • Ensure strict adherence and compliance to the SHE policy in all areas.
  • Achieve budgeted Output, PBIT, OTD metrics and additional Operational KPI’s
  • Direct the development and execution of strategic plans and annual operating plans consistent with corporate and company objectives.
  • Champion and drive Supply Chain excellence delivering consistent improvements to material QDC, inventory management and accuracy.
  • Manage operations function concurrent with business growth objectives and meet divisional growth objectives on safety, quality, and On-time delivery.
  • Develop and maintain world-class operations through the selection, training, development, and motivation of departmental personnel.
  • Provide constructive feedback to assigned personnel through written and  verbal communication regarding safety, performance and quality requirements
  • Protect the resources and assets and complete special projects as assigned.
  • Comply with all Company policies, procedures, and programs
  • Ensure compliance with all safety and work rules and regulations. Ensure the maintenance of departmental housekeeping standards
  • Responsible for Environmental Health and Safety management and policy commitments as prescribed for this role in Weir's Duty of Care

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Manages the Operation function for Weir Specialty Pumps with direct reports who supervise employees in the Manufacturing, Planning, Supply Chain, Quality Assurance, Maintenance, Warehouse and Logistics departments

Job Knowledge / Education and Qualifications

Education and/or Experience:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree (Engineering, Business or related Field).
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years management experience directing manufacturing operations.
  • Proven track record of progressive accomplishment.
  • Skilled in Lean principles and techniques.

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Computer Skills:

AS 400, Syteline, or similar ERP/MRP system and Microsoft Office


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform 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, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities for this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment:

The 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, the employee may occasionally be required to work near moving mechanical parts. The noise level for the work environment is usually moderate.

Core Competencies

Problem Solving- Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.


Managing Vision and Purpose – Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose; talks beyond today; talks of possibilities; is optimistic; creates milestones and symbols to rally support behind the vision; makes the vision sharable by everyone; can inspire and motivate entire units or organizations.


Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.


Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.


Strategic Thinking- Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; analyzes market and competition; identifies external threats and opportunities; adapts strategy to changing conditions.


Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Regional Specific Job Information (if applicable)

Weir Specialty Pumps engineers, manufactures and sells pumps and related equipment for the Municipal Wastewater, Oil/Gas/Petrochemical/Refinery, General Industrial, Food and Beverage, Pulp and Paper, and Industrial Wastewater global markets.


Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. with 5.5 acres of site space that includes 150, 000 sq. feet of manufacturing and test facilities, and 30,000 sq. feet of office space, Weir Specialty Pumps is well equipped to handle the largest of jobs. Test capabilities include up to 750 HP (560 kw) and flows up to 50,000 GPM (11,360 m3/hr). Weir Specialty Pumps is also ISO 9001, ISO 14001 Certified, and OHSAS 18001 Certified. We also put great emphasis on lean manufacturing.


Weir Specialty Pumps products include the combined WEMCO product line, consisting of the WEMCO Torque-Flow recessed impeller pump, WEMCO Screw Centrifugal, WSP Self-Primer, WSP Chop-Flow, WSP Non-Clog, WSP Food Transfer, and the WEMCO Hydrogritter. Weir Specialty Pumps also sells the pitot-tube style Roto-Jet high pressure pump.