Manager, Operations/Production

Requisition ID: 13912 

Job Function: Operations/Production (40000070) 

Manager, Operations/Production

Currently, we are seeking qualified candidates for a Manager opening to join our Operations organization in Amana, IA.  Amana, Iowa is the North American location where Whirlpool’s premium line refrigerators are built.

Functional Overview
This individual will lead up to 600 people in a highly complex manufacturing process. This person will drive safety, quality, delivery, and productivity of the department and operations through effective leadership. Assist in the development and lead the execution of Operational Strategic Initiatives in your area of responsibility. Provide direction to the team to focus on key results areas. Build organizational capability through proactive coaching of the direct reports on skill-building and career development. Proactively collaborate with peers in other Whirlpool manufacturing locations, Product business teams, Brand, channel/Corporate Technology, and Finance organization and leverage enterprise-wide expertise. Drive continuous improvement in the organizational, technical and business information processes/systems through Lean/innovative thinking/ideas.  Be a proactive leader of lean philosophy and Six Sigma methodologies in business processes and lead the organization in WPS Evolution.

  • Manage all financial aspects of the business unit
  • Proven success driving Lean principles and philosophies
  • Experience driving Operational Excellence initiatives
  • Proven ability to improve operations within established quality systems
  • Proven ability to drive initiatives that support change
  • Proven creative problem-solving techniques
  • Resourcefulness in accomplishing objectives and completing tasks
  • Outstanding organization, communication, and leadership skills
  • Competent in information technology  applications related to responsibilities
  • Detailed knowledge of applicable technical regulatory and professional standard
  • Financial acumen  


Minimum Requirements

  • BS Degree in Engineering, Business Management or related field
  • 5+ years Leadership experience in a large manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead a large staff (6-8 direct reports) of engineering and operational professionals
  •  Proficient in information technology


Preferred Requirements

  • Confidence and willingness to take calculated risks, implement new ideas, drive for results and sustain change
  • Demonstrated ability to provide an engaging work environment
  • Champion for challenging existing practices
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to manage conflict to a resolution
  • Effective management of priorities, expectations, and accountabilities
  • Proven record of attracting and developing talented people and effectively allocating and utilizing resources 




Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 97,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. We stay true to our philosophy that says good business begins by not following but leading. Our brands and products help people make the most of time so they can focus on making the most of moments that matter. At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.
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Full time
Amana, Iowa 52204, US