Plant Manager

Location : 15469 Northlink Dr, Northlake, TX 76247


Who We Are:

Challenge Manufacturing is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier to a growing portfolio of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers. Since 1981, Challenge Manufacturing has grown from a very small shop in Walker, Michigan to 12 locations across North America with 4,000 team members supported by 1,500 industrial robots.   


What Makes Us Different?

Challenge Manufacturing is an employee-owned company and is currently ranked in the top 50 largest employee-owned companies in North America. Being an employee-owned company enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. Additionally, over time as the company grows, employees will share in that upside financially through ESOP retirement benefits.


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Position Summary:

We have an immediate opening for a Plant Manager at our newest facility in Northlake, Texas.  Reporting to the Director of Manufacturing, the Plant Manager oversees all daily operations of the plant to ensure company and customer policies and procedures are followed.   They also review and improve processes to optimize safety, quality, and productivity.  

  • Define and prioritize operational goals and objective and manage projects to meet corporate goals and customer deadlines. Direct the team in solving specific challenges and overcoming project roadblocks when necessary, so that agreed upon goals and objectives are met.  Guide direct personnel toward the achievement of established goals.
  • Complete and present annual performance appraisals for all direct report employees, outlining positive and negative performance, and document a plan of action for sub-par performers. Assess the skill level of employees and provide training as needed to advance skills.   Provide feedback for employee’s annual appraisal that perform in other areas but are not direct reports. 
  • Work with human resources department to recruit/hire employees needed to execute the functions of your responsible business area and help to influence the development of and implement strategies and programs that attract, develop, reward, and retain exceptional people.
  • Mentor operational and logistic team members, managers, team leaders, and other contributing members, assisting in creating professional and technical growth goals for each team member. Identify future leaders within the company and support their leadership development.
  • Interface with customers on key issues to resolve and communicate action plans as needed.
  • Establish goals and drive improvement of key performance measures as determined each year.
  • Write and/or present effective memos, letters, e-mail messages, reports, and presentations.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing using appropriate language and tone


  • 5+ years’ experience leading the operation of a multi-shift production facility
  • Proven leadership experience required
  • Strong business acumen (P&L, strategic planning, resource allocation and human resources)
  • Knowledgeable of safety, quality, productivity, inventory and stewardship processes
  • Computer literacy required, including MS Office (Excel) and ERP/MRP experience
  • Ability to create accountability and to lead by example
  • Strong team building, decision-making and people management skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Plex Systems ERP strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience in automotive industry preferred.
  • Must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation. 



Benefits We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, Company-Paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.