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Manager Operations

Date: Nov 25, 2022

Location: Lee's Summit, MO, US

Company: Briggs and Stratton

Briggs & Stratton / Billy Goat, located in Lee's Summit, Missouri, is a leading and innovative manufacturer of outdoor power equipment. We specialize in the design and manufacture of machines in three product groups: Debris Management (vacuums, blowers, and debris loaders), Lawn Renovation, and Brush Cutters. We have an immediate opening for an Operations Manager to lead our production groups and support our growing business .

Position Description

Manages operations of a small manufacturing location or section of a larger manufacturing location.  Provides leadership in the areas of safety, quality, production, financial controls, plant security, OSHA compliance, quality, facilities, and manufacturing.  Works with many functional areas across the company to ensure consistency in operations and related strategies. Ensures large-scale projects are completed on time, on budget and meet specified quality standards, production requirements and preset goals.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Oversees specific plant operations and related support areas
  2. Coordinates technical service activities across a broad range of internal and external assignments
  3. Accountable for safety, quality, delivery and manufacturing costs; manages the effective use of production hours, skills, equipment and facilities
  4. Participates in planning production schedules, requirements and manufacturing controls as related to manufacturing operations
  5. Develops and implements strategies for operational improvement; ensures efficiency standards for all operations are met
  6. Develops capital and other annual budgeting including evaluating the Economic Value Added (EVA) and Return on Investment (ROI) impact for location;  maintains and manages established budgets throughout fiscal year to achieve financial goals
  7. Evaluates new technologies and recommends strategies for acquisition and implementation
  8. Drives cost reduction and continuous improvement concepts and projects to achieve annual goals; monitors and improves employee productivity and effectiveness related to operations and maintains a commitment to employee involvement
  9. Performs full range of managerial responsibilities which may include but not be limited to: interviewing, hiring, coaching and developing employees; planning, assigning and directing work; EEO/AA; performance management; department budget
  10. Performs other duties as assigned

Job Skills Requirements

  • Comprehensive knowledge of technical service practices, processes, procedures and production support activities including efficiency levels and productivity standards
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills to effectively work with diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrated success in implementing large-scale improvements and changes in complex and diverse environments
  • Familiarity with Purchasing and Industrial Engineering functions as well as plant layout efficiencies
  • Strong leadership and motivational skills and the ability to develop leadership qualities in others
  • Ability to coordinate and organize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Well-developed analytical skills and knowledge of analysis techniques that assist in report preparation for decision-making purposes
  • Fluent in English and primary language used in area of responsibility and/or location


Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related field, or equivalent education and experience

Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of seven years experience in a technical service or related field

Physical & Environmental Requirements



Briggs & Stratton, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provides innovative products and diverse power solutions to help people get work done. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lithium-ion battery, standby generator, energy storage system, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Vanguard®, Ferris®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Billy Goat®, Allmand®, SimpliPhi®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in more than 100 countries on six continents.


Briggs & Stratton is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. The Company conducts all employment practices without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran's status, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law. Briggs & Stratton also undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans.

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