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Ryerson Operations Manager | Eldridge in Eldridge, Iowa

Position Description: Fostered in over 178 years of history and expansion, Joseph T. Ryerson & Son, Inc. continues paving the way for ingenuity and innovation as one of North America’s largest metal distributers. Ryerson provides high quality, essential products that our customers rely on, while creating teams of individuals who are ambitious and hard-working.

We are always looking for talented and motivated individuals because we understand that our people are our most valuable asset. We believe in promoting from within and providing the resources for long-term career progression and development.

If you are interested in working for an essential business with a global reach that is dedicated to a great work atmosphere, and a say yes attitude, Ryerson is looking for you!

Currently, Ryerson’s Eldridge, IA facility is seeking a solutions-oriented Operations Manager.

The ideal candidate will have experience leading others to operational excellence while focusing on team safety, delivering a quality product, eliminating waste, developing effective and skilled teams, and meeting budgeted production and operational metrics. In addition to overseeing daily operations, there is significant value placed on strategic long-term vision to ensure continued success of the facility.


  • Promote and demonstrate a safe work environment (complying with EPA/OSHA regulations); Follows all safety metrics and remains in compliance with safety training, OSHA/EPA regulations and reporting requirements

  • Responsible for expense management and financial performance of plant operations; Accounts payable coding and approvals

  • Understands the organization’s financial processes to prepare, justify and administer the annual operating plan

  • Develop and distribute SMART goals to drive performance management consistently and fairly across direct/indirect reports

  • Applies organizational policies and ensures adherence to area procedures at the site level

  • Fleet and logistics management

  • Management of production uptime for maximum equipment utilization

  • Oversees maintenance activities of the facility

  • Maximize raw material usage to minimize scrap

  • Develop and maintain internal and external customers providing best in class customer service

  • Fixed asset management

  • Annual capital budget forecasting and management

  • Ensure employee development and positive employee relations while displaying a commitment to lead

  • Payroll approval responsibilities for hourly operations personnel

  • Effectively communicate with others to provide solutions and promote teamwork amongst business units (i.e. sales, purchasing, human resources, logistics, credit, corporate operations, etc.)

  • Oversee or assist with capital projects in assigned service center

  • Recommend, review and approve promotions, dismissals or disciplinary actions for operations employees at assigned site

  • Other duties as required

Benefits of working for Ryerson:

  • Competitive total rewards package

  • Paid time off

  • Casual work environment

  • Heath & Wellness programs

  • Tuition Reimbursement program

  • “Ryerson Gives Back” initiative

  • and more!

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 3 years management experience or 7+ year’s progressively responsible experience as an operations leader, with specific experience in lean manufacturing, asset utilization, data analysis, and team development

  • Ability to manage and thrive within ambiguity, while working in an extremely fast paced environment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills; the ability to establish trust and remain flexible in style and approach; lead with a can-do attitude

  • Empowers employees to make decisions and do the right thing for the business within their scope of responsibility

  • Understands how to lead change within dynamic environments

Specialized knowledge for performance of job:

  • Fluent in Excel (formulas, PivotTables, charts, conditional formatting, etc.) and PowerPoint (ability to create a professional presentation in a short amount of time)

  • Excellent conflict resolution and decision-making abilities

  • Strong diagnostic, problem solving, and analytical skills

  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time efficiently

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, and pregnancy), age, national origin, religion, disability or genetic information, marital status, status as a veteran, or any other federal, state or local protected class or artificial barrier.

Job ID: 6146

Functional Area: Operations Management

Position Type: Full-Time Employment

Experience Required: 3 - 5 Years

Location: IA-Eldridge

Department: Operations Management

Education Required: Bachelors Degree