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O'Neal Industries, Inc. Operations Manager - O'Neal Steel / Waterloo, IA in Waterloo, Iowa


O’Neal Steel is currently seeking an Operations Manager for our facility in Waterloo, IA.

The primary mission of the Operations Manager is to develop and maintain an organization capable of operating warehouse and delivery functions in a safe and efficient manner. Incumbents are expected to continuously seek ways to overcome obstacles to improve productivity, service level, quality, safety, efficiency, and creativity. Operation Managers must promote continuous improvement in methods, systems, and procedures, while continuing to encourage teamwork, reduce expenses, and develop employee potential.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop/support structures and processes that supports an operational excellence distribution model that is fast accurate and dependable.

  • Recruit, interview and select warehouse. Ensure employee development through training and delegation of responsibility; assist employees in career planning.

  • Analyze and initiate efforts to control expenses.

  • Operate the plant with a high emphasis on safety and accident prevention. Conduct or attend all monthly safety meetings.

  • Initiate employee counseling or disciplinary sessions where appropriate to maintain order, safety, quality, housekeeping, and productivity.

  • Develop and implement procedures designed to improve plant operations.

  • Conduct annual performance and wage/salary reviews with subordinate personnel. Ensure subordinates are managing their reviews commensurate with a system that recognizes high performance and supports the growth and development of the workforce.

  • Respond to periodic requests for information from management and corporate functions.

  • Encourage operations employees to offer creative and innovative solutions to problems, which impede district growth and profitability.

  • Monitor and assure the proper maintenance of plant and equipment. Support the development and implementation of an effective preventive maintenance program.

  • Suggest changes in plant layout and design where appropriate.

  • Applying Lean Manufacturing principles, submit recommendations for the addition of material handling and processing equipment where needed.

  • Monitor the effectiveness of district shipping and receiving operations. Drive efficiency improvements in truck scheduling and utilization.

  • Monitor the utilization of plant equipment, rolling stock and manpower in a lean environment.

  • Promote and maintain effective housekeeping using guidelines and disciplines such as 5-S and Visual Factory.

  • Reduce and eliminate where possible circumstances which may lead to the personal injury of employees, or loss or damage of company equipment. Monitor and maintain an effective safety program.

  • Promote a positive employee environment that will encourage all employees to participate in their growth and the growth of the district. Train supervisory personnel in these techniques.

  • Ensure compliance with OSHA and EPA standards.

  • Create an atmosphere of continuous improvement in all facets of the operation; move to increase self-directed work and less direct supervision of employees through the implementation of Lean Manufacturing.

  • Actively promote excellent customer service through example, training, and ensuring that all commitments to customers are met, including delivery promises, special instructions and processing tolerances.

  • Consistently meet the KPI targets for OTD,QDR,LTA and MH/Ton or other established goals.

Required Skills: To qualify for consideration, an applicant must possess the following skills. Possession of these skills is a prerequisite for employment.

  • Minimum of 3 years of supervisory or leadership experience preferably in a steel service center, metal processing/manufacturing environment or other warehouse/distribution type industry.

  • Strong processing and manufacturing experience preferred.

  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing principles

  • Strong computer skills

  • Valid Driver's License required.

Education: Associate or Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Operations, Logistics or Supply Chain preferred. Non-degree candidates with equivalent training and experience will be considered.

*Upon offer of employment, candidates must pass a criminal background check and drug test (excludes THC).

Benefits: O'Neal Steel offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including, but not limited to:

  • Health, Vision and Dental Insurance

  • Work Site Wellness Programs

  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Coverage

  • Tuition and Health Club Reimbursement

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Life Insurance

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Training and Development Opportunities

  • 401k and Profit Sharing

About Us: With 100 years in business, O’Neal Steel, an O’Neal Industries affiliate, supplies a wide range of carbon and alloy steel, stainless steel, and aluminum products for companies nationwide. Founded in 1921 and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, O’Neal Steel has 18 strategically located distribution centers throughout the country that offer inventory and value-added processing capabilities tailored to market needs, all while providing high levels of customer service. O’Neal Steel’s industry-leading online platform, PRONTO®, provides continuous access to inventory, pricing, ordering, and account management.




  • Bachelors or better in Business

  • Bachelors or better in Operations Management

  • Bachelors or better in Supply Chain Management



  • Strong computer skills.

  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing principles.

  • Experience working in a steel service center, metal processing/manufacturing environment or other warehouse/distribution type industry.

  • 3-5 years: Supervisory and leadership experience.


  • Strong processing and manufacturing experience preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)