Operations Manager, Calgary Pipe

Job Locations CA-AB-Calgary
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Canada - Concrete Products

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Lafarge in Canada is proud to provide construction solutions in the buildings, infrastructure and industrial segments. These solutions are built with high performance products from our cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, asphalt and road construction, and concrete products divisions.  From the use of alternative materials and recycling to renewable energy, Lafarge's focus is to develop innovative products that can contribute toward sustainably constructed building solutions.  Lafarge takes personal growth and development to heart, and provides resources for our employees to take control of their own careers. Through our commitment to communities, to the health and safety of our employees and their families, or through the many volunteer hours of our employees, Lafarge demonstrates our care for people. If you want to work in an environment that values hard work, entrepreneurship, and collaborative teamwork, Lafarge is for you.   Building Better Cities is what we do. Come Build a Better Career with us!  More information can be found at .


The Operations Manager sits on the leadership team of Calgary Pipe.  This role supports commercial excellence and operational performance for the business. The successful candidate will improve operational performance by providing leadership and support to the plant operations to achieve all targets, budgets, objectives, and goals focused on safety, productivity, and quality. The Operations Manager supports the business' commercial objectives through focusing on high quality customer service.



  • Lead Plant efforts for a safe and environmentally-responsible culture.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate training programs.
  • Lead monthly combined operation safety meetings.
  • Oversee development, implementation, and maintenance of safe work procedures.
  • Develop, maintain and encourage a safety culture for both employees and on-site contractors.
  • Maintain new hire and contractor orientation procedures.
  • Zero lost time accidents and medical aids.
  • Responsible for results of safety and environmental audits/inspections.



Operational Performance

  • Supervise daily operations of two separate concrete pipe and precast plants.
  • Develop culture of an engaged, performance-minded workforce.
  • Develop leadership skills of supervisors and lead hands.
  • Project Management of plant improvement and capital projects.
  • Ensure the operation meets the highest practical aesthetic standard.
  • Establish and manage productivity targets to measure/manage performance.
  • Develop and implement process improvements that increase operational efficiency
  • Continuous improvement to production costs.
  • New product development.
  • Coordinate ordering to maintain appropriate raw material inventory.
  • Ensure products meet standards set by QC/Technical/Engineering teams.
  • Develop, implement, and ensure preventative maintenance program is in place.



Commercial Excellence

  • Understand customers’ product and business requirements based on quality of products and services.
  • Lead team to work with sales to understand and exceed customer demand.



Budgets & Reporting

  • Assist in the development of all budgets, targets, strategies, and objectives and work towards the same.
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly production activity reports and provide accurate explanations for production and spend relative to financial statements.
  • Understand of costs and cost drivers for the operation. Responsible to appropriately control spend.
  • Assist in the financial justification of capital allocation requests.





  • Reports to the General Manager of Calgary Pipe.
  • Works closely with Sales team, QC team, Technical/Engineering team, and Pipe Operations Managers from other Lafarge operations.
  • Reporting directly to this position are: Production Foreman, Maintenance Foreman, Production Superintendent, and Accounts Coordinator.
  • Work co-operatively with Union Representatives.




  • Safety: performance objective is “Zero” injuries or incidents
  • Productivity: timely, efficient, cost effective operation
  • Quality: production to specifications laid out by engineering/QC team
  • Leadership: establish positive working culture and an engaged, motivated workforce.  Train, inspire, and develop plant supervisors and hourly employees 


Education and Work Experience:

  • Engineering Degree or Certified Engineering Technology Diploma
  • Five (5) years related experience in an Operations capacity
  • Proven ability to manage and supervise a staff of 50+ employees

 Knowledge & Skills:

  • People leadership skills
  • Leadership development of production supervisors
  • Results focus
  • Ability to grasp technical application of products
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Operations management
  • Organization/planning
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision making: must be able to make decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete data and under tight deadlines and pressure.
  • Multi-task, must be flexible and balance shifting priorities to meet deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented, thorough and accurate.


Pre-employment medical including drug & alcohol testing and a criminal record check may be required.

As the world leader in the building materials industry, LafargeHolcim Ltd and its subsidiaries have the assets necessary to meet the building and design challenges of today’s increasing urbanization.  Globally, LafargeHolcim has 115,000 employees, a well-balanced local presence in 90 countries and combined net sales of CHF 33 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2014. With the most innovative cement, concrete, and aggregates solutions, strong R&D and a commitment to health, safety, and sustainability, LafargeHolcim has the building solutions to meet customers’ needs, from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project.  We are committed to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure while contributing to a higher quality of life.  We are positioned to deliver on this commitment.


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