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  • Production Manager

    Job Locations CA-AB-Calgary
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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 Production Manager, based in Exshaw, AB, has direct accountability for the safety, financial and operational performance of the Exshaw Cement Plant production. The Production Manager plays a key role in developing and executing on all budgets, cost savings, performance plans and Key Performance Indicator (KPI’s) targets. Ensures safe and healthy working conditions in operations under his/her responsibility. Directly contributes to synergies between plant, sales and logistics.


    The Production Manager contributes to organizational excellence by continually promoting a culture of agility, collaboration, simplicity, and empowerment, enabling continuous improvement.


    Health and Safety:

    • Demonstrates a commitment to communicating, improving and adhering to safety policies in all work environment areas. Promotes a positive safety culture through leadership by example.
    • Ensures safe and healthy working conditions in sites under his/her responsibility
    • Implements an effective health and safety action plan including training, communication, audits, aligned with the HSMS developed by the Country organization & the Group.
    • Ensures efficient industrial cleaning and housekeeping throughout the plant. Manages operations and works with maintenance to eliminate spillages.
    • Ensure strict compliance with all health and safety rules and country regulations

    Financial Management:

    • Promotes a culture of performance. Effectively develops goals and objectives to implement actions, track performance and continuously look for opportunities for improvement
    • Drives the production related component of the PDP process and involves department coordinators as required in its development. Actively participates in setting annual Budget in line with Group objectives and country realities with a sufficient level of detail to drive execution and tracking.
    • Conducts monthly financial review and forecast with team. Communicates and builds actions accordingly.
    • The incumbent is responsible to develop necessary capital expenditures within his department to maintain and improve productivity.

    Customer Focus:

    • Ensures that products made meet customers/market internal quality objectives
    • Ensures that the production meets markets demands
    • Collaborates with Sales and Distribution
    • Communications transparently and timely to the needs of Distribution and Sales.

    Operations Management: 

    • Ensures supply to ensure raw materials and fuels are available and their costs optimized.
    • Actively works in collaboration with Procurement and our Energy Manager to minimize costs through the use of alternative fuels and raw materials.
    • Ensures the operating efficiency of all major pieces of plant equipment (from raw materials & fuels receiving, through raw grinding, fuel preparation, pyro processing and cement grinding.
    • Manages refractory selection, installation and performance.
    • Interacts with direct reports to develop best practices, processes and to ensure plant activities are optimized and costs are best in class.
    • Effectively use Lafarge resources and programs to drive operational excellence.
    • Contribute to the development and application of plant policies and procedures.

    Environment, Land & Community Relations:

    • Establishes the environment as a priority. Ensures all local and provincial and federal regulations are met or exceeded by following Lafarge best practices and the conditions of site permits are strictly adhered to.

    People Management:

    • ‘Walks the floor.’ Takes the time to be present in all locations of the operations, and to be open to all levels of the organization, to communication and concerns.
    • Participates in the building of the career and succession plan for the key positions and employees in his/her area of responsibility
    • Ensure the right persons are in the right position. Hires and dismisses staff in co-ordination with HR, as required.
    • Follows and promotes the Lafarge HR business cycle (O & HR Review, Annual performance review, Annual Objective setting, Individual Development Plans, Career, & Succession Plan.)
    • Ensures compliance with the Collective Agreement within the department.
    • Guide and assists the departmental staff in the administration of the Collective Agreement, the handling of grievances and the application of discipline.
    • Actively promotes a diverse and inclusive workforce.


    • Direct Reports: 3 Production Coordinator, 1 Yard Supervisor, 1 Relief Shift Supervisor, 1 Production Analyst
    • Indirect Reports: 4 shift supervisors, 1 shipping supervisor, 1 yard supervisor, 65 Unionized Employees
    • Annual Budget: $38M total Fixed and Variable.
    • Volumes: 2,400,000 tonnes
    • 2 kilns, 3 raw mills, 3 finish mills

    Specific Accountabilities:

    • Meeting cement market demand and quality requirements
    • Production variable and fixed costs
    • KPI targets for Equipment
    • Performance Management



    • Diploma in Engineering or related field, or equivalent experience

    Experience and Skill Set:

    • 10 years of cement manufacturing experience
    • Minimum of 5 years of management experience
    • Proven team leadership
    • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
    • Strong communication, negotiation and change management skills
    • Good knowledge of Cement production equipment and Cement industry
    • Good knowledge of working in unionized environment
    • Ability to foster and grow a strong safety culture
    • Independent thinker
    • High capacity of working under pressure and stress 


    • Leading People
    • Conflict Management
    • Motivating Others
    • Drive for Results
    • Developing Direct Reports & Others
    • Customer Focus
    • Listening
    • Composure


    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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