Area Leader/Manufacturing Manager Job Summary

Do you thrive in a fast-paced manufacturing environment while managing others to their highest potential? Area Leader in our Ranson, West Virginia facility may be a good fit for you. The Area Leader is not only responsible for the key performance indicators in their area of the Value Stream (Melting, Line or Logistics), but also in the development of their teams. Operational leadership to guide the shift team leaders and their direct reports will ensure autonomous success in the area and contribute to the entire factory’s success. Reporting to the Site Leader, this role is a key part in upholding ROCKWOOL standards and ensuring team and operational efficiency. Can you inspire teams while managing others within a healthy and safe way? If the answer is yes; what are you waiting for?

What are the day-to-day responsibilities of an Area Leader?

We’ve broken your core Operations Area Leader responsibilities into several key performance indicators:

  • Safety of people and the environment:
  • Instilling a culture of safety first as part of a ‘zero safety incidents’ mentality in your area, analyzing and documenting failures and inefficiencies in the supply chain to improve overall supply chain effectiveness.
  • Avoid environmental issues during manufacturing operations through effective training and maintaining a ‘zero environmental’ incident approach to daily tasks.
  • Responsible for team training in coordination with team leaders managing on shift employees.
  • Driving productivity and product quality:
  • Responsible for the production team delivering on ROCKWOOL’s high-quality product standards with consistency and on time against productions plans, while maintaining accurate inventory levels all within the budgeted headcount for the area of responsibility.
  • Reporting on key performance indicators to senior management daily.
  • Coordination with other departments to resolve issues that are potentially reducing productivity or quality.


  • You own budget responsibilities for your area and will need to deliver the volumes within available budget while improving cost efficiencies over time through systematic Loss elimination (identify and eliminate losses)
  • Reporting duties at periodic leadership team on any budgetary items within area of responsibility.


  • Build and grow a high-performance production team while ensuring succession planning is in place for your area of responsibility.
  • Ensure all review and feedback sessions are completed per company standards.
  • ROCKWOOL Operational Excellence (ROPEX):
  • Embed a culture of continuous improvement within your area of operation through effective problem solving and priority setting through strong management.

What is the typical work environment at a ROCKWOOL manufacturing facility?

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen, background check, physical fitness test, WorkKeys and Hucama Big 5 assessment.

ROCKWOOL is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Type: Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Company Name
Ranson, WV 25438

What professional skills and qualifications do you need for the role of an Area Leader?

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in specified technology field with proven leadership ability in a continuous flow manufacturing or industrial environment and working with automated equipment required.
  • Grow and develop the team by sharing knowledge / experience.
  • Champion the ROCKWOOL Way by demonstrating our core values of Ambition, Integrity, Responsibility and Efficiency.
  • Demonstrated or proven:
  • Organizational and analytical skills;
  • Basic computer knowledge and skills;
  • Acute attention to detail;
  • Written and verbal communication skills;
  • Problem-solving and trouble shooting skills;
  • Accuracy and data integrity.

What are the physical demands for an Area Leader?

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The job is physically demanding at times and requires manual dexterity, eyesight, mobility and requires a high level of concentration.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly required to, stand/or sit, squat, turn/twist, reach, use hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to hear, walk, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, and smell.

The employee must frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 60 pounds and/or occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 120 pounds with another person, shovel heavy waste to shoulder height.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

At ROCKWOOL, safety is priority number one!

We continuously strive to create safe and healthy work places and conditions for all employees. We provide all associates with personal protective equipment to include high visibility safety vests, safety glasses, shoes, gloves and head protection.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions.

The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.

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