Chief Operations Manager

Distribution/Manufacturing Milwaukee

Our client for this retained search is an over 100 year-old, privately-held manufacturer, a national firm that is among the top 2 in the US in their business niche.  They make customized products, including signage, identification products, other printed materials, etc. for their customers, which include some of the Fortune 500. The COO is responsible for all of the various manufacturing and distribution activities for this 100 plus workforce.

What’s good about the company:

  • Great customer base includes Nordstrom’s, Boeing, US Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Harley Davidson, and many others. A lot of repeat business.
  • Very solid financially, no debt.  Continually reinvesting in equipment and technology. Sales set a record again.
  • Privately held; No need to make short-term decisions to puff up quarterly earnings.
  • Run by friendly people, this is a family-owned business where employees are treated like family, and the President believes work needs to be fun, too.
  • They have a history and culture of producing high quality products you can be proud of.
  • Very competitive turnaround times
  • Base product line is a very stable business. Over 100 years in business!!

What’s good about the job:

  • Excellent base salary, with bonus potential based on your performance.
  • Very little inertia in decisions.  If a piece of equipment makes sense, show the President, and if it’s under $100K, instant decision. No bureaucracy at all here.
  • Interesting and diverse product line with a variety of manufacturing processes make for an interesting day.
  • It is a fast turnaround business, things are moving!
  • The opportunities abound!  There are opportunities to improve in a number of operational areas.

What the successful candidate will offer:

  • Good leadership skills in a distribution or manufacturing environment.
  • Ideal might be management of a significant distribution facility
  • Nice to have: management experience in printing or custom products
  • Uses technology to reduce paperwork and cost
  • Understands the numbers, e.g., cost justification of new equipment, etc.
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