Progress Rail Services Corp. Operations Leader in Montgomery, Alabama

Auto req ID: 3533BR
Posting Title: Operations Leader
Job Category: Manufacturing/Operations
City: Montgomery
State: Alabama

Company Description

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, is an integrated rolling stock and infrastructure provider, delivering a full range of products and services to domestic and international railroad customers. Our customers enjoy one-stop shopping and comprehensive cradle-to-grave railway solutions - whether it rolls on the rail or is the rail itself. From locomotives, transit, freight cars and engines, to tracks, signals and advanced technology, we ensure customers can count on us to meet all their rail needs. Forging the bridge between ideas and success, our talented and innovative team members work together to address the challenges of the rail industry today, ensuring success for the future. As part of a vibrant, global network of business operations, each and every member of our team is important to our success. With headquarters in Albertville, Ala., more than 7,000 dedicated employees serve customers through a network of close to 150 locations around the world. For more information, visit and follow @Progress_Rail on Twitter and YouTube.

Job Purpose

Progress Rail Services Corporation, a Caterpillar Company and a leading provider of Railroad Maintenance of Way equipment throughout the North American Market, seeks an experienced Production Manager over the Maintenance of Way Facility in Montgomery AL. Progress Rail offers an excellent total compensation package including competitive salary, matching 401K with immediate vesting, medical/dental/life insurance coverage, paid vacation and holidays.

Key Job Elements

Drive safety, cost, delivery, and quality targets for the MGM MoW facility as established by senior leadership team

Manage the overall operation of manufacturing including Fabrication, Welding, Rail / Utility Assembly, and Paint

Manage the critical KPIs (eg, reduced assembly hours, improved safety, increased flow of material, hitting delivery dates, etc)

Overall coordination of manufacturing support functions - Engineering, Supply Chain, Quality, EHS, Service, & Sales

Drive cost reduction efforts through analysis of capital and capacity opportunities, responsible for overall plant efficiency

Alignment of production goals with the strategic plan for the division

Creation of a continuous improvement culture by implementation of Lean tools and programs

Direct involvement with the design and implementation of new manufacturing lines (i.e. Current State and Future State)

Develop weekly, monthly, and annual manufacturing schedules, adjust plans as needed

Customer focus and mindset to be at the forefront of the entire operation

Provide regular performance feedback to employees, including coaching, mentoring, and development

Manager of multiple direct reports, over multiple areas (75-100 indirect)

Education / Training

Bachelor’s degree in related field

Qualifications and Experience

Minimum of 5 year experience leading a team with manufacturing heavy equipment products

 Excellent time management skills, ability to prioritize and manage large workloads

 Strong root cause problem solving abilities and experience in addressing complex technical problems

 Knowledge of ERP systems, in particular LN (Infor product)

 Excellent verbal and electronic communication skills

 Skillful in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other as needed

 Ability to lead effective meetings related to production


Progress Rail Services Corporation and its subsidiary and affiliate companies offer an excellent total compensation package* including competitive salary, 401(k) plan with company match, available medical/dental/life/disability insurance coverage and paid vacation and holidays. Relocation assistance may be available for some positions.

*Benefits eligibility differs by job position and employment status - governing plan documents control such benefits..


Equal Opportunity Employer – Race/Color/Sex/Religion/National Origin/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Vets/Disabilities