Platform Team Leader at Kimberly-Clark Corporation

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Beech Island, South Carolina

Job Description:

Platform Team Leader

Job Description

Operations Manager (CTEC Converting)

Beech Island, SC

Summary of Position:       

This position provides overall team leadership for the CTEC crews and the assets they operate in the areas safety, quality, cost, productivity, continuous improvement, housekeeping, good manufacturing practices (GMP), internal control, asset management, customer service, human resources and team capability development. In addition, this person will work closely with the Continuous Improvement (CI) & Capabilities, Reliability and Engineering teams at the manufacturing site and with the regional team. Incumbent will set objectives that will have a direct and significant impact on plant and sector results and in the delivery of customer service for Kimberly-Clark.


The Asset Leader Incumbent reports to the site Product System Manager. This role is responsible to effectively lead business objectives for the assigned assets.  This role will have interaction across business sectors and opportunities for involvement in broad based business projects.  Objectives typically are focused at the department and asset level for safety, quality, GMP, housekeeping, customer service, continuous improvement, productivity, cost, internal control, asset management, human resources and team capability development.

This role is responsible for a complex asset base with either number of assets, number of employees, asset complexity and/or business criticality. This role may also own a mill-wide process or standard. The incumbent may also be responsibility for mentoring M1 asset team leaders and/or operations consultants.

Key Customers:

Internal to Mill: Front line employees, Mill Management, Reliability Team, CI & Capabilities Team, Logistics, Engineering Teams

Internal to Region: Planning, Launch Program Managers, Operations Consultants, and other KCNA Supply Chain Teams and Management, Other Kimberly-Clark Facilities, Customers, Consumers

Accountabilities and Responsibilities    


  • Support the loss control improvement process by championing and complying with critical safety rules.

  • Visibly demonstrate that safety is a core value by role modeling and ensuring compliance with safety procedures and maintaining a safe workplace.

  • Own development of safety improvement plans.

  • Ensure assets comply with pertinent housekeeping standards.


  • Demonstrate quality as a core value.

  • Responsible for understanding and holding team accountable for upholding K-C’s Quality policy and standards.


  • Manage yourself in accordance with the One K-C Behaviors and values.

  • Lead with high expectations around safety and team support.

  • Drive partnerships and collaboration with other mill teams OPEX, Reliability, Training for Excellence teams to build capability within the Operations team.

  • Establish clear and concise strategic goals; and assign the resources and priorities to achieve those goals.

  • Demonstrate ownership of OPEX diagnostics of:

    • Mindsets, Behaviors, and Capabilities

    • Management Infrastructure

    • Operating Systems

  • Build capability and put systems in place to sustain sustainable year over year improvement.


  • Provide day-to-day direction to process leaders and asset teams. Arrange for proper support from reliability and platform engineers for plan of the day.

  • Manage cost of manufacturing (i.e. operating supplies, waste, labor, cost savings, etc.). Partner with reliability team to manage maintenance costs. Develop strategy and tools to deliver a budget. 

  • Collaborate with planning on the production schedule, rates, and sequence to deliver customer service.

  • Use effective business communication appropriately with all stakeholders, corporate support teams, employees and external contacts.

  • Lead operations teams to support mill/regional/global continuous improvement efforts and initiatives.

  • Develop and maintain an External Cost Savings (ECS) playbook with Financial Analysts.

  • Partner with Reliability on:

    • Autonomous Care Improvement Team and Quick Change (SMED)

    • Grade Change

    • Design for Reliability

    • Asset down planning, execution and reflection

    • Site strategic reliability plans

    • Reliability analytics

Education, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Position typically requires a bachelor’s in engineering, business or relevant discipline or 7 years of equivalent related experience.

  • The incumbent would typically have significant experience in Operations, Business, Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, and/or Maintenance.

  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge in the people management and/or technical areas of expertise (or aptitude to learn) described in the role.

  • Incumbent would possess demonstrated ability to organize, influence and lead a multi-functional team and foster a proactive team environment.

  • Work collaboratively and effectively with individuals across all levels of the organization.

Working Conditions:

  • Normal scheduled hours will vary based on the need to support a 24/7 Operation.

  • Flexibility to travel up to 15% for benchmarking and best practice sharing across KCNA.

  • Ability to work in a manufacturing environment.


Direct Reports: 50 or more- Process Operators, Hourly Leaders, trainers and safety reps. 

Indirect Reports: Platform engineers, Reliability Support.

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene, and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No.1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. With more than 140 years of history of innovation, we believe in recruiting the best people and empowering them do their best work.  If fresh thinking and a passion to win inspire you, come Unleash Your Power at Kimberly-Clark. 

For Kimberly-Clark to grow and prosper, we must be an inclusive organization that applies the diverse experiences and passions of its team members to brands that make life better for people all around the world.  We actively seek to build a workforce that reflects the experiences of our consumers.  When you bring your original thinking to Kimberly-Clark, you fuel the continued success of our enterprise. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

This position may require a post-offer/pre-hire Physical Abilities Test (PAT) to confirm that individuals are able to perform the essential functions of the job.

K-C requires that an employee have authorization to work in the country in which the role is based.  In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, K-C will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization.  However, based on immigration requirements, not all roles are suitable for sponsorship.

This position is subject to drug and alcohol testing, including pre-employment testing.

Global VISA and Relocation Specifications:

K-C will support in-country relocation for the chosen candidate for the role, including assistance to obtain proper work authorization. The benefits provided will be per the terms of K-C’s applicable mobility policies. The benefits/policy provided will be decided in K-C’s sole discretion.

Primary Location

USA-SC-Beech Island

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