General Manager in Petersburg, VA at Valmont Careers

Date Posted: 3/1/2024

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3535 Halifax Road Petersburg Virginia 23805-1113

Why Valmont

We’re Here to Move the World Forward.

Valmont impacts millions of people around the world every day, yet they might not realize the many ways. Our technology is helping feed the growing population, supplying the world with more reliable energy and access to renewables, enhancing connectivity in remote and urban locations to create a sustainable future and so much more. Simply put, Valmont is advancing agricultural productivity and reimagining vital infrastructure to make life better.

Join a Fortune 1000 company that respects hard work, honors diversity and invests in our employees as we focus on creating the world of tomorrow, today. We are the modern workforce. Are you ready to move the world forward? Apply now.

This General Manager position has full Profit/Loss (P/L) responsibility for the site.  The incumbent is responsible for all the physical and human resources within that group, strategic development, planning, execution and tactical direction, marketing and sales, budgeting and capital utilization, business expansion and new construction. Manages through delegating authority to key functional area employees.

Essential Functions:

  • The position of General Manager (GM) reports directly to the Regional Manager responsible for overseeing site.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of the organization to obtain optimum efficiency and economy of operations and maximize profits.
  • Autonomously manages operations giving guidance and direction to all key functional area managers and supervisors. 
  • Directs the Sales employee(s) in sales and marketing functions, staffing, pricing, labor, asset and inventory management.
  • Supports the Regional Manager with special projects or assignments, as requested.
  • Responsible for the operating performance of the material control and manufacturing functions including the full range of activities and processes, engineering, employee safety, purchasing, production planning, scheduling, dispatching, receiving, materials handling, inventory control, stores, shipping, and coatings operations. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Valmont Safety Mission Statement and Corporate Safety’s “Safety by Objectives (SBO’s)” process by performing the following: 
    • Participating in quarterly review of SBO plan.
    • Conducting annual safety performance review of site facilities and management team.
    • Following Leader Standard Work including conducting site safety audits annually.
    • Assuring the site management team completes annual supervisor safety performance evaluations and provides feedback to the supervisor team.
    • Participating in quarterly safety/workers compensation claim reviews.
  • Responsible to ensure a lean manufacturing environment including standardized operating procedures, continuous improvements and delivery of improved business results.
  • Must seek to standardize/optimize operations and procedures, so that best practice operations are easily transferable to other Coatings sites. The incumbent is challenged to look for areas to improve revenues and efficiencies and transfer effective management practices that help meet Valmont business objectives, including the development of new applications, technological innovations and business expansion focus. 

Other Important Details about the Role:

  • Ensure business unit goals are met by establishing sales and manufacturing goals, policies and procedures as well as ensuring that all department heads are accountable to achieve these results.
  • Promote organization in industry, manufacturing or trade associations.
  • To lead the site’s effort to be the innovative market leader by driving unsurpassed services and applications into production to meet the needs and to exceed the expectations of the customer. Participate in sales and customer contact and follow-up both proactively and as necessary.
  • Ensure the site’s effective operations by monitoring results, comparing actual performance to established standards and taking appropriate action to forestall or correct problem situations revealed through operating results.  Rolling out lean manufacturing principles, standard work, and problem resolution strategies and basically engaging the workforce in day-to-day continuous improvement activities.  Conduct continuous cost reduction programs throughout the organization and trains all employees to participate in continuous improvement efforts.
  • Ensure the profitability of the site by directing and monitoring activities to achieve satisfactory operation and growth performance as measured in terms of return on investment, profit margins, manufacturing and labor costs and increased sales volume.
  • Ensure the sound financial position of the site by overseeing the development of annual operating budgets of costs and expenses and collaborate in the development and presentation of strategic plans, long range plans and annual operating plans. Direct and coordinate promotion of services performed to develop new markets, increase share of market and obtain competitive position in industry.
  • Ensure a safe working environment by overseeing and directing appropriate action on all matters related to personal health and safety of employees and of the environment so that all applicable regulations are met or exceeded.  Also, ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations issued by local, state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Oversee physical condition of facility(s) and directs maintenance through a systematic program of repairs or through initiation of fixed capital requests when this action is economic or appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain human capital capable of achieving objectives through appropriate structuring, staffing, developing, appraising and rewarding. Develop key employee talents necessary to obtain short- and long-range goals by effective direction, counseling, and training.  Develop organization structures and staffing requirements.

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Preferred Bachelors with 7+ years relevant experience or Associates Degree with 9+ years relevant experience or 11+ years of relevant experience
  • Ability to understand, oversee and direct the utilization of sophisticated financial analysis and models in the evaluation of current and potential business units, products and markets.
  • A clear understanding of regulatory, societal and economic drivers and their impact on the business unit.
  • Must have the ability to read, analyze and interpret technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents
  • Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Ability to articulate well at all levels of the organization, write speeches and presentation materials and effectively present information.
  • Must have the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw timely/valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Must have excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills and work well with others.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft  Suite products (Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook)
  • Proven track record in lean manufacturing methodology and tools including standard work, continuous improvement, problem resolution and delivery of results positively affecting the bottom line of the organization
  • Ability to travel locally as needed is required.   Ability to travel to other Coatings locations or to trade shows and/or American Galvanizing Association Technical Forums, approximately 10%, as required.

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • A good understanding of VCC Max, QAD and other accounting software

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Some of the working conditions for this position is in a manufacturing shop environment with exposure to dirt, grease, fumes, cold, heat, noise, dust. The General Manager will work in both the office and shop environment. Environment is fast paced and demanding most of the time.  10% travel is required for this position.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer.  The employee is occasionally required to move about the office.  Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards such as monitor height and positions, keyboard location and height and proper wrists rests. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds in working with large files, binders, and computer equipment.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Valmont offers employees and their families a comprehensive Total Wellbeing benefit package to ensure their individual and family’s overall wellness needs are met. Some offerings are dependent upon the role, work schedule, or location and can include the following:

  • Healthcare (medical, prescription drugs, dental and vision)

  • 401k retirement plan with company match

  • Paid time off

  • Employer paid life insurance

  • Employer paid short-term and long-term disability including maternity leave

  • Work Life Support

  • Tuition Reimbursement up to $5,250 per year

  • Voluntary programs like tobacco cessation, Type 2 diabetes reversal, one-on-one health coaching, mortgage services and more

Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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