Plant Manager


Company Information

SubCom is the leading global partner for today's undersea data transport requirements. SubCom designs, manufactures, deploys, maintains, and operates the industry's most reliable fiber optic cable networks. Its flexible solutions include repeaterless to ultra-long-haul, offshore oil and gas, scientific applications, and marine services. SubCom brings end-to-end network knowledge and global experience to support on-time delivery, and meet the needs of customers worldwide. To date, the company has deployed over 200 networks - enough undersea cable to circle Earth more than 17 times at the equator.

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About SubCom

SubCom delivers, maintains, and operates the highest value undersea networks on the planet.


From the very beginning, SubCom has been a leader in defining the undersea cable industry. We continue that proud tradition today as we drive ever-improving quality and efficiency of undersea data transmission. SubCom designs, manufactures, deploys, maintains, and operates modern networks with an industry-leading track record for delivery and performance, providing the most comprehensive technical and marine expertise, with the highest quality, and most reliable solutions.

Job Overview

The Plant Manager of the marine fiber optic cable plant in is responsible for the entire facility. In this role, you will develop and execute manufacturing strategies, execute the Lean Transformation of the plant, drive quality and delivery, and ensure short- and long-term competitiveness. This facility has 500 employees and is in Newington, NH.

What you will be doing...

  • Cascade strategic objectives from Segment and Business Unit leadership.  Set and clarify requirements and expectations for direct and matrixed reports based on the strategic direction and needs of the business. 
  • Plan, direct and monitor production activities with the objective of maximizing the use of organizational resources to meet or exceed established targets for TEOA (LEAN), Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, Employee Engagement and Talent Development.
  • Drive the creation and deployment of Continuous Improvement initiatives which enable functional areas and the sites to meet or exceed its Operating plan.  Take proactive steps to ensure best practices are shared. 
  • Develop action plans and make operational decisions on policies, tactics and resources critical to the Focused Factory area’s operational success thus ensuring successful delivery against targets and strategy.
  • Deliver an extraordinary customer experience.  Understand the demand from the customer and plan materials and production in alignment with plan.  Understand the extended value stream from procurement, through production to delivery and beyond.  Focus on quality expectations of the customer and creating an extraordinary customer experience including but not limited to continuously improving ship to request rate, reduction of customer complaints/issues while balancing cost.
  • Partner with support staff and matrixed reports to ensure the support and resources provided align with the needs of the operation.  Responsible for P&L, conversion and material productivity.
  • Measure performance (results and behaviors) while providing timely performance feedback and coaching.  Mentor, coach and engage team.  Resolve issues with people or functions to achieve targeted performance targets/metrics.  Retain your key talent.  Hold others accountable based on their personal performance results/behaviors as well as team results/behaviors versus expectations/targets.
  • Demonstrate and proactively drive all people management responsibilities including hiring, training, coaching, performance management compensation planning and employee relations for direct and matrixed reports.  Proactively address potentially difficult or complex employee relations issues while pulling in the necessary stakeholders (i.e. HR, Legal, etc.).
  • Drive strategic workforce planning and successful talent development strategies aligned to business needs, OLR and strategic succession planning outcomes/requirements.

What your background should look like...

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical or electrical engineering is ideal, a bachelor's in a technical degree is required
  • 10+ years’ experience leading a manufacturing organization larger than $100M in annual revenue.
  • Significant prior LEAN experience; preference given to leaders having deployed LEAN across a large organization.
  • Prior direct responsibility for financial results in a multinational organization.
  • Proven track record in transformational development of people, processes and capabilities.
  • Charismatic leadership qualities; thought leader; change agent; high energy; strong integrity.
  • Strong business acumen, excellent time management skills to manage multiple projects and demands, and have the ability to manage a large diverse group of employees.
  • U.S. Citizen and/or Permanent Resident (ITAR Clearance) required.


Newington, NH, US, 03801

Alternative Locations: 
Travel:  10% to 25%
Requisition ID:  41296

Nearest Major Market: Portsmouth
Nearest Secondary Market: Boston

Job Segment: Plant, Engineer, Plant Operator, Electrical, Manager, Manufacturing, Engineering, Management

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