Plant IT Manager

Date:  Feb 22, 2021
Country/Region:  US
City:  Findlay OH
Job Requisition:  32645


Cooper Tire offers an entirely unique work experience because no matter what your title is, you’ll play a part in contributing to the development, manufacturing and marketing of some of the most innovative tire products in the world. Cooper is a fun and exciting place to work. We are constantly on the lookout for motivated individuals who lead by example and inspire others to greatness. The opportunities are endless and the rewards rich for those who believe that job satisfaction and career success begin with a satisfied customer. Careers are a Journey…Come Ride with Us!


This role owns the relationship with the plant management team and serves as conduit between that team and Corporate IT Leadership team.  To accomplish this, the Plant IT Manager role directs day to day IT shop floor hardware support of Plant IT technicians, co-manages local shared IT services for application & infrastructure support, ensures adherence to existing process, data and testing standards and advocates for process and standard changes where applicable. 


Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as Single Point of Contact for IT matters at the plant addressing or escalating plant IT needs as required to support plant Global Operations IT owner. 
  • Advocate for plant specific initiatives and priorities to ensure Corporate BPM and Corporate Managers for Shop Floor and Analytics, Digital Manufacturing & Enterprise systems are clearly aware of need and impacts.
  • Responsible for management and tracking of all IT software and hardware assets at the plant and coordinates through Corporate IT license manager for new software and new licenses for existing software.
  • Manage plant IT cost center and collaborate at plant, regional and corporate level to plan annual capital and expense budget needs.
  • Manage Plant assigned IT resources including but not limited to Application/System Support Analysts and IT Technicians.
  • Contribute at plant staff level to capture needs/pain points to address plant’s needs.
  • Escalate support and innovation needs to the Global Operations and Corporate IT leadership as needed.
  • Coordinate business subject matter experts (SMEs) to thoroughly test new applications and changes to existing applications.   Coordinates sign off of business stakeholders on IT driven/executed projects.
  • Ensures IT standards, tools and processes are used at their plant; advocates for new standards and modifications to existing standards where applicable.
  • Collaborate to deliver business value and drive create and/or adopt best practices based on feedback and strategic input from Global Operations leadership
  • Provide feedback to drive improvement in their own roles and career development as well as in Global Talent development.


Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience facilitating development and implementation of business initiatives and projects including at minimum of 3 years of team leadership experience.  Understanding of ERP specifically SAP or JD Edwards is a plus. 
  • Strong Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Evaluate, monitor and recommend process changes to improve solution delivery and/or project team interaction with customers or other groups.
  • Bachelor’s degree in IT, Engineering, Manufacturing Management, Business Management, related field or comparable business experience.  Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally. Travel expectation varies with an average up to 15% annually.


Cooper Tire is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop and retain top candidates by providing an engaging culture and opportunities to grow and develop. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, status as an individual with a disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Nearest Major Market: Lima
Nearest Secondary Market: Findlay

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