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Massena, NY

Casthouse Manager

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This role will oversee the Massena Casthouse.  The position is required to manage and direct the entire casting process from receiving and/or melting molten metal, thru casting to maximize efficiencies and production while meeting quality and purity requirements and into shipping, transportation and customer follow up.


  • First and foremost, Safety of our employees is the #1 goal.  Support, promote, and enforce all EHS guidelines and practices.
  • Be a Health and Safety leader, using Human Performance tools and promote environmental values of the plant.
  • Ensure there is a robust training system in place that lines up with our HP and ABS principles.
  • Ensure that all employees are performing work according to the correct quality and safety procedures (all SSOPs and SPL are being followed)
  • Develop, implement and maintain the department housekeeping plan
  • Ensure the adherence to the EHS, quality and ABS audits
  • Oversee any labor relations issues within the cast house following Alcoa policy including the grievance and discipline processes.
  • Deliver and drive improvement on key performance metrics such as ATOI, FCF, working capital, on time delivery, revenue and conversion cost at Massena’s Casthouse.
  • Maintain and foster positive employee relations and communications
  • Develop a compelling strategy for the Casthouse and outline a business program to achieve results on an annual basis.
  • Oversee the production schedule to minimize scrap generation, minimize the production of dormant inventory, maximize the consumption of scrap in furnaces, minimize the sale of scrap.
  • Oversees the scrap generation, consumption and inventory with the goal to reduce working capital to free up cash and maximize profitability
  • Be a contributing member of the site lead team.
  • Manage, direct, coach, lead, train and motivate teams to achieve goals and objectives in a timely and safe manner, while continuously striving to improve effectiveness.
  • Manage the operations of the Casthouses to produce cast products that meet customer specifications.
  • Drive improvements in Casthouse profitability through increased value added product production.
  • Create and implement improvements to the casting process and associated production processes to reduce costs and increase production via the Degrees of Implementation management system.
  • Utilize a continuous improvement mindset in the day to day, month to month, year to year plan by aggressively listening for new ideas, looking for new technologies and approaches for cast house cost reduction.
  • Lead, plan and execute all capital investments in the cast house
  • Maintain and create a flexible and agile work environment where you can adjust to any economic climate/condition


This position reports to the location Operations Manager.  The position maintains a working relationship with the site Controller, EH&S Manager, IT Manager, Procurement Manager, CapEx Manager, Smelting & Energy Manager, Maintenance Manager, Human Resources Manager, Potroom & Carbon Plant Superintendent and the Union leadership team.  The incumbent will have 5 direct reports and about 80 union employees.


Our ideal candidate will possess:

  • Supervisory experience in a manufacturing or process industry.
  • Excellent communication skills with proven ability to build relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Influential and flexible leadership with experience encouraging and championing a diverse workforce.
  • Sound understanding/experience of project management working to cost and schedule metrics
  • Excellent analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Combinations of education or military service and industrial manufacturing experience:
    • 4 year degree and 6 years of industrial manufacturing leadership experience; or
    • 2 year associates degree and 10 years of industrial manufacturing experience; or
    • 15 years of industrial manufacturing experience.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Hands on experience in Lean Manufacturing, ISO, Six Sigma is a plus.
  • A working knowledge of casting process including: chemistry calculations, scrap utilization, skim/dross management, environmental regulations, metal planning, and standards-based operating is desired.
  • Ability to influence and communicate across the spectrum of the workforce (i.e. from management through to operators and maintainers).
  • 10 years of increasing responsibility in a production related field in an industrial environment.
  • Excellent command of English language, both in verbal and written understanding and the ability to speak and write clearly.
  • Computer literacy; MS office and related packages.
  • Results-Focused attitude to work.
  • Strong work ethic and devotion to safe, clean and efficient production.
  • Strong communicator able to train others and speak in front of an audience.
  • Must be self-motived and problem solver.

Alcoa encourages applications from women, people of diverse backgrounds and those with different skills and life experiences. Alcoa is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

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