The Operations Manager is responsible for managing the collections activities for commercial, industrial and residential customers. The position manages a team of Driver Supervisors, Drivers and Helpers who are responsible for the route system for commercial, roll-off and residential customers throughout the business unit. The Operations Manager oversees all matters related to collections operations, effective safety and accident prevention programs, compliance with standards and drives change management initiatives that contribute to the growth and durability of the business.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned.
Manage the day-to-day operations of the site and provides daily support to supervisors in ensuring quality and budget performance.
Establish productivity goals; ensure adherence to operating standards; and manage labor hours and disposal expenses per established and agreed plans.
Oversees personnel needs of the department including selecting, coaching, disciplining, and training employees and evaluating employee performance. Provides input into termination, compensation, and promotion decisions.
Work with Routing team to create, modify and improve routes to maximize density and improve efficiency.
Execute other operational plans to help achieve or exceed the division’s budgeted goals.
Understand, support and execute service delivery while actively supporting maintenance and the operational role in fleet quality and maintenance.
Provide service to all customers that meets or exceeds customer expectations with regard to the entire customer experience.
Understand missed or delayed service goals and meet or exceed expectations related to those goals.
Work closely with maintenance to ensure an appropriate number of trucks are operational to meet service needs.
Resolve unusual service requests, equipment breakdowns and schedule changes with timely communications to all stakeholders.
Interact with customers to solve and rectify any issues and improve the overall customer experience.
Work with Sales team on identifying new sales opportunities and addressing customer needs.
Understand, provide leadership, and communicate safety goals and objectives.
Orient, train and coach all staff on safety requirements, ensure safety compliance, and take appropriate action to address safety violations.
Establish and maintain a clean, safe work environment in compliance with company and OSHA standards and perform monthly Safety Inspections, as assigned.
If an incident occurs, including a near miss, complete documentation, conduct and investigation/root cause analysis and address performance/discipline issues.
Measure, manage, and minimize number of OSHA recordable injuries, Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR), DOT violations, and overall incidents.
Build and develop talent on the team, understand employees’ career goals and provide coaching to get employees ready for advancement with the Company.
Supervise and manage performance; ensure tasks are appropriately delegated and completed by monitoring performance and holding employees accountable for meeting expectations.
Provide ongoing coaching and feedback to staff, deliver corrective action and discipline when necessary, and document all performance issues.
Ensure employees adhere to company policies and legal regulations, engage HR when appropriate.
Manage conflict and crisis; proactively anticipate, manage and constructively resolve conflicts and disagreements.
Hold regular team meetings (i.e. daily, weekly huddle meetings) to communicate priorities, safety, policies, company events, etc.
Monitor employee time and attendance, minimizing overtime and ensuring that employees do not exceed limits established by regulatory agencies.
Perform other job-related duties as needed or assigned. The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required by personnel so classified.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree required
Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience in transportation, logistics, or waste operations
Minimum 5 years in a supervisory capacity
Demonstrated skills and abilities
Ability to interface effectively with people at all levels of the organization.
Excellent verbal communication skills both one-on-one and in speaking before a group.
Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with all company divisions in a way that promotes supervisory success as well as overall company success.
Strength in initiative-taking, and a demonstrated track record in proactively identifying improvement opportunities and acting upon them.
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks demanding of immediate attention, and to juggle multiple, on-going, concurrent responsibilities.
Ability to work efficiently and maximize productivity.
Commitment to integrity and ethical behavior and the proven ability to maintain confidentiality.
Competency in the following computer programs: MS Excel, Word, Outlook.
In 1964, Steve Washuta incorporated Modern Disposal Services as a way to expand his seasonal paving company into a business that could provide a steady source of income for his family. As the region’s industrial base grew, Mr. Washuta’s dedication and strong work ethic helped his new business develop from a humble two-truck operation in Western New York into the 20th largest waste removal company in the United States.
Today, Modern is still a privately owned waste removal company. We employ over 700 hundred people in Western New York, as well as Southern Ontario, Canada. Modern is committed to the most innovative and responsible methods of materials management and recycling. It’s simple – we accept nothing less. We further our commitment by providing exceptional customer service & giving back to the communities we serve. We’re all in this together–to sustain, recycle and reuse the planet’s limited resources. As your local waste removal company, we take that responsibility seriously.