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ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.

Plant Manager III

Country/Region:  MX

Gomez Palacio, DUR, MX, 35024

Req ID 54153 OSS La Laguna, Mexico

The position is the Plant Manager for the Division R – Passive Safety Systems located at our LaLaguna, Mexico Inflatable Restraints Plant.  This individual will be responsible for the business management within the plant, including all operational and administrative functions. Key areas of responsibility include leadership to all functions to meet key performance indicators, coordination of all fundamental activities and ensuring fulfillment of interests within local statutory requirements, standards, and policies to ensure profitability goals of the plant.



  • Responsible for the following main areas: EH&S Environment protection, ensure legal requirement compliance, provide excellent services for all stakeholder, achieve business results (FCM) and develop the team.
  • Assure and ensure appropriate assets (manpower, equipment / infrastructure, and materials) of the plant are available and deployed to deliver the required and agreed operational performance and new product introduction.
  • Lead, manage, coach, mentor, find and develop plant leadership team with passion to ensure that a diverse result/process and problem solving-orientated organization is in place and is cascaded throughout the plant by empowerment, clear accountability, and compliance.
  • Drive the organization in achieving agreed operational performance/budgets, ensuring the achievement of Daily (SFM Process), Weekly, Monthly (BCC process), Quarterly and Annual (OP/SP) Plant Targets of: Safety Performance, Quality Performance, Internal and External Customer Delivery Performance, Production Volumes, Manufacturing Costs, Productivity, Working Capital, Profit, Cash, Production KPIs and the “6 Vital Few” (LTAR,OPV,ITR, PPP, OEE, FCP) and long-term business objectives based on ZF OP/SP. 
  • Drives and fosters an environment of continuous improvement, ensures that there is a long-term vision for the plant supported by a detailed plant roadmap following the “ZF PS Way” with a clear correlation between action and results, following Div/Corp Strategy.
  • Based on the ZF planning cycles, the plant manager will construct the Plant OP/SP and resource / infra-structure plan with their superior. 
  • Ensure that customers and Unions internally and externally are fully understood and that reliable relationships are established and maintained to the mutual benefit of both parties. 
  • Ensure 24-hour support of Production Unit leading the daily Gemba agenda and the observation approach.


Required Skills & Experience:

  • 8+ years solid working experience in Operations and relevant Functions
  • 5+ years leadership experience including coaching/mentoring skills
  • 5+ years restraint technology experience; preferably inflatable restraint systems
  • Experience in Project Management
  • Lean Management, Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement
  • Transformation competence and organizational development skills
  • Coaching and Mentoring Skills
  • Business & Finance Management Acumen
  • Results / Process / Problem Solving - Oriented 
  • In Depth knowledge in Safety, Quality, Delivery, Production and Launch Readiness


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree preferred

KPIs: LTAR, OPV, ITR, PPP, OEE, FCP, NCC, ECI, DPI, DPO, Profit, Cash, Working Capital


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Mariana Lizeth Cantu


At ZF, we continuously strive to build and maintain a culture where inclusiveness is lived and diversity is valued. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that all our employees can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this vision in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape the future of mobility.

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