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Operations Management Trainee

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Worthington Industries, Inc.

Cleveland, OH

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Worthington Industries operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the Golden Rule, with earning money for its shareholders as the first corporate goal. As a market leader in metals manufacturing for nearly 60 years, we put people first, whether they’re our employees, shareholders, customers or suppliers. We’re looking for individuals who share our people-first philosophy and can help us continually innovate and grow through their insights, leadership and unique talents.

Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR) is a global metals manufacturer serving growing end markets including automotive, construction, energy, agriculture, alternative fuel and many other markets. Our family of 10,000 employees in over 80 facilities throughout 10 countries has helped us earn the respect of our customers, our communities and our industry. With sales of approximately $ 3 billion annually, our company has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as a “Most Admired Company” and four times as a “100 Best Companies to Work For.”


The purpose of the Operations Management Training program is to develop an individual into a leader with the right mindset, skills and abilities to take on leadership roles within our production facilities. In this role an individual will be exposed to various operation and support teams to learn various aspects of our business while progressively becoming more involved and gaining more responsibilities and decision making authority. 

The program begins with several weeks spent on the plant floor working hand-in-hand with our production employees to learn our manufacturing processes, obtain customer knowledge and build solid employee relationships. The Operations Management Trainee will spend time with safety, quality, engineering and all of supply chain to understand each functions’ significance and impact on our business.

Once the formal training program is complete, the individual will join the management team as a Production Lead over one of the operations departments. From there, the individual will continue to be mentored and developed while progressing through the ranks of leadership and beyond.

The Operations Management Trainee is expected to be able to travel and relocated dependent on what opportunities arise. This role reports to the Operations Manager and works closely with all members of the management team with increasing decision making responsibility over time. 

General Responsibilities:

Complete formal training program, attend required corporate training sessions and receive feedback from management and mentors.

Develop a deep understanding of business operations including but not limited to supply chain, sales, safety, quality and production operations.

Use working knowledge of production process, machines and materials to train and evaluate production employees.

Identify opportunities to make changes, cut costs and improve efficiencies where appropriate.

Determine workforce requirements for department and assists with the hiring process as well as engage in performance management conversations with production employees.

Execute tasks and projects with accuracy and timeliness as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in Operations Management or related field.

Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing practices.

Strong leadership skills, solid verbal and written communication skills.  

Worthington Industries Inc., and its subsidiaries, is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability or veteran’s status.

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Company Profile
In 1955, a young steel salesman named John H. McConnell saw an opportunity for custom processed steel. He purchased his first load of steel by borrowing $600 against his 1952 Oldsmobile and founded Worthington Industries. First year earnings were $11,000 generated from sales of $342,000. From these modest beginnings, McConnell started a company known for its innovative products and services as well as its unique employee relationships.

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