• Management Trainee

    Job Locations US
    Posted Date 3 months ago(1/25/2019 10:33 AM)
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  • Overview

    Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) is the leading manufacturer of high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe, providing a comprehensive suite of innovative water management products and drainage solutions. ADS operates a global network of 61 manufacturing plants and 29 distribution centers through our 3,800 employee team members. 

    Why choose ADS?  We seek out the best talent and provide you with resources for career development, support and the chance to lead something big.  We offer tremendous opportunity for individuals who want to advance in the industry through innovation and leadership.  Choosing a career with ADS means joining a great company and being part of a great family.

    Find out more by visiting us at http://www.ads-pipe.com/en/contact/ads_careers.asp


    ADS is seeking Management Trainee candidates to join the Developing Leadership Program beginning in June, 2019.


    ADS’s Developing Leadership Program gives you the opportunity to quickly apply the knowledge and skills you gained during your college career. Immediately upon starting in the program, you will be a valued member of the plant leadership team, and within your first month you will be participating on key leadership committees, such as the Plant Safety Committee, and leading meaningful, business-impacting projects as a part of the facility’s Operational Excellence team. Through this multi-year rotational program, you will hone key leadership and functional skills in an environment designed to promote rapid career growth.


    ADS’s Developing Leadership Program leverages a structured training plan, skilled instructors, mentorship by senior managers and travel to multiple manufacturing facilities to groom your leadership and operations management skills. During your first 9 months, you will serve in the Management Trainee role at one of our 40+ manufacturing facilities as you begin to learn overall plant operations including, safety, quality, service, productivity, and project management. Following successful completion of this first rotation, you will be promoted to Senior Management Trainee and will relocate to another manufacturing facility to further develop your operations and project management skills with the added opportunity to build your business acumen through a focus on financial performance and talent management.


    Within 15-18 months of starting in ADS’s Developing Leadership Program, you will be leading your own team as a full-time Supervisor or Manager within a key functional area at one of our 40+ manufacturing facilities nationwide. During this 18 to 24-month timeframe you will continue to receive mentoring from your Developing Leadership Mentor as you prepare for your final developmental assignment: management of global-impact projects under the guidance of one or more corporate teams (Engineering, Human Resources, Inventory, Logistics, Operational Excellence, Purchasing and/or Quality).


    While gaining experience through various leadership roles, you will continue to receive support through hands-on and classroom training designed to grow your leadership skills. You will learn how to work with people of differing backgrounds, generations and personalities; how to assess and leverage the talents on your team; how to set clear expectations and manage team performance; how to manage change, conflict and critical conversations; how to develop and coach teams toward extraordinary achievements; and many other aspects of being an ADS leader.



    • Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington


    Through the Developing Leadership Program (Operations) you will:

    • Learn the business by gaining practical experience in production, inventory and logistics roles, including supervisory and managerial roles
    • Gain business acumen, such as financial fundamentals and decision-making skills, by experiencing key plant operations, including Material & Quality Management, Production & Safety Management, Inventory & Logistics Management, Asset Management and Project Management
    • Develop leadership and talent management skills through hands-on experiences
    • Actively participate as a member of the plant leadership team
    • Lead cross-function teams to accomplish safety, quality, service and cost goals
    • Gain Lean Six Sigma skills by leading projects using ADS Operational Excellence methodologies
    • Practice ADS Core Values

    This is a great opportunity to hone your talents and grow your career in an Operations leadership role. If you aspire to be a leader who Sets the Agenda, Raises the Bar, Inspires Others, Finds a Way and Delivers Results through a hands-on approach and are open to relocation and are excited by all of the above, then Advanced Drainage Systems is the right place for you!



    • Bachelor’s degree obtained within the last year in business (Operations or Supply Chain Management preferred) or engineering (Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical or Plastics preferred)
      • Must not have started Master’s degree prior to entry into Developing Leadership Program
    • 3.0 GPA or greater preferred
    • Prior, relevant internships or work experience in a manufacturing or industrial environment
    • Leadership desire and proven skills (internships, student organizations, athletics, volunteerism)
    • Pursuing a management career in the field of Operations
    • Ability to multi-task with excellent time management
    • Enthusiastic learner with demonstrable initiative and self-discipline
    • Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills—competent communicator to diverse audiences
    • Strong aptitude with common computer applications and programs (MS Office Suite)
    • Willingness to work outdoors across all seasons and in a manufacturing environment
    • Ability to work extended hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays, if necessary
    • Ability to relocate throughout the life of the program
    • NOTE: This program does not provide sponsorship for employment status (e.g. H-1B visa). You must have the legal right to work in the United States.

    EEO Statement

    Advanced Drainage Systems is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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