General Manager

  • Knapheide
  • McHenry, IL

Knapheide Grant Cooper, a top executive recruiter, has successfully placed many top executives at Knapheideis a privately held, rapidly growing manufacturer and supplier of truck equipment and van interiors. Company-branded products are primarily manufactured in a state-of-the-art plant facility located at the headquarters in Illinois and distributed nationwide through a network of dealers and distributors, in addition to company-owned installation centers. Operations include final assembly/up-fitting or integration, and distribution of truck equipment and van interiors. The organization is a recognized leader in the industry and is well-known for its commitment to quality and customer service. Senior management is team-driven and dedicated to utilizing metrics and Lean manufacturing processes to achieve continuous improvement at all levels of the enterprise.

Position Overview

The selected candidate will be responsible for managing P&L results and all aspects of a wholesale/retail operations and installation center in a newly established Chicago area facility in McHenry, Illinois. Reporting to a multi-site General Manager of the Knapheide Truck Equipment Company, this leader will oversee approximately 50-60 employees.  The GM will be accountable for growing sales and market share in the territory, concentrating primarily on commercial dealers, municipalities, utilities, and end users. Exemplary quality, on-time delivery, meeting productivity targets, and customer focus are key measures of success at all KTEC locations.


  • A Bachelors degree in business, engineering, or related is required; an MBA is preferred.
  • Ten or more years’ progressive work experience in all aspects of plant or site management in a production environment involving metal fabrication, welding, painting, and general mechanical assembly operations.
  • Team builder and team player with strong leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in building an operating plan, managing a P&L, and achieving cost efficiency and bottom-line results.
  • A strong systems background in shop floor scheduling, supply chain/materials management, and spread sheet analytics; experience and competency using all Microsoft Office applications is expected.
  • A background in managing shop floor operations with demonstrated experience in 6S, Lean Manufacturing, or other formal productivity improvement programs.
  • A proactive orientation to customer service, and experience participating in business development, sales management, and large account support.
  • Experience in implementing sound safety practices and a safety culture.
  • Production and/or site management experience in business sectors involving automotive or truck/trailer equipment, or distribution of capital equipment.
  • Proven leadership and supervisory skills, excellent mentoring abilities, and a history of building relationships at all levels in the organization.
  • A professional image and strong work ethic, in addition to demonstrated management and organizational abilities, good communication and listening skills, and a highly flexible, “hands-on” approach to the workplace.
  • Willingness to travel approximately 10% of the time, including overnight and day trips.
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