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The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. Operations Manager-Maintenance in Red Oak, Iowa

At Greenbrier, we do the hard work that matters. The Greenbrier Companies (NYSE:GBX) is powering the movement of products around the world as a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of freight rail transportation equipment and services.

Greenbrier’s heritage of hard work and industrial innovation is celebrated at every level of our organization. We structure our business to support teams that deliver innovative solutions for our customers while positively impacting the world around us.

Greenbrier’s success begins with people. We believe in supporting our global workforce through our unwavering attention to Safety, Quality, Respect for People and Customer Satisfaction. Our IDEAL commitment is rooted in these values, which promotes Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Leadership, creating a culture where employees are fulfilled and feel good about coming to work every day. A diverse, qualified, and engaged talent base is the key to our success.


The Maintenance Operations Manager oversees the maintence of railcars. Direct all activities associated to ensure the railcar repairs are on schedule, within the given quality standards, meet given cost objectives, and meet or exceed customer expectations while maintaining Greenbrier’s Core Values of Safety, Quality, Respect for People and Customer Satisfaction.

Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform the following essential duties satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Develops maintenance plans and establishes necessary procedures to ensure the high standards of railcar repair are met, including labor standard hours and established customer and company Quality Standards.

  • Oversees the employee workforce levels to ensure the least amount of overhead and minimum number of raw materials are on hand to meet annual budget costs.

  • Directs all departmental related activities to ensure all production goals are met.

  • Ensures a safe and orderly work environment free of slip/trip hazards while maintaining compliance to meet or exceed all site and regulatory safety requirements.

  • Manages all departmental maintenance activities, staffing requirements, and operational supply usages.

  • Communicates goals and objectives, applies company policies, coaches, administers discipline, and ensures positive employee relations.


The following generally describes requirements to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School education or equivalent

  • Ability to work both independently and with a team

  • Intermediate proficiency in computer applications including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

  • Ability to collaborate and communicate professionally, both verbally and in writing, at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to find solutions to complex issues, including quickly assessing options and implementing solutions.

  • Ability to recognize and mitigate risk

  • Management experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum 3-5 years of supervisory experience in railcar repair and/or related industry

  • Ability to teach and implement Lean, and Lean principles and tools

Work Environment and Physical Requirements

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • With the exception of clerical, administrative and some management positions, which require indoor work, the physical environment requires the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, dry/arid, and dusty conditions. Employees are required to wear personal protective equipment as environmental conditions dictate.

  • Hard Hat

  • Hearing Protection

  • Composite Toe Safety Shoes

  • Additional PPE per the appropriate JSA for the specific area.

Physical Activities and Requirements

Frequency Key

Not Applicable: Activity is not applicable to this occupation

Occasionally: Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0- 2.5+ hours/day)

Frequently: Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5: 5.5+ hours/day)

Constantly: Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hours/day)

Working Postures

  • Sit: Frequently

  • Stand: Frequently

  • Walk: Frequently

  • Bend: Occasionally

  • Kneel/Squat: Occasionally

  • Crawl: Occasionally

  • Climb: Occasionally

  • Reach Forward: Occasionally

  • Reach Upward: Occasionally

  • Handling/Fingering: Frequently

Lift / Carry Requirements

  • 5-10 lbs: Frequently

  • 10-25 lbs: Frequently

  • 25-50 lbs: Occasionally

  • 50-75 lbs: Not Applicable

  • 75+ lbs: Not Applicable

Push / Pull Requirements

  • Up to 10 lbs: Occasionally

  • 10-25 lbs: Occasionally

  • 25-50 lbs: Not Applicable

  • 50-75 lbs: Not Applicable

  • 75+ lbs: Not Applicable

EOE including Vet/Disability

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Greenbrier makes reasonable accommodations in the application and hiring process for individuals with known disabilities, unless providing accommodation would result in an undue hardship. Any applicant believing that he or she may need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact Greenbrier Human Resources at or call us at 503-684-7000.

Email communication from The Greenbrier Companies (Greenbrier) will always come from a corporate email address that ends in or from our applicant tracking system, iCIMS, after you have created a secure account and submitted your application. During the application process, you will create a secure account in our secure applicant tracking site that ends with “”. In this portal, we will ask you to provide your contact information, past employment history, education history and other job-related information.

Job Locations US-IA-Red Oak

ID 2024-3142

Company Gunderson Rail Services, LLC

Position Type Regular Full-Time

Category Operations

Workplace Type Onsite