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Operations Manager

By Weed Man Lawn Care, Wheeling, Illinois,

Brandon Burns, 574 Wheeling Rd, Wheeling, Illinois, 60090, Telephone: (847) 459-9333

Weed Man Lawn Care is the world’s largest franchised lawn care company.  It’s consistently ranked at or near the top of all available franchises.  Most recently, Weed Man was named One of the Best Franchises to Buy in America by Forbes Magazine.  It’s been consistently ranked as the top Lawn Care franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine.  Additionally, Franchise Business Review ranked Weed Man #1 as it’s top service franchise.

As an Operations Manager, you'll be responsible for:

  • Leading and developing a team of 3 Service Managers and 25 Lawn Care Technicians
  • Acting as the primary information source for the team, maintaining compliance and consistency, and taking corrective action when needed with staff and procedures
  • Develop the company’s next great managers by mentoring, training, and developing teammates for career progression, performance improvement, and recognition purposes
  • Holding staff accountable through a progressive discipline process
  • Working directly with the Quality Control Manager to ensure standard work procedures are being followed by both Service Managers and Lawn Care Technicians
  • Partnering with other department heads to ensure cross-collaboration of best practice and instilling a culture of innovation
  • Developing and supporting all safety programs and OSHA compliance to ensure a safe work environment for all staff
  • Proactively identify and lead process improvement initiatives to improve customer retention
  • Upholding company Core Values throughout the Operations Department
  • Overseeing all direct expenses to ensure company financial goals are hit including payroll, product usage, and vehicle/equipment maintenance
  • Managing inventory and ensuring calibration goals are executed by your team
  • Interviewing and on-boarding new employees with a commitment to creating a “World Class First Day” experience 
  • Manage and direct the service department to meet and exceed customer service requirements for new and existing Customers
  • Develop and implement on-going programs and training necessary to ensure that all technicians and service managers are aligned with the goals of the department
  • Plan production routes for each work day and allocate work appropriately so as to ensure round deadlines are met
  • Provide a friendly, clean, well maintained state-of-the-art facility for staff
  • Perform other related duties as required to meet the goals of the company

 About the local franchisee:

Weed Man is locally-owned and operated.  Started in 2008 out of a 1 car garage, the company has quickly grown to 4 locations: Chicago IL, Merrillville IN, Burlington WI, and Cleveland OH.  The company is routinely recognized as a top-performer by the Weed Man Franchise System winning numerous awards highlighted by the Award of Excellence- Weed Man’s top award recognizing excellence in sales, execution and customer satisfaction. 

About the Ownership Group:

Weed Man’s local ownership group consists of 4 people with a variety of experiences in the Green Industry.  Both Brandon Burns and Luke McGhee come from a Golf Course Management background having worked over 25 combined years maintaining Championship level private and public golf courses throughout Chicago and Wisconsin.  Dan Davis (landscape architecture) and Michael Brown (25 years in lawn care sales management) provide a unique point of view as both were brought on as managers and then offered ownership opportunities after exceeding expectations.  

 The ownership group prides itself on growing the company and developing and providing careers to like-minded individuals looking to win on a daily basis.  Due to this dedication, they have been able to more than double revenues in the past 2 years going from $2.7 million to $5.8 million.  They are always looking for the next future leaders and future expansion opportunities.

Experience Requirements

  • Must be a dynamic leader
  • Must be able to obtain Illinois Pesticide Applicator’s License within 90 days
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must have a proven track record of developing and coaching

Job Benefits

Health, dental and vision insurance; vacation; relocation assistance; company-matched IRA; ownership opportunities

Date Job is Available


$70,000-$80,000 based on experience

Job Application Instructions

Confidential inquiries and resumes can be emailed to brandon.burns@weedmanusa.com

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