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Manufacturing Manager

By September 30, 2022No Comments


This position will be the organization’s SME in MAFACT, WCM, Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement and will provide the strategy, create the infrastructure and lead the division to meet our strategic goals. The position is to deliver operational improvements through the strategic deployment of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement tools and techniques

To Coordinate the MAFACT, WCM, Lean, Continuous Improvement Program at the company, focusing on leading improvement teams and team member suggestion implementation, tracking of cost savings, and team member recognition. Assists with the implementation of Lean Manufacturing goals and strategies for improving the operations and processes within the organization. Evaluates all continuous improvement activities and implements plans to optimize performance and processes. Employs Lean methodologies and tools in order to accomplish business objectives. Occasionally directed in several aspects of the work

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Follow and enforce all plant safety rules and policies
Understand and promote Companies philosophies
Follow and comply with all operational procedures/policies as stated in the employee Environmental Health and Safety programs (Company and OSHA Standards).
Operate in a manner with levels of high confidentiality in regards Business and Financial matters
Driving MAFACT initiatives across all 8 modules to meet companies targets
Driving World Class Manufacturing initiatives cross functionally to meet companies targets
Driving Continuous Improvement System with cross functional team support
Implementing and driving a Lean Manufacturing system
Implementation and ongoing improvement of a sustainable Lean Operating System at the manufacturing site
Applying Mentor – Mentee principals
Develop and deliver Lean training at all levels of the organization ensuring Lean knowledge is kept standard, current, and ongoing for all team members.
Know and understand companies Safety, Quality and Environmental policies.
Follows and supports and companies operating principles, including:
Employee Charter – Operating under its principles by treating all team members equally, fairly and with dignity and respect.
Abide by companies’ policies and procedures as described in the most current version of the Team Member Handbook.
Open Door Policy – Solves issues with two-way, open and friendly communication.
Safety First – Obey the plant’s safety rules and procedures by wearing PPE at all times and immediately addressing all safety concerns. Promotes an environment where zero injuries are the expected standard.
Attend and participate in Team, Department, Plant-wide and any other meetings as required.
Conduct all activities in a professional manner and positive attitude with an emphasis on personal responsibility.
Assist and achieve cost saving goals in alignment with business plan.
Coordinate process improvements for existing operations.
Encourage team member participation and assist with recognition of achievements
Record and monitor results of process improvement effects on efficiency, scrap, and other indicators
Make regular presentations at Plant- wide Team Member Meetings to report MAFACT, WCM, Cl progress and recognize team members’ contributions
Assist in development and implementation of work standardization techniques
Participate in plant layout review for optimum efficiency and reduction of waste
Support Engineering and Quality personnel with new program development
Seek cost savings opportunities for workplace safety & ergonomic enhancements
Promote good housekeeping ( 5S )
Perform other duties as required

Skills and Physical Demands

SKILL (Ability to do the job)

This position will partner with all plant leaders and team members to develop, implement and sustain MAFACT, WCM, LEAN manufacturing principles and continuous improvement programs to improve key performance metrics (SQTCM: Safety, Quality, Timing, Cost, Motivation).

Drive implementation, rigor and sustainment of Front Line Management system at assigned plant.
Be the plant subject matter expert, coach, and trainer of Front Line Management and Continuous Improvement tools, i.e. Plan/Do/Check/Act (PDCA), 5 Why, 5S, etc.
Lead smaller-scale projects to improve operator standard work (visual controls, time studies, improved gauges, etc.)
Lead larger-scale projects to improve overall process flow and reduce lead time in the plant.
Lead Kaizen events comprised of multi-functional team members. Is the “Champion” of Improvement activities and promotes/sells the benefit of these activities.
Be a key leader in the organization, participate in plant meetings (from high level strategy sessions down to daily walks).
Demonstrated ability to effect change in a manufacturing environment and ensure improvement activity is being communicated, understood, and supported within the organization.
Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups and deliver continuous improvement training.
High aptitude for problem solving and analytical thinking.
Highly organized, able to work with limited direct supervision, motivated to successfully meet deadlines, attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
Ability to manage the execution of complex projects.
Demonstrate the ability to build collaborative relationships and influence others.
Verbal and written communication skills; able to clearly articulate ideas and manage the change process.



Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or equivalent


Six Sigma training and knowledge
Training in Lean Manufacturing Principles and Kaizen Facilitation preferred.


3-5 years’ experience in continuous improvement role
5-8 years’ relevant work experience in a manufacturing environment
Excellent PC skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite required.


Proven leadership record in different positions including P&L responsibility, expertise in work tickets, familiarity with outsourcing and insourcing, accounting structures, mechanical engineering education
Lean toolkit application skills (value stream mapping, 5S, Kaizen, Kanban, Error proofing, SMED, team problem solving, etc.)
Knowledge of internal manufacturing and major business processes
Multi-functional experience/Broad perspective