Manufacturing Manager

Manufacturing Manager

The Manufacturing Manager will lead all plant operations functions including: safety, quality, staffing, scheduling, and manufacturing.

Develop manufacturing plans, quality systems and best practices to achieve high standards of customer service, quality and efficiency. Aligns plans with New Product Development, Marketing and Sales to leverage growth initiatives with an expanding portfolio of products & technologies.

Design and execute the manufacturing strategy to create long-term competitive advantage for a premium brand with domestic production in an increasingly competitive category.

  • Lead the development of manufacturing strategies for Robern to develop a flexible, resilient and efficient manufacturing organization. Strategies will effectively address the following areas; scheduling, planning, financial planning, and systems development.

  • Lead company efforts to improve plant efficiency, continually improving the use of labor and materials through the implementation of the Kohler Operating System (KOS) principles. Identify associate training needs, and facilitate appropriate associate mastery of Six Sigma, Lean and Kiazen principles.

  • Create an organization committed to best-in-class quality. Ensure that high quality fabrication and assembly generate products consistent with Robern s brand equity. Utilize internal quality systems to chart and track progress consistent with the corporate Kohler Quality Management System (KQMS).

  • Work closely with new product engineering to ensure that quality measures, product specifications and requirements are met for new product. Recommend design enhancements and improvements to the manufacturing processes.

  • Drive continuous improvement in the manufacturing operations through recommendation and support of Kaizen events and active participation in those events. Oversee manufacturing engineering staff that is trained in Kaizen Event facilitation.

  • Plan and implement adjustments to staffing levels in all areas to maintain labor efficiency goals. Meet goals for schedule adherence.

  • Initiate and maintain programs that foster a safe work environment through the deployment of the Kohler Safety Management System (KSMS). Lead efforts to attain World-Class safety performance as measured by Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART), and Safety Rating.

  • Develop annual capital and manufacturing expense plans that support the attainment of strategic and financial objectives. Once approved, manage the execution of capital plans and expenditures per approved plans.

  • Develop annual goals and objectives for direct reports which support the accomplishment of the strategic objectives for Robern. Manage direct reports to meet objectives and develop talent within Manufacturing to continuously improve performance.

  • Define decision-making process for project teams, especially new product development and launch criteria. Coach project team personnel to develop and implement cross-functional solutions to complex issues. When necessary, provide business decisions to balance risk and growth trade-offs.

  • Work with senior management to continually improve the business unit processes, facilitate the introduction of new products and increase organizational efficiency.

  • Skills/Requirements

    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline (Engineering or Manufacturing).
    • A minimum of 10 years of experience in concurrent manufacturing environment and increasing levels of responsibility and experience with Lean Manufacturing principles with a track record of results.
    • Ability to build teams, shape culture improvements, make timely decisions and drive action in a lean environment.

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