MSA Safety

  • Manufacturing/Production Manager

    Job Location(s) US-CA-Lake Forest,
    Posted Date 3 months ago(12/20/2018 11:51 AM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Operational Excellence
    Is Relocation Being Offered?
  • Overview

    We are looking for a dynamic hands-on Production Manager to join our team in Lake Forest, CA!  Reporting directly to the Lake Forest Plant Manager, you will be responsible for all aspects of operations management for the Fixed Gas and Flame Detection product groups including planning, organizing and leading a team of, manufacturing engineers, a production planner and a production supervisor. This will be accomplished by leading the team in driving Continuous Improvement through the application of the MSA Operating System, and providing strategic direction to ensure associates at all levels are engaged in the process of continuous improvement, problem solving, lean initiatives, etc. It also requires significant interaction with corporate and functional support groups to ensure a safe work environment, timely new product launches, strong delivery performance and customer service, high quality levels, and continuous cost and process improvements in an effort to achieve Operational Excellence and favorable financial results. If this sounds like an exciting opportunity, we want to hear from you! Additional responsibilities include:


    • Leadership, Staffing, and Development – Lead the manufacturing organization, continuously improving core competencies, executing a flexible workforce, and developing programs to achieve organizational objectives. Collaboratively set objectives for your team, monitor progress, and provide coaching and support to achieve desired results. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with individuals at all organizational levels, both internal and external stakeholders.
    • EHS – Drive safe practices and behaviors at all levels of the manufacturing team. Engage associates to participate in proactive safety and ergonomic programs including Behavior Based Safety, etc. Ensure systems and procedures are in place to meet OSHA and other regulatory compliance.
    • Quality – Ensure products are produced in accordance with design requirements, production processes adhere to the MSA Quality Management System and regulatory agencies, and customer issues are resolved in a timely manner.
    • Delivery Performance – Establish production processes / systems to exceed customers’ delivery expectations.
    • Cost – Collaborate with supply chain, engineering and support functions to reduce product costs.
    • Continuous Improvement - Develop and articulate continuous improvement vision, through a value stream perspective. Champion the timely and appropriate use of the MSA Operating System tools and behaviors, such as Kaizen, 6S Workplace Organization, SMED, Continuous Flow, Kanban, Problem Solving, Standard Work, Visual Controls, KPI Metrics and Action Trackers.
    • New Products – Collaborate with the New Product Development teams to introduce new products into serial production, on schedule and within budget.
    • Financial Performance – Develop and drive performance to the annual budget. Manage and report on production performance for customer service, product / process quality, safety, employee relations, and other regulatory financial compliance as needed. Apply business analytics and financial analysis to drive decisions.
    • Factory Capacity / Capital Equipment – Lead the development and implementation of a 3 year capacity analysis and 5 year capital equipment plan for the factory.
    • Project Management – Provide project management support and coaching for the team
    • Develop strong working relationships with other key company functions (Engineering, Marketing, Sales, etc.).


    Special knowledge, skills and abilities:

    • Demonstrated leadership to drive execution - Translate strategic priorities into operational reality, aligning communication, accountability, resource capabilities, internal processes, and ongoing measurement systems to ensure that strategic priorities yield measurable and sustainable results.
    • Excellent team-building skills, including the ability to select appropriate methods and utilize a flexible interpersonal style to help motivate and build a cohesive team, resulting in successful achievement of goals.
    • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
    • Solid business and financial acumen to drive organization results.
    • Proven ability to organize and prioritize a large number of diverse tasks.
    • Proven ability to project a positive, professional image and drive associate engagement.
    • Excellent decision-making skills and proven ability to delegate decision-making authority to others to maximize the organization’s and individual’s effectiveness.
    • Demonstrated success in the development of individuals’ skills and abilities so they can fulfill current and/or future job responsibilities.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams to achieve stated goals and build strong working relationships with key stakeholders.


    Special knowledge, skills and abilities preferred:

    • Familiarity with Lean and Six Sigma principles.


    Education and experience required:

    • Bachelor’s degree in business, manufacturing, engineering or related technical field
    • This position is available at three different career levels depending on experience, education, etc.:
      • Level one: Three or more years of production supervision or project management experience required, plus four years of production or related experience.
      • Level two: Four or more years of production supervision or project management experience required, plus five years of production or related experience.
      • Level three: Five or more years of production supervision or project management experience required, plus five years of production or related experience.
      • Masters, advanced degree, or relevant military experience may be substituted for up to two years of supervisory and/or work experience.


    Preferred Education and Experience:

    • B.S. in Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering or B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
    • SAP Knowledge.
    • Master’s degree.
    • Experience in electronics manufacturing.




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