Position Summary: The Production Manager is responsible for managing the production operations within the assigned area of manufacturing (e.g. assembly, rework, test, machining, etc.), through high-level process improvements and strategic planning methods surrounding the operational output and processes in order to support and fulfill the objectives of the plant, all while ensuring local adherence to global objectives and corporate standards. This responsibility includes the adherence to production targets which must be met and/or exceeded in order to satisfy customer demand requirements in delivery, quantity, quality, and cost.
Manage and oversee all production personnel and related activities (i.e. ZF Production System management) to ensure the satisfaction of targets related to safety, quality, delivery, quantity, and cost; responsible for managing the production area by establishing targets with the overall aim of optimizing processes as well as minimizing bottlenecks and downtime.
Monitor and evaluate department operating results in comparison to business plan.
Plan, select, design and implement manufacturing methods and processes through continuous improvement and lean manufacturing techniques; monitor and audit processes for compliance and effectiveness.
Identify internal process issues and work with internal and external teams to develop and implement solutions; ensure corrective actions are documented and implemented for any applicable nonconformance.
Work with internal groups (e.g. manufacturing, purchasing, engineering, program/launch management, etc.), in addition to outside suppliers/contractors to support business development, capacity, and continuity.
Identify tools/equipment needs and organizational skill requirements, assess gaps in key skill areas and capacity, implement strategy to close the gaps and strengthen the organization and overall equipment efficiency (OEE); review performance of personnel and provide tools for direct reports to achieve goals and receive plant support (in terms of personnel, equipment, training, deviations signoff, etc.).
Coordinate preventative maintenance schedules with maintenance department; notify maintenance and senior management of faulty machinery, parts, and fixtures and/or safety concerns.
Confer with senior management in addition to engineering and quality leadership personnel to lead the resolution of manufacturing problems; recommend measures to improve OEE and performance of machines/equipment (i.e. replacements, upgrades, software enhancements, etc.).
Ensure positive employees relations and provide support for annual employee feedback survey.
Lead continuous improvement programs and provide support to team efforts to increase OEE.
Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, formal training, reviewing professional publications, establishing and expanding professional networks, and participating in professional societies.
Ensure departmental compliance with all TS16949 and ISO-14001 requirements, ZF corporate policies, and divisional directives; initiate and support the development of new procedures if necessary.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Essential Skills and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in a technical field
8+ years of progressive experience in operations management within the durable manufacturing industry
6+ years of experience encompassing a majority of the following areas: operations management, supply chain management, maintenance, manufacturing/industrial engineering, and/or business planning
4+ years of project management and/or supervisory experience in a manufacturing environment
2+ years of managing/directing others in addition to delegating/tracking independent work assignments and training programs
Deep knowledge in plant operations, including machining, assembly and heat treatment
Deep knowledge in manufacturing planning and/or industrial/process engineering
Deep knowledge of 5S and Six Sigma problem-solving methodology
Familiarity with financial reporting statements and business planning processes
Proficient with Microsoft Office (i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and MS Project
Proven ability to work independently and lead engineering staff, professionals, and management with decisiveness and diplomacy
Proven knowledge and ability in methods of communication, motivation, negotiation, and conflict management skills with a high level of initiative/drive
English language competency - both oral and written
Ability/willingness to travel both domestically and internationally
Preferred Skills and experience:
Master's Degree in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering, Engineering Technology, or related field
Six Sigma Black Belt certification
Additional education and/or formal training in project management and finance
TS16949 awareness training
10+ years of experience with powertrain technology
Experience in assembly/manufacturing environment, including but not limited to, plant layout, cost analysis, budgeting, APQP, FMEA, SPC, and experience with a quality system(s) (ISO, QS, TS, etc.)
Experience in Automotive industry
Spanish and/or German Language Skills
Reporting to Position: Production Supervisor(s); Operator(s); Set Up Technician(s); Rework Technician(s); Manufacturing Quality Technician(s)
ZF North America, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. ZF North America, Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. ZF North America, Inc. expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ZF North America, Inc. employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.