Tooling Manager

Novolex Holdings, LLC - Chelmsford, MA3.2

Full-time
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Position Summary:
Responsible for all aspects of in-house tool and component manufacturing, maintenance, development and testing activities to ensure the business objectives are met, to maximize productivity and maintain the highest levels of workmanship for all tooling activities. Lead and co-ordinate resources within the Tool room to ensure all tooling are produced efficiently, on time and in line with quality standards ensuring that Health, Safety and Environmental requirements are adhered to. Implement and maintain a production planning system. Manage the team on technical best practice and establish standard policies and procedures whilst also mentoring and leading the team. Implement and manage continuous improvement and modern manufacturing principals by highlighting deficiencies and recommending changes in training, working practices and processes.

Essential Functions & Key Responsibilities:
Contribute to the creation and implementation of best practice tool room vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve operational performance
Identify business improvement opportunities within the organization
Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on Tool Room activities
Provide specialist technical advice and support on all aspects of Tool design, manufacturing and estimating
Support production and engineering with tooling/technical problems
Supervise/Manage the running and plan activities of the tool room facilities and toolmakers, ensuring the tool room is a safe environment in line with health, safety and environmental requirements
Supports Production and Engineering to manage and guarantee on time availability of tools to ensure continuous production and increase of OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness)
Develop and manage procedural arrangements whereby proposals on new equipment or tool design can be assessed for their impact in performance terms
Maximize the use of all resources, including IT and database maintenance for tracking all tools, implementing a planned schedule of maintenance and repair activity to ensure a computerized log is kept on faults and service history of tools
Implement budget for investment of new equipment and drive these investments
Implement storage of tools to facilitate highest standards within the department for good housekeeping, health, safety and environmental
Ensure all stock items, tool inserts and spares are organized
Oversee all work through the tool room efficiently and cost effectively and ensure that all target dates for tooling are met
Manufacture new tools from technical drawings to a high level of workmanship and in an efficient, cost effective manner
Provide quotations for new tooling, modifications and repairs
CAD and CNC programming may be required
Attend various meetings and action/communicate instructions
Produce written reports and make presentations
Undertake continuous training and development
Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems
Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the tool room products, materials and advise others of any impact
Develop, implement and manage key performance indicators (KPIs) for each area of responsibility
Ensure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are met by working to the overall plan, including management of, and reporting
Conduct risk assessments of processes and tasks in the department
Ensure that the function operates in accordance with any health, safety and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and visitors
Ensure an effective interface with other departmental staff is maintained
Work as part of the Management team to share ideas and improve operation, recommending, supporting and implementing continuous improvement activities and process and procedure improvements to optimize results and improve

Safety Expectations:
Safety is always the number one priority. All actions taken will be conducted in the safest manner possible and without risking injury to yourself or others.
Follow all Safe Practices and safety policies and procedures.
Report all accident, incidents, safety violations, near misses or unsafe conditions to your Supervisory IMMEDIATELY. If any bodily fluid (bloodborne pathogens) are present, it must be properly cleaned by a trained employee.

Quality Expectations:
Our product is our livelihood. We must ensure that our product is of the highest quality. Every employee plays a part in quality
Follow all Good Manufacturing Practices while in production areas
Adhere to all GFSI standards policies and procedures in regard to product Safety, Quality and Legality
Adhere to and enforce procedures in regard to Food Defense and HACCP

Supervise Others:
Manage and lead the team, ensuring adequate staffing levels, managing holiday allowances, recruitment, training, development, appraisal, attendance, disciplinary issues and daily supervision to maximize efficient productivity
Motivate and coach the team to operational success
Monitor the completion of tasks and ensure good performance and record on appropriate systems
Consistently promote high standards through personal example and roll out through the team so that each member of the team understands the standards and behaviors expected of them
Identify and deploy the technical skill sets, resource levels and systems to deliver projects, including the engagement of external resources as required

Candidate Requirements:
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with 5-10 years’ experience

Advanced manufacturing/engineering degree is preferred

Experience/Knowledge:
Extensive plant level experience with significant proven supervisory experience
technical understanding
Understanding of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Kaizen, lean manufacturing, Six-Sigma
Understanding of manufacturing and procurement/supply chain
Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems experience

Certifications/Licenses/Registrations:
Membership of an appropriate professional organization.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
Sitting at workstation approximately 60 percent of work time, walking approximately 40%.
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
Must be able to travel up to 25% of time.
Ability to work overtime or occasionally on weekends with short notice.
Typical office/manufacturing environment with heat/cold and machinery with shelves overhead and above work surfaces.

Safety Expectations:
Safety is always the number one priority. All actions taken will be conducted in the safest manner possible and without risking injury to yourself or others.
Follow all Safe Practices and safety policies and procedures.
Report all accident, incidents, safety violations, near misses or unsafe conditions to your Supervisory IMMEDIATELY. If any bodily fluid (bloodborne pathogens) are present, it must be properly cleaned by a trained employee.

Quality Expectations:
Our product is our livelihood. We must ensure that our product is of the highest quality. Every employee plays a part in quality
Follow all Good Manufacturing Practices while in production areas
Adhere to all GFSI standards policies and procedures in regards to product Safety, Quality and Legality
Adhere to and enforce procedures in regards to Food Defense and HACCP
Novolex does not publically post salary information on job boards.

Novolex™ is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices, including but not limited to, selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, handicap or disability, genetics, citizenship status, service member or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. Any individual, who because of his or her disability, needs an accommodation in connection with an aspect of the Company’s application process should contact Jamie Wells at 800-845-6051.

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