Waterloo, IA

Production Manager

Job Title: Manufacturing Supervisor

Location: Waterloo, IA

Salary Range: $75,000 - $90,000

Job Summary of the Manufacturing Supervisor: As a Manufacturing Supervisor, you will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the production department activities in an industrial organization, ensuring efficient processing of materials and manufacturing of products. You will strive to meet or exceed production targets without compromising safety, quality, or cost, using continuous improvement tools to identify and close any gaps.

Job Responsibilities of the Manufacturing Supervisor:

  • Analyze production orders or schedules to plan department operations, considering product types, quantities, and delivery dates.
  • Establish priorities and sequences for manufacturing products, effectively planning production operations.
  • Coordinate manufacturing activities and prepare operational schedules to ensure product quality and adherence to specifications.
  • Review production and operating reports, resolving operational and manufacturing problems to minimize costs and prevent delays.
  • Ensure the safety, quality, delivery, and cost targets are met, implementing improvements where necessary.
  • Provide regular metrics reports on production performance.
  • Inspect machines and equipment to optimize operational performance.
  • Develop or update standard operational practices, ensuring compliance from workers.
  • Resolve worker grievances or escalate unsettled grievances to HR or Plant Manager.
  • Compile, store, and retrieve production data for analysis and reporting.
  • Communicate shop floor order status to customer service to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Perform all work in a safety-conscious manner, taking appropriate measures to protect yourself and others.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work area according to the company's housekeeping policies.
  • Directly supervise and manage production or departmental personnel as assigned.

Education & Experience of the Manufacturing Supervisor:

· Minimum of a 2-year degree in a business, manufacturing, or technical field is required; 4-year degree preferred.

· 5 - 7 years of direct experience in a machine shop environment, working on similar equipment/products with knowledge of hydraulic cylinders, assembly, welding, and CNC machining.

· Strong continuous improvement skills and abilities (Lean Manufacturing, Bottleneck Management, VSM or similar).

· Effective communication skills including verbal, written, and presentation abilities.

· Thorough knowledge of manufacturing procedures and leadership characteristics.

· Proficiency in ERP systems, Microsoft Office Suite, and email.

· Ability to interact professionally and successfully with all levels of the organization.

· Strong time management skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

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