Production Manager - Upward Mobility - Custom-Engineered Products
Springfield, MA 01101
Hiring company is a 50+ year old company in a growth stage (nearly 20% YTD). The increase in growth has caused some issues with keeping up with production - A good problem to have, nonetheless.
This role will report directly to the President of the company, meaning a VP of Operations role will be created in the future, providing upward mobility for you. But, you'll have to be willing to prove yourself first.
As the Production Manager, you'll have 4 working supervisors (2 of which were recently promoted within) reporting directly to you. They have spent the past 6 months automating each part of the production process and have completed the production flow. However, some things behind the scenes haven't caught up.
This is where you will come in. Challenges are vacation times and schedules change throughout the day. With short and demanding lead times (they manufacturer custom-engineered products with a fast turn of 1-3 days), it does create a certain level of stress. So, you'll need to do a good job of staying on top of things without allowing it to consume you. You'll need to be able to make on the spot decisions and be confident in your choices.
You'll be accountable for on-time delivery, errors, profitability and several other individual department KPIs. The weaknesses that you'll need to address are:
#1 - Consistency - Adopt and follow the company's Standard Operating Procedures (When mgt isn't around, team members can revert back to their previous comfort zone and do things "the old way").
#2 - Communication - There have been silo's within the department in the past. They have been broken down, but you'll need to continue to build the relationships amongst all the team members and different supervisors reporting to you.
#3 - Preventative Maintenance - Equipment could have been taken much better care of in the past. The hiring company recently went through an upgrade to get everything back to speed.
You'll need to take what the company has built and make sure it's being implemented on a day-to-day basis. You'll need to know manufacturing best practices as well as have a sense of urgency, due to the quick turnaround. Ideally, you'll be strong mechanically, understanding equipment. Regardless of your background, you'll need to enjoy spending time on the floor.
You'll also get to work with the company's CFO who works with the company's managers to understand the department's P&L (understanding OT, over/under staffing, material costs, etc.). The CEO (this role is separate from the President) will also work with you in understanding: the company's history, team building, culture, state of the company and background of their industry. This will be a great learning opportunity for you that most managers don't get exposure to.
Not only will you have access to your peers at this corporate facility but also to all of the other managers at their other facilities throughout the country. They meet annually as a group on a formal basis and other times throughout the year more casually. During your training, you'll get to visit the other facilities to understand their best practices and get to know them more personally.
Initially, you'll have daily interaction with the President either in person or by phone. Once you're up to speed, it won't be as formal, but there will still likely be daily interaction. During the first three months, there will be a weekly one-on-one and then things will relax thereafter. The President is not a micro-manager. He believes he is hiring you to do a job based on your skill-level and that he should allow you to do that job. He is there for support and guidance. He looks for managers that can help senior management make educated decisions on what is needed to support the business. You'll need to take you own initiative to drive production in a way that creates great morale, improves efficiencies and benefits both the company and its employees.
If you want to work for a company with a family-like culture and can perform at a high-level, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are working for a long-standing company with deep roots that is in great financial shape, ownership that invests in their business and its people, this opportunity may be for you.
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