Manager Of Production

The Vollrath Company, LLC
Sheboygan, WI 53081


Sheboygan, WI 53081

Full job description

Title: Manager of Production – Manufacturing Business Unit
Location: Sheboygan, WI

Position Overview:
This position requires: a self-motivated individual with a sense of urgency to manage factory production operations; a person who will work collaboratively with the rest of the organization to achieve the overall business objectives for his/her span of control; someone who will make data-driven decisions and utilize critical thinking including risk/reward trade-offs, total lifecycle costs and benefits, and critical path timing; and an individual with strong communication skills (both written and verbal) to provide regular progress reports and summaries to all levels of the organization from the shop floor to the board room.
The successful candidate will: be able to motivate individuals to achieve a common goal, utilize the talent development and performance management processes to build a strong diverse team with forethought around succession planning; possess business acumen to provide resource and budget estimates and articulate business cases; and have the ability to plan and track resources across multiple areas.
This position is responsible for the following production areas: Metal processing (slitting, blanking and coating); manual and automated press operations (both mechanical and hydraulic); washing and annealing; finishing and polishing; and packing.

Key Responsibilities:
Maintain a safe working environment for all employees, ensuring compliance to all Company, local, state and federal codes and regulations.

Provide leadership and direction to the Manufacturing Group across a 3 shift operation.

Develop production plans that ensure products are delivered to a high quality standard, on-time, and on cost.

Utilizing the principles of lean manufacturing, identify key areas to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness through improving processes & procedures, workflow, resource allocation, inventory management etc.

Develop and maintain appropriate controls and reports necessary to drive operational improvements in cost management, quality and product lead-times.

Performance Management and Talent Development – In a timely manner and on a consistent basis provide candid feedback to employees regarding their performance. Challenge people to achieve their best and support them in their efforts for personal development.

Establish succession plans for critical positions at all levels within the production organizations with special emphasis on high skill production positions. Participate in the hiring process to continue to build strong diverse teams.

This position reports to the Vice President of Manufacturing.

Direct reports include:
Manufacturing Supervisors first shift (4)

Manufacturing Supervisors second shift (2)

Manufacturing Supervisors third shift (2)


Proven track record of strong leadership and managerial skills. Ability to effectively communicate to all levels of management and outside sources. Must be able to effectively delegate and work collaboratively with other functional departments.

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (ME/EE/IE preferred), Operations Management or related field – or – equivalent work experience with a demonstrated track record of success.

Seven to ten (7 - 10) years of experience in a manufacturing environment with a blended experience base in production, maintenance, planning, or quality assignments.

Three to five (3 – 5) years of experience directly managing people.

Strong background in lean manufacturing. A passion and ability to truly engage people at all levels of an organization. A balanced focus between processes and systems as well as achieving results. An understanding of fundamental lean principles such as standard work creation and use, value stream mapping, 5S, kaizen events, etc.

Proficient knowledge of ERP/MRP systems (JD Edwards preferred).

Experience working in a union environment (preferred).

Previous experience in metal and metal forming industry (preferred).

Potential Career Pathing:
Plant Manager

Vice President of Manufacturing
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