Operations Manager - Manufacturing

Federal Signal   •  

Elgin, IL

Industry: Security Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 357 days ago

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Operations Manager-Manufacturing

We are currently seeking a Manufacturing Business Unit Manager in our facility in Elgin, IL -- this position is immediately available. In this highly visible position you will demonstrate your ability to meet daily production schedules in a pull system and implement long term improvement plans. You will be responsible for welding and fabrication operations over 2 shifts with oversight of approximately 50 employees. As a key member of the leadership team that champions lean manufacturing strategies, you’ll have the opportunity to implement initiatives that result in continuous process improvement and quality enhancement.


Define and implement lean manufacturing strategies in manufacturing and paint to insure continuous process improvement in terms of cost, quality, delivery, inventory, safety, human resource utilization and development.  Responsible for on time piece part manufacturing in order to meet customer quality and delivery expectations.


  1. Ensure daily execution of dispatch lists according to demand driven by the Master Assembly Schedule in order to meet customer quality and delivery requirements. Responsible for managing manufacturing capacity to insure work orders are produced on schedule and changes in future demand are addressed with minimum supply disruption. Also manages Service part demand effectively to meet customer demands.

  2. Plan, schedule and implement capital projects, which support our annual plans and meet or exceed Corporate ROI goals.

  3. Plan, implement and measure continuous quality improvements to support our high value product position.Implement and manage prevention oriented quality assurance procedures and practices to insure customer satisfaction with our machines and ISO9001 compliance.

  4. Functions as a key member of the Elgin leadership team with responsibility to champion and lead the implementation of lean manufacturing principles.Shares the responsibility to define and implement initiatives required to achieve our Operations Activity Diagram and mission statement.

  5. Create and manage appropriate expense budgets within volume adjusted amounts to ensure continuous improvement of expenses as a % of sales.

  6. Responsible for continuous improvement of overall process productivity and asset utilization within scope of responsibility.

  7. Ensure safe practices through a clean, organized and visual work place.

  8. Support new product development programs to insure project quality, cost and schedule targets are achieved.

  9. Shared responsibility for the installation, operation and maintenance of consumption based material systems utilizing pull signals on regular usage parts to reduce WIP inventory.

  10. Recruit, retain and develop outstanding people who will flourish in a team-based environment.Responsible for administration of the Performance Planning and Management System. Responsible for the selection, performance management, and disciplinary activities for all direct reports with oversight to these activities for welding and fabrication.

  11. Keep abreast of the latest in manufacturing technology and implement appropriate changes.

  12. Promote ongoing Human Resource development through training and the development of High Performance Work teams.

  13. Perform other duties, assignments and special projects as assigned.


Bachelors degreerequired. Emphasis in Engineering or EngineeringTechnologypreferred. MBA or Masters in Industrial Management preferred.


  • 5-10 years experience in industrial equipment manufacturing required.
  • 3-5 years experience in direct employee supervision required.
  • Experience in implementing lean manufacturing systems and tools are desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships in a team environment with all levels of the organization.
  • Possess a high degree of motivation, customer sensitivity and knowledge of field.
  • Knowledge of assembly methods, flow and constraint management desired.