Senior Manager Manufacturing Operations
Description

 Located in Peoria, Illinois, Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. (NFW) produces a scalable and sustainable universe of peerless high-performance materials created from abundant natural sources. NFW is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, innovative ideas, and the desire to commercialize new products from nature and is composed of a team of scientists, engineers, and business leaders that are inspired to impact the world. We are looking for exceptional talent who can contribute to our exciting and fast-paced, rapidly growing organization.   Come join our team as the Senior Manager, Manufacturing Operations! 


The Senior Manager, Manufacturing Operations is a critical member of the NFW Operations leadership team. Our team needs a motivated, organized, LEAN focused Sr. Manager, Manufacturing Operations to lead Mirum manufacturing into the future. The Senior Manager, Manufacturing Operations is passionate about data, collaborative problem solving, building LEAN systems, driving high performance across the organization, implementing the NFW Production System, and providing symmetry and productivity. The Senior Manager, Manufacturing Operations builds effective leadership teams that embrace our values and company mission and is able to create effective policies and procedures to ensure assigned manufacturing facilities and teams operate at peak efficiency, while creating an environment that team members feel valued and empowered. Additionally, the Senior Manager, Manufacturing Operations is flexible and comfortable working within ambiguous situations, collaborating with Senior Product Development Engineers and Scientists, and providing hands-on support. 


Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead and manage Production Managers across multiple shifts and product manufacturing platforms.
  • Work with Senior leadership to develop strategies and tactics resulting in measurable improvements within manufacturing operations.
  • Build meaningful relationships across the enterprise that support collaborative problem solving.
  • Inspire confidence and creativity across the organization through the development of a continuous improvement culture that embraces thoughtful dialogue and open exchange of ideas, and fact-based management decision making.
  • Provide strategic input for supply planning within the S&OP process, annual planning, and optimization.
  • Identify engineered improvement opportunities, technology gaps, and resource requirements to meet production programs and reduce operating expenses.
  • Ensure all employees follow industry standard health and safety guidelines.
  • Pro-active leadership and participation within Change Management, Project Management, and Facility Management (within assigned operation).
  • Develops and manages operating and capital expenditure budgets related to Manufacturing Operations within assigned location(s), assuring adherence to annual targets.
  • Develops and cascades annual strategic and performance objectives as defined by Senior Leadership. 
  • Maintain shop-floor presence, active participation in the manufacturing process and problem solving.
  • Analyze and react to meaningful operations metrics through implementation of appropriate corrective action and countermeasures.
  • Act as the LEAN leader within the NFW Production System, having full responsibility for the acceptance of, and day over day compliance of operational performance within the Production System.
  • Administer discipline and corrective action as required.
  • Provides “back-up” for Production Managers as needed to assure continuity of leadership throughout manufacturing operations.
  • Embraces and promotes the core values of NFW, creating an inclusive and collaborative work environment.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Requirements
  • A bachelor's degree in a related field and 8 years of directly related work experience, with at least 6 years in a leadership role, or an equitable combination of education and experience as required to successfully perform the indicated tasks.
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Proven ability to build collaborative relationships to drive improvement
  • Proven track record of successfully training employees in productivity and safety
  • Working knowledge of OSHA and EPA regulations
  • Ability to coach and mentor employees on a one-on-one basis as well as motivate as a group
  • A working knowledge of ANSI/ASQC ISO 9001 or comparable Quality System standard.
  • A working knowledge of LEAN Manufacturing
  • Additional preference will be provided for Automotive, Food, Rubber or Textile manufacturing experience.
  • Additional preference provided for Certification in ANSI/ASQC ISO 9001.
  • Additional preference provided for verifiable LEAN implementation experience.

Competency Requirements

  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to lead through influence
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret data
  • Meticulous attention to detail is mandatory
  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to take manage diverse projects and organizations
  • Ability to work in ambiguity and create structure

Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Frequent talking, hearing and seeing
  • Frequent using of hands to grasp, handle, or feel
  • Regular standing, walking, sitting and reaching
  • Occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds

Vision Requirements

  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
  • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more) 
  • Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point) 
  • Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)
  • Ability to focus (ability to adjust eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

Work Environment

  • Primarily operates in office and manufacturing environments
  • Some of the work is performed in a shop environment where it may be loud, dusty, hot or cold
  • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines
  • Regularly required to use personal protective equipment

NFW is an EOE.