Manager, Manufacturing Engineering & Maintenance
Columbia, SC Manufacturing Engineering and Maintenance
Job Type

FN America, LLC is a U.S. subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A., a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high-quality, reliable firearms for military, law enforcement and commercial customers worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia with manufacturing operations in Columbia, South Carolina, FN America is passionately committed to providing its customers with a portfolio of FN-branded products, training and support services that enhance user performance and safeguard their lives. For more information, visit us at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Position Summary

The Manufacturing Engineering and Maintenance Manager contributes to new product development and continuous improvement strategies in addition to leading and developing a team of manufacturing engineers and maintenance technicians who support lean, high quality, high paced manufacturing operations across multiple shifts. The Manufacturing Engineering and Maintenance Manager also drives consistency and standards to support stable manufacturing processes and develops new processes and standards to launch new products. In addition, the Manufacturing Engineering and Maintenance Manager develops machine tool strategies and standards for replenishment that will determine the future of FN’s manufacturing capabilities in a growing and expanding business model.  

Job Duties

Manufacturing Engineering

  • Leads and manages a technical team in the areas of manufacturing engineering. Develops goals and work plans to support multiple shift manufacturing operations.
  • Leads and manages all factory manufacturing engineering activities to ensure machine capability and process control.
  • Establishes and sustains effective relationships with all functional teams to foster an environment where innovation and cooperation are used to solve problems
  • Establishes department budgets, actions, and resource plans.
  • Works directly with manufacturing, engineering, and quality in a team environment for problem solving, buy-in and support to achieve company goals.
  • Inspects performance of machinery, equipment, and tools to verify their efficiency, and investigates and initiates corrective action of problems and deficiencies.
  • Implements systems to ensure processes are operated and controlled to original specifications.
  • Monitors Key Process Indicators (KPIs) and determines corrective measures to be taken as needed.
  • Evaluates and implements development strategies for the team to ensure technical skills are adequate to support current and future manufacturing processes.
  • Drives continuous improvement efforts in quality, cycle time, process improvement, machine availability and cost by enhancing the capability of existing processes and eliminating waste. 
  • Champions problem solving for chronic process issues.


  • Leads the maintenance team with a focus on development and execution of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) to improve Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE).
  • Develops and implements standard procedures to monitor equipment for safety, performance, and effectiveness to shift from reactive to proactive measures. 
  • Develops maintenance team members to ensure adequate knowledge depth to support adequate proactive and reactive response measures while monitoring and improving response time and work order closure.
  • Plans and schedules maintenance operations to complete necessary work with minimal downtime while adhering to all safety requirements. 
  • Engages with manufacturing managers as a business partner to collaborate and optimize equipment operation while ensuring preventive maintenance is created, completed, and monitored for all equipment.
  • Ensures critical spare parts are identified and all on-hand equipment parts are cataloged. 
  • Assists with the deployment of IoT integration efforts with equipment and maintenance activities.
  • Manages relationships with contractors and maintenance service providers. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


Educational Requirements

A Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or relevant field is required. A master’s degree is preferred.

Experience Requirements

Ten years of experience in manufacturing engineering, assembly, and maintenance with progressively increasing responsibility and two years of leadership experience are required (may be concurrent).

Skills and Competencies

All FN America employees are expected to demonstrate accountability, collaboration, communication, customer focus, and innovation. Additional requirements of this position include:

  • Demonstrated lean experience with creating and/or modifying processes utilizing lean tools/methodologies required. 
  • Structured, data driven approach to problem solving, and attention to detail required.
  • Demonstrated Design for Manufacturing (DFM), Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED), cost reduction and process improvement experience required. 
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of Computer Numerical Control equipment, programming, setup, and operation required. 
  • Plant expansion experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment required.
  • Excellent project management skills: capable of defining and driving large projects and programs. PMP certification preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to foster collaboration and team building while developing technical skills within the organization.


Lean/Six Sigma certification preferred.

Working Conditions

Typical office environment. May be exposed to loud noises, toxic chemicals, and dangerous machinery when on the plant floor.   

All FN America employees have a responsibility to participate in the development of a safe and healthy workplace and to comply with instructions given for their own safety and health and that of others.

Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status.

FN America, LLC is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with physical and mental disabilities.

If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please email or call: 803-736-0522. We will make a determination on your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

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