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Manager, Manufacturing Operations (Metal Fabrication) – Support Operations 3rd Shift

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Manufacturing (Group)  |  ID: REQ-12942


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Manager, Manufacturing Operations (Metal Fabrication) – Support Operations 3rd Shift

The Challenge

Role Summary/Purpose: Manages personnel, equipment, and process effectiveness within the AP-5 Metal Fabrication Areas. Lead, coach and develop the Metal Fabrication Areas, including Controlman and other hourly production team members, to ensure high performance and continuous improvement in the areas of safety, quality, delivery, and cost. This position is located in Louisville, KY.

What you will Do

Essential Responsibilities:          

MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS:  Provides support to the value stream Business Leader by leading the operational and improvement activities of an assigned production area within the value stream.

  • Direct Reports include Controlmen & Hourly Production team members
  • Responsible for operational performance and improvement of key metrics including safety, quality, delivery, cost, and morale. Align area metrics with overall department/value stream goals; organize resources to deliver on these metrics.
  • Oversee the daily start-up of production area. Ensure line is properly staffed and manage staffing throughout the day; monitor expected and unexpected absenteeism. Review daily plan with Team Leaders.
  • Ensure production line boards are completed in a timely manner. Utilize production line boards to collect information on area performance, issue identification and problem resolution. Ensure information is passed on to the following shift and management.
  • Maintain a good technical knowledge of operations; follow the escalation process to address and respond to abnormalities and recommend corrective action as required.
  • Act as a first responder to Controlmen and production team members within the production area. Facilitate delegation of issues to appropriate level in escalation process.
  • Ensure the Lean manufacturing practices and Escalation Process set forth under the Appliance Production System are followed and adhered to within the value stream manufacturing operations.
  • Attend daily production meetings and cascade necessary information to team members. Lead and maintain rigor around daily team meetings, escalation meetings, etc. Communicate key issues to leadership team at the daily production meeting.
  • Oversee the deployment of standardized work within the value stream operation. Ensure process stability through following standardized work. Coach and develop Controlmen and team members to ensure standardized work is in place and is followed.
  • Ensure adherence to Job Instruction method by reviewing and verifying Job Instruction forms, including cross training matrix, and Team Leader delivery of four step method to ensure ‘Critical Points’ and ‘Why’ are conveyed accurately and effectively.
  • Ensure 5S standards are met for the area.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT:  Live, promote and teach the Appliance Production System philosophy and drive continuous improvement within assigned production area.

  • Lead work team to react aggressively to factory inefficiencies. Drive problem-solving and root cause identification of problems for the production area. Engage all members of escalation team to address and resolve problems, ex. PIE, quality, facilities engineer, etc.
  • Support the Operations Leader in managing a cross-functional team (PIE’s, Team Leaders, Kaizen Promotion Officers and other Lean resources) to continuously identify and work to reduce waste in the area for both short term and long-term improvement initiatives.
  • Serve as a first responder within the escalation process for problems/issues within the value stream operation.
  • Participate in meetings to review department issues. Assist in prioritizing and assigning ownership for open items in assigned production area. Track items to closure and ensure follow-up with key stakeholders.
  • Champion kaizen events within department. Ensure related countermeasures are implemented on manufacturing line(s).
  • Participate in the planning and execution of work area rebalancing utilizing Yamazumi charts.

LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION:  Provide active day-to-day leadership, work direction and support for a manufacturing team within a production area.

  • Partner with site Human Resources team to ensure fair and consistent administration of all policies, work rules and processes.
  • Oversee line staffing and allocate employees to cover absenteeism.
  • Complete job postings as needed.
  • Complete timecards daily and ensure employees receive appropriate pay for time worked. Ensure upgrades are properly coded, leave types are identified and overtime is properly calculated.
  • Identify and communicate Overtime needs.  When applicable, acquire overtime help and accurately apply overtime guidelines; ensure correct overtime lists are always posted.
  • Lead employee disciplinary investigation and action as appropriate. Partner with HR to conduct timely investigations when necessary. Complete accurate and thorough disciplinary records with supporting documentation.
  • Ensure attendance discipline is issued in a timely manner and consistent with the Attendance Policy.
  • Distribute written communications in a timely fashion.

QUALITY:  Ensure the product produced on manufacturing line is defect-free and produced according to specification.

  • Ensure all quality processes/standards are followed within assigned production area.
  • Monitor quality issues daily and drives the resolution or escalation for any defect.
  • Ensure Team Leaders include quality standards in Standardized Work to meet design intent and build in quality.
  • Work cross-functionally with multiple stakeholders to address and solve production line quality issues (i.e. controlmen, engineering, quality).
  • Monitor scrap data/reports to drive resolution of scrap issues and work projects to prevent future scrap.
  • Partner with Plant Quality and Engineering staff to drive improvements in First Pass Yield and Service Call Rate (SCR) metrics.

SAFETY:  Responsible for the safety performance and metrics for the production area.

  • Promote safety culture and ensure team’s compliance with safety rules and procedures, such as: PPE compliance, accident investigation within 24 hours, Safety Contacts, and safe start participation.
  • Lead and own accident investigation process to identify root cause and drive required corrective action(s). Log and close accident investigations in a timely manner.
  • Manage the department's safety action item list, including corrective actions from near misses, accident reports & ergo assessments.

What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree with technical degree required (or equivalent experience.)
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Manufacturing Engineering/Operations/Quality support roles.
  • Minimum of 3 years or more leadership experience in manufacturing operations, preferably unionized operations.

Preferred Characteristics:

  • Knowledge of Appliances manufacturing processes.
  • Metal Fabrication experience.
  • Experience in Controls, PMs, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatics and welding techniques.
  • Experience and training in lean manufacturing practices.
  • Experience with TPM
  • Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
  • Quality Leadership experience.
  • Program Management skills.

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions are normal for both an office and manufacturing environment.
  • Work may involve lifting of materials and product up to 25 pounds.
  • Working in the manufacturing environment requires the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, work shoes/boots.
  • Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work.
  • Travel may be required for domestic and/or international travel to other sites/plants, etc.

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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