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1st Shift Manager
Kent, Ohio

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Title: 1st Shift Lead Operations Manager

Hiring Organization: Connexion Systems & Engineering

Our client is seeking:   1st Shift Lead Operations Manager to Lead Operations Team: Lead the operations team to meet the daily production KPIs that drive the needs of the customer and the 95% OTD goal. Lead the departmental teams to develop/implement/execute the daily production plan and work with the operations team to execute the plan to meet the needs of the customer while improving the processes and achieving the operations KPI's.

Compensation, Benefits, and Employment Type

  • Duration – Permanent
  • Pay rate:   100-105K
  • Job Location:  Streetsboro, OH
  • Job#: bh11575
  • Date Posted: 8/25/2020

· Manage Operations: Develop/maintain the capacity model for the area production departments to ensure we have adequate resources & operators to meet the needs of the customer for both the short & long term. This also includes developing plans to expand our workforce and equipment as needed for future growth.

· Develop Operations Team: Develop the operations team in the various manufacturing methodologies to continue to improve/expand their skill sets and knowledge to meet the needs of the customer and continue to drive improvements. This includes developing and maintaining the training needs of the operations group.

· Support Lean Manufacturing Initiatives: The area manager will work hand-in-hand with the Maintenance, Quality, lean and process engineers to drive process improvements for the site; supporting Lean events and process improvements for the business. Working closely with management on lean process projects to reduce waste and improve efficiencies.

· Drive Employee Engagement: Needs to develop and implement an action plan to improve their operations team through employee development.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leads and influences all elements of their shift (material, manpower, machines, etc.) from material inputs to parts shipment including overall responsibility of Safety, Quality, Maintenance, Manning and Process Improvement to effect maximum level of productivity, quality and on-time-in full delivery of product.
  • Manages productivity levels within the shift. Continuously improve productivity, flow, changeovers, etc. through the implementation of Lean principles.
  • Lead the development of current and future state value stream maps and continuous improvement plans, as well as the implementation of those plans across the value streams. Be highly visible to associates and promote hands-on, high involvement approaches to problem solving. Support new product development by driving the operations requirements.
  • Reviews/Ensures success of the day-to-day production KPI’s and activities within their area. Drive cross-functional execution and track daily performance through the use of gemba boards on a daily basis ensuring countermeasures are identified. Emphasizing prevention of potential problems and hazardous conditions.
  • Conducts safety investigations as needed. Performs 6S audits. Responsible for developing and monitoring standard work and quality standards. Performs layered process audits and quality audits through the use of leader standard work.
  • Conducts OTD analysis of departments and proactively updates gaps. Manages resources of the assigned areas of the value stream. Manages assigned resources to or below budgetary levels.
  • Ensures accuracy and proper management of inventory. Ensures timely disposition of scrap and non-conforming materials.
  • Coordinates shift’s vacation schedule to ensure adequate coverage and completion of departments' work schedule. Provides input and makes recommendations for requisitioning, placing, and training of employees assigned to designated production areas.
  • Develops and delivers complete, fair, accurate and meaningful employee performance reviews. Responsible for team’s adherence to company policies and procedures. Ensures payroll system is updated daily and certified weekly. Ensures cross-training of employees is conducted for the development and skills matrix is updated.
  • Identifies product/production problems, review production re-work and rejected parts. Assist in determining and eliminate causes; works with support departments to minimize rejects and maintain optimum production flow.
  • Serve as a change agent by influencing, communicating and institutionalizing a culture of simplification, standard work, process improvement and lean principles.
  • Ensures the company's commitment to maintain a safe workplace and to protect the environment through the establishment and support of Company policy and adherence to various government regulations.
  • Performs other duties, tasks and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Strong manufacturing/operations background
  • Bachelor’s Degree (in a technical field preferred) and or 10 years manufacturing experience in a lean environment.
  • Excellent computer skills required
  • Management experience required
  • Positive interpersonal and facilitation skills with excellent presentation and written/verbal communication skills to properly direct, assist and train personnel is needed
  • Proven experience in influencing, leading cross functional teams and driving change results
  • Knowledge of Quality practices and instructions
  • Demonstrated problem solving, manufacturing practice applications (e.g., SPC, Flow Charts, standardized work, KAIZEN, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate others and achieve results.
  • Customer-focused in meeting commitments of quality and delivery.
  • Superior interpersonal skills, delivers information clearly and factually. Capable of adjusting to situation or audience.
  • Demonstrates personal leadership skills; high-performance behaviors, self-initiative, excellent work ethic, exercises good judgment, influencing, mentoring, coaching, negotiation and collaboration.
  • Workplace safety, team building and financial awareness

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