Manufacturing Manager - Reading, Pennsylvania

Job Reference:JHP3B26QBPSQPN5H9Z1
Position Type:Permanent
City, State:Reading, Pennsylvania
Salary:US$80000.00 - US$90000.00 per year
Contact:Phill, Spherion, United States
Phone / Fax:484-335-1000 / 484-335-1011

Job Description

Direct production activities for multiple work centers and processes on an assigned shift.  Lead and mentor production supervisors to achieve overall performance goals for production, cost, quality, and safety.  Coordinate production activities through planning with departmental Supervisors, Schedulers, HR Managers, and Quality Systems Trainers to ensure that manufacturing objectives are accomplished in a timely and cost effective manner.

1.      Lead the efforts to develop new processes and improve product by working with internal customers suppliers, and domestic and overseas vendors.     


2.      Manage and improve functional area’s performed measures through use and interpretation of Continuous Improvement tools at a strategic and functional level.  Improve working conditions and processes (safety, quality, productivity, and cost) including supporting and directing employees to participate in improvement programs.


3.      Plan in a forward capacity by working with purchasing and inventory control to achieve and maintain product flow to meet production and financial objectives. (15%)


4.      Development of employees though managing employee performance.  Assist employees in making improvements to their performance through coaching, mentoring, and administering performance reviews.  Recommend, plan, and/or implement employee training and skill development activities.


5.      Ensure that shift personnel adhere to the highest standards of shop floor organization and plant cleanliness. (5%)


6.      Establish and maintain budget for functional area.


7.      Ensure adequate staffing to meet production needs.  Schedules employees.  Approve or deny time-off requests.  Maintain Ashley Time and Attendance records for assigned personnel.


8.      Make employment decisions and/or recommendations such as hiring, improvement plans, transfers, promotions, corrective actions, terminations, and pay adjustments.


9.      Attend all required meetings and training sessions.

11.     Conduct team/department meetings to ensure employees are educated on departmental issues and aware of the company’s goals and objectives.


12.     Maintain reliable attendance.


13.        Complete other assignments and special projects as requested.


Lead a large complex manufacturing organization consisting of up to 22 non-exempt direct reports, up to 2 exempt direct reports, and up to 350 non-exempt indirect reports.  Manage multiple departments, work centers, and processes.  Exercise a high degree of independent judgment and discretion.  Make frequent operation decisions and take actions of difficult and complex nature, including some independent decisions and actions that may affect a major function of the business.

  1. Education
  • Required

¾      2 years higher education in supervision or manufacturing related courses of studies

  • Desired

¾      4 year degree

¾      Promotion from production supervisor, which could be more experience than education driven

    Knowledge of:

  • Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Quality Improvement principles
  • System Improvement Methods
  • Capacity planning and product flow
  • Industrial equipment with a strong mechanical aptitude
  • Microsoft Office Software
  • Record Management

  1. Skills and Abilities
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Identify and analyze constraint processes and implement solutions
  • Plan and conduct professional meetings to keep staff informed and focused
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Lead and direct other to generate expected results
  • Effective time management and organizational skills
  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously and within established time constraints
  • Management of resources to optimize- equipment, facilities, employees, methods, and materials
  • Work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Obtain Powered Industrial Vehicle
  • Respond professionally in situations with difficult employee/vendor/customer issues or inquiries

  • Computer, printer, multi-line phone, fax, copy machine
  • Palm Pilot
  • Cell phone
  • Powered Industrial Vehicle

  1. Mental Effort
  • Work is performed under strong demands in a fast-paced environment
  • Generates suggestions to improve processes
  • Create, interpret, and analyze Continuous Improvement tools
  • Manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Displays empathy, understanding, and patience with employees and external customers


  1. Physical Requirements
  • Sit for limited periods of time
  • Occasional keyboard and mouse use
  • Stands and walks/moves to different locations as needed
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment for areas
  • Occasional bending and stooping


  1. Working Conditions
  • Manufacturing/ office environment
  • Manufacturing environment with regular exposure to dirt, dust, noise, and chemicals
  • Strict deadline pressures in an integral part of the job
  • Flexible and willing to work extended hours (over 40 hrs/week)
  • Minimal amount of domestic and/or international travel