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Fabrication Lean Manufacturing Manager

Company: Alto-Shaam, Inc.
Location: Menomonee Falls
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Position Overview:

Lean Manufacturing Manager Fabrication, leads and manages multiple value streams supporting

manufacturing goals and lean execution strategies improving the operations and processes within

manufacturing. The Manufacturing Manager will manage, direct, plan and coordinate (through Value

Stream Managers & Leads) daily manufacturing activities of fabrication and finishing operations across

all shifts to meet plant objectives, and customer satisfaction.

Main responsibilities also includes meeting organizational safety, quality, budget, and value

streams/department goals and making employment and staffing decisions. Interprets and manages

the implementation of value stream policies and programs including good manufacturing practices

aimed to meet industry standards and ISO requirements. Ensures personnel achieve high level of

cross training and skills development using ladders of progression. This position will determine value

stream capacities and effect of production load changes and take appropriate actions to manage

resources to meet production requirements. This position will also assure capital equipment and

automated systems are properly managed and utilized.

LEAN Manufacturing Manager will regularly review processes to help eliminate wastes across fabrication

and finishing operations. As a LEAN Manager you are expected to drive improvement efforts through

preparation and execution of continuous improvement initiatives. You will also help engage the

organization from bottom up to help them understand and adapt a continuous improvement culture.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Lead ~125 employees through front line Value Stream Managers and Leads across 2 shifts.

Ensures products are provided to customers on time so that product quality, yield, operating

costs, and process efficiencies are met.

Integrate resources to provide support to customers including value streams and cap

equipment maintenance departments.

Oversee plant capital equipment utilization and upkeep and directly responsible for effective

use of automated systems

Responsible for driving improvements in manufacturing and product flow throughout the

production process (metal forming, welding, Spot-Welding and Metal Finishing).

Lead cost reduction initiatives and promote team collaboration.

Ensure process stability and reduce variability using problem solving methodologies (5-Why,


Responsible for driving overall plant production capacity and identify potential opportunities

working in collaboration with all managers and team members

Collaborate with leaders to execute Gemba walk process (Managing for Daily Improvement),

utilizing and constantly improving the visual management on the shop floor and in the office


Coordinate all Lean Manufacturing Activities within the location including kaizen events,

projects and any other activity to improve and further lean efforts and ensure execution of

transformation plan.

Coach, direct, and promote a culture of continuous improvement utilizing Lean principles (Value

Stream Mapping, Kaizen, 5S, Standard Work, Line/Cell Design, Single Piece Flow, Material Flow,

Visual Management, SMED, Root Cause Problem Solving, etc.) driving continuous improvement.

Mentor and guide facility team members and peers in the understanding, use and

implementation of LEAN principles and tools.

Through regular contact with VP Operations and Director of Manufacturing and his staff,

participate in planning and/or decision making in matters concerning operational problems,

inventory control, plant policy and maintenance issues and staffing

Identifies, initiates, and facilitates continuous improvements, lean manufacturing activities and

initiatives, such as 5S, visual management, Kaizans. Works effectively, driving, implementing and

sustaining continuous improvement projects

Identify, plan and implement automation where applicable to sustain profitability.

Promotes talent growth by facilitating personnel training aimed to elevate production flexibility.

Responsible for ensuring the quality and quantity of staffing requirements, budgets, costs,

methods, labor efficiency, scrap, volume, and associated KPIs

Interfaces with support functions to secure services and resources and regularly interacts with

senior leaders on matters concerning functional areas or customers.

Optimize the performance of existing manufacturing processes and provide support to

Advanced Mfg. as needed for the development of new manufacturing processes, material and

equipment capabilities.

Responsible for the development of the VS/Department annual operating budget and

maintains expenses within the plan.

Embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we

as individuals and as a company are stronger


Ability to manage activities of VS resources of man-power, machines and methods.

Proven track record of interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to interface well with

other VS /departments and lead effectively and efficiently in a team environment.

In-depth process knowledge of related manufacturing equipment/processes (including

automated systems) and/or operations processes

Strong assessment and troubleshooting skills.

Ability to respond to detailed inquiries and present information to groups and senior leaders.

Ability to collect and analyze data and information to determine paths for process improvement

and potential root cause analysis

Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Education and/or Experience

Bachelors degree in Engineering or Operations Mgmt degree preferred

Minimum 8-10 years of experience in all aspects of manufacturing processes

Minimum 5 years of leadership experience in a manufacturing environment, managing

automated metal forming and welding systems

Exceptional knowledge in all areas of sheet metal fabrication and capital equipment maintenance

is required. Proficiency in laser cutting, automated metal forming and automated welding

/finishing operations is highly desired

Experience developing an annual operating budget and maintain expenses within the plan

Keywords: Alto-Shaam, Inc., Milwaukee , Fabrication Lean Manufacturing Manager, Other , Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

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