Position: Production Manager with professional growth opportunity into an Operations Manager role

Our client is a well-established, family-based provider of innovative precision metal stampings with a German-based ownership. Their customized stamping solutions utilize deep-draw technology and serve numerous application areas in a range of industries, including automotive and consumer goods. The company strives to design manufacturing systems that allow for quick changeovers and rapid set-ups, which permits them to deliver their custom-produced products to their customers at industry-leading speeds.

The company is currently seeking a Production Manager who is experienced in metal forming technologies and will lead efforts to prepare, start up and optimize a three 8-hour shift manufacturing process throughout the plant while building alliances with existing team members. This opportunity offers substantial scope for professional growth within a successful company. The role will oversee the areas of production, machine shop, tooling and maintenance to ensure the required business objectives are met in a safe and environmentally compliant manner. This role will be a key member of the management team with an integral role in developing and continuously improving the culture and ability to shape and influence the success of the company.


  • Supervise larger teams with operational focus in an area of functional expertise; you will have supervisors or individual contributors as direct reports.
  • Hire, develop and promote employees through use of mentorship, training materials and performance reviews; position resides within the company’s first level of management and entails human resource responsibilities.
  • Develop and revise production and quality control standards.
  • Develop budget and cost controls and actively participate in budget planning.
  • Consistently further develop the Quality Management System (QMS) and ensure compliance with IATF 16949.
  • Manage production planning, including personnel requirements, material needs, subcontract requirements, facility as well as tooling and equipment needs and drive operational excellence.
  • Revise production schedules and priorities as a result of equipment failure, operating problems, etc.
  • In coordination with local colleagues, develop and implement a technical apprenticeship training program, including defining strategy and objectives.
  • Review production and operating reports and direct the resolution of operational, manufacturing, and maintenance problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delays.
  • Create an environment that encourages active participation of all team members.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant Engineering or Business discipline is required; candidates must display a high degree of technical aptitude.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership experience as an Operations Supervisor, Manager or a related role with experience in production planning, including material and personnel planning as well as shift schedule management is highly desired.
  • Excellent knowledge of metal forming technologies.
  • Experience with deep-drawing technology, high-speed progressive dies, transfer presses and tooling design.
  • Experience in the aerosol and packaging or automotive industry is highly desired.
  • Formal training and/or experience with continuous improvement tools such as Six Sigma, 5-S, Lean Manufacturing, etc.
  • Familiarity and practical experience with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Managements systems and knowledge of TS 16949 or IATF 16949 quality process.
  • Tool room experience is a plus.
  • Understanding of SolidWorks or similar CAD programs.
  • Understanding of and practical experience with Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Strong ability to mentor/develop/coach all levels of the organization and drive accountability for performance.