Position Description

Production Manager
Location Cedar Rapids, IA
Department Manufacturing & Operations
Employment Status Regular Full Time
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The Production Manager directs employees who work in production, shipping, and/or inventory control, plans and assigns work, enforces policies and procedures, and develops the skills and abilities of team members.  Identifies, recommends, plans, leads, and implements improvements in methods, processes, equipment, operating procedures, and working conditions.  Proactively and urgently drives improvements in methods, processes, equipment, operating procedures, and working conditions.  Proactively and urgently drives improvements in safety, quality, delivery, productivity, and cost.  Directs and coordinates activities concerned with production and shipment of company products by performing the following duties personally and through subordinates.  The Production Manager will report to the Director of Operations.

Key Responsibilities



  1. •Understands functions and responsibilities of each employee assigned to the Production Supervisor position and manages them in all aspects of employment, including but not limited to: 
    -Hiring, Performance, Discipline, and Termination 
    -Training, Coaching, Mentoring, Guidance, and Motivation

  2. •Effectively manages employees and/or processes to ensure all responsibilities of assigned employees are met and that each external/internal customers' needs are met in a timely manner.

  3. •Ensures systems utilized by department (i.e. JDE, ADP, SolidWorks, etc.) meets or exceeds needs of all company employees.

  4. •Develops, implements, and monitors progress of short-term and long-term goals for all assigned employees.

  5. •Maintains a high level of confidentiality.

  6. •Demonstrates confidence when navigating difficult situations/conversations and advancing ideas.


  1. •Plans and directs production, inventory control, and/or shipping activities while establishing priorities to ensure efficient operations. Ensures optimal resource availability to execute production schedules, forecasts, and projects.

  2. •Provides clear command presence, leadership, and direction.  Generates, communicates, and executes specific actionable plans to quickly fix problems.  Proactively and urgently identifies and fixes constraints in real-time, using both short-term and sustainable solutions.

  3. Predicts, prevents, identifies, and solves problems using data, reports, observation, and other tools available. Develops and implements methods, processes, and procedures designed to eliminate problems and improve safety, quality, delivery, productivity, and cost.

  4. Creates, maintains, communicates, and executes detailed strategic improvement plans.


  1. •Demonstrates a good attendance record; is aware of the impact that missing work will have on the customer as well as co-workers.

  2. •Completes goals/projects on time or ahead of schedule.

  3. •Responds to work assignments and requests by being cooperative and available.

  4. •Follows through and meets commitments.

  5. •Available as a resource to subordinates and/or peers.

Productivity / Job Knowledge15%

  1. Performs on-going safety walk-throughs and audits of work areas and insures safe working environment. Identifies and fixes hazards with urgency.

  2. Manufactures product in conformance with internal and external customer quality requirements, while reducing scrap and rework, without creating unnecessary costs or burdensome process inefficiencies.

  3. •Coordinates and collaborates with other departments to achieve success in assigned areasDevelops detailed understanding of processes and work flows by performing the same tasks as production, shipping, and inventory control employees, with sufficient frequency and repetition to become and remain a subject matter expert.

  4. Develops budgets, cost controls, and metrics. Monitors and controls performance to ensure efficient spending.

  5. Creates new tools, metrics, and reports to improve understanding of area operations.

  6. Implements and sustains 5S, shop floor organization, and cleanliness.

  7. •Monitors, coordinates, evaluates, and/or contributes to product development, research and 

  8. Initiates or suggests plans to motivate workers to achieve work goals.

  9. Maintains harmony among workers and resolves complaints.

  10. Coordinates, collaborates, and drives improvement with other departments to achieve success in assigned areas. 

  11. Directs/leads additional areas/departments based on business needs.

  12. Conducts management responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Interprets company policies to workers and enforces regulations.


  1. •Follows safety procedures, protocols, policies, and adheres to all SAFESTART concepts, and acts when others are not holding themselves accountable.



Act Like an Owner.20%

  1. •Leads by example and takes ownership in everything you do and or say.

  2. •If you see something, say something and follow through until it's right.

  3. •Treats others with respect and kindness.

Be Interested. Stay Interested.20%

  1. •Isn’t complacent. Seizes opportunities to learn by participating in activities to increase understanding.

Create Change. Start With Yourself.20%

  1. •Asks "why", is open-minded, and challenges the status quo.

  2. •Leads and supports changes for the sake of improvement.

Seek New Perspectives.20%

  1. •Seeks new perspectives from all available sources to challenge your own, and brings them into your decision making process.

  2. •Involves all stakeholders in making decisions. Is open to input from all sources.

Fail Fast. Learn Fast.20%

  1. •Considers long and short-term outcomes when making decisions.

  2. •Is fearless.

  3. •Readily admits mistakes.



Qualifications and Essential Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical or business management field, plus a minimum of two years leadership experience in a manufacturing environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field.  
  • Background with manufacturing methods and continuous improvement  programs required. 
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Assembly, fabrication, and shipping experience preferred.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly required to sit and interface with computer systems while maintaining a high level of concentration.  The employee is also regularly required to stand and walk while performing the duties of the job. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, or crouch.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands/fingers to handle or feel.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the office work environment is usually quiet.  Employee may be exposed to shop environment while distributing documents to shop area.  When on shop floor, employee will be required to wear safety glasses at all times, steel-toed footwear and ear protection when job demands presence in areas outside safety zones and gloves when handling material. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration, and occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the plant shop environment is moderately loud.  Handles hazardous waste according to company policy and participates in annual hazardous waste training.

We consider applicants for all position without regard to race, sex, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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