Manufacturing Manager

BTD Manufacturing, Inc.

Washington, IL

Safety is #1 at BTD: Our expectation is that every employee: 1) Follows safety policies, rules and safe work methods. 2) Promptly corrects or reports safety hazards or unsafe conditions. Promptly reports injuries for prompt diagnosis and treatment. 3) Makes regular suggestions for safety process improvements to support continuous improvement in safety.


Essential Functions: This position is responsible for the following tasks, duties and responsibilities:


Job Title: Manufacturing Plant Manager I, II, III

Department: Operations

Locations: Detroit Lakes, Lakeville, Dawsonville, Washington

Reports To: Director of Operations

FLSA Status: Salaried Exempt


This position provides leadership and direction in the development and attainment of strategic deployment goals; is responsible for value stream operations, continuous improvement, and human resources.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Sets goals, monitor progress, and ensure accountability for direct reports.

Accountable for allocating and planning resources to ensure key strategic metrics are met.

* Budget/Profitability

* Productivity

* Quality

* Safety

* Delivery

* Employee coaching and development

* Lead time

* Communication


Develop and implement appropriate operational, continuous improvement, and human resource strategies aligning with the corporate goals.

Drive continuous improvement throughout the company.

* Continuous Improvement plan

* Quality Plan

* Control Plans

* Capital projects

* New product development projects

* Problem solving

* Customer satisfaction

* Visual management


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Manages several subordinate Manufacturing Leaders or Supervisors and Material Leaders. Manages the supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Leadership Responsibilities:

1. Establishes performance standards, monitors employee performance and focuses the Department’s attention to areas of opportunity to maximize performance.

2. Maintains ethics and integrity congruent to the Company’s mission and values.

3. Assists in the development of personnel through positive reinforcement and coaching techniques.

4. Responsibilities include hiring, planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assuring problems are resolved; developing leadership in all.

5. Provide coaching and direction for development of direct reports.


Strategic Agility – Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.

Problem Solving - Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers.

Developing Direct Reports and Others – Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the development system in the organization; is a people builder.


Drive for Results - Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

Core Values - Adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs during both good and bad times; acts in line with those values; rewards the right values and disapproves of others; practices what he/she preaches. Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn't misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.

Building Effective Teams - Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.

Lean Management Systems - Experience with lean, ability to utilize lean tools and kaizen; is dedicated to providing company wide common systems for designing and measuring work processes; seeks to reduce variances in organization processes; delivers the highest quality products and services which meet the needs and requirements of internal and external customers; is committed to continuous improvement through empowerment and management by data.


EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience; ASQE, APIC s, Lean Certification(s) and/or Masters Degree are desired. General knowledge of internal accounting controls, and financial analysis of expenditures.



o Manufacturing Plant Manager I: Seven to ten years related lean manufacturing/operations; previous management/leadership experience is required.

o Manufacturing Plant Manager II: Minimum of ten years related manufacturing/operations; previous management/leadership experience is required. Lean Certification achieved.

o Manufacturing Plant Manager III: Minimum of thirteen or more years related manufacturing/operations; previous management/leadership experience is required. Has conducted and lead successful lean events.



COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from employees, customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present and communicate information to employees, management, public groups and/or board of directors.


PROBLEM SOLVING: Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical, or diagram form; and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


The qualifications listed above are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience could provide necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform this job.


Physical Demands: 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. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.



Work Environment: The position has good working conditions in a manufacturing plant environment, and is a diversified job requiring sustained mental effort related to internal/external contacts, organizational issues, planning and technical areas. The individual may encounter significant emotional strain or tension. There is sustained exposure to standing, sitting and the plant environment. There is also moderate exposure to Video Data Terminals (VDTs).