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Production Manager Assembly


STIHL Inc. has an immediate opening for a Manager in our Battery & Blower Assembly Department!  The Assembly Department is a vital part of our 1,000,000 square foot plant in Virginia Beach, VA, responsible for directing and coordinating the manufacturing activities of the Battery and Blower Power Tool Assembly Unit.


Position Highlights:

  • Leadership:  Direct, supervise and coordinate machine set-ups and operations for a team of supervisors that have up to 80 reports each in a cutting edge facility! 
  • Visibility: Responsibility for ensuring team hits production goals to maintain STIHL’s number one status.
  • Challenge: Seasonal business so Product lines change and new Products are constantly added, never be bored!
  • Quality of Life: Located in the amazing Virginia Beach area!
Job Duties & Responsibilities
  • Oversees and participates in the development of performance, efficiency, and product quality standards for a Business Unit. Provides guidance to Unit supervisors regarding the coordination of department standards with overall company objectives. Directs maintenance and planning functions where applicable to ensure correct equipment uptime is maintained, by use of preventative maintenance scheduling. Ensures 5S and housekeeping initiatives are maintained.
  • Monitors output, cycle times, routings, and quality indicators and oversees and participates in the resolution of problems or reinforcement of positive findings. Works with other departmental managers, such as Quality Assurance, Production Control, Materials, Engineering etc. to resolve difficult or continuing problems.
  • Oversees and participates in daily production operations through personal interaction with production associates, floor response to immediate problems, and regular council and guidance to Unit supervisors and lead people.
  • Oversees the maintenance of appropriate levels of labor, the general conformance with STIHL employee rules, the issuing of warnings, and the administration of disciplinary measures when necessary. Participates in internal programs, such as communications, vacation schedules, job evaluation, employee performance reviews, wage administration, etc., as needed.
  • Participates in the development of production plans with representatives from other departments, such as Production Planning and Control, Marketing, Materials, etc. to ensure that performance standards meet customer requirements. Follows up with departments with respect to ongoing status of plan versus actual performance as requested.
  • Serves as a liaison to Manufacturing Engineering regarding product changes, required production needs, production processes, future strategic objectives, etc. for Business Unit.
  • Initiates meetings or other communications with other departments regarding the resolution of ongoing problems, the implementation of new procedures or processes, or the development of new plans or designs for Business Unit.
  • Participates in the research, development, and design of long-range strategic objectives of Unit operations. Works with departmental managers and other Unit managers in the laying out and planning of potential future operational changes.
  • Assumes additional related responsibilities as needed.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 7+ years of related experience preferred.
  • 7+ years of supervisory experience in a high volume manufacturing environment preferably in one of the following areas: assembly, injection molding, extrusion or machining preferred.
  • Performs work under minimal supervision. Handles complex issues and problems, and refers only the most complex issues to higher-level staff.
  • Must possess the ability to quickly identify problems, develop alternative solutions, make decisions, build teams, create accountability, and lead by example.

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach