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Manufacturing Supervisor

Viasystems, a $800 million global manufacturer of high-technology circuit boards, seeks an experienced manufacturing Supervisor with Continuous Improvement skills for our San Jose manufacturing operation. The Shift Supervisor will provide leadership for shift manufacturing operations, having anywhere from 25-35 employees reporting directly to them. The Shift Supervisor is a critical leader working with a team to ensure the overall success of the shift/operations which includes safety, delivery, quality, throughput, costs, and cycle time. The Shift Supervisor reports directly to the Business Unit Manager who helps to set priorities in the business and to focus the team on problems to most effectively manage resources. The Shift Supervisor in conjunction with the Leads on their shift help to orchestrate success overall for the shift and to positively impact business metrics and sustain profitability. Success in this position depends heavily on leadership, communication, and teamwork.
This position requires US citizenship or Permanent Residency to meet ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide effective supervision to the work force within the framework of company policies to obtain efficient and uninterrupted operations.
Works closely with maintenance, engineering and production scheduling to implement alternative courses of action in the event of equipment breakdowns.
Responds to production problems and pursues appropriate problem solving methodologies to initiate both short term containment countermeasure and long term root cause countermeasures.
Document and facilitate reviews to direct reports including operators, leads and managers.
Document and complete continuous improvement projects to reduce yield detractors, improve process lead times, reduce safety issues and improve overall efficiency in the work area.
Complete continued training on Lean management philosophy, problem solving techniques, leadership skills, team building, or other areas that will foster efficiency improvements and accountability within the plant.
Coordinate the daily activities for the plant on Saturday and Sunday including Preventative Maintenance activities and business unit operations.
Execute the priorities and direction from the Business Unit Managers to ensure uninterrupted production through Saturday and Sunday.
Thorough working knowledge of all operations and equipment throughout area of responsibility.
Essential Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of lean terms and techniques such as 5S, one piece flow, pull signals, Kaizen, Kanban, etc. Must be open to having problems exposed
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace
Must have high expectations for work outcomes. Only accepts excellence from self and others
Must have the ability to return to working on a task amidst frequent outside distractions or obstacles
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organization to make continuous improvements or take corrective action
Must have the ability to assign project sub-tasks to others to guarantee timely project completion
Must have the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. This includes the written communication in multicultural environments with many employees speaking English as a second language
Knowledge of common software programs like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Visio
Job requires identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions (troubleshooting).
Anticipate downstream effects of solutions and devise and communicate further solutions as necessary
The successful candidate will use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
Must have the ability to apply problem solving skills to a variety of often unfamiliar areas
Knowledge of printed circuit board related processes including: etching, electrolytic plating, electroless plating, imaging/photolithography, automated optical inspection, drilling, routing, and lamination, is preferred
Knowledge of manufacturing related software systems such as MRP (COLT), CAD (Genesis), SPC (TrueChem), and PLC systems, is preferred
Synchronize the efforts of a diverse group of people or departments
Must have the ability to set and communicate clear goals and expectations, and to take appropriate steps when not met
Job requires a desire and willingness to lead others
Knowledge of principles, procedures and compliance requirements for personnel recruitment, selection, training, labor relations, and personnel information systems
Ability to participate as an active member of a highly energized and engaged leadership team
Education and
Experience:
Associate or Bachelor degree in engineering, science or business management field of study is preferred
2 years experience in a lead role is required

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