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IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. Production Manager in Sycamore, Illinois

PEOPLE are the foundation of IDEAL INDUSTRIES. Great people and great products set us apart from our competitors. We see our business in generations, not quarters. This fuels an entrepreneurial culture that creates industry-leading, category-changing products and services.

The Production Manager directs and coordinates all process activities and personnel within manufacturing operations to safely deliver quality products on time to our customers. To be successful, this leader will cultivate an environment where safety comes first, employee development is valued, and continuous improvement of quality, delivery, and productivity are celebrated with the team. This position will partner with other functional areas, customers, and suppliers to align plant activities with established business objectives for product/customer requirements.


  • Leads and directs 3 shift operation including manufacturing team of supervisors, leads, and production personnel to efficiently meet production goals.

  • Ensure adherence to all health and safety policies/protocols and promote a safety focused culture.

  • Daily employee performance management: responsible for establishing and continually improving work environment for effective goal attainment in the areas of Safety/Housekeeping (6S), Culture, Quality, Delivery, and Cost. Responsible for setting and managing employee performance expectations and for driving a culture of continual learning and employee development.

  • Drives improvements to Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). Compiles, analyzes, and reviews production and operating reports and drives resolution to operational, manufacturing, and maintenance challenges to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delays.

  • Responsible for developing and maintaining workforce staffing plans which align with S&OP forecasts.

  • Must provide leadership over all LEAN /Operational Excellence initiatives for value streams / processes under areas of positional responsibility. Collaborate with additional plant leadership on other plant related initiatives as applicable.

  • Direct, train, and monitor activity within the team, insuring compliance with all appropriate procedures and policies for that functional group.

  • Fosters collaboration between quality, materials, manufacturing engineering, maintenance, customer service, and distribution.

  • The above job functions are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities associated with this position and are not intended to be all inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in business, engineering or operations management / information systems is preferred. Advanced coursework or study in leadership and supervising within a manufacturing environment are also preferred.

  • At least 10 years of progressive experience in manufacturing environment, with at least 5 of those years managing employees.

  • Prior P&L experience desired as this position will be measured by its ability to improve profitability of product value streams and the overall business units it directly supports.

  • Prior experience in Capital Planning processes desired.

  • Experience in Lean Leadership and successful use of tools: 6S, GEMBA Daily Management Processes, Value Stream Mapping, Kanban, Line Balancing, 5 Whys / Root Cause Corrective Action, Quick Changeover and TPM.

  • Use of Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, Word, PowerPoint required specifically for generating business plans, conducting process / product analysis and drafting reports to management. Microsoft Visio and Project experience preferred.

  • Extensive ERP experience preferred.

  • A credible safety record in previous positions.


  • Must be a process thinker, capable of providing a detailed focus on process and system limitations in order to drive sustainable results.

  • Must have strong project management skills.

  • Sound leadership judgment, capable of establishing credibility with management team and direct reports such to drive a culture of high ethical standards while continually focusing on growth, performance improvement, and cost reduction.

  • Ability to provide leadership in directing, influencing, and managing a diverse work group to meet company goals.

  • Effective coaching, facilitation, presentation, and team building skills.

  • Must have proficient, proactive communication skills (both written and oral) to solve problems with others.

  • Working knowledge of Lean Manufacturing techniques, capable of establishing a continuous improvement roadmap and demonstrating results for improving profitability within the product value streams and business units you support.

  • Ability to determine developmental requirements for others and share the necessary knowledge and skills to result in skills development.

  • Ability to quickly make decisions and communicate direction to others.

ID: 2022-4216

Shift: 1st

External Company Name: IDEAL Industries, Inc.

External Company URL:

Street: 1800 S. Prairie Dr

Post End Date: 3/28/2022

Telecommute: No