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Director Of Manufacturing

Nu-Way Industries, Inc. Des Plaines, IL Full-Time
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Manages all Manufacturing activities to ensure methods and procedures followed utilize personnel and equipment resources in a cost-effective, safe manner to meet or exceed customers’ expectations for quality parts delivered on-time.  Promotes and implements procedural and technology improvements to enhance financial goals of company.  Acts as a Key member of the Senior Management and Leadership teams.

  • Plans and directs manufacturing activities by working with Production Control and Materials groups to establish priorities for customer's products in keeping with effective operations and cost factors.
  • Works with Engineering and OMG teams to implement process changes and the use of tools or technology to speed manufacture process and/or improve quality and reliability of manufacturing method.
  • Evaluates each Manufacturing department to assess supervisor’s knowledge of equipment and procedures for elevation of technical skills and continuous improvement within their department.
  • Coordinates activities with the Facilities team to ensure that equipment is functioning safely and usage is optimized with training and operator or Facility team preventive maintenance programs.
  • Supervises and directs Manufacturing departments by establishing and following best in class operating practices in conjunction with Operational Excellence team.
  • Contributes ideas and objectives to the Operational Excellence team and supports their goals and activities.
  • Reviews recommendations from Manufacturing department supervisors to improve manufacturing methods and equipment performance to reduce costs, improve productivity and eliminate product defects.
  • Provides Management with production and delivery status achievements pertaining to the monthly forecasted goals and analyzes their root causes for successes and failures.
  • Ensures that safety procedures are established and followed throughout the plant to provide a safe and clean working environment.
  • Reviews staff’s work performance by completing performance appraisals.
  • Approves performance increases, retraining, transfers, or disciplinary actions after obtaining feedback from supervisors concerning performance of department employees.
  • Identifies training needs for personnel and recommends training programs.
  • Trains new staff on job responsibilities, Procedures and Work Instructions.
  • Performs all job functions to meet acceptable quality and performance standards.
  • Communicates with other departments to coordinate activities, eliminate problems, and facilitate work flow.
  • Follows all safety procedures and wears safety equipment or apparel as required.


  • Engineering degree or highly technical skills desired with minimum of 5 years of management experience. 
  • Minimum of 15 years of manufacturing work experience is required. 
  • Strong leadership, organizational and communication skills both oral and written needed.  
  • Proficiency with ERP systems including word-processing/spreadsheets applications are necessary - Microsoft Office preferred.  
  • Must enjoy fast-paced, multi-tasking work environment.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish is a plus.

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