Production Development Manager

Kansas, United States

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Type: Permanent

Experience: Standard Management (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Category: Manufacturing / Production

Industry: Manufacturing & Dist / Other

Reference ID: 1989

Date Posted: 07/01/2024


If you love directing a highly motivated manufacturing team to deliver as promised, then you have found your DREAM JOB!

This is an exceptional opportunity to be groomed for a Production Leadership role in a machining/foundry operation that is part of a growing $4.5B diversified global manufacturing company with 18,000 employees. You will coordinate a team of 60 to 75 team members in the melt shop and foundry operations areas with 2 direct reports in the production of quality pressure-poured steel components to meet the company’s sales requirements.


We want a Production Leader who:

  • Will come on board in a Development Status Role and work side by side with the Production Manager in our Foundry operation to learn and take over his role upon his upcoming retirement.
  • You will work with Production and Process Managers in planning, organizing and directing the manufacturing operations with optimum cost-effectiveness,
  • Has a broad background and a keen understanding of the manufacturing process.
  • Possesses the leadership skills needed to motivate and direct all the hourly employees.

You will get:

  • A cost of living that is 13% below the US average
  • A great family environment in one of the Midwest’s best kept secrets
  • Kansas City - famous for Jazz, BBQ, Bioscience and Big Tech!
  • Very affordable housing
  • Great schools that have a very low student/ teacher ratio
  • Close proximity to professional sports, restaurants and entertainment.
  • Close to nationally known universities
  • A Corporate relo package

But wait! There is more!!! This well-run operation is an employee-owned ESOP that gives employees a share of the company, individual employees will directly benefit from the success of the company!

  • There is a strong salary/with a 15% bonus compensation package
  • ESOP program provides 10% of your salary in stock every year
  • The company also matches 100% of your contributions into your 401k
  • The company has an HSA match!
  • There is an extensive corporate relocation program for this role to Kansas City
  • Very generous benefits are offered for this key role that includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, EAP, Educational Reimbursement, Employer Retirement Account, Travel Accident Insurance Prescription / Drug, great 401K Match, Vacation, and a Flexible Spending Account


  • Schedule, coordinate and supervise operations in different functional areas to meet production requirements and objectives.
  • Coordinate maintenance activities with the Maintenance Manager and other maintenance personnel.
  • Plan and schedule manpower requirements to meet labor objectives.
  • Select, develop and motivate a competent team to assure a safe, efficient, cost-effective production operation.
  • Responsible for compliance to Griffin quality standards and productivity/WIP objectives.
  • Responsible for ensuring safe workplace conditions within established safety policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for maintaining operations within cost and budget restrictions and ensuring continuous improvements.
  • Maintain safety and good housekeeping standards.
  • Coordinate with HR as needed.
  • Communicate through various means with management and hourly personnel.
  • Handle employee issues (either formal or informal) to promote good employee relations and equitable solutions for the Company. This includes personnel problems, and disciplinary actions.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical or business discipline.
  • 5+ years of Manufacturing Operations Leadership experience leading multiple departments/shifts
  • Must be able to demonstrate a past history of developing and implementing operations metrics to drive results
  • Experience with budget management/development
  • Experience in metal foundry, casting steel plant, and/or machining operations preferred.
  • Can demonstrate a track record of cost-saving, inventory turns improvement, and implementation of planning approaches (JIT, Kanban, and Lean Manufacturing)
  • Experience with manufacturing operations, quality systems, safety systems, maintenance, and project management.
  • Possess strong communication, leadership, and organizational skills.
  • Experience in foundry or heavy manufacturing is a big plus
  • Professional training/certifications are a plus. i.e.Green Belt, Black Belt, or Lean
  • Advanced education is a plus

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