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Production Manager

Status: Completed


Our Client

Our client is a premier manufacturer of quality marine engine controls, electric over  hydraulic steering systems, shaft brakes, deck machinery controls and industrial disc brakes used around the globe in all sizes of pleasure craft, work boats, public service vessels, oil rigs, wind turbines, aerospace and mining industries. Precision CNC machining is a central part of their production process. The company’s 50 years of success can be attributed to a commitment of maintaining the highest standards for quality and workmanship.

The Position:

Our client is currently seeking a technically strong production leader for their manufacturing team. The successful candidate will assume responsibility for developing and implementing work methods, applying departmental procedures, and providing leadership to assigned personnel.

Responsibilities include:

  • Direct and coordinate the daily operation of production departments and personnel.
  • Help establish strategic direction while maintaining focus on daily requirements for manufacturing.
  • Develop and implement lean manufacturing and continuous improvement initiatives to increase production capacity and decrease costs
  • Develop optimal manufacturing techniques and map process flows to eliminate waste and  meet corporate strategic goals
  • Work closely with engineering, maintenance, and outside vendors related to implementation of capital projects.
  • Create and maintain a flexible workforce where mutual respect and cooperation is maintained.
  • Create and establish a culture of continuous improvement where World Class Manufacturing tools are utilized to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the process.
  • Responsible for leading the people development with a clear focus on elimination of human error losses and developing the plant employees.
  • Evaluate daily production reports regarding man-hours, machine hours, output, quality and material usage as compared to standards, and review non-compliance areas with reports to determine causes of variances from standard and develop solutions to resolve.
  • Ability to validate production data integrity and provide vision for future reports, data and IT systems.
  • Significant problem solving situations involve changes in products, processes, equipment, shipping schedules and personnel in a manner which will maintain or improve production efficiency, product quality and customer satisfaction.
  • Assure good housekeeping practices, plant rules and safety regulations, coach employees, apply the plant operating principles.
  • Establish and maintain positive/team relations with employees, other department, vendors and customers.


Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, science, industrial management or similar discipline.  Minimum of 6 years related experience in a manufacturing setting or equivalent combination of education and experience in similar role.

  • Proven track record in managing a production/manufacturing environment.
  • Proven success with lean manufacturing and continuous improvement initiatives
  • Strong leadership skills, independent thinking, strong organizational and planning abilities and excellent analytical and problem solving skills are essential.
  • Experience with CNC machining or metals fabrication.
  • High energy level required demonstrating ability to manage multiple projects, setting priorities, identifying and addressing problems, meeting deadlines, and staying within budget.
  • Exposure to modern manufacturing techniques and principles (LEAN manufacturing, 5S, EIM, Six Sigma, DOS, Kanban)
  • Experience with ERP systems applied to a complex manufacturing and materials environment, firm grasp of planning and purchasing fundamentals
  • Experience establishing KPIs to assess, analyze and track manufacturing processes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and practice of time management, communication skills, influencing, leading and adaptability.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and AutoCAD software
  • Demonstrated knowledge of equipment, maintenance programs and implementation of new automated processes.

Key Competencies

  • Influencing and leading
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Entrepreneurial, innovative, creative, business minded
  • Customer service focus
  • Motivator
  • Planning and organizing
  • Coordination and control
  • Decision-making
  • Thrives on a challenge

People First Solutions is one of Vancouver’s leading Executive Recruitment firms, dedicated to recruiting top talent. If you possess the fundamental skills, experience and education required to be successful in this role then we invite to provide a cover letter and résumé in confidence to either Judy Norraine or Adrienne Giffen.

Contact information:

Judy Norraine –  judy@peoplefirstsolutions.com –  778.565.1885

Adrienne Giffen –  adrienne@peoplefirstsolutions.com –  604.209.8023