Director of Manufacturing

We have an excellent opportunity with our client, a leader in the heavy equipment manufacturing industry. The organization seeks a dynamic Director of Manufacturing with proven abilities leading successful industrial manufacturing organizations. They will join a well-performing business that enjoys a strong market share in North America. This person will be a team leader, knowledgeable in manufacturing.

The Director of Manufacturing reports to the President and will have overall responsibility and accountability for the Manufacturing and/or Production function for Canada and US operations, which will include people and budgetary management. They are part of the management team which determines all business decisions. Will implement manufacturing operations strategy and alignment with company plan and customer needs. 

Overall Purpose of the Role:

Strategic and tactical responsibility for implementing manufacturing strategy and strategic operational goals to exceed customer expectations for product quality, cost and delivery, maximizing efficiency, optimizing production levels and driving operational excellence. They will work closely with internal and external key stakeholders, regarding technical support for activities, striving for best in class products and business practices to deliver the customer’s expectations, managing teams and projects. Provide clear leadership and vision, inspire and motivate staff to achieve excellence and mentor them as they develop new skills. Drive key performance indicators across all areas of the manufacturing function to ensure that all projects are delivered on cost and on time to the highest quality standards. Ensure Health, Safety and Environmental issues are prioritized and facilitated, direct and drive implementation of effective business strategy and drive continuous improvement across all manufacturing related areas of the business. 

Key Responsibilities:  

Strategy and Development:

  • Overall responsibility for manufacturing activities across the business
  • Create and implement best practice manufacturing vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve business performance
  • Ensure that manufacturing strategies and processes are in place to meet business objectives and operational needs in terms of price, quality and delivery targets and which enables the company to function and compete effectively in the market
  • Evaluate the challenges faced by the business and act to mitigate risks and develop opportunities
  • Contribute to overall business strategy and annual budget process
  • Take ownership of the manufacturing policy, guidelines and any associated documents
  • Initiate and develop creative and innovative manufacturing processes
  • Lead, develop and implement variable cost productivity programmes across all areas of responsibility
  • Implement a customer focused operational culture delivering world class customer service levels
  • Coordinate team activities to optimise cost performance of the plant through capital investment programmes, optimizing operating working capital usage and minimising waste through the development of a continuous improvement culture encompassing efficient principles and clear strategic development
  • Develop and manage master production schedule and operations budgets for products to directly support and ensure that the product is delivered to agreed cost, quality and timelines
  • Plan and execute maintenance activity to ensure plant is kept safe and compliant
  • Drive improvements in reliability for key aspects of machinery by completing reliability studies and identifying best planned maintenance strategy
  • Manage the accurate and on-time introduction of new products
  • Ensure that Environmental, Health and Safety, manufacturing and quality standards and procedures are adhered to

People Management:

  • Provide leadership to departments under control and coach, mentor and develop direct reports and manage a high performing team that delivers continuous improvement, added value and cost reductions
  • Establish strategy and best practices for staff to ensure achievement of overall business objectives. Work with the Manufacturing team to translate site strategy into specific annual performance goals and departmental objectives including KPIs, and to track them
  • Set department objectives and monitor ongoing progress and performance
  • Ensure strong communication between teams under leadership to facilitate exchange of information to implement change and improvements
  • Ensure that the function operates in accordance with any health, safety and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and visitors
  • Responsible for developing the appropriate organizational structure, resource plans and culture to support the business objectives and customer deliverables
  • Provide leadership, coordination and coaching to the team, ensuring they are trained enabling them to achieve the operational and financial metrics within their areas of responsibility and succeed in their roles
  • Complete regular performance reviews, manage attendance, holidays, disciplinary issues and procedures as appropriate

Financial and Budget Management:

  • Input and hold responsibility for manufacturing budgets
  • Prepare the annual Manufacturing budget and forecasts and all Capital Expenditure proposals as well as ensuring compliance with legal standards. Manage the budget from identification to completion of projects

Relationship Management:

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance
  • Proactively work with product line management, engineering, service and other departments to incorporate best practices into the manufacturing environment
  • Report on Manufacturing activities on a regular basis to the Senior Management team, ensuring accurate and timely reporting of the relevant Key Performance Indicators
  • Work collaboratively, negotiate and engage with key stakeholders to facilitate delivery and compliance with the manufacturing strategy
  • Communicate with stakeholders the impact of technology change and potential effects on supply. Recommend solutions without compromising quality or service while optimising cost
  • Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on manufacturing activities

Qualifications and Experience Levels:

  • Ideally an Engineering degree or equivalent is preferred however careful consideration will be given to an individual’s background and Experience
  • Demonstrable experience of leading a manufacturing function with a proven track record in strategic manufacturing leadership delivering effective manufacturing strategies, policies, processes and systems
  • Ability to add value, reduce costs and make business improvements
  • Proven project management and build quality experience
  • Experience of operating and influencing at a strategic level
  • Knowledge and technical understanding of heavy manufacturing processes, components and manufacturing techniques
  • Proven leadership and management skills with the ability to optimize team performance and development
  • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to engage, negotiate and manage key stakeholders and suppliers
  • Strong and confident negotiator with the ability to negotiate at all levels
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Results orientated with ability to plan and deliver against project deadlines
  • Commercially and financially astute with experience of managing budgets
  • Resilient, self motivated and able to work well under pressure
  • Technical mindset

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Edmonton, AB


Remuneration for this role will consist of an industry competitive base salary commensurate upon experience, bonus structure, expense and benefit program.


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