Manufacturing Manager

Direct Hire


Rapidly growing company manufactures innovative, sustainable packaging components for cold shipping of food and pharmaceutical products. 

Job Title: Manufacturing Manager

Supervisor's Title: Vice President of Manufacturing

Department: Manufacturing

Location: Richmond, VA 


The Manufacturing Manager will manage the daily operations of our manufacturing operation from raw material input through finished product pack out. The candidate will be responsible for leading a team of over 200 people consisting of hourly associates, Manufacturing Supervisors, Assistant Manufacturing Managers, and Process Engineers. Direct reports to the Manufacturing Manager include Assistant Manufacturing Managers and Process Engineers.

The Manufacturing Manager will be responsible for maintaining consistent and reliable performance along with continuous improvement of our daily manufacturing operation with primary focus on safety, quality, productivity, and staffing. The Manufacturing Manager will collaborate closely with other leaders in Safety, Quality, Maintenance, Warehouse, Production Planning, Training, Staffing and Human Resources to support the leadership, problem-solving and decision-making efforts in our high growth and fast-paced manufacturing facility.

The ideal candidate:

  • Detail-oriented, organized, thorough, and prompt
  • Reliable and accountable to support the team whenever necessary
  • Fact-based root cause investigation and problem-solving ability
  • Decisive, Assertive, and action oriented
  • Ability to handle a large and dynamic workload while prioritizing and backlogging daily responsibilities appropriately based on existing needs
  • Ability to constructively coach subordinates and develop appropriate team member competencies over time
  • Ability to trouble-shoot machine and process failures in an industrial manufacturing setting
  • Ability to collaborate well with other personnel on various fronts
  • Self-directed in day-to-day task focus
  • Open and responsive to feedback, challenge, and coaching
  • Ownership in results and commitment to execution and goal achievement
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Financial acumen to correlate financial results to manufacturing opportunities
  • Ability to gather data sets, breakdown, analyze and develop insights from the data
  • Creative problem solver with vision toward future state and plan on how to get there
  • Experienced and comfortable in an industrial manufacturing setting
  • Comfortable with change and ability to adapt as needed
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment
  • Comfortable being hands-on in the process when needed to support job duties
  • Familiar with OSHA regulatory compliance
  • Familiar with ISO 9001 standards and compliance
  • Familiar with process control and continuous improvement processes such as Lean, Six Sigma, etc.
  • Familiar with labor regulatory compliance

Essential Job Functions:

  • Implement and maintain necessary controls to ensure continuous safe operations
  • Implement and maintain necessary controls to ensure quality control in production
  • Implement and maintain necessary controls to maximize productivity
  • Implement and maintain appropriate staffing levels to ensure continuous, safe, and efficient operations
  • Execute production plans on a continuous basis
  • Report out on various objectives and metrics at required frequencies
  • Ensure appropriate record keeping for safety, quality, production, and personnel as required
  • Support problem-solving and trouble-shooting efforts, as needed, to support continuous safe and efficient operations and departmental goal attainment
  • Drive fact-based root cause analysis and problem-solving efforts through your team
  • Identify critical opportunities in the operation and implement action plans to improve
  • Execute on action plans as needed to achieve the goals at hand
  • Conduct performance evaluations on subordinates at required frequencies
  • Delegate and follow-up as needed to maintain speed of execution and keep your team prioritized on the critical issues at hand
  • Audit and monitor daily operations to ensure compliance and integrity in the workplace
  • Collaborate as needed to set challenging and attainable goals for the manufacturing operation
  • Coach, train, and develop subordinates as needed to grow the team in knowledge, competency, and capability
  • Implement continuous improvement practices to drive consistent progress on key results
  • Collaborate with superiors, subordinates, and peers to execute on the objectives and goals of the company
  • Maintain team accountability to workplace policies and standards
  • Gain recognition from your team as a respected leader, mentor, and coach that demonstrates the core values of the company on a consistent basis
  • Other duties as necessitated by the business

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 10 years of industrial manufacturing leadership experience preferred
  • Experience with process control and continuous improvement processes such as Lean, Six Sigma, etc. is required
  • Technical problem-solving abilities required
  • People coaching and problem-solving abilities required

Education and Certifications:

  • High school diploma required
  • College degree preferred
  • Advanced college degree is a plus

Physical Requirements:

  • Be on your feet for 8-12 hours
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted
  • Able to reach, bend, kneel and climb while performing repetitive tasks
  • Ability to work in hot and cold environments
  • Able to correctly wear PPE for entire shifts
  • Able to react and respond quickly to noises, smells, visual hazards, and alerts


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