Manufacturing Operations Manager

Manufacturing Operations Manager

Cognito is seeking a Manufacturing Operations Manager with verifiable experience organizing processes, managing teams and scaling up sustainable manufacturing and assembly production in support of multi-channel reseller and consumer-direct distribution within the automotive and powersports aftermarkets.

Well qualified candidates will have credentials or demonstrated experience in applied lean manufacturing methodology and industry best practices, along with exceptional team management skills.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for continuously improving the quality standards of the product with an annual goal of reducing costs associated with poor quality and warranty to or above the business goals.
  • Accomplishes manufacturing staff results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; initiating, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintains work flow by monitoring steps of the process; setting processing variables; observing control points and equipment; monitoring personnel and resources; studying methods; implementing cost reductions; developing reporting procedures and systems; facilitating corrections to malfunctions within process control points; initiating and fostering a spirit of cooperation within and between departments.
  • Completes production plan by scheduling and assigning personnel; accomplishing work results; establishing priorities; monitoring progress; revising schedules; resolving problems; reporting results of the processing flow on shift production summaries.
  • Maintains quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards.
  • Provides manufacturing information by compiling, initiating, sorting, and analyzing production performance records and data; answering questions and responding to requests.
  • Creates and revises systems and procedures by analyzing operating practices, record-keeping systems, forms of control, and budgetary and personnel requirements; implementing change.
  • Maintains safe and clean work environment by educating and directing personnel on the use of all control points, equipment, and resources; maintaining compliance with established policies and procedures.
  • Resolves personnel problems by analyzing data; investigating issues; identifying solutions; recommending action.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Develop KPIs to measure, track and report progress in vital areas affecting production efficiency.
  • Ensure full compliance with the Cognito company safety program.
  • Understand all job functions in the area and be prepared to support the team when required.

Education, Work Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, industrial management, engineering or related field.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in production, warehousing, receiving, inventory control or materials management in a manufacturing environment.
  • Minimum of 5 years of manufacturing and/or supervisor experience.
  • Experience in Production Operations or a Manufacturing environment (Production Control, Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering, Quality Engineering, etc.).
  • Experience with Material Requirements Planning (MRP) tools, and ERP navigation and extrapolation fluency with Epicor, or ERP equivalent.

 

Supervisory Responsibility:

This position manages all employees of the department and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of the employees within that department.

 

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 70 lbs.
  • Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder and stairs
  • Must be able to stoop, crawl, kneel and maneuver around parts and equipment

 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., with occasional afterhours and weekend work.

 

About Cognito:

Cognito Motorsports Inc. is a leading manufacturer of aftermarket steering, suspension chassis, and accessory upgrades, with over 17 years of market presence. Cognito specializes in manufacturing and marketing innovative OE replacement and high-performance component upgrades for passenger trucks, SUVs and UTVs, in addition to marketing through a network of WD, dealer and online retail sales companies.

 

Information about Bakersfield: 

Bakersfield has long been known as a stopover for those traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But people who consider putting down roots in the area will find a healthy job market and an affordable place to raise a family. In fact, it's Bakersfield's strong sense of community and family and its booming oil and agriculture industries that keep the region thriving.

In some ways, Bakersfield feels like Texas: Oil rigs dot the horizon, and honky-tonks are easy to come by. But the metro area's location in the fertile San Joaquin Valley has instilled in residents the love of fresh, locally sourced foods, which is at the heart of California culture.

Bakersfield has hundreds of miles of bike paths and lanes and nearly 60 parks, offering locals plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, residents are a short drive from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and some of California's expansive national forests.

Bakersfield is more affordable than most other parts of California. Purchasing a home in Bakersfield will cost nearly three times less than in Los Angeles. Additionally, Bakersfield residents spend more than the average American on everyday expenses like food, utilities and transportation, but that amount pales in comparison to what Los Angeles residents spend. As a result, some of L.A. County's workforce opts to live in the Bakersfield area. Bakersfield is home to a multigenerational, multicultural population. Diversity can be seen throughout the region from the wide variety of small mom-and-pop restaurants and shops selling international foods and goods. The metro area is known for its Basque restaurants, which have remained in the area long after people from the Pyrenees region of France and Spain first came to Bakersfield in search of gold.  

Much of Bakersfield's population is of working age, with about 10 percent of residents older than 65 and roughly a third of the population younger than 20. Because of high-performing schools, neighborhoods in the northwest part of the metro area are particularly attractive to families.

Bakersfield residents find plenty of ways to enjoy the region's pleasant weather, from parks within the city limits to trails in the nearby Sequoia and Los Padres national forests.

Although major league sports don't have a presence in the area, hometown fans cheer on their minor league favorite, the Bakersfield Condors hockey team. Racing fans can take their pick of asphalt, dirt, autocross or drag racing at nearby tracks.

If museums are more your scene, the award-winning Bakersfield Museum of Art is a must-see, as is the California Living Museum, known as CALM, which exhibits animals and plants native to California.