Manager, Stamping Tool Repair & Maintenance


SUMMARY

Technical Manager with at least 10 yrs experience in a manufacturing environment and at least 5 yrs experience managing personnel involved in tool fabrication, assembly, and debugging.  Responsible for overseeing the repair and maintenance of all tooling for manufacturing.  Responsible for ensuring that all tooling programs result in robustly operating tools that consistently produce quality product at the required rates.  Responsible for establishing and maintaining staffing and equipment in order to achieve goals of the die repair department. Requires a 2-yr engineering, technical or management degree or substitute experience; a 4-yr bachelor’s degree in engineering, technical or management discipline is preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Monitor and direct priorities for tool & die makers, and die repair support that are responsible for the repair, maintenance, fabrication, assembly, and debugging of complex progressive stamping dies to meet customer demands. 
  • Responsible for the scheduling of all tooling resources in order to achieve the goals of the die repair group.  Set milestones and deadlines, assign responsibilities, monitor progress, and report status to management. 
  • Establish and maintain a staffing plan for die repair that provides the human resources necessary for the effective and efficient completion of all tooling repair/maintenance.  Interviews candidates and otherwise supports HR during recruiting, interviewing and candidate selection process.  Assist the Stamping Manager in the preparation of annual staffing plans for manufacturing. 
  • Responsible for selection and management of key W-A tooling subcontractors/suppliers.  Responsible for setting and following criteria for scheduling, quantity, and what type of work is subcontracted to outside vendors in order to maintain tooling according to budget standards and schedule targets while adhering to W-A Tool Design/Construction standards and product quality requirements. 
  • Set and measure goals and objectives for all direct reports.   Work to grow both professionally and personally all direct reports by enhancing their skill base so that they become more productive and valuable to the Company.    
  • Monitor and control operation hours, labor hours and operating supplies including approval of departmental purchase requisitions. 
  • Establish and maintain an equipment plan for Die Repair that provides the machine tool/fabrication technology capable of producing complex progressive stamping dies according to schedule and at the level of quality desired.
  • Participate in Tooling Kickoff, Specification Review, Design Review and Lessons Learned (Post Mortem) Meetings.
  • Hold die repair team meetings as necessary to communicate important information to team members.
  • Mediate conflicts between departments.  Forge compromise and consensus between team members.  
  • Participate in Tooling Kickoff, Specification Review, Design Review and Lessons Learned (Post Mortem) Meetings.                                              Assist in interfacing with customer on technical and schedule-related issues.  Assist in communicating program progress to customer as required.
  • Assist in identifying areas for continued improvement and opportunities to gain organizational knowledge.
  • Participate in customer, internal and registrar quality system audits.
  • Perform Team Member Performance Appraisals for all direct reports as required.
  • Discipline, and if necessary, terminate, team members that violate Company Policies or consistently fail to meet established goals/objectives in accordance with Human Resources procedures and guidelines.  Document thoroughly all disciplining activities with HR Manager.
  • Continually monitor and communicate the importance of safety in the workplace.  Promote the safe operation of all shop equipment.  Safety guards/sensors are never to be compromised or short-circuited.
  • Promote cleanliness and safety throughout the entire company.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum of 10 yrs experience in a manufacturing environment and at least 5 yrs experience managing personnel involved in tool fabrication, assembly and debugging.  Experience in automotive and/or medical industries is preferable.  Experience with high-volume and/or tight-tolerance progressively stamped metal products are also preferable.
  • Requires a 2-yr engineering, technical or management degree or substitute experience; a 4-yr bachelor’s degree in engineering, technical or management discipline is preferred.
  • Experience creating and monitoring department budgets and/or capital equipment expenditures.
  • Ability to read blueprints and other technical documents. Familiar with CAD software. Understanding of ANSI/ISO drawing standards and GD&T dimensioning preferable.
  • Knowledge of quality inspection tools and methods preferable.  Familiarity with Statistical Process Control (SPC) tools and methods also preferable.
  • Knowledge of ISO/TS Quality Systems.
  • Knowledge of TQM, Six Sigma or Lean Manufacturing principles preferable.
  • Knowledge of insert molding tooling and processes preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and Powerpoint.
  • Knowledge or MRP or ERP software preferable.
  • Exceptional analytical and computational skills. Knowledge of problem-solving tools and techniques preferable.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated high level of negotiation and conflict-resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated decision-making capability.