Plant Operational Excellence Leaders – Lafayette, IN; Guilford, CT (Posted 8/1/13)
Responsible for leading change and continuous improvement activities in the plant through training, application, and evaluation of OpEx tools and project leaders. Develops plant personnel Natural Work teams, supports them, and facilities them to meet goals. Monitors, identifies, and drives projects focused on process and quality within the facility. Maintains the Plant Operational Excellence (OpEx) records and metric systems. Supports the development of a highly motivated plant organization capable of achieving Rea Wire goals and objectives. Is recognized by peers as the Plant leader for positive business change and a key leader of change in the entire Rea organization.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Promotes and drives change and continuous improvement through the OpEx systems and tool application. Evaluates the OpEx system to establish new goals and objectives. Recommends priorities on implementation of continuous improvements and coordinates these activities with the respective plant manager.
2. Facilitates, mentors, and supports project leaders and champions on the application of the OpEx tools to guarantee success. Supports development of Rea facility managers, hourly workforce, and salary workforce in OpEx and change leadership. May supervise direct reports or project leaders/team as assigned.
3. Leads projects and Kaizen events. Supports and implements various tasks to improve Rea Wire quality, production methods, and business processes in support of the Rea Wire Strategic Plan.
4. Develops training and trains plant personnel on OpEx tools and applications to support functions of the facility. May coordinate and conduct OpEx training and education across all levels of the organization.
5. Leads, guides, and develops OpEx compliance on performance assessments conducted by Corporate OpEx Leadership team.
6. Maintains and updates OpEx records and metric systems for the plant operations.
7. Performs such individual assignments as the Plant Manager may direct; establishes and maintains effective work relationships within the plant teams, the Company, and the community; and maintains the professional competence, knowledge and skill necessary for the satisfactory performance of all assigned responsibilities.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or relevant field.
Eight (8) years of production or manufacturing experience; five (5) years of magnet wire experience with a continuous improvement focus preferred.
In-depth knowledge of continuous improvement methods and applications.
Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Manufacturing certification preferred.
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook); statistical software (Minitab).
People oriented and comfortable working the floor.
Excellent communication and analytical skills.
Deals well with ambiguity and has a strong Customer focus.
Travel up to 25%.
Sr. Financial Analyst (Multiple Site Responsibility) – Guilford, CT (Posted 6/1/13)
Performs financial and business analyses for the Company and manufacturing plants, interacts with unit managing directors and controller on budgets and special projects/initiatives, supports senior management and manufacturing plant reporting requirements, and develops business presentations. Also provides input for the collection, compilation and interpretative analysis of routine and complex statistical data. Provides documentation and production of reports based on statistical analysis.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Leads and/or assists in the development of strategic plans, operating plans, and budgets. Monitors, analyzes, and reports variances from plan/forecasts and recommends corrective action. Provides financial services to manufacturing facilities, including establishment and updating of standard costs for all locations.
2. Serves as a resource to other functions for data analyses, report development, program oversight, etc.
3. Participates in identification, development and evaluation of new or existing business/program opportunities. Identifies critical factors affecting the profitability and evaluate the potential.
4. Participates and supports Lean Projects as developed through the year.
5. Coordinates requirements to measure performance of units to include the design and implementation of automated systems to facilitate interpretation of results.
6. Collects, compiles, and interprets routine and complex statistical data and produces necessary documentation and financial reports.
7. Performs additional related responsibilities and/or special projects as assigned, required, or directed.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Accounting, or Finance; Master’s degree preferred.
Five (5) years of manufacturing analysis experience with exposure to manufacturing and operations functions.
Skills in financial analysis, business planning, and forecasting.
Skills in using a variety of computer software, including word processing, database, spreadsheet and presentation applications.
Able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
Monthly travel to domestic and international locations
Corporate Quality Manager – based in Fort Wayne, Indiana (Posted 9/23/13)
Provides leadership for Rea Magnet Wire’s quality system design, control and improvement. Works jointly with the Plant Manager and General Managers and applicable personnel to achieve the goals set forth by the Vice President, Quality/Materials Technology focusing on elevating product quality standards to world-class levels and coordinating multi-plant technical issues with key customers. Provides leadership and execution for Operational Excellence within a Lean and Six Sigma focused problem solving/training system to resolve and subsequently mentor various personnel in process improvement projects. Ensures compliance to and compatibility with quality standards from any externally recognized third party registrars (e.g., ISO9001).
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Facilitates the development and implementation of programs and/or activities that define, measure and analyze quality metrics to gain insight on which improvement strategies should be pursued and executed to achieve world class quality standards.
2. Works with applicable plant personnel on the implementation of process improvement activities. Implements process improvement activities at the floor level.
3. Provides advanced data analyses, in support of process improvements to increase quality and productivity.
4. Provides mentoring and coaching to plant quality managers for resolution of quality issues and customer complaints.
5. Manages supplier audits and represents Rea Magnet Wire in response to customer requested quality system audits, data transfers, reports and visits.
6. Supports, deploys and maintains the Operational Excellence training programs.
7. Seeks continuous improvements in the area of quality through the implementation of technology-based solutions.
8. Participates in inter-plant activities to promote the sharing of best practices among the production facilities.
9. Promotes and insures a safety conscious work force.
10. Follows any other job-related instructions and performs any job-related duties requested by management.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical or Metallurgical); Master’s preferred.
ASQ-CQE and/or Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
Ten (10) years of manufacturing experience; multiple site responsibility; magnet wire industry preferred.
Ability to translate technical theory into industrial practice.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
Ability to train all personnel levels in quality engineering techniques.
Windows-based applications; Statistical Software (Minitab preferred); Microsoft Office.
Strong mechanical aptitude and ability to use hand tools and micrometers.
Metallurgical Engineer – Lafayette, IN (Re-Posted 10/28/13)
Provides technical and engineering expertise for drawing, rolling, annealing, metal recovery, and liquid metal processes. Provides leadership in developing and maintaining copper and aluminum rod quality. Leads project teams and conducts tests on copper and aluminum rod and analyzes quality data. Leads project teams to evaluate, develop, implement, and oversee operations of new metal forming processes, including conform, continuous casting, and upcast. Leads teams to develop and validate cost saving opportunities on copper and aluminum rod. Works with suppliers to ensure the highest quality and most economical copper and aluminum rod for the magnet wire production process. Assists plants in solving quality and manufacturing problems associated with conductor metals.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Develops, implements, and ensures utilization of metallurgical methods, procedures and specifications for raw materials, processing materials, finished products and equipment operation in manufacturing operations. Leads and participates in the development, design, and selection of process and control equipment.
2. Develops and executes metallurgical projects to control scrap, improve the manufacturing process, improve product quality, and reduce costs.
3. Provides technical and engineering leadership for copper and aluminum rod quality and vendor approval to North American magnet wire plants.
4. Provides process development and design leadership for new metal drawing/forming methods, including conform, continuous casting, and upcast along with metal recovery methods.
5. Works with suppliers on improving the quality of copper and aluminum bare rod in support of the magnet wire production process. Identifies and analyzes other potential sources of copper and aluminum bare rod.
6. Tests and evaluates core properties of copper and aluminum rod to ensure raw materials are suitable for the magnet wire production process.
7. Provides process engineering expertise for the improvement of drawing, rolling, conforming, continuous casting, and upcasting processes in an effort to attain highest quality conductor product for customers.
8. Provides leadership and expertise for product testing on metals to North American and International plant locations.
9. Supports and implements various tasks, projects, and actions in support of the Company Strategic Plan.
10. Leads and participates in Safety, Six Sigma and Lean team activities.
Master’s degree in Metallurgy or Material Sciences. PhD degree preferred.
Six Sigma Green Belt training. Lean Manufacturing training.
Three (3)+ years of metallurgy experience with an emphasis in copper and aluminum rod drawing, forming, rolling, continuous casting, etc and/or magnet wire experience.
Knowledge of core metal properties of copper/aluminum along with liquid metal chemistry/processing.
Ability to use statistical software (i.e. Minitab, etc.) and MicroSoft Office.
Domestic Travel (25%) and International Travel (10%)