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Location:Thiensville (Mequon), WI
Company:Rockwell Automation
First posted:June 01, 2017

Position Summary:
Direct the development and implementation of activities in production area(s) to meet production goals including safety, quality, customer service, productivity, and lean manufacturing objectives.  Prioritize production based on customer demand, staffing levels, equipment efficiency, and materials supply. Plan and administer procedures and budgets. Make budgetary recommendations including capital expenditures and direct/indirect labor levels. Select, develop, and evaluate personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.

  • Schedules work through the various manufacturing and/or test cell(s) and manages the floor space to assure adequate flow of production. For continuous flow cells, manages line balance ensuring the pacing process is adequately staffed to maintain desired output levels.
  • Perform regular daily audits of key processes to ensure optimum process performance.
  • Respond to test and production problems by personally investigating and resolving such problems with hourly and salaried personnel to assure a continuing flow of product. Utilize formal problem solving methodologies (8D, DMAIC, PDCA, etc) to discover and eliminate root cause.
  • Maintain department/cell metrics utilizing visual management techniques.  Ensure all direct reports understand their cell metrics and how they impact/improve each metric. Prepare associates to lead the report-out of metrics weekly to management.
  • Support PFEP (Plan For Every Part) initiatives to ensure assurance of supply and minimize non-value-added activities.
  • Create and coach factory teams, assign and monitor hourly personnel in test and/or assembly areas to accomplish daily production and repair schedules to Rockwell Automation quality standards.
  • Develop, plan and implement continuous quality improvement through teams within the area of responsibility to attain World Class Quality.
  • Coach teams in maintaining accurate reporting of employee time and work performance within the area.
  • In conjunction with manufacturing teams and support personnel, develop and implement new or enhanced policies and procedures for test and/or assembly.
  • Develop and implement action plans to meet department goals in the areas of labor efficiency, labor utilization, housekeeping, on-time shipments and productivity improvements.
  • Promote an awareness of state-of-the-art manufacturing concepts and practices utilizing Rockwell Production System techniques.
  • Collaborate with production planners, customer service, and other management team members to set work priorities to satisfy customers.
  • Develop and adhere to leader standard work.  Monitor/update/approve standard work for department/cell team leads and audit adherence to standard work for production associates.
  • Use personal computer and mainframe programs to obtain, organize, and analyze data and to prepare charts and reports.  Software skills required in word processing, spreadsheet, and SAP.


  • Conducts tasks in accordance with applicable health, safety, quality, and environmental regulations (state/federal laws, ISO9001, ISO14001, etc.) as well as Rockwell Automation policies and procedures.
  • Encourage employee involvement in and ownership of continuous improvement activities focused on waste reduction.
  • Reward and recognize associates on a regular basis and support programs that encourage employee involvement and recognition.
  • Maintain our union-free environment through timely and accurate communication to employees, maintaining a safe work environment, giving timely performance feedback to employees beyond the yearly written appraisals, and cultivating a team approach within the department
  • Maintain discipline through employee adherence to policies and procedures.
  • Execute other assignments and tasks as given by your supervisor and upper management.

Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree required in Engineering, Supply Chain and/or Operations Management or equivalent.
  • Prior leadership position in a manufacturing environment.
  • Rockwell Automation will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen
  • Legal authorization to work in the US is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening

Desired Qualifications:

  • Lean, six sigma experience.
  • At least 2 years as a manufacturing supervisor preferred.

Requisition Number:

Business Group:
Operations & Engineering Services

Job Category:
Supply Chain and Operations

Relocation Eligible:

Position Type:
Full Time

No. of Positions:

Work State/City:
Mequon - Wisconsin

Company Overview:
Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Throughout the world, our flagship Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software® product brands are recognized for innovation and excellence.

When you choose Rockwell Automation, you join countless talented employees who have helped us establish our leadership position in the automation industry over the past century.

You join a diverse, inclusive and global community with a passion for innovation. A place where you can partner with great minds and inspiring people. And a corporation backed by the financial strength that drives growth - and career opportunities.

As much as we focus on our customers, we know our employees are key to our success and future. Helping you develop a rewarding career is a top priority. Because when you succeed, we succeed.

EEO Statement:
Rockwell Automation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process, email our Talent Acquisition representative at (see application details).

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