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MANUFACTURING MANAGER - 2nd Shift - Plant 3

MANUFACTURING MANAGER - 2nd Shift - Plant 3

locationWhitehall, MI 49461, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/12/2024
Industrial work / Manufacturing
Full Time


Howmet Aerospace, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems and titanium structural parts necessary for mission-critical performance and efficiency in aerospace and defense applications, as well as forged wheels for commercial transportation. Howmet Aerospace is transforming the next phase of more fuel-efficient, quieter aerospace engines and sustainable ground transportation. For more information, visit www.howmet.com. Follow @howmet: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

This position will be located in the Plants 1 and 3, Whitehall Casting Operation.  This is a 2nd shift position.

Job Roles
  • Empowering talent--identifies and removes obstacles to productivity at individual and systemic levels; inspires and equips people to perform; understands direct link between people and measurable performance; provides cross-training opportunities.
  • Flexibility--responds readily to a variety of stimuli in an environment where every day can be different; capable of multitasking and moving quickly from one topic to another; employs different mindsets or perspectives situationally
  • Organized and time conscious--manages time well; does what is needed efficiently; understands how long processes require and manages expectations accordingly; navigates the tension between availability and proactivity 
  • Business-minded--aligns people and resources to demand; forecasts need and synthesizes input to anticipate focus areas on a time and project basis; thorough understanding of business enables quick decisions where appropriate
  • Interpretation and synthesis--makes sense of multiple inputs quickly and efficiently; generates action plans from available information; interprets data and qualitative information to provide justification and purpose; rationalizes decision making with substantive reasoning; understands relevant numbers and trends
  • Rigor--participates in audit processes; utilizes existing systems extensively and expertly; solicits information from shift level to enterprise; creates processes through continuous improvement
  • Team orientation--often involved at a tactical level; can contribute technically or operationally if needed, though not as first option; retains authority while delegating ownership
  • Trust and relationship--communicates openly and regularly, maintaining information flow; visible on floor; focuses attention on strengths and achievements, while addressing shortcomings as needed
  • Ingenuity--finds efficiencies and gains time closer to delivery; solicits and implements ideas; invites improvement from any sector or level
  • Professional posture--handles escalations objectively and dispassionately; recasts difficult situations as opportunities for learning and growth; custodian of plant environment and brand

Job Responsibilities

The Manufacturing Manager is a staff level position responsible for providing leadership in manufacturing excellence, ensuring customer satisfaction and continuous improvement of plant performance measurements (quality, productivity, cycle time, delivery and cash flow).  This position provides direction for hourly and manufacturing support employees
  • Follow Safety Regulations along with all department specific safety requirements
  • OEE
  • Production Value Added by department
  • Daily targets for shipments
  • Profit/Revenue
  • Ensure the safety of all employees by promoting a clean and safe work environment.
  • Improve manufacturing planning, execution, and shop floor discipline.
  • Provide leadership for Plant ABS and lean manufacturing initiatives.
  • Provide leadership to identify and remove non-value-added waste.
  • Improve product flow and/or implement method improvements to reduce labor content.
  • Develop and train for the professional and personal growth of team leaders, cell facilitators, supervisors and other manufacturing support personnel.
  • Address any safety issues or non- compliances immediately.
  • Promote Injury Free Event (IFE) reporting
  • Accountable for applicable department budgets.
  • Maintain good relations and communication with Howmet customers.
  • Develop with plant manager and staff budget, strategic plans, team goals and objectives that align with BU objectives.
  • Flow down goals and objectives to the entire organization.
  • Contribute to other location specific and corporate teams.
  • Maintain excellent delivery performance.
  • Conduct capacity analysis to drive standard work and ensure accuracy of standards.
  • Drive cost reductions to improve profitability.
  • Use lean manufacturing tools to reduce WIP and cycle time.
  • Communicate all relevant information to Staff, customers and management.
  • Understand constraint management, OEE and apply techniques that exploit constraints to improve OEE.
  • Provide leadership in implementing continuous improvement methods and ideas.
  • Consults with engineering personnel relative to modifications to the process in order to improve production and quality of the products.
  • Provide leadership in a safety and continuous improvement initiatives.

Howmet is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. If you need assistance to complete your application due to a disability, please email TalentAcquisitionCoE_Howmet@howmet.com

Basic Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or GED from an accredited institution.
  • 7+ years experience in leadership roles within a manufacturing environment; 3 of the 7 years must be as a supervisor in a manufacturing environment.
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. ‘Green Card Holder’), Political Asylee, or Refugee. 

Preferred Qualifications:
  • BA/BS in Business Administration or Engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Experience in the investment casting industry a plus.
  • Strong leadership skills that create an engaged employee environment.
  • Able to drive improvement through the implementation of the lean manufacturing principles, total quality practices, six sigma.
  • A strong technical understanding of manufacturing processes. 
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, communication, interpersonal, organizational and negotiation skills.
  • Strong financial literacy
  • Experience with tooling, molds and dies relating to the Investment Casting, Injection Molding, or Stamping Industries is preferred.


About Howmet Aerospace

Howmet Aerospace Inc. (NYSE: HWM), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s sales for 2022 approximated $5.7 billion. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems, titanium structural parts and forged wheels. With nearly 1,150 granted and pending patents, the Company’s differentiated technologies promote more fuel efficiency for aircraft and commercial transportation. For more information, visit www.howmet.com, including content shared during the Company’s May 2022 Technology Day.

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Howmet is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

If you need assistance to complete your application due to a disability, please email TalentAcquisitionCoE_Howmet@howmet.com