Are you looking for a management
opportunity at an industry-leading company? When you arrive to work
every day, do you look forward to imparting your knowledge and
experience to a team of dedicated and invested employees? Have you
successfully led a department that operates at a steady and calm
pace? Does your experience revolve around manufacturing and/or
woodworking? Are you able to demonstrate prior success in
production management, elevating standards and motivating a team
while ensuring overall quality of the final product? When someone
has a question on a new process, are you comfortable rolling up
your sleeves and demonstrating the high standards of the
Taylor Guitars is looking for a strong
leader with at least eight years of manufacturing experience to
lead one of our production departments. Our ideal candidate has a
background in woodworking, CNC machinery and has led a team of at
least 20 people. If this sounds like you and you are passionate
about guitars and music, then step forward: Music is waiting!
Department Manager Success Factors:
Within the first 30 days:
• Become familiar with Taylor Guitars manufacturing processes and
• Develop good working relationships with other production managers
• Establish a working relationship with your team on both shifts in
• Become familiar with our guitar models and series.
Within the first 6
• Demonstrate an ability to lead and train the production
department on new processes and builds.
• Take responsibility for approvals regarding pay increases,
promotions, reprimands, terminations, or other personnel
• Show a complete understanding of the production process and your
• Assess tooling, fixtures, material, and any other resource
requirements for your department.
• Ensure that minimum parts-per-person goals and standards are met
Within the first year:
• Develop new department procedures.
• Establish a highly motivated department with minimal
• Work with R&D to complete ongoing projects in the
• Prove success by coaching, mentoring, and developing direct
reports to their maximum potential.
Reports To: Production Manager
Job Status: Full Time
Amount of Travel Required: Occasional travel to
Positions Supervised: Directly manages supervision
staff. Is ultimately responsible for all employees within
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday D/S:
3:30pm-12:00am (Flexible schedule required)
The Production Department Manager implements and coordinates
manufacturing processes and quality standards within the respective
production department. Executes and ensures all processes of
materials and manufacturing products are aligned with company
standards. Mentors and develops production department supervisors
and department leads. Creates a climate where people are motivated
to do their best to help the organization achieve its
ESSENTIAL DUTIES &
•Manages the production and quality control of the respective
•Assesses tooling, fixtures, material, or resource requirements for
•Accountable for timely delivery of daily production quota, and
removing roadblocks that prohibit the ability to meet quota (e.g.
behind guitars, tooling or fixture issues, material/resource
•Ensures continuous improvement projects are initiated, planned,
and implemented successfully.
•Assists with R&D projects ongoing in the department.
•Works to ensure that minimum parts per person goals/standards are
met and sustained.
•Accountable for First Pass Yield (FPY) and rework in the
•Develops new department procedures.
•Financially responsible and works to increase efficiencies and
•Works with the Purchasing team in regards to quality of material
and routine usage audits.
•Coaches Supervisors in the correct decisions and is responsible
for the final approval on pay increases, promotions, reprimands,
terminations, or other personnel matters.
•Oversees the supervision of personnel within department; reviews
appraisals of performance (written by supervisors), and guides
Department Supervisors to manage and resolve employee issues.
•Provides regular feedback; recognizing accomplishments and
embracing tough conversations when necessary.
•Coaches, mentors, and develops direct reports to maximum
•Works with Human Resources as needed to resolve employee
•Ensures employees are trained and adhere to company and
•Communicates Effectively: Well developed written and verbal
communication skills. Delivers communication that conveys a clear
understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
Attentively listens to others. Provides timely and helpful
•Accountable: Holds self and others accountable. Follows through on
commitments and ensures others do the same. Takes personal
responsibility for decisions, actions, and failures. Instills trust
of others through honesty and integrity
•Results Oriented: Ability to constantly achieve daily results,
even under tough circumstances.
•Customer Focus: Building strong customer (internal & external)
relationships. Gains insight into customer needs; builds and
delivers solutions that meet customer expectations.
•Drives Engagement: Creates a climate where people are motivated to
do their best to help the department achieve its goals and
objectives. Fosters collaboration.
•Plan and Align: Exceptional time management of self and team,
troubleshooting, and problem resolution skills. Critical thinker
and strategic planner, consistently makes good and timely decisions
that keep the department productive.
•People Management: Provides guidance and direction to department
personnel to ensure production schedules, quality, and safety
standards are met. Builds an effective team by engaging, mentoring,
and developing direct reports. “Leads by example and is hands
SKILLS & ABILITIES
Education and Experience: Manufacturing and /or Mechanical
Engineering Degree preferred. Five to eight years of Manufacturing
experience in managing and leading production within manufacturing.
Experience in wood working and/or metal fabrication production
processes preferred. Experience with CNC machinery is required.
Computer Skills: Intermediate level working within Excel and
Microsoft Office Suite with the ability to learn new software
Stand C (Constantly)
Walk C (Constantly)
Sit C (Constantly)
Handling / Fingering C (Constantly)
Reach Outward C (Constantly)
Reach Above Shoulder F (Frequently)
Climb O (Occasionally)
Crawl O (Occasionally)
Squat or Kneel O (Occasionally)
Bend O (Occasionally)
10 lbs or less C (Constantly)
11-20 lbs F (Frequently)
21-50 lbs F (Frequently)
51-100 lbs O (Occasionally)
Over 100 lbs N (Not Applicable)
12 lbs or less N (Not Applicable)
13-25 lbs N (Not Applicable)
26-40 lbs N (Not Applicable)
41-100 lbs N (Not Applicable)
N (Not Applicable) Activity is not
applicable to this occupation.
O (Occasionally) Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the
time (0 - 2.5+ hrs/day)
F (Frequently) Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of
the time (2.5 - 5.5+ hrs/day)
C (Constantly) Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of
the time (5.5+ hrs/day)