Molding Manager

Job Details

LocationSterling Heights, MI,
Job TypeFullTimeRegular
PositionSkilled Trade
Degree RequiredPost-Secondary

Job Description

Our Tier 2 injection molding client, is seeking knowledgeable, self-directed, experienced and hardworking individuals interested in the automotive industry as a Molding Manager.


  • Reports to Production Manager
  • Ensure all employees adhere to the policies and procedures outlined in the TS 16949 Quality System
  • Provide front line manufacturing, human resource, quality and systems leadership of direct reports to ensure facility is in compliance with quality and throughput expectations in a safe environment while attaining stated goals
  • Ensure all personnel, including themself, conduct their duties and operate with Safety as the highest priority without exception ensuring all activities meet or exceed all compliance requirements
  • Take ownership and responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the molding department
  • Act as a member of the team by ensuring all actions, directives and decisions are effectively communicated with consideration and in cooperation with all other team members
  • Conduct themselves in keeping with operation priority hierarchy of Safety, Quality, Delivery
  • Responsible for Molding operations on all three shifts
  • Backfill for Production Manager as required to cover vacations, or other periods of unavailability
  • Oversee & participate in:
    • Front-line operational needs such as: molds changes, repairs on molds
    • Fine tune machine settings, molds to gain optimal cycle times and class A quality
    • Scheduling to meet delivery requirements of our customers
    • Oversee the safe and optimal utilization of all plant and equipment through proper operation and maintenance
    • Confirm audits are completed as required to prevent occurrences of non-conformances
  • Drive Continuous Improvement activities using Lean Manufacturing Techniques
  • Manage production and maintenance staff both unionized and non-unionized, assigning duties, handling employee concerns, reviewing performance, hiring and orientation of new employees, discipline and training
  • Mentor and develop Supervisor skills, ensuring all policies and procedures of the IATF Quality System are followed at all times
  • Lead Safety, Environmental and 5S initiatives including but not limited to completion of daily/weekly audits, monthly safety talks and work cell layout adherence and improvements
  • Participate in the preparation annual budgets, monitor performance, providing explanations for variances to budget and implement corrective action for variances
  • Assume ownership of product repair and scrap costs, developing cost avoidance plans, and implementing operational improvements
  • Schedule staffing requirement consistent with production needs, account for all labour hours and be responsible for variance
  • Drive Standardized work adherence, monitor cycle time to standards
  • Provide feedback on product and mold design reviews, advanced product quality planning (APQP) and resolve customer complaints
  • Use performance measurement reports to prioritize and continually improve machine efficiencies.
  • Develops improved manufacturing methods, layouts, equipment and techniques and submits recommendations for approval
  • Manage the Contractor program and ensuring compliance of visitors
  • Oversee and provide guidance on areas of robot programming, electrical and maintenance
  • Actively develop train, mentor and discipline subordinates as required
  • Environmental and Health & Safety compliance


  • Ensure processes, molds, equipment are capable of and making product that meets customer expectations
  • Be engaged and understand the quality requirements so that guidance, mentoring can be provided to subordinates and decisions can be made
  • Work closely with the Quality team and Customers to define and understand specific part requirements
  • Ensure that subordinates follow work instructions to achieve standardized work practices across all personnel on all shifts
  • Ensure molding personnel are following the necessary procedures to maintain IATF 16949 requirements at all times
  • Report and escalate quality issues and procedural infractions to drive countermeasures and continuous improvement
  • Participate in Financial reviews of operation performance to prioritize corrective action and countermeasures to reduce scrap


  • Post-Secondary Education in a related field preferred OR equivalent working experience
  • Demonstrated intermediate to advanced injection mold processing experience
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude
  • Demonstrated software experience
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills-verbal and written
  • Minimum 5 years hands on injection molding experience
  • Automotive experience an asset
  • Minimum 2 years of technical leadership-Managing trades preferred

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