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Production Manager - Clean Room and Powder Coat Job

Date: Jan 8, 2019

Location: Aberdeen, Maryland, US, 21001

Company: Armstrong World Industries


Worthington Armstrong Venture (WAVE), a joint venture of Worthington and Armstrong World Industries, has established worldwide leadership in the production of suspended ceiling systems. WAVE produces metal ceiling grids that can be combined with Armstrong ceiling boards as a complete package or sold individually.


Founded in 1992, WAVE operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the golden rule. This philosophy serves as an unwavering commitment to the customer, supplier, and shareholder, and it serves as the foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.


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Job Overview

The Production Manager is responsible for leading the Cleanroom and Powder Coat production team in the achievement of safety, quality, daily production, cost and delivery requirements in support of the business operating plan. This leader should be able to positively manage a diverse and skilled workforce by focusing on talent development and succession planning. Most importantly, this person must create a culture that embraces change and focuses on continuous operational improvements that further enhance the customer experience.




Safety Leadership:

  • Drive a safety culture aligned with the 8-Step Safety Process and Think-Plan-Act.
  • Support plant compliance of safety rules to further our goal of zero accidents, and encourage the reporting and correction of near misses.
  • Identify high-risk safety hazards or risk tolerance, and help to resolve them.
  • Encourage all personnel to identify opportunities to improve safety through high-level participation.


Operating Plan Results:

  • Develop business plans, budgets, staffing plans, and forecasts for the production department.
  • Work with production, maintenance and warehouse personnel to drive continuous improvement and ensure a safe work environment.
  • Establish challenging operations KPIs associated with lean manufacturing; support plant-wide lean manufacturing initiatives and managing systems.
  • Validate that production equipment is capable of producing within the specifications and tolerances required.



  • Direct department and ensure that cost effectiveness and consistency with safety, quality and performance standards are achieved.
  • Function as an adviser to other functional departments and external customers regarding tasks, projects, and processes; typically related to production, but may include maintenance and shipping as well.
  • Review and administer quality control management from manufacturing through customer feedback.
  • Analyze automated data collection to evaluate and assess operations strategy; support operations management.
  • Achieve monthly operating plan metrics for safety, quality, cost, inventory and PE%.


Organizational Vitality:

  • Communicate regularly with all department personnel, both individually and as a group, to ensure effective two-way communication concerning operation issues and best practices.
  • Promote consistent employee recognition.
  • Lead, coach, and motivate employees in a results-oriented way through accountability.



  • Required; minimum five year experience managing or supervising manufacturing operations.
  • Preferred; degree in business or operations discipline, or equivalent work experience.
  • Strong attention to detail, highly organized and capable of solving practical problems in situations where limited standardization may exist.
  • Commitment to delivering quality results and overcoming obstacles in a time-sensitive environment. Ability to prioritize multiple work streams while remaining composed in a fast-paced department.
  • Demonstrate the ability to gain the trust of a team and guide their work. The ability to build relationships, and the comfort to reach out to internal and external contacts to request information.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.


WAVE offers a team-based environment with world class safety as well as full benefit package, including vacation, holidays, excellent health insurance, 401K with company contributions and match, tuition reimbursement, onsite barbershop, fitness room and more. WAVE is a profit sharing driven company, with quarterly profit sharing.

Equal Employment Opportunity


WAVE is an equal opportunity employer.  It is our goal to ensure that hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation and discipline decisions are based on the job-related qualifications, abilities and performance of employees and applicants. The Company does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability or veteran status or any other reason prohibited by federal, state or local law.

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