Manufacturing Manager

FN America, LLC Columbia , SC 29209

Posted 1 week ago

FN America, LLC is a U.S. subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A., a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high-quality, reliable firearms for military, law enforcement and commercial customers worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia with manufacturing operations in Columbia, South Carolina, FN America is passionately committed to providing its customers with a portfolio of FN-branded products, training and support services that enhance user performance and safeguard their lives. For more information, visit us at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Position Summary

The Manufacturing Manager is responsible for department safety, quality, delivery, cost, productivity, technical planning and continuous improvement.

Job Duties

  • Manages, directs, leads and implements initiatives and strategies of operations and manufacturing engineering to achieve established business goals (KPl's).

  • Establishes production schedules in manufacturing departments to ensure production requirements are met and shipments are made on time. Controls the flow of materials and the effective utilization of labor and direct resources for budget adherence.

  • Analyzes the value stream personnel and capital resources and selects the best way to meet safety, quality and production requirements on time at a reasonable cost.

  • Actively coach and implement lean processes and tools to direct reports. Utilize sound Lean Manufacturing techniques and guides the team in lean thinking, cost reduction and improving productivity. Champions department level problem solving and supports the investigation of production issues, directs the team for quick resolution to issues which could cause manufacturing delays.

  • Works with production control, purchasing and incoming inspection teams to review, analyze, and adjust material inventories required to meet production demand. Proactively seeks opportunities for internal lead time reduction and process/inventory optimization.

  • Recommends and/or makes improvements in value stream capacity planning, training requirements, volume adjusted industrialization strategies and manufacturing methods. Provides capital investment justification to the leadership team.

  • Directs the operations of departments and guides supervisors in the performance of their duties. Fosters cross functional team approach at all levels. Makes decisions based on inputs provided by superiors, subordinates, peers, and teams consistent with company goals

  • Practices strong business, managerial, ethical and technical skills.

  • Manages value stream operations concurrent with:

  • Business growth.

  • Introduction of new manufacturing techniques and product launch.

  • Meeting operations objectives (KPl's).

  • Customer changes.

  • Production mix change.

  • Assess and upgrades the management/direct labor talent base within the team to achieve growth; reduce cost, cycle times, lead times and on-time delivery. Conceives, researches, plans, targets and controls reductions in cost and product lead times on existing and new products.

  • Direct reports: Manufacturing/Assembly/Test Supervisors and Manufacturing Engineering team.

  • Manages and assists in the coordination of effort between support departments within the organization,

  • Participates in the implementation of advanced manufacturing technology to improve cost of sales, shorten lead times and promote on-time delivery. Establishes standardized manufacturing methods on similar products.

  • Other duties as assigned by management.

Educational Requirements

BS Degree in Engineering or equivalent

Experience Requirements

Five (5) plus years of demonstrated management and leadership experience in a manufacturing environment.

Skills and Competencies

All FN America employees are expected to demonstrate accountability, collaboration, communication, customer focus, and innovation. In addition, this job requires:

  • Proven technical expertise in metal manufacturing/machining skills, metal and plastic component assembly and surface treatment of metal products.

  • Demonstrated success improving KPls

  • Practical and proven understanding of workplace lean manufacturing principles, value stream optimization, SMED activities and VA/VE.

  • Capable of utilizing basic quality tools along with six sigma and lean manufacturing techniques in the support of continuous improvement, root cause analysis and corrective / preventative actions.

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Ability to influence and lead people and resolve conflict

  • Experience in fire arms industry preferred but not required


Six Sigma certification (Green or Black belt)

Working Conditions

Typical office environment with some travel between buildings and to other locations required. May be exposed to loud noises, toxic chemicals, and dangerous machinery when on the plant floor.

All FN America employees have a responsibility to participate in the development of a safe and healthy workplace and to comply with instructions given for their own safety and health and that of others.

Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status

FN America, LLC is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with physical and mental disabilities.

If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please email or call: 803-736-0522. We will make a determination on your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

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