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IDEX Senior Manufacturing Manager in Shelby, North Carolina

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This position is the Senior Manufacturing Manager at the HURST Jaws of Life Shelby Plant within the IDEX Fire & Safety (FSG) business segment of IDEX Corporation. This position is focused on directing a highly engaged and high performing team supporting top business priorities while sustaining key performance indicators out of operations. The Senior Manufacturing Manager will be responsible for the overall execution of the manufacturing processes, Primary expectations of the role will be to drive growth, increase the productivity funnel, as well as promote simplification and speed throughout the organization. The Senior Manufacturing Manager and the department will be guided by HURST Jaws of Life core values of Trust, Teamwork, and Excellence, be innovative in their thinking, have the ability to see around corners and take risks, as well as achieve results through growth initiatives.


Operations Planning Manager


  • View operations and the business overall through an 8020 lens to recognize opportunity to reduce complexity and cost as well as reallocating resources to what is most important to focus on.

  • Direct leader of Manufacturing & Machine Shop

  • Coordinate production activities with procurement, maintenance, and quality control to obtain optimum production and utilization of human resources, machines, and equipment

  • Develop an effective team-based culture where the assigned functions focus on the critical few, achieves commitments and wins with an outstanding team. Lead by example through training, coaching, mentoring, and counseling.

  • Effectively collaborate cross functionally with a focus on aligning the operational strategy to support business priorities

  • Cascade business goals to Manufacturing & Machine Shop team to ensure top priorities are successfully supported while driving their respective development

  • Drive improvements in production quality, operating cost reduction, and manufacturing lead times

  • Develop and apply consistent manufacturing practices and standards

  • Use process flow diagrams and Value Stream Mapping (VSM) to analyze and manage workflow

  • Initiate, drive, and participate in Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement activities

  • Utilize and be proficient in root cause analysis and problem-solving methodologies

  • Oversight for safety and performance objectives through modernization for equipment, fixtures, and tools

  • Communicate with executive management and make presentations to high-level clients on technical and organizational capabilities

  • Work closely with materials management, QA, and suppliers to ensure that purchased material meets standards and specifications

  • Oversee the facility management

  • Ensure factory layout and equipment locations are optimized for material flow and manufacturing efficiency

  • Maintain strong communication path with commercial team ensuring cross functional knowledge transfer to execute and drive best support plan for global customers

  • Ensure appropriate inventory levels to minimize lead times and exceed OTD of 90% to external customers

  • Work with Finance to establish cost standards, and budgeting for manufacturing capital and expense spending

  • Oversee departmental budgets and expenditures

  • Provide recommendations to help guide product and systems development for manufacturability

  • Recommend design solutions and changes

  • Work with Engineering R&D to manufacture new products or improve current products and processes that meet quality and cost effectiveness standards

Additional Desired Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills that serve to influence and persuade others.

  • Strong conceptual, analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills.

  • Must be able to establish credibility through knowledge and experience with others focused on analytics, process and business development.

  • Experience with MRP Systems, JDE preferred

  • Strategic thinker with ability to translate insights into actionable strategies and execution

  • Excellent communication, influencing, and presentation skills at all levels; visualization skills and the ability to succinctly articulate concepts and ideas in a simple fashion

  • Experience with business analytics including qualitative and quantitative research, contextual inquiry; ability to analyze data to form conclusions and identify root causes of problems or issues

  • Team oriented, collaborative, and passionate advocate for own recommendations and ideas while maintaining flexibility to incorporate others' points of view

  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment, where scientific/business challenges arise requiring immediate and high-impact business solutions.

  • Highly detail and quality oriented.

  • Proactive thought process.

  • Analytical expertise required.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to interpret abstract and concrete concepts.

  • Task and project focused, can set and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to travel based on business needs

  • Production and Processing -- Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality controls and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

  • Administration and Management -- Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

  • Mechanical -- Knowledge of equipment and tools used in the manufacturing processes.

  • Design -- Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principals involved in production of precision technical plans, drawings, and models.

  • Comfortable working in grey space areas within a fast moving and changing organization

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and priorities

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Power Point, Visio, Word, and Outlook) at an advanced level preferred


  • The position requires a bachelor’s degree or Minimum of 5+ years of management experience in an operations leadership and/or factory management role (preferably Engineering, Business or Industrial Technology)

  • The successful candidate must have a proven track record, demonstrated by a progressive level of growth in responsibility.

  • This person will have extensive demonstrated success in the application of Lean principles, Six Sigma, Kaizen, JIT in an industrial environment.

This job description is neither exhaustive nor exclusive and may be reviewed in the future depending upon operational requirements and staffing levels.

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

Job Family: Operations

Business Unit: Hurst

Job Segment: FSD Fire & Safety/Diversified Products