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Production/Product Lead

Production/Project Lead

Dunlop Protective Footwear is the global market innovation leader in protective footwear for the Food, OGM, Industry and Agriculture marketplaces. We manufacture boots in our three production locations in Havre de Grace, Maryland, Raalte, Netherlands, and Leria, Portugal. Our continuous innovation combined with a solid dose of handcraft, makes the best working boot in the world that gives you the safety and comfort you deserve.

We are in immediate need of Production/Project Lead who is energetic, has good knowledge of Lean, Six Sigma and a change agent to help our rapidly growing USA business unit take over the Protective Footwear marketplace. The candidate should have a minimum of 5-7 years' experience in Production and Project Management.

The ideal candidate will have overall responsibilities for production, maintenance, and continuous improvement/projects.

Essential Functions

  1. Lead and manage plan operations for production, maintenance, continuous improvement and related projects.
  2. Lead by example: know and understand performance numbers, actively involved in and oversees areas of responsibility, drives continuous improvement and optimization for all processes.
  3. Hands-on management: experience in managing a team, but also actively involved in day to day operations and what happnes 'on the floor'.
  4. World class manufacturing principles e.g. Lean, Six Sigma, TPM (OEE improvement): strong knowledge of principles with ability to implement site wide.
  5. Cultural transformation: drives a clear path to a "one team" approach.
  6. Develop and implement production plans with achieve budgetary targets: prepare, analyze, and present area performance on key KPIs (including action plans to support). Assists in the preparation of department forecasts and budgets (Direct Labor, Material Variances, Overhead, etc.).
  7. Maintenance organization: lead a world class maintenance program that manages capital asset maintenance, maintain existing plant facilities & equipment, and embraces an all-inclusive prevantative maintenance programs.
  8. People Leadership/Development: provides directions, development and leadership to production/maintenance leadership.
  9. Continuous improvement- create and embrace data driven initiatives to enhance productivity of the plant, reduce rejection rates and improve overal quality


  1. Transformational People Leader
  2. Lean Manufacturing experience and implementation
  3. Communications Proficiency
  4. Continuous Improvement
  5. Technical Capacity
  6. Decision Making/Problem Solving driven by Data Analytics
  7. Financial Management
  8. Lean Manufacturing experience and implementation
  9. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Suite
  10. Proficient knowledge of ERP Systems (Microsoft Dynamics AX) and WMS

Education and Experience:

  1. Education: Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering or related field.
  2. Experience:
  •  Plant/general management experience in a manufacturing environment with a minimum of 5 years successfully involved/responsible for operational processes (manufacturing and/or SCM).
  • Cross-functionally experience in an international organization, managing multiple projects and competing priorities.
  • Financial knowledge: Is familiar with all factors that influence the total company P&L and all cost factors and drivers that play part in manufacturing and supply.
  • Modern MRP/WMS systems experience

Language: Fluent English

Supervisory Responsibility

This position leads all production/maintenance employees and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of the employees within that department.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $80,000 to $100,000 annually

Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K

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