First Line Manager-Production

Manager - PRODUCTION ASSEMBLY (1st Line Leader)

Main activities and responsibilities for these roles
  • Manage your Assembly organization against set safety, quality, delivery and financial targets by leading and coaching your production team
  • Continue the implementation of Volvo Production System (VPS), which means to implement standardized ways of working, develop the organization and achieve contribution from all employees
  • Full accountability and ownership of your team’s development, UAW relations, project follow up, midterm road map (0-1 year) and policy deployment from plant to operator level.

Critical competencies and experience

We are looking for a goal-oriented leader with a strong drive to deliver and have the ability to continually develop and improve the organization and its employees. Excellent communication skills including working with cross functional teams are essential to be able to build networks and create trusting relationships. You believe in building a knowledge based organization with a strong teamwork as a foundation.

You share our beliefs that the Volvo Production System as well as the Volvo leadership skills through our Volvo Values (Customer success, Trust, Passion, Change and Performance) is the way forward for us to continue to success in this industry.
Demonstrating a high and solid level in each of the Volvo Group Leadership competencies for the leading people level, the Production Manager will be an inspiring and inclusive leader as well as an active team member. At Volvo we are actively working to establish teams which will take maximum advantage of the diversity in our differences in knowledge, experience, age, gender and nationality.

The ideal candidate for this position has a Associates Degree in a relevant field and five (5) years’ supervision experience in a manufacturing environment OR seven years minimum combined education and supervision experience within a manufacturing environment.

PositionDepartment, Division or Global Function

Manager – Production

GTO – Hagerstown, MD - US
Reports to

Area Manager - Production
Direct reports and matrix reports to the above Position

Direct reports (blue collar) in the product line report to the Manager - Production - (enclose organization chart)
Mission/purpose of the Job

As the Production Manager, you will hold an important role in the Hagerstown Plant Organization. You will report directly to a second line managerial level referred to as an Area Manager. You will support the long term success of the Volvo Group and Hagerstown by providing leadership. In addition, you will be supporting the short and mid-term activities for your function and the plant to meet production objectives. You will be responsible for safety, quality, delivery, continuous improvement, environment, people development and cost of the production process as well as cascading and involving your team members in the business objectives.
Scope and influence

Managerial position: Manager - Production:
Responsible for the production of powertrain components and assemblies (Engines, Transmissions, or Axles) supporting Volvo Group Trucks and Bus brands in North America. Depending on department, may include any or all of the following: machining, heat treatment, assembly, test, paint operations.
Managerial position: The Production Manager: N-6 from Volvo Group CEO, Reporting to Area Manager.
Key responsibilities/Accountabilities
Managerial position:
    • Ensure a safe work environment and behaviors for all team members using a methodical approach to risk identification, mitigation and competence development

    • Inspire your team to work together to reach set safety, quality, delivery and financial targets by leading and coaching your production team. Deliver the agreed and committed overall objectives for the production area of responsibility
    • Strong drive to deliver and have the ability to continually develop and improve the organization and your team members
    • Build autonomous teams, work with cross-functional networks and create trusting relationships
    • Mid-term road map (0-1 year). Participate in the development of departmental objectives and targets. Ensure that the production area objective is clearly formulated and motivated to achieve the Group Trucks Operations Hagerstown business objectives and strategy. Apply Hoshin Kanri cascading theory.
    • Ensure the availability of skilled resources and create a motivating environment to consistently improve upon the performance of the department and readily adapt to evolving demands

    • Inspire and influence through a communicative leadership style with your team and cross functional groups, with 2 way communication and high employee engagement. Ensure all employees are aware of their responsibilities, how they contribute to the total result and that they are recognized for performance

    • Demonstrate and coach to Volvo’s Values (Customer Success, Trust, Passion, Change, Performance) and Code of Conduct
    • Be an inspiring/inclusive leader and create a welcoming/diverse work environment
    • Support overall company programs and policies.

People Development:
    • Develop and grow industrial workforce to secure competence
    • Assess performance, competencies, and flexibility of employees within the department and initiate appropriate training, counselling, or corrective action to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of the employees

Continuous Improvement:
    • Understand and apply the principles of lean manufacturing. Lead and coach the techniques and methodologies of the Volvo Production System (VPS).
    • Anticipate and react to any issues that could affect performance. Secure problems are reported, root causes identified and appropriate actions plans implemented. Initiate and follow up on improvement projects.
    • Ability to translate theory into practical application in the daily work
    • Maintain accurate time and attendance records for all departmental employees; initiate and record corrective actions to address attendance issues
    • Understand the collective bargaining unit agreements and collaborate with union officials.
    • Other duties as assigned

Department, Division or Global Function

Fulfilment of financial and operational KPI’s for the department:
  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Delivery
  • Cost
  • Environment
  • People
Department, Division or Global Function
Department, Division or Global Function
Managerial position:
  • Associate’s Degree and five (5) years’ management experience in a manufacturing environment OR seven years minimum combined education and leadership experience within a manufacturing environment
Preferred experience and knowledge

Manager – Production
Necessary technical/functional/language skills
Managerial position:
  • Needs to have a good understanding of the Volvo Group Businesses
  • As all documentation is in English, proficiency in the English language is required.

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Who we are and what we believe in
Our focus on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity allows each of us the opportunity to bring our full authentic self to work and thrive by providing a safe and supportive environment, free of harassment and discrimination. We are committed to removing the barriers to entry, which is why we ask that even if you feel you may not meet every qualification on the job description, please apply and let us decide.

Applying to this job offers you the opportunity to join Volvo Group. Every day, across the globe, our trucks, buses, engines, construction equipment, financial services, and solutions make modern life possible. We are almost 100,000 people empowered to shape the future landscape of efficient, safe and sustainable transport solutions. Fulfilling our mission creates countless career opportunities for talents with sharp minds and passion across the group’s leading brands and entities.

Group Trucks Operations encompasses all production of the Group’s manufacturing of Volvo, Renault and Mack trucks, as well as engines and transmissions. We also orchestrate the spare parts distribution for Volvo Group’s customers globally and design, operate and optimize logistics and supply chains for all brands. We count 30,000 employees at 30 plants and 50 distribution centers across the globe. Our global footprint offers an opportunity for an international career in a state-of-the-art industrial environment, where continuous improvement is the foundation. As our planet is facing great challenges, we - one of the largest industrial organizations in the world - stand at the forefront of innovation. We are ready to rise to the challenge. Would you like to join us?

Volvo Group North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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