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Maintenance Manager, Fort Madison, IA to 130K

The Maintenance Mgr. reports to the plant's GM and is a member of the senior management team in a Manufacturing/Foundry environment employing 200. It is a unionized company. This is the flagship plant in a long standing, industry leading company. This position is largely strategic and systems oriented. The maintenance mechanics and technician report to various operations managers, with other key engineers and technicians reporting to the Maintenance Mgr. This position requires:

  • BS Engineering or equivalent degree with professional certifications in Reliability highly desired.
  • 3+ years of Maint. supervisory experience in a heavy equipment/capital intensive environment with high levels of automation.[metals, pulp/paper, durable goods]
  • Be strategic in Reliability engineering with a proven track record of program implementation and quantifiable systems management.
  • Strong trouble shooting and repair of all types of equipment like hydraulics, pneumatics, welding, electronics, etc. 
  •  Be able to drive development of maintenance organizations core competencies to include facilitating apprenticeship programs, development of electricians, mechanics, oilers, machinists and maintenance engineers.
  •  Possess excellent Project Management skills.
  •  Strong mechanical aptitude. Knowledge of vibration, oil and infrared methodology and analysis.
  •  Be able to manage through others! Influencing skills are huge!

Electrical Engineer, Columbia, SC to 100K

A leading manufacturer of consumer products near Columbia, SC is looking for a Manufacturing Engineer to support a sophisticated plastic and rubber forming operation.

  • BSEE degree from an accredited university
  • 2+ years’ electrical engineering experience
  • High-speed manufacturing experience
  • Medical device experience is preferred
  • PLC installation, troubleshooting and programming
  • Robotics
  • Vision systems
  • Servos and drives
  • Predictive and preventive maintenance
  • Capital project management
  • SolidWorks
  • Travel is minimal
  • Stable work history

Plant Manager, Mankato, MN to 200K

Our food manufacturing client is seeking a Plant Manager in Mankato, MN. The Plant Manager oversees all daily operations of a 3 operation complex facility. This position develops processes that maximize ownership, stewardship, safety, quality and productivity.
Must Have:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Current or most recent experience managing a plant size of at least 400 employees.
  • Experience managing a 24/7 operation overseeing maintenance, production, sanitation, warehouse, and quality.
  • Must understand large scope, be able to handle multiple processes and a very large complex system.
  • 10+ years' related experience in the food/bev manufacturing industry.
  • Demonstrated track record of achieving results against a comprehensive set of KPIs.
  • Ability to analyze downtime and financial variance trends, identifying actions to deliver expected performance.
  • Adequate knowledge of organizational effectiveness and operations management.
  • Ability to effectively present information to all levels of the company; plant floor to executive leadership.
  • Excellent time management, and strong attention to detail, verbal and written communication skills, listening, decision-making, and organization skills required.
  • Excellent computer skills required, including Microsoft Word and Excel skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall leadership, direction and coordination for plant operations.
  • Ensure adherence to all safety policies and procedures promoting a world-class safety culture.
  • Ensure all plant personnel are operating in compliance with plant and corporate procedures as well as compliance with customer and governmental regulations.
  • Identify and implement strategies to improve performance, meeting and exceeding plant KPIs.
  • Provide coaching and development of plant staff to insure effective leadership, collaboration and balance in achieving KPIs focused on safety, quality, customer service and productivity.  
  • Monitor and set standards for operations and help identify and correct bottlenecks.
  • Increase production asset capacity and flexibility while minimizing unnecessary costs.
  • Plan and supervise the design and progress of capital projects.
  • Develops and implements financial and non-financial objectives including annual budget that serves as the plants operating plan.
  • Adhere to safe work practices, follow GMPs, maintain sanitary conditions & ensure product quality is maintained.
  • Responsible for Food Safety and Food Quality of MFI products.
  • Identify and address conditions or practices that may adversely affect food safety, food quality or personnel safety.

Regional Continuous Improvement Manager, Fort Lauderdale, FL to 120K

Regional Continuous Improvement Manager Summary:

The Regional Continuous Improvement Manager will be responsible for leading lean initiatives, implementing Lean/CI systems and delivering continuous improvement training programs. They will plan, organize, conduct, and follow up Kaizen events which lead to the establishment of Lean Systems throughout the organization. They will create a sense of urgency about the CI process and its outcome. 

Regional Continuous Improvement Manager Responsibilities:

  • Identifies areas where waste can be reduced, processes can be standardized, and the bottom line enhanced.
  • Operates with plants to drive improvement to positively impact the bottom line.
  • Spearhead initiatives such as training, coaching, and mentoring.
  • Provide training and mentorship to employees utilizing Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques.
  • Develops and manages scorecards to track historical success.
  • To direct cost reduction programs/projects for the Operations division.
  • Coordinate process improvement projects throughout Operations.
  • Coordinate major initiatives across the supply chain to insure optimum cost. 
  • Drive the improvement of processes and systems in a company, and implement programs that will have continuing long-term benefits.
  • Promote CI:  Plan, organize, conduct and follow up Kaizen events.
  • Track and report Kaizen results.
  • Adhere to ISO/TS 16949 standards.
  • Drive continuous Improvement and deliver manufacturing improvements.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree (BS or BA) is required.
Must have recent experience in Automotive Industry.
7+ years of experience in, lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, six sigma or related field. 
Strong analytical skills.
Work to a high level of accuracy with attention to detail.
Strong interpersonal skills and decision making ability. 
Effective and professional communication and organization skills.
Ability to facilitate data-driven statistical approaches to problem solving; gathering and analyzing project data 
Experience in Lean Systems implementation.
Six Sigma Black Belt is preferred.

Process Safety Manager, El Dorado, AR to 140K + 20% bonus

The Process Safety Manager is a member of the Refinery Leadership Team and provides leadership, direction and guidance for all of the Process Safety obligations including EPA RMP regulation. This role is responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable regulations, and effective application of process safety related programs, developing innovative solutions for evolving standards, establishing and fostering a healthy and effective process safety culture, and managing risks. This role provides technical expertise and support for implementation and execution of process safety requirements. The Process Safety Manager is engaged with regulators, community interest groups, contractors and consultants to ensure our Company commitment to keeping people safe and demonstrating process safety leadership. This position will collaborate with Corporate Environmental and Regulatory Affairs to assist with developing and implementing company policies and programs, commenting on proposed rules and legislation, developing compliance programs for new regulations, and assisting with the overall improvement of company-wide process safety performance.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and lead the activities of the Process Safety Team to ensure process safety, and RMP regulatory compliance and department goals and initiatives are achieved as well as establish the expectations of behavior for the process safety culture in the refinery
  • Provide guidance and leadership in administrating the development, implementation and execution of the policies, procedures, training programs, and process safety management systems to identify and reduce/eliminate potential hazard exposures  
  • Identify and establish leading indicator metrics that are tracked, trended and used in a way to identify areas for concern, improve programs, address risks/hazards and ultimately eliminate incident
  • Utilize sound human relations and communications skills to provide development of direct reports and motivation of staff resulting in a reliable and competent work force
  • Address personnel issues including developing, training, coaching, mentoring and disciplining of subordinates
  • Responsible for building, implementing, organizing and maintaining the Process Safety Management system and programs to assure compliance with OSHA regulations, EPA RMP, and industry best practices
  • Interact with all Departments regularly to be aware of potential changes and communicate their impact on process safety and RMP to ensure compliance 
  • Monitor, track and analyze data of process safety monitoring, analytical and control equipment. Report persistent issues and potential regulatory situations and develop corrective actions to ensure compliance
  • Perform routine monitoring of documentation to ensure refinery compliance with the process safety and RMP programs including oversee Audits and Investigations; verifies and documents corrective actions
  • Primary contact for all process safety regulatory requirements ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Maintain all documentation necessary to demonstrate compliance with required federal, state and local record keeping requirements, as well as all required external submission reports
  • Report on status of process safety, and RMP incidents to management, lead investigations related to these incidents, draft investigation reports and coordinate the development of corrective actions based upon investigations
  • Develop, implement and provide process safety training and ensure training compliance as well as develop capability for effective application of safe work practices and other safety procedures
  • Ensure compliance with governmental regulations and industry standards. Areas of focus include, but not limited to: employee compliance training programs and process safety programs (process hazard analysis, facility siting, management of change, etc.)
  • Coordinate compliance review audits with corporate, governmental agencies and third party personnel and maintain proactive and positive relations with regulatory agencies, trade groups, and community stakeholders
  • Monitor emerging process safety issues throughout the Industry and initiate proactive gap closure actions of industry best practices
  • Must identify needs for process safety capital investments, properly scope those needs and manage project to ensure capital budget is met
  • Develop and implement long range plans to ensure process safety compliance and improve the overall performance
  • Develops and manages the process safety, and training department operating and capital project budgets and support other departments with planning for costs associated with programs
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

Bachelors’ Degree in science/technical discipline or engineering or relate field

  • Five (5) years of experience in refining, petrochemical, or chemical industry
  • Demonstrated knowledge of OSHA, and other safety related regulations and industry practices relating to the refining/petrochemical and construction industry
  • Working knowledge of process safety requirements of 29 CFR 1910.119 and 40 CFR Part 68 Subpart D
  • Understanding of regulations governing occupational safety, specifically OSHA29-CFR-1910 and 1926 and industry standards such as API, NFPA, OSHA, ASME, and ANSI
  • Experience with developing and implementing training programs
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple projects and tasks in an effective manner
  • Proven experience in incident investigation and root cause analysis
  • Proven experience focused on implementation, improvement, and auditing of safe work practices and process safety programs
  • Proven ability to lead and influence direct staff and staff not under direct supervision
  • Proficient in utilizing computer and Microsoft Office applications including MS Excel, Word, Power Point, and Outlook
  • Solid verbal and written communication and technical writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to interact effectively and positively with all levels of Company personnel
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to anticipate and adapt to dynamic situations
  • Able to wear respirator

Desired Characteristics:

Masters’ Degree in science/technical discipline or engineering
Ten (10) years of experience petrochemical, refinery, or industrial environmental experience in safety field including five (5) years of experience in a supervisory/management role
Advanced understanding of oil refining processes (process flow diagrams/mechanical flow sheets, chemical phase separations, and reactions)
Experienced an union environment
Experience as Incident Commander and implementing Incident Command System

Plant Maintenance Lead, Cleveland, TN to 80K

Plant Maintenance Lead Responsibilities:

  • Operate and maintain mechanical, electrical, and building systems and equipment.
  • Responsible for subordinates Maintenance Department schedules. 
  • Completes assigned preventative maintenance and reactive maintenance repairs.
  • Ability to maintain machinery and equipment (i.e., pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, motors, gearboxes, etc.).
  • Responsible for the preventive maintenance programs to minimize maintenance cost of all production equipment.
  • Evaluate and maintain equipment inventory, repair and maintenance records on all plant machinery.
  • Participate in workplace safety and health meetings.
  • Ensure safety and health hazards are corrected, eliminated or guarded.
  • Having the authority to: Stop and prevent unsafe actions; stop the use of unsafe equipment and tools, stop work and/or have employees leave a work area.
  • Ensure that all incident reports are completed in a timely and accurate manner and investigate all near misses.
  • Perform individual tasks and assist others in general maintenance and repair of all manufacturing equipment.
  • Follows safety regulations and enforces compliance with company safety rules and regulations. 

Plant Maintenance Lead Education/Skills Required:   


  • B.S. in mechanical or electrical engineering or equivalent journeyman in one of the above.

  • Must have experience with metals/stamping operations. 
  • Minimum of three years skilled maintenance experience required.
  • Must be a team player committed to working in a quality environment.
  • Basic computer skills in Microsoft Office.

Sr. Quality Engineer, Orangeburg, SC to 90K

  • Responsible for providing leadership to ensure the overall health of the manufacturing quality systems, driving continuous improvement projects to increase site quality and compliance, support quality improvement initiatives with comprehensive focus on positive communications with internal and external customer. 15 direct reports: Quality Auditors / Technicians
  • This position will provide quality assurance support (Quality Engineering, APQP, DFM/DFA, DFSS, Process Auditing and internal PPAP and validation activity review) for the implementation, auditing, registration and maintenance, and on-going effectiveness of the Quality Management System.
  • Develop a team of quality production professionals to support quality systems management objectives and ensure continual quality improvement.
  • Ensure quality systems are compliant with Company and site procedures as well as industry standards
  • Function as a strong quality liaison to other functional departments  providing quality support and ensuring cross-functional communication
  • Oversee training requirements for quality associates, technicians and quality specialists
  • Propose, design, implement, and enforce quality improvements
  • Support design (R&D) during new product introduction to ensure all appropriate activities are conducted and documented.
  • Facilitate root cause investigations utilizing 8D methods for internal and external excursions and communicate results to management and customers
  • Drive systematic process changes as a result of deviations or complaints or other trends
  • Support internal, customer, and regulatory audits as appropriate
  • Complete monthly KPI reports for internal presentations
  • Make data driven decisions and strategies to improve quality
  • Lead plant APQP and PPAP processes


  • BS degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Business or related field .Minimum 5years'-supervisory Quality leadership experience in a high-volume manufacturing environment
  • Possession of recognized qualification in related field   ASQ, CQT, CQI, CMI or CQE strongly preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with OSHA regulations, workplace safety, and basic ergonomics
  • Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Experience (Six Sigma Black Belt preferred)
  • Strong mechanical aptitude including working knowledge of GD&T methodology and SPC
  • Engineering discipline experience with a focus on mechanical, pneumatic, and /or fluid power systems
  • Demonstrated ability to handle large projects with the ability to prioritize resources and project timelines
  • Project Management Skills, Leadership skills with emphasis on cross functional team development & leading skilled Trades
  • Mechanical aptitude, ability to analyzed application requirements, provides failure analysis, select components and make recommendations to meet system requirements. Engineering discipline experience with a focus on mechanical, pneumatic, and/or fluid power systems.
  • Knowledge of GD&T and SPC.
  • Continuous Improvement, TPS Philosophies, and utilization of Kaizen
  • Demonstrated knowledge and competence in machining, stamping, welding, and / or assembly operations mix model cell structure is a plus
  • Working knowledge of ISO9001 Quality Management System
  • Hands on with the ability to handle multiple projects

Quality Engineer, Atlanta, GA to 90K

  • Join one of the best known companies in the world.

  • We are seeking someone who has a strong mechanical aptitude and excellent diagnostic skills who can prioritize based on plant needs, determine root cause and implement counter measures to error proof for the future. 
  • Responsible for all aspects of quality engineering techniques and methods in an assigned area or project. 
  • Provides support to manufacturing for quality improvement and new product launch. Interfaces with Product Design, Service, Purchasing, etc. 
  • Capable of performing advanced quality planning (APQP) on new model introductions. This position will require Defect Free Process to be used to prepare for the new model launches.
  • Capable of performing in a high paced complex environment and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Develop and implement control plans and product inspection plans.
  • Lead process Kaizen improvement teams.
  • Proficient in developing and implementing process controls, SPC, and other statistical methods.
  • Capable of developing and implementing quality metrics to monitor internal performance.
  • Proficient with problem solving techniques and able to lead small groups through problem solving and Kaizen activities.
  • Capable of auditing internal quality systems.
  • Capable of initiating and reviewing corrective action for problem resolution.
  • Competent at reading and interpreting engineering drawings.
  • Capable of developing and documenting quality systems, standards, and procedures as required.
  • Professionally adheres to all company rules and policies.
  • Implement and adhere to all ISO-9001 and company QMS requirements/procedures and strive for simplification.

Education / Experience:

4-year engineering degree and 6-8 years experience in Quality Engineering.

Power Point. 
ISO experience and quality certifications a plus. 
Demonstrated application of engineering skills and problem solving techniques. 
Effective planning and organizing along with strong project management skills. 

Maintenance Manager- Chemicals, State College, PA to 150K

Looking for a ME degree and at least 10 years of industrial maintenance manufacturing experience.
1) Manage all capital and maintenance projects throughout the facility with hands on leadership.
2) Develop, manage, all maintenance programs and develop maintenance employees.
3) Predictive and preventative maintenance programs expertise.
4) Schedules and directs work of outside contractors and capital maintenance crew(s)
Working on capital projects, as well as outside contractors working on service contracts for equipment.
5) Maintenance certifications a HUGE plus.
Multi-billion dollar international powerhouse looking for that hands on take charge Maintenance Manager. Not looking for the office dweller but someone who will be on the floor taking charge of all the ongoing and new maintenance projects upcoming and techs and operators. Top salary, top benefits, and an outstanding relocation plan. The location is in a beautiful part of central PA. Rolling hills, and plenty of outdoor activities. Low cost of living! Top schools for those with kids.
Industries such as refining, chemicals, and liquid pharmaceuticals work best!

Plant Quality Manager, Toledo, OH to 120K

Plant Quality Manager Summary:

The Plant Quality Manager is responsible for all quality deliverables. They will establish and review annual quality improvement plans as well as plant operational plans. They are responsible for continuous improvement in quality key measure performance and customer satisfaction for assigned area.
Plant Quality Manager Job Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible to ensure that all QE deliverables (e.g.: Quality Objectives, MSA, Control Plans, Part Inspection, Capability Studies, and Customer PPAP) are executed on time and to the appropriate level of detail.
  • Develop key customer relationships in the supplier quality area for successful execution of our launches.
  • Ensure the adherence to policies and procedures outlined in the TS 16949 Quality System.
  • Develop key internal relationships, with the goal of removing roadblocks and resolving issues for successful execution of our launches.
  • Develop QE resource budgets and staffing needs, participate in the interview process and add resources, as they are required.
  • Develop and execute Individual Development Plans and performance reviews for each QE.
  • Actively participate in program reviews and phase exits reviews.
  • Prepare a monthly assessment of all PLUS QE deliverables for the programs within their area of responsibility. 
  • Advanced Quality Planning including Quality Planning and Control Plan standard, FMEAs, PPAPs, Dimensional layouts, gage/fixture design, and performance/material testing. 
  • Advanced statistical concepts, design of experiments, and problem solving methodology.
  • Leads quality function within their area of responsibility, typically providing direct leadership to Quality Engineers.
  • Provides leadership to a large area of responsibility.
  • Excellent communication skills to ensure proper customer relationship.
  • Follows safety regulations and enforces compliance with company safety rules and regulations.
  • Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree (BS or BA) is required.
  • Must have recent experience in Automotive Industry.
  • Specific education and training in Quality disciplines including, at minimum ISO/TS16949, Continuous Improvement, PPAP, FMEA, Control Plans, DoE, SPC. 
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Exceptional communications skills.
  • High level of business ethics and integrity.
  • Knowledge of TS16949 Quality Systems.
  • Experience with the APQP system.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.

Process Engineer- SMT, Southern IN to 110K 

Experience in technical support of PCB assembly processes for SMT Technologies. Understanding of design of experiments, PFMEA / DFMEA and control plans. Desired experience in interfacing with Design Engineering and customers.


  • Responsible for activities related to the support of Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) processes including evaluating process capacity, capability, quality and cost.
  • Develop equipment, materials, and process performance requirements, performs vendor searches and equipment evaluation to ensure adequate capability to produce quality product in required quantities at an effective cost.
  • Lead cross functional teams in implementing technical and strategic capacity and capability initiatives.
  • Develops and performs designed experiments (DOE) and capability studies, develops process specifications and designs and procures process tooling.
  • Analyze new process and equipment with the intent of achieving continuous improvement of present methods.

Unlimited advancement
 High level technical resources
 Yearly bonus
 Full and complete relocation package

Air Environmental Engineer, Houston, TX to 140K

  • This is an excellent opportunity to take ownership of the environmental air program at a chemical plant site in the Houston area. Our client is a major chemical company with a good reputation in EHS.  In this role, you will cover air activities such as Title V permitting, IE, TRI, HON, Boiler MACT and others. As a Senior Engineer, you will operate with minimal supervision and coordinate/lead teams on environmental initiatives. You will provide environmental input to the Capital Project group at the site regarding compliances issues. 
  • Identify opportunities for air program improvement. Obtain an understanding of the units, processes, and work practices. Develop an understanding of the interaction of multiple processes at the site and the unique compliance needs for the site.
  • Identify, plan, and complete permitting and compliance projects that have a positive impact on environmental performance. Develop/execute a long-range plan for solving specific problems. 
  • Interacts with agency and audit personnel in a manner that minimizes negative impacts. 
  • Communicate compliance requirements and provide education to site personnel on applicable environmental rules and associated compliance priorities.  
  • Attends local Trade Association meetings to receive training and build your network.

BS Degree in Engineering or Sciences and 7 + years of experience in a chemical or refining site. 

Quality Engineer-Automotive, Raleigh, NC to 100K

  • Great opportunity to join an expanding global leader supplying the automotive industry. Our client is looking for Quality professionals with expertise in ensuring the overall product quality and compliance of QMSISO/ TS16949 standards. Offering competitive compensation, relocation, and long term career growth opportunities.
  • Responsibilities:
  •  Directly supports facility quality and manufacturing programs (Kaizen, Lean Enterprise, CIP, etc.)
  •  Develops and initiates methods, procedures, and tests for inspection, testing, and evaluation of products
  •  Involved in Quality-related problem solving - reducing scrap, increasing capability, and productivity
  •  Evaluates and reports quality and reliability KPIs to targets
  •  Drives process improvements utilizing SPC and provides training for associates
  •  Reviews advanced customer and product drawings to determine gaging techniques/ requirements
  •  Ensures adherence to AIAG guidelines in collaboration with cross-functional teams. 
  •  Interface with OEM customers regarding concerns, complaint management and initiates action to resolve quality problems.
  •  Prepares and submits PPAP to OEM Customers
  •  Works with suppliers to maintain and improve quality; conducts internal and external (Supplier) audits; provides reports outlining audit results (Supplier Quality Management)
  • Qualifications:
  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and 5+ years’ experience in Quality Engineering in automotive manufacturing.
  •  2years experience in metal working / machining manufacturing processes (forging, CNC, milling, grinding, etc.)
  •  Knowledge of engineering, manufacturing, and customer specific systems and standards,
  •  Training in standards for quality management systems (ISO/TS 16949, VDA, EFQM, CQI, etc.)
  •  Application of QMS tools and techniques (APQP, FMEA, inspection planning, SPC, DOE etc.).
  •  ASQC Certified Quality Engineer certification and Lead Auditor Training in TS Standard desired
  •  Experience with Minitab and MS Office Tools (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)
  •  Must be able to work in the USA without sponsorship now or in the future.


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