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Manufacturing Department Manager

Company: AFL
Location: Duncan
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

AFL provides industry-leading fiber optic products and services across the globe. Our company was founded in 1984 with a single fiber optic cable and now we manufacture over two thousand products, employ over 6,000 associates and consistently generate annual sales in excess of a billion-dollars in revenue. With our commitment to professional growth and employee development, let AFL "Connect" you to your next career opportunity!

We are seeking a full time Manufacturing Department Manager (Black Jacket Cable )in Duncan, SC. The Premise Department Manager will be a member of the Cable manufacturing team responsible for leading the plant's production associates in a 24/7 operation.The Manager will have multiple direct reports covering multiple production lines. The position will report to the Manufacturing Manager.


Manage daily production operations to include: work-schedule management, staffing to meet demand; addressing safety concerns; ensuring adherence to the production schedule; investigating and resolving quality issues; and the initiation of corrective and preventative actions as appropriate.

Sustain and improve plant housekeeping, safety, productivity, and material flow by applying lean manufacturing principles and conducting continuous improvement activities such as kaizen events to eliminate waste.

Ensure compliance with all safety rules and EHS permits at all times.

Provide leadership and direction to assigned production associates through routine individual assessments and team performance reviews.

Cultivate positive working relationships with internal support groups including customer service, HR, EHS, supply chain, commercial/sales and product engineering/development.

Promote a safe and productive work environment built upon teamwork, accountability, integrity, and mutual respect where associates proactively engage in continuous improvement.

Develop associates to expand their contribution and allow them to grow into positions of increasing responsibility through the execution of cross-training and development plans.

Determine and execute plans for COVID-19 and mitigate risk to both employees and the AFL business.

Supports the business's mission, vision, and core values.

Responsible for upholding a zero defect culture in support continuous improvement of quality, performance and morale.

Complete routine administrative tasks as assigned including the review and approval of associate time records; the monitoring of attendance; and the application of attendance and other policies.

Monitor and routinely report performance on key operating metrics which may include items such as % material yield (scrap), labor efficiency and capacity utilization; identify trends and launch improvement activities to capture opportunities.

Support the building and execution of the annual business plan including the capacity, investment, materials, budget, and staffing plans to meet forecast demand; and the setting and achievement of objectives to improve operational performance.

Control operating expenses to meet approved budget including materials, consumables, labor, overtime, and other operating expenses.

Participate, as required, in the monthly Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process to align resources (capacity, staffing, expenses, materials, etc.) with customer orders and financial results.

Lead, participate, and support cross-functional project teams to achieve objectives.

Adhere to inventory management and control procedures to ensure accuracy and minimize variances. Function as the approver for the routine cycle counting process.

Personal Qualities:

Strong leadership skills

Hands-on team player with well-developed interpersonal skills that is comfortable leading in a cross- functional, multi-cultural environment. Demonstrated ability to collaborate across organizational boundaries and build strong business partnerships.

Well-honed and balanced people skills with experience in a performance driven operation.


Self- motivated


Bachelor's Degree required. Engineering Degree preferred.

Working knowledge of wire drawing and stranding processes a plus.

Three plus years of experience as a leader/supervisor/manager in a lean/JIT/process-driven industrial or automotive manufacturing environment.

Results-oriented professional with experience solving manufacturing problems using methodologies such as Kaizen, six sigma and/or PDCA. Green-belt, CQE or equivalent certification is a plus.

Experience building and executing an annual operational business plan to include capacity, investment, materials, budget and staffing plans.

Solid understanding of EHS and quality management systems including current ISO 9001 standard.

Hands-on experience applying workplace 5S and lean manufacturing principles is required.

Able to support off-shift and/or weekend operations with limited prior notice.

User of manufacturing related modules in Oracle R12 or another ERP system.

Intermediate or higher user of MS Office.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Keywords: AFL, Gastonia , Manufacturing Department Manager, Executive , Duncan, North Carolina

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