The Supervisor (Area Leader) ensures all requirements associated with the successful fabrication of product are met. This is facilitated through Team Leaders and Production Associates. The Area Leader oversees production operations, and supports Management, Team Leaders, and Production Associates by acting as a liaison in matters regarding policy application, employee relations, safety, and continuous improvement for processes and productivity.

This position carries direct and/or indirect supervisory responsibility.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Establishes and maintains effective communications/interaction with all other departments, including but not limited to engineering, quality assurance, material control, maintenance, and human resources support groups in order to achieve established targets.
  • Implements and supports MAFACT Standards
  • Plans and directs the utilization and use of all equipment and manpower to achieve the most effective results.
  • Understands, compiles and organizes operational data using that data to implement improvements by working with teams and using lean tools and problem solving methods.
  • Monitors and adjusts inventory balances as required, investigates inventory problems, and implements solutions to source.
  • Coordinates preventative maintenance with Maintenance and Production Planning.
  • Monitors and completes required Layered Process Audits (LPAs).
  • Coordinates the movement of quarantine material/parts/scrap upon disposition by Quality Assurance.
  • Completes assigned Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Preventive Maintenance (PM) on assembly equipment ensuring fewer breakdowns, less down time and expensive repairs.
  • Ensures all assembly equipment running 100% of allowed time
  • Assists with changeovers on assembly cells and related equipment.
  • Removes obstacles to ensure both production requirements and quality demands are met.
  • Follows the escalation process.
  • Ensures completion and effectiveness of corrective actions using various problem-solving techniques; e.g., 8D, daily feedback, 5-Why, Kepner-Tregoe, etc.
  • Ensures that all necessary record keeping including employee records, requisitions and documentation is initiated and completed in a timely manner.
  • Understands Cosma Body Assembly Michigan’s (CBAM’s) Employee Handbook in order to advise and guide associates.
  • Ensures materials are labelled correctly and stored in their designated or appropriate areas.
  • Is responsible and accountable for meeting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Continuous Improvement (CI) objectives.
  • Monitors work centers and stock centers to ensure a continuous supply of material, proper stock segregation and rotation.
  • Participates in the development of department action plans and leads team to achieve strategic goals and continuous improvement objectives in alignment with CBAM’s business plan.
  • Supports the budget planning process and takes responsibility to meet the financial targets.
  • Promotes/recommends continuous improvement suggestions including environment, people, processes and equipment/machinery.
  • Assists in the development of procedures and methods which improve safety, quality, timing, cost and motivation.
  • Makes decisions in the scope of their responsibilities that are in the best interest of the department, CBAM.
  • Ensures confidentiality in all matters pertaining to both business and employee relations.
  • Participates in department meetings to communicate safety, quality, timing, cost and motivation information and to promote involvement in issues affecting employees and/or their work areas.
  • Participates in manpower requirements planning, overtime scheduling, and assists with capacity planning to meet future objectives.
  • Directs and distributes the work for their area of responsibility.
  • Completes Payroll activities for employees.
  • Ensures fairness to direct reports, and encourages and participates in the Open Door Resolution Process for employee relation issues
  • Observes, understands, teaches, coaches and mentors direct reports for enhancement of knowledge, skills and succession planning.
  • Effectively builds and fosters high performing teams by ensuring teamwork within their area.
  • Conducts investigations into all non-conformance to Company polices/procedures/rules/regulations and applies the appropriate corrective action.


Knowledge and Education:

  • 2-year College (or University) Associates or Technical degree in Production/Operations Management or related field; vocational/trade school program certification in Manufacturing, Production or related field; and/or equivalent work related experience.
  • Experience in operational improvements using Lean methods and techniques.
  • Must have thorough knowledge of general office procedures including PC and LAN use. Must be proficient in relevant computer software and program use.
  • Experienced in Lean Implementation (standardized work), 5S, value stream mapping, A3 Method, etc.


Work Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years manufacturing/operations experience with minimum 2 years of experience in a leadership role.
  • Experience with recognized problem solving techniques; i.e., black belt, Kepner-Tregoe, etc.
  • Familiarity with welded sheet metal assemblies.


Skills and Competencies:

  • Must have thorough knowledge of general office procedures including PC and LAN use. Must be proficient in relevant computer software and program use.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate, mentor, and drive team to reach targets.
  • Excellent math skills with the ability to apply to costs and analyze data.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Strong listening skills as well as written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated maturity of judgement and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours in a fast-paced environment in order to meet customer requirements.
  • Must be able to interact effectively with other team members.
  • Must be able to appreciate and maintain proper level of confidentiality, using discretion and tact.


Work Environment:

The Area Leader may be exposed to elements such as temperature and noise during time spent in the plant or at customer or supplier facilities


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Location: New Hudson, Michigan