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Senior Manufacturing Manager

Company: Rochester Precision Optics LLC
Location: West Henrietta
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:


Senior Manufacturing Manager



Reports to

Director of Operations


RPO is a global leader in precision optics, optical components, and optical assemblies. We specialize in a full spectrum of products & services including - Design and Engineering, Systems Integration, Lens Assembly, Visible and Infrared Components, Glass and Plastic Molded Aspheres, and Thin Film Coating. As one of the fastest growing companies in Rochester, RPO offers exciting career paths and work on market-leading programs. See below one of many career opportunities to join to RPO team!

Job Summary:

Manage all aspects of workload for area of responsibility, this includes but is not limited to resources, tools, equipment, supplies and employees to meet or exceed schedule requirements. Work with QA to define quality requirements and ensure employees follow all defined requirements and record all required data for each job. Work closely with ME and QA to develop, maintain, train and enforce efficient well thought out processes. Work closely with planning to regularly review and ensure the accuracy of MRP's time standards, scrap factors, process steps and recorded quantities for all jobs assigned to area of responsibility. Review delivery schedule, prints, process documentation and test requirements to develop and staff a build plan. Supply Sales with timely and thoroughly reviewed staff, tooling, equipment and cycle time requirements for quotes on new and repeat jobs. Work with Operations Management and peers to identify, develop and implement methods for reducing waste while improving throughput and communication. Manage staff for area of responsibility providing regular feedback and reviews and establish development plans. Ensure employee issues and concerns addressed and foster an open and welcoming work environment.

Job Responsibilities

Core Job Duties:

Act as source for technical knowledge related to your area of responsibility.

Have full understanding of the capabilities of your department's equipment and staff.

Manage department production capacity and layout, evaluate staffing levels and coordinate adjustments hiring or transfers with manager accordingly

Review and approve timesheets and time off requests by required deadlines, adjust where necessary.

Work with Manager to set, monitor approved OT.

Provide daily and weekly feedback to team both written and verbal.

Mentor/develop leads, supervisors, and employees to fit the growing needs of the business

Maintain written documentation on success and issues with employees including employee reviews

Maintain regular communication with manager providing team status, concerns or achievements both verbally and through status boards, IOI's or reports at the established frequency.

Provide clear and prompt feedback to Sales / Engineering on quotes for new and recurring jobs, detailing all needs and requirements.

Interact with Engineering to provide feedback and recommendations. Review prints and clearly communicate challenges and opportunities for improvement.

Research new equipment and technologies with an eye towards quality improvement and cost reduction

Lead lean culture and continuous improvement in your area through space and process rearrangements, building moves or new equipment integration.

Communicate any information needed to perform job and field concerns and new ideas.

Maintain plan for manufacturing area based on schedule requirements, with support from the Planning. Identify any schedule risks and clearly communicate them to your manager, providing details on risks and potential solutions.

Actively participate in week-to-week and month-to-month scheduling, working closely with Planning. Clearly communicate requirements to your staff.

Lead Manufacturing area in meeting or exceeding schedule requirements. Provide direction and guidance in day-to-day scheduling for all equipment and staffing resources in your area of responsibility.

Work with QA to define quality requirements, provide direction and support for your team in meeting quality requirements. Regularly monitor and guide team on meeting quality requirements.

Ensure that data entry is occurring daily at a minimum, and that all required information is being accurately entered by the staff in your area of responsibility.

Work with team to resolve issues with current jobs, coordinate support where required. Clearly communicate issues and current solutions to manager.

Establish training leads working closely with Leads and Technicians. Regularly maintain and review any training logs. Ensure all new staff have an established training plan for their job requirements.

Identify tooling, fixturing, material or consumable needs required to deliver jobs on schedule and work closely with Manager, Purchasing, and Planning to meet required needs.

Work with ME, QE, staff or manager to develop and maintain new / existing processes, track, and drive quick completion of any documentation efforts. Guide and monitor any required retraining.

Follow and lead staff in complying with all company safety precautions, policies and procedures.

Area Specific Job Duties:


Qualifications, Requirements and Competencies

Educational Requirements:

BS/MS degree or equivalent or minimum of 15 years of experience in leadership of a production environment related to the department or equivalent work experience

Significant knowledge of lean manufacturing methodology and its implementation

Conventional grinding or polishing or CNC operation or programming background preferred

Minimum Requirements:

Solid knowledge of all aspects, concepts and tools related to the department and the required disciplines

Proficient at reading interpreting blueprints or drawings for both mechanical and optical standards

Capability of developing and understanding capacity modeling from available data

Ability to follow detailed instructions, and properly manage available time

Proficiency with Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Epicor or equivalent MRP/ERP

Excellent problem solving and communication skills both written and verbal

Proficiency with understanding blueprints or drawings for both mechanical and optical standards

Ability to work in a challenging, fast paced and high-stress environment

Good mental dexterity and decision making

Analytical troubleshooting / problem solving

Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents

Ability to communicate effectively to team members and management and peers

Additional Requirements:

Pursuant to ITAR, EAR, and other export compliance laws and regulations, applicants for this position must be U.S. Persons as defined by U.S. law, i.e., U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents ("Green Card" holders), persons granted refugee status or asylum status in the United States, or temporary residents granted amnesty.

Job requires flexibility in schedule and potential overtime or weekend work

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, reach with hands and arms and to use hands and fingers to handle, maneuver parts.

The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk and hear.

The job may involve prolong periods of sitting/standing.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. May involve prolonged periods of magnified inspection (eye strain)

Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp.

The employee is frequently required to use the computer.

The job may require regular lifting of up to 50 lbs.

Job requires flexibility in schedule and potential overtime or weekend work

Work Environment:

May involve the use of oils and solvents.

Subject to some soilage and irritation from cleaning solutions. (Lab Coats provided)

Generally, works in a clean environment and works to maintain the environment as such.

Safety Glasses are required

May require area specific safety training

This position works in a manufacturing environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles.

May work at different workstations as needs require

Compensation & Benefits:

RPO offers highly competitive, total compensation packages linked directly to employee's professional experience. RPO's benefits include: Tuition Reimbursement Program, Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 9 paid holidays, generous paid vacation and sick time and a 401(k) plan after a 60-day waiting period. Additionally, we work a 4/10 work week that provides for every Friday as a non-work day.


This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Rochester Precision Optics is committed to leveraging the talent of a diverse workforce to create great opportunities for our business and our people.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

4 -10 hour work days, Monday - Thursday.


Keywords: Rochester Precision Optics LLC, Rochester , Senior Manufacturing Manager, Executive , West Henrietta, New York

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