Creates specifications, establishes manufacturing control plans, designs processes, quality systems and training for extrusion processing of plastic sheet and/or plastic film. The position goal is to deliver superior operating results and to further enhance our customer’s total quality experience. Role focus includes supporting the operation in the production of a high quality product, increased throughput, improved labor efficiencies, driver of lean initiatives and champion continuous improvement while maintaining/improving safety performance. Responsibilities include the indirect supervision, coordination, and management of multiple employees as they are engaged in production activities related to lean initiatives and continuous improvement.
Roles and Responsibilities
Demonstrated ability and technical knowledge of the full extrusion process. Materials, Process, Equipment, Maintenance and Product Quality.
Lead safety initiatives to provide a safe working environment and address any production process safety concerns.
Develop and implement process flow, PFMEA and Control plans for all products.
Work with and train operators on set up and production improvements.
Produce written evaluations of operators including skill matrix and education plan.
Develop and implement equipment process controls and reaction plans.
Develop and implement product quality controls and reaction plans.
Drive lean initiatives to improve product quality, throughput, lower cost and improve uptime.
Develop and implement standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for all process.
Develop process and manage new products and new material launches and process changes.
Drive material savings with alternative sourcing and process changes.
Partner with maintenance to set up preventive and predictive maintenance requirements.
Partner with Manufacturing Manager to compile accurate data support extrusion performance measurement.
Other duties as assigned.
Work Experience and Requirements
Five years prior experience in plastics extrusion engineering capacity preferred.
BS Engineering or BS Chemical Engineering degree preferred, will consider: BSEE, BSME, BS Chemical, BSIE, Polymer Engineering, Plastic Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Material Science, etc. preferred.
Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma experience preferred.
Demonstrated ability to learn new concepts and pass the knowledge along to others in classroom and practical experience.
Proven ability to lead associates through coaching and mentoring.
Track record of successful project management and team experience.
Candidates should be highly energized and self-motivated with experience working with teams to implement change and be adept at communicating with all levels to get everyone on board.
Technical and scientific knowledge of polymer extrusion process.
Proficient with typical office software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
Strong organizational and project management skills required.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
Ability to read and understand equipment operation manuals, Safety Data Sheets, and other literature as required.
Strong critical thinking/problem solving and troubleshooting skills required.
Intermediate mathematics skills required.
Ability to communicate effectively in English.
Additional languages preferred.
This position requires a moderate to high degree of standing, walking, stooping or kneeling, precision eye work, reaching, pulling or pushing. Good hand dexterity, hearing, and vision are considered essential. A moderate to high degree of repetitive motions using right, left, or both hands and/or feet may also be required. Requires wearing personal protective equipment. Requires working indoors in environmentally non-controlled conditions.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Performing General Physical Activities
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Judging the Qualities of Product
Handling and Moving Objects
Operating Forklift, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
Controlling Machines and Processes
measure, weigh, or count products or materials
move or fit heavy objects
use precision measuring tools or equipment
operate metal or plastic fabricating equipment/machinery
read technical drawings
load or unload material or work piece into machinery
perform safety inspections in manufacturing or industrial setting
examine products or work to verify conformance to specifications
About GEM Plastics
We are focused on the future and we have a vision for that future. GEM Plastics wants to be “Your Premier Supplier for Sheet Extrusion”.
This vision has driven us through our rapid development since our inception in 2004. GEM’s future is one of creating lifelong partnerships with our customers by providing the highest quality products at competitive prices through industry leading customer service.
We are committed to that future with continued investments in the facilities, equipment, warehousing, recycling and more. We are focused on supporting distribution and the response we’ve received from plastics distributors across the industry has been staggering. At GEM Plastics, we are focused on result-driven innovation. From process changes involving the simplest of tasks, to streamlining efficiencies, to extensive investments in equipment and facilities, the goal of our innovation is purposed. We are tasked on driving the highest quality, shortest lead times, and developing new industry leading materials all to strengthen the position of our partners in the market place.
We are dedicated to purposeful and intelligent innovation. Innovation for the future.