Manager, Production

Confidential Company  •  Hawthorne, CA

5 - 7 years experience  •  Aerospace / Defense

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 09/14/17
Confidential Company
Hawthorne, CA
5 - 7 years experience
Aerospace / Defense
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 09/14/17

A combination of lean project management, manufacturing engineering and leadership experience, the Propulsion Production Manager is responsible for up to 120technicians and the on floor activities of key assembly and/or service work centers.  This is a dynamic position that requires the ability to monitor and create actions for key department metrics while managing production schedules, identifying risks and clearly communicating them to key stakeholders.   As a production manager, you will lead several complex, multi-disciplinary production teams and projects and will be required to dive into the unique engineering challenges we face daily in building rocket engine hardware. 


  • Will be responsible for leading and managing a staff of 40+ employees per shift (up to 120 on 3 shifts)
  • Manage modification, repair, assembly and integration of production assemblies in order to guarantee achievement of on time delivery and quality targets
  • Responsible for managing the complete production process within a predefined area and ensuring safety at all times
  • Resolve reoccurring nonconformance issues
  • Review work instructions and making change recommendations when needed
  • Meet tight production schedules to achieve high rate production
  • Responsible for assessing, staffing and vetting the appropriate skillset needed
  • Monitor material costs and cost savings
  • Identify and set-up of training programs
  • Develop, initiate, coordinate, and enforce system policies, and procedures
  • Monitor labor hours and overtime, and implement improvement plans and time management with staff
  • Capacity planning of equipment and personnel
  • Coordinate with Engineering and other departments to minimize production interruptions
  • Think creatively and question the status quo while following documentation and maintaining prescribed quality standards
  • Develop and assure adequate machine maintenance schedules and back-up spares availability


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field or or 5years of experience as a manager in a production environment 
  • Minimum of 6years in aerospace (airframe, launch vehicle, military) or high volume manufacturing sector
  • Minimum of 4years in management


  • Experience bringing teams and processes from development to production
  • Able to effectively communicate with Engineering and Production (verbal and written)
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy
  • Schematics: Engineering drawings, circuit layouts, and parts list / Cable Harnesses: wiring diagrams, layout drawings, and parts list. Mechanical Assemblies: mechanical drawings and parts lists
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Safety training and/or safety certifications
  • Experience monitoring, tracking and continually improving total cost equation
  • Experience with applying lean manufacturing principles, efficiency methods
  • Able to adapt to constant changing work assignments and fast paced work environment
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