• Engineering Manager

    Job Locations US-TN-Elizabethton
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  • Overview

    Engineering Manager Position:

    Snap-on Tools seeks an Engineering Manager for  its Elizabethton, Tennessee facility located at 2195 Stateline Road, a 180K square foot manufacturing facility that manufactures hand tools such as wrenches, ratchets, pry bars, punches, chisels, pullers, etc.  The plant has approximately 400 employees operating five days per week, three shifts per day.  This role that reports to the plant manager and has 13 direct reports, including individuals in  the die shop, as well as manufacturing and senior manufacturing engineers.  Peers to this role include Rapid Continuous Improvement Manager, Controller, HR Manager, Quality Manager, Health and Safety Manager, Operations Manager and Materials Manager.

    The Engineering Manager has the responsibility to provide leadership, direction and staffing for all engineering activities at the Elizabethton, Tennessee plant.  These activities include new product introduction, product support, methodology, routing, capital expense management, tool engineering, tool room operations and cost reductions or revisions.  Key tasks associated with this role include:

    • Coordinate and support new product introduction through collaboration with design engineers
    • Support the plant floor with knowledge of current state-of-the art technology and methodologies
    • Coordinate the successful introduction of new processes and equipment through thorough preparation, cost justification and appropriate coordination, education and interface to user departments
    • Continuous improvement of all aspects of the plant operations by improving processes, quality, unit cost, productivity and elimination of waste
    • Oversee the timely development and implementation of new and revised product offering
    • Provide vision and develop plans for future direction of all engineering related aspects of the plant. This would include flow of information, processes and technology.  Actively participate with Elizabethton and corporate management to discuss alternatives and execute plans
    • Lead and manage the design and engineering staff.

    This plant has year-over-year been one of the best in the company in terms of delivery and productivity, and is evolving more robotics and automation in the plant.  Experience in this area would be a plus for the incoming Engineering Manager.


    Candidate Qualification, Experience and Education

    The Engineering Manager must have a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, or a related degree and eight (8) to ten (10) years of management experience in a manufacturing environment.  It is preferred that the candidate have experience in an industry where there is product design, tooling, machining, robotics, process and methodology.  The Elizabethton plant cuts metal to required lengths, hot forge press them into shapes, CNC machines them near net shape, heat treats, polishes, chromes plates and assembles into various products.  As a result, experiences that are associates with this role include:

    • Benchmarking and equipment analysis and acquisition
    • Familiarity with costing systems, new and alternative methodology and technology and with techniques, such as value engineering
    • Hands-on familiarity with ISO, process capability and problem-solving techniques
    • Able to articulate plans in writing and verbally
    • Familiarity with CAD and Microsoft Office/Ghant charts

    Critical experiences for this role include:

    • Project management to achieve expectation including cost, quality and delivery
    • Rapid continuous improvement/Lean
    • Six Sigma Green Belt preferred

    The ideal candidate must also exhibit strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate verbally, and in writing, with all levels of the organization, both internally and externally. Must exhibit high integrity and have a results orientation.


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