Production Manager

Availability Date: 03/24/2021

Location: Sanford, FL


Hernon Manufacturing, Inc.® produces high performance adhesives, sealants, precision dispensing valves/systems and UV LED curing lights. Hernon® maintains a library of over 5000 unique adhesive and sealant formulas in addition to developing customized formulas to address specific manufacturing challenges. A full in-house chemical laboratory ensures quick turn around on testing and developmental projects in addition to an on-site machine division which allows Hernon® to build, service and integrate unique dispensing systems to even the most exacting specifications. This horizontal integration helps Hernon® provide customers with a Total Solution for any unique application.

Hernon Manufacturing was established in 1978, is headquartered in Sanford, FL. and maintains an ever-expanding network of over 100 distributor and partner locations around the globe. Already shipping to over 60 nations, Hernon® can provide adhesive solutions to manufacturing operations essentially anywhere in the world.

Hernon Manufacturing’s objective is to continuously improve our products and services to meet our customer’s needs. We are committed to the efficient delivery of quality products worldwide.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

• BS/BA Degree (chemical engineering or chemistry degree preferred)
• 3-5 years experience in a management position in a manufacturing environment. The chemical industry is preferred
• Proficient in MS-Office and ERP system
• Proficient with KPI reporting, cost analysis, and presentations
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
• Strong organizational skills and an ability to plan and meet deadlines.
• Knowledgeable in Quality Standards and Lean principles
• Works well in a fast-paced environment with minimum supervision

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    Position Summary

    Lead the manufacturing function within budget and output targets to meet customer requirements and standards. Full accountability for ensuring safety, customer quality, cost, and delivery requirements are met. Responsible for developing an enthusiastic, motivated, and flexible team by building working relationships ensuring that Health, Safety, and Environmental requirements are adhered to. Manage the team on best practices and establish standard policies and procedures while also mentoring and leading teams. Implement and manage continuous improvement and modern manufacturing principles by highlighting deficiencies and recommending changes in training, working practices, and processes.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following

      • Effectively and efficiently manage the bulk and filling production of the required daily/weekly/monthly targets in line with customer specifications, meeting quality and delivery expectations;
      • Contribute to the creation and implementation of best practice manufacturing vision, strategy, policies, processes, and procedures to aid and improve operational performance;
      • Establish workflow policies that enhance speed and efficiency without compromising product safety or integrity;
      • Manage and evaluate machine resources to ensure productivity and minimal downtime;
      • Coordinates or recommend procedures for facility or equipment maintenance or modification, including the replacement of machines.
      • Manufacturing Direct and Indirect cost – Responsible for effective cost management and use of resources to support production demands, delivered at the efficient cost – Unit Cost of Manufacture per kilogram
      • Communicate and liaise with other departmental managers to ensure production targets are met;
      • Strive to reduce expenses and increase productivity across all product lines;
      • Supervise employees in the production department;
      • Ensure the operation follows health, safety, and environmental policies and procedures (EPA, OSHA, and other lawful rules and regulations) to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and visitors;
      • Provide motivation, support, technical expertise, and guidance to all employees;
      • Create schedules for employees to ensure optimum staffing levels;
      • Manage and evaluate machine resources to ensure productivity and minimal downtime;
      • May hire, terminate, discipline, promote, or demote employees as warranted after consultation with the General Manager and the Director of Human Resources;
      • Perform job performance reviews and recommends wage adjustments;
      • Conduct training and submits SOP’s as necessary;
      • Provide input and prepare the annual production budget and forecasts and all Capital Expenditure proposals as well as ensuring compliance with legal standards;
      • Responsible for achieving budget and forecast;
      • Drive process improvements
      • Provide regular status reports and capacity plan
      • Develop, implement and manage key performance indicators (KPIs) for the area, and review and assess ongoing performance of direct reports
      • Consistently promote high standards through personal example and roll out through the team so that each member of the team understands the standards and behaviors expected of them
      • Conduct risk assessments of processes and tasks in the department;

      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

      While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


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