Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Date: Feb 5, 2021

Location: Wheeling, IL, US

Company: Dover Corporation

DESTACO, a Dover Company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance automation, workholding, and remote handling solutions.  The company serves customers in variety of end-markets, including the automotive, life sciences, consumer goods, packaging, aerospace, and nuclear sectors.


Built on a legacy of over 100 years, DESTACO offers a comprehensive portfolio of products to engineer precise movement, placement and control solutions that drive productivity and uptime for manufacturers around the world. The DESTACO family of products consists of industry-leading brands such as DESTACO Manual and Power Clamps, Camco and Ferguson Indexers, Robohand Grippers and CRL Manipulators and Transfer Ports.


DESTACO is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and operates globally through ~800 employees across 13 locations.


Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues of $7 billion. The company delivers innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, and support services through four major operating segments: Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.”

Position Summary:


Manager, Manufacturing Engineering is responsible for the oversight of the facilities Manufacturing Engineering functions (New Capital execution, Programming, Tooling and Die and Process standardization) and Continuous Improvement function (Productivity projects, Value Stream Mapping, Problem-solving and Operational Excellence).   


This position oversees the development and implementation of manufacturing processes to maintain proper product functionality as well as cost efficiency; ensures the manufacturing engineering team and other related departments work together cohesively and is responsible for the development of equipment to aid in the manufacturing process; leads and directs the work of assigned manufacturing engineers, Tool and Die department and project engineers. S/he requires exceptional cognitive and deductive reasoning skills and possess excellent communication skills since communication across various levels and functions of the organization to gather data needed to complete assigned projects is crucial.  S/he will strive for continuous improvement and look for routes to accurately reduce manufacturing cost, improve product quality, and improve overall throughput through programming optimization and machining process improvements.


S/he participates in developing, evaluating, and improving production and processing methods and controls in manufacturing to achieve operational excellence. S/he is responsible for recommending and implementing effective programming methodologies, standardizing best practices across the department and ensuring the latest technological advancements are incorporated into the site’s machining practices and processes. S/he assists in establishing work measurement standards and plays an active role in ensuring safety, quality, and successful implementation of continuous improvement methods (Lean, Kaizen, 6S, etc.) aligned with the Company’s goals. S/he assists in evaluating machines and their processes as well as onboarding new capital equipment for maximum manufacturing effectiveness by applying knowledge of fundamental machining practices and methodologies.


The Manufacturing Engineering Manager reports to the Plant Manager. This position is located in Wheeling, IL and requires travel up to 15%.  Reporting to the position are ME Supervisor, Tool and Die Supervisor and Manufacturing Engineers. The position requires the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with engineering, materials, operations, and quality, and work and communicate across at various levels across the organization.



Key Job Responsibilities included but not limited to:


Key Leadership Responsibility


  • As a member of the plant leadership team, fosters a culture of transparency, disciplined problem solving, high-performance work teams, and continuous improvement. Strives to ensure the appropriate team, tools and processes are in place to support these desired cultural traits.
  • Leads and promotes safety awareness with other key members of the plant team.  Promotes accident prevention and employee involvement regarding a safe work environment. Ensures employees understand the safety expectations of the organization.


Core Manufacturing Engineering Responsibilities


  • Lead Dover Machining Excellence Assessment to evaluate and address Gaps to industry 4.0 journey
  • Plans and communicates with the manufacturing engineering team to ensure efficient workflow and on-time delivery off programs and onboarding of new equipment (Transition of parts from incumbent equipment to new equipment) to internal customers.
  • Coaches, provides feedback to and develops associate manufacturing engineer team members. Motivates and manages the team to achieve annual goals/objectives set at the individual and organizational level.
  • Improves manufacturing efficiency by creating and optimizing programming methodologies and leveraging the most efficient fixture and tooling available. Completes ongoing industry/trade-related training to maintain a suitable understanding of industry best practices related to machining practices and processes.
  • Makes recommendations to modify or replace equipment as necessary to support new products, demand or improve productivity.
  • Participates in new product development and launch using the defined stage-gate process.
  • Work closely with research and development, quality assurance and maintenance personnel to prevent problems with products and tooling/fixtures.
  • Ensure all manufacturing safety regulatory policies and procedures are always implemented and maintained.
  • Stay informed concerning new manufacturing technologies and equipment in order to manufacture and reduce cost through efficiencies.
  • Determine and eliminate root causes and diminish occurrences in the manufacturing process.
  • Ensure that all manufacturing product specifications are developed, and testing procedures are in place before starting up vendors/subcontractors.
  • Ensure vendors/subcontractors are manufacturing products according to product specifications.
  • Able to assist in reducing cost through re-engineering product/material.
  • Assist in the assessment of vendor/subcontractor evaluation for consideration.
  • Responsible for training vendors/subcontractors on new product launches to meet target date.



Core Continuous Improvement Responsibilities


  • Lead Dover OPEXC assessment (a road map for Continuous improvement) through self-assessment, Gap analysis and robust action plan for improvements.
  • Leads and fosters the continuous improvement roadmap for the plant. Leverages continuous improvement tools to drive continued operational improvements and ensures engagement of the entire manufacturing team through strong communication and clear direction.
  • Lead, manage and monitor communication and reporting of key performance indicators in partnership with operational leaders, including assessment of performance improvements, progress toward standardization, and achievement in implementing Continuous Improvement and Quality tools and processes
  • Develop skill levels of lean practitioners and other site talent by coordinating CI training for employees at various levels and across functions.
  • Analyze and design lean manufacturing cells using effective systems and simulation tools to optimize, use of space, equipment, material and personnel.
  • Assist in developing plant layout in planning rearrangement of facilities, equipment and operations for better utilization of space.
  • Support all current and new product introductions.
  • Works closely with engineering, new product development team, production and quality.
  • Supports Destaco policies and procedures, including those governing the quality system as defined by ISO 9001-2008.
  • Benchmark with best-in-class companies and integrate best practices
  • Continuously improve tools, training, documentation, deployment methodologies



Leadership Competencies aligned with Dover and executed in Destaco with appropriate expectations for the job level:


  • Attracts, Develops and Retains TalentCreates a learning environment that recognizes and maximizes the potential of all employees. Develops high potential individuals for future strategic needs.


  • Results DrivenProduces results that exceed Destaco’s strategic objectives via a combination of planning and implementation, while living the Dover Values.


  • Change LeadershipAligns an organization and its people to drive for improvement and adopt new, challenging directions. Energizes a whole organization to want to change in the same direction. Influences others in a mature and empowering manner.


Job Requirements:




  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in manufacturing engineering and continuous improvement.  
  • Six Sigma project experience preferred
  • Experience leading large improvement projects
  • Experience successfully leading significant change.
  • Quality experience a strong plus.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office tools (Word, Excel)


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Analyzes solves and implements solutions independently
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints
  • Strong organizational skills, keep timelines and meets deadlines
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to think strategically and execute tactically
  • Ability to direct and guide others
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing methods, tooling, fixturing and materials
  • Creativity and passion to identify and implement solutions that break existing paradigms and drive sustainable improvements
  • High energy, tenacity to get results, does what it takes to win
  • Program development, implementation and change management experience
  • Self-starter prefers to work in a strong team environment
  • Excellent communicator including verbal, and written skills


Education and Certification Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering or related technical field required
  • Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field preferred
  • Six Sigma Green Belt preferred
  • Mastercam or equivalent programming software certification preferred


Travel Requirements:


  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time. Travel mainly within the US.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

This position may be located in: Americas : United States : Illinois : Wheeling

Sub Division : Industrial Motion Controls, LLC

Job Requisition ID : 35110

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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