Manufacturing Manager

  • Confidential
  • Sonoma, CA 95476, United States
  • Nov 24, 2014
Full time Manufacturing Engineer

Job Description


Company Description

  Vode Lighting is an international manufacturer of minimalistic architectural lighting systems that responsibly enhance public, commercial and educational interior spaces.   Our business is predicated on helping designers realize their vision for the built environment while being mindful of Earth’s environment. From these considerations, we engineer lighting solutions that are at once beautiful and practical, elegant and efficient.   Every aspect of building design is being challenged by energy initiatives, so we design products that consume fewer resources and are themselves highly recyclable.   We strive to maximize the good materials (aluminum) and minimize the bad (lead, mercury, plastic, paint). As a small company, the environmental impact of our products is negligible, but the impact of our beliefs need not be.   And because our aim is to unify spaces with light, not decorate them with fixtures, our lighting systems – be they ambient, display or task – are minimalist in design.   At Vode, minimalist design isn’t a slavish devotion to Cool. It is a direct and highly engineered response to the architectural marketplace. We’ve been asked for low-profile, high-performance, energy-efficient, scalable, durable luminaires.....And that’s what we make.   We are looking for smart people with a strong work ethic, who work well in teams and individually, are well organized and highly self-motivated. Working for Vode is a great opportunity in a fun environment in an exciting industry undergoing cataclysmic change!    

Job Description

  Manufacturing Manager   Reports to: President   Overall Expectations   Represent and execute outstanding service to our customers and deliver the exceptional products and professionalism that our company wants to be known for.  You will take pride in your work, manage your responsibilities, and ensure your performance and the decisions that you make reflect the company's goals to competitively deliver high quality lighting systems on time.    RESPONSIBILITIES   General   You will oversee entire manufacturing operation of our Sonoma plant and coordinate the use of workers and machines in the production process. You will ensure that all manufacturing workers and the department meet the productivity and efficiency standards of the company.   Supervision of Workers   You will manage a growing team of people responsible for the manufacture and delivery of exceptionally engineered lighting products for architectural projects worldwide. You will monitor all aspects of the production process and ensure that all personnel and resources have been properly allocated. You will interact daily with executive management, applications manager, production assemblers, shipping clerk, inventory manager, purchasing, design engineers, and sales staff.   On a typical day, you will meet with production assemblers and shop personnel to explain production priorities and scheduling, manage repairs and returns, review product changes with engineering/product management, review expenditures and production planning investments with management.   Quality Control   Working with senior management you will implement quality control programs that ensure Vode products meet our design and quality standards. You will keep up-to-date with the latest management techniques and programs: i.e. Total Quality Management (TQM), S&OP, Six Sigma. You will identify problems and decide an appropriate course of action. This might mean implementing a new training program, reorganizing the manufacturing process or arranging for higher-quality parts and materials from our suppliers.   Process Improvement   You will study and analyze the production processes of the company and implement any changes that could improve the efficiency and/or productivity and safety of Vode manufacturing. This may mean rearranging worker schedules, moving machines and raw materials closer to the production line or finding alternate delivery methods.   Administration   You will seek to understand the output capabilities of the company and keep up-to-date with the costs of labor, equipment and raw materials. You have well-developed communication skills and work effectively with other Vode managers, including working with the senior management to establish production goals and budgets and providing human resources with input regarding additional hiring and training programs. You will meet regularly with the sales support and sales managers to discuss client needs and project concerns. You will coordinate the production schedule with that of the supply chain manager to ensure efficient manufacturing and delivery of our products to our clients.   Compensation   Commensurate with experience and skill. Benefits include health care, dental, matching 401K, generous paid vacation time.  

Job Requirements:




  • 10 years experience in the manufacture and assembly of electrical-mechanical product, including manufacturing engineering (including M&I flow, Standard Operations, plant layout, waste elimination, continuous improvement, engineering change control, safety procedures). Lighting industry preferred.
  • Excellent communication and people management skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Broad engineering technical skills.
  • Strong decision making ability and sound business judgment.
  • Strong experience in quality management and delivering to customer requirements.
  • Experience with Lean Manufacturing in a low volume environment.
  • 5 years of experience with Fishbowl Manufacturing or equivalent manufacturing management of ERP/MRP systems.
  • Strong experience of supply chain processes (including expediting, lead-time reduction, inventory management, packaging & shipping).
  • High level of accountability with maximum accuracy and time management
  • Report writing & presentation skills.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Fluency in Spanish a big plus
  • Legally eligible to work in the U.S.          
  • A very positive mental attitude

Additional Information

  All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.  


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