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Director of Manufacturing

At UMC, as a family owned business, we pride ourselves on our service, integrity, and ingenuity.  Our path to growth is paved by investing in our people. The strategy is simple: when our people grow, our company grows. UMC’s employees have an unparalleled spirit of commitment and ingenuity. We’re a strong team of skilled individuals working together to create high quality products and effective solutions.

UMC is looking for a Director of Manufacturing who oversees manufacturing and scheduling operations and has ownership of their performance and achievement of targets, budgets, and KPI’s.  This job requires strong analytical and technical abilities, and demands fast, but carefully thought-out results. This person will provide strong leadership and control of the work process from beginning to end with a focus on achieving metrics and improving UMC’s manufacturing environment and scalability of operations. The job centers around developing new ideas, systems, and technology, and also analyzing and improving on existing procedures, processes, and methods. A high level of expertise is required with the ability to spot and correct errors.


The primary duties and responsibilities of the Director of Manufacturing consist of but are not limited to:

  • Drives best in class manufacturing capabilities which will focus on gaining efficiencies through optimizing product production, optimizing process flow, automation, overhead absorption, continuous improvement, and overall best practices throughout
  • Establishes manufacturing and scheduling goals and objectives to attain the requirements set by the COO and Executive team
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the production activities to support company goals, objectives, and profitability of operations, managing to their budget
  • Collaborates with leadership cross functionally to ensure on-time production and delivery while maintaining targeted inventory levels
  • Maximizes the efficiency of production schedules to ensure optimal use of both human, capital, and automated resources 
  • Partners with Engineering, Automation, Facilities, Quality, Finance, and other departments at UMC to drive Continuous Improvement projects and activities for period over period cost out
  • Uses SQDC, Lean, and TOC (Theory of Constraint) toolboxes to achieve manufacturing goals
  • Focused execution of Safety, Scrap, Productivity, Earned Standard Hours, Variable Cost per ESH, Throughput, OTD to customers, and the overall cleanliness and presentation of UMC Operations
  • Participates actively in standardization of processes, cost reduction, and continuous improvement in collaboration with other functional teams
  • Identify, communicate, and implement capital investment and improvement projects
  • Utilizes production metrics to keep senior leadership informed and aware, and to ensure staffing, safety, quality, financial, and delivery goals and standards are met
  • Fosters a culture of safety, ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations, through collaboration between manufacturing and human resources/safety staff
  • Consistently evaluates team structure and talent to meet evolving business needs to achieve company goals and objectives; engages in coaching and performance management activities that prepare for team development and succession
  • Demonstrates company values, policies, and procedures through written and verbal communications and your personal actions
  • Keeps abreast of new trends, innovations, and opportunities within the manufacturing industry
  • Ensures compliance with rules, regulations, and laws related to areas of responsibility
  • Represents the organization at various peer group associations
  • Partners with Human Resources in the recruitment, hiring, and development of manufacturing and scheduling employees
  • Exhibits a working knowledge of health and safety, responsible for safety awareness, while upholding and improving the culture of safety within the organization.   Identify opportunities for improvement and act if appropriate before a problem occurs.  Report potential hazards, unsafe working conditions, unsafe equipment, unsafe acts, and injuries immediately
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or related field
  • 10+ years supervisory/management experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Progressive experience in precision manufacturing environment with equipment, materials, processes, and systems


  • Takes initiative, responds positively to pressure
  • Demonstrates timely and effective decision making
  • Conscientious, precise, and thorough
  • Strong business & financial acumen
  • Ability to work on multiple projects while maintaining a high level of accuracy
  • Use of metrics to support organizational objectives and goals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Thorough understanding of best practices for a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to set long-term goals and communicate them to others
  • Ability to motivate and organize multiple efforts to accomplish goals
  • Embodies the personal commitment to the shared core values of UMC: Curiosity, Versatility, Integrity, Grit, Go Beyond

About us:

  • We are a 200-person precision manufacturing company
  • We are growing, and currently under construction is our expansion that we call the Armstrong Project 
  • We offer generous paid time off, and health and welfare benefits
  • This is a full-time position located in Monticello, MN and onsite each day.

UMC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Job Details

  • Department: Manufacturing
  • Date: December 6, 2021
  • Reports To: Chief Operating Officer
  • Job Family: Professional
  • Location: Monticello, MN
  • Job Group: Management
  • Openings: 1
  • OT Status: Not Exempt
  • Shift: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Relocation Available: No