Production Leader - 1st Shift in Coxsackie, NY at Ducommun

Date Posted: 11/4/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description


Founded in 1849, Ducommun is the oldest company in California. Starting as a hardware supply store during the California Gold Rush and eventually assisted in the birth of the aerospace industry in Southern California by providing aircraft aluminum to early aerospace pioneers like Lindbergh, Douglas and Lockheed. 

Today Ducommun is a global provider of innovative manufacturing solutions for customers in the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. We specialize in electronic and structural systems, producing complex products and components for commercial aircraft platforms, mission-critical military and space programs, and sophisticated industrial applications. 

Our Facility in Coxsackie, NY manufactures large, complex contoured structural components and assemblies for aerospace and other applications. Our integrated processes include stretch-forming, thermal-forming, chemical processing, precision fabrication, machining, finishing processes, and integration of components into subassemblies.

Why Ducommun? 


•        Excellent company culture – as recognized by Newsweek’s Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces


•        Opportunity for career growth


•        Great benefits including paid vacation and sick time, 401K match, Employee Stock Purchase Program, annual bonus plan, and tuition reimbursement

Job Summary

In a leadership capacity provide the support necessary to coordinate the movement of work orders through the manufacturing value streams. Responsible for ensuring that the Value Stream is operating according to the daily operation plan set forth by the dispatch list from ERP and the Value Stream Manager/Supervisor. This position requires a person with strong leadership skills who is self-motivated and has a positive energizing effect on others. This person will be a role model for safety, quality, 6S, and for taking ownership of delivering results. This position encompasses both production control and team leader responsibilities, at times contributing to actually manufacturing product.

Essential Functions


•       Monitor employees’ daily quality, productivity and efficiency and provide assistance to improve overall performance.


•       Interface with all other support functions on movement of work in and out of the value stream as well as quality and tooling issues.


•       Advise Value Stream Manager of any problems meeting production goals.


•       Assign necessary personnel to complete production requirements.


•       Consistently assess practices, processes and equipment and recommend changes to increase the value streams overall performance


•       Responsible for and monitor the progress of the daily care and upkeep of equipment and tools used in the work center.


•       Assist in the training of new employees and monitor new employees’ progress through the training process.


•       Promote employee involvement in improvement programs and support of Company goals.


•       Utilize ERP reporting sessions to monitor value stream demand and performance.


•       Maintain metrics used to track Value Stream performance.


•       Work with the Value Stream Manager’s to develop and implement annual training plans.


•       Represent and advocate for the Company by following and enforcing the documented Company policies.


•       Coach and mentor employees as required, including new hires.


•       Participate in administration of disciplinary actions.


•       Track employee performance over the evaluation period in order to provide substantive input into the annual evaluation documentation.


•       Act as the Value Stream Manager in the event he/she is absent for the day or on vacation etc.


•       Develop and implement countermeasures and action items to effectively address Value Stream performance issues.


•       Directly supervises up to 20 employees assigned to the Value Stream.


•       Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.


•       Responsibilities include planning, assigning, and directing work and assessing performance.


•       Work closely with operators to verify correct jobs are being worked.


•       Review Daily Dispatch List for errors and accuracy against jobs in work.


•       Ensure all material, blueprints, tools, NC programs, etc. are available to value stream at the start of each new job.


•       Maintain production flow and established TAKT times.


•       Identify production delays in order to minimize the overall manufacturing cycle.


•       Coordinate with previous and/or next work area support functions in order to ensure movement of the Work Orders as the jobs are completed.  This also includes any transportation required to move the product to the next area.


•       Collect work orders as required for planning changes per procedures.


•       Work with Program Managers and Value Stream Management to manage customer expectations and provide better on-time delivery through accurate communication.


•       Ability to understand and interrogate ERP item data and reporting sessions to manage the effectiveness of the MRP system is required.


•       Manage a complex work statement or complex customer requirements.


•       Serve as an Internal Auditor.


•       At times the Manufacturing Production Leader may be asked to maintain cycle, flow and takt times in the value streams and perform actual hands-on manufacturing of required products.


•        Must be willing and able to work overtime as necessary.


•        Acceptable attendance is an essential function of the position.


•        Performs other duties as assigned or required by the position.

Physical Demands


•       While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit; occasionally required to sit, stoop, kneel, or crouch.




•       Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.



•       Ability to travel to other sites occasionally.


•       While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, extreme heat, and hazardous substances.


•       Must be able to communicate effectively.


•       Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.

Work Environment and Safety Equipment Required


•       Working conditions are: 100% manufacturing environment.


•       Regularly required to work near moving mechanical parts.


•       Regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and airborne particles.


•       May be regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.


•       Noise level is usually loud.


•       Hearing protection is required in designated area.


•       Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required in your specific work area.


•       Safety glasses (ANSI Z87 compliant) required in all manufacturing areas.

  • Fully enclosed shoes of solid, leather construction with a steel or composite toe cap (ANSI Z41 compliant) must be worn in all manufacturing areas. Safety boots that fit at the ankle or higher may be required depending on your work area.


Required Skills & Qualifications


•       Leadership experience in a manufacturing environment preferred.


•       Good organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills.


•       Ability to read and understand specifications and interpret drawings.


•       Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. 


•       Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


•       Must be self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.


•       Solid knowledge and understanding of MS Word, Excel, Windows and experience with integrated MRP systems is required.

Required Experience/Education/Training/Certifications


•       Associate’s degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or two to three years’ related experience and/or training.


•       H.S. Diploma required.


•       Three to five years of leadership experience in a manufacturing environment required.


•       Familiarity with MRP systems and production control is required.



Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled


171 Stacey Road
Coxsackie, New York, 12051
United States

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