Product Line Manager in Carson, CA at Ducommun

Date Posted: 7/30/2020

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Product Line Manager

Job Description

This individual is responsible for managing, developing, mentoring a team of engineers and production leads to manage and optimize all aspects of engineering and production within a business unit at the site.  This responsibility including the development, improvement of product design and delivery.  This person needs to provide direction and leadership for cross functional teams to follow through of plans and commitments to customers. Individual will participate and provide tactical business processes to successfully manage the engineering, manufacturing process and process work flow and to deliver customer and financial goals.  The individual will also participate and provide strategic input to grow the product line to the next level profitably.  The individual is on the Engineered Products leadership team and assigned partner with business development, program management, supply chain and quality to deliver results; reports directly to Performance Center Director.  The individual will be a key interface with the customers. Ability to analyze the technology and business trends utilizing analytical tools and root cause analysis to deploy tactics, track progress and trends through KPI and TTIs that measure the success of the business. 

  • Execute annual operating plan and deliver results

  • Manage engineering resources to ensure new design and existing products perform to customer requirements

  • Direct interface with Supply Chain and Production Control to ensure proper inventory and material levels to cover productions needs

  • Schedule and Deliver quality products on-time to meet both internal and external customer requirements

  • Coordinates all manufacturing processes to meet established plant forecast and budget goals and objectives

  • Provide direction on manufacturing process enhancements and establishes acceptable work instruction standards

  • Works hand in hand and acts as a backup to other product line management positions for all day to day activity

  • Coordinates with team members to ensure Visual and KABA are updated and maintained “real-time” for all personnel

  • Lead and execute, in conjunction with continuous improvement, to reduce cost, improve competiveness relative to cycle times and ensure that there are effective processes throughout Engineered Products

  • Lead operational teams and ensure training requirements for a high-performance work team

  • Participate in WIP evaluations, NADCAP certifications, Customer Certification and other Quality, Environmental/Safety requirements

  • Control and improve operational costs both direct and indirect for programs to meet cost targets for customer business

  • Partner with EH&S to develop, implement and manage Plant Safety requirements

  • Maintain strong working relationship with direct reports; identify training & development needs for direct reports

  • Direct improvements for program WIP inventory levels through use of 6S, lean & Six Sigma tools

  • Manages and leads a team of  Production Leads and Supervisors for daily tasks as well as manages their reporting and production requirements

  • Conducts performance evaluation and provides ongoing coaching and counseling to staff

  • Coordinates all processes to meet established plant forecast and budget goals and objectives

  • Review and approve organizational structure, staffing and training of personnel

  • Champion in-sourcing and out-sourcing projects alone with SCM and other Ducommun facilities to continue improving overall Ducommun competitiveness globally

Skills & Qualifications

  • Ability to drive and deliver results

  • Knowledge of aerospace company specifications and practices

  • Ability to lead / mentor a group of people in a constructive, productive and fair manner

  • Strong analytical and communication skills

  • Ability to lead root cause analysis

  • Team oriented with a continuous improvement outlook

  • Project Management experience, experience with New Product and new business project implementation

  • Six Sigma and / or Lean Certified preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in engineering discipline, manufacturing or a technical field or related experience
  • Ten (10) + years experience in an aerospace environment with increasing levels of responsibilities including supervision and management experience


23301 S. Wilmington Ave
Carson, California, 90745
United States