Production Manager

Job Details

Job Ref:
3518 Dillon Rd, Jamestown, NC 27282
Production and Operator
Employment Type:
Full Time


When Alfred Fain founded a small Rhode Island tire store in 1924, at the time no one could have predicted how Teknor Apex would become an international custom compounder sought out by companies around the world. After a nearly hundred-year journey that’s carried us through acquisitions and expansion, we now have nine U.S. locations, as well as operations in Belgium, Singapore, Germany, and China.

Throughout this global expansion Teknor has remained a privately held company, and today Fain’s grandson sits at the helm, maintaining the family’s tradition of fostering deep employee and customer relationships. These relationships are what allow us—together—to deliver customized compound solutions and help our customer’s create better products.

“Manufacturing is a team sport and we work together to achieve our goals.”  ~Jon Fain

Join the team behind our custom compounds. 

Key Responsibilities:

  •  Safety: Working across the facility to ensure 100% Compliance with OSHA requirements and leading the way in behavior-based safety. Collaborate with the EHS Manager to strive for a zero-incident rate at the site.  Ensure that the production team complies with all necessary regulatory requirements and champion our efforts in operation clean sweep.
  •  People: Effectively lead the department’s hourly and salaried workforce. Ensure that we are promoting the seven core values with our employees.  Maintain compliance with all recordkeeping on attendance and performance reviews and ensure that all three shifts are communicating effectively.
  • Customers: Focused leadership in the plant’s production scheduling. Ensure that the production office has the support to maintain the production schedule based on our customer demand.  Work with our supply chain team in S&OP reviews.  Timely responses to customer complaints and effective leadership in corrective action response.  Working with our quality and technical departments to improve our product performance.
  • Quality: Lead Continuous Quality Improvement teams, and utilize tools such as root cause analysis, FMEA, and other related problem-solving tools. Work with the resources in process engineering and our quality professionals to maintain high quality work across the whole site.  Maintain compliance to all ISO: 9001 standards in the manufacturing departments.
  • Efficiency- Demonstrated ability to utilize lean tools such as 5S to drive sustained housekeeping efforts and process mapping for shop floor organization and efficiency. Ensuring that the inventory at the site is maintained with a robust cycle counting program.  Working with the process engineers, corporate engineering, and our maintenance team to continuously improve our processes and streamline our operations.


  • Previous experience working with a budgeting process and analyzing production variances.
  • The work requires the application of a variety of procedures, policies, and/or precedents used in combination.
  • Strong communication skills, influencing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to collaborate effectively across all levels of the organization, manage conflicts, and get things done.
  • Demonstration of leadership skills through positive influence across different levels in the organization. Ability to coach and mentor teams.
  • The incumbent must be able to evaluate complex situations, balancing production efficiencies with available equipment and assets.
  • While this is primarily a day shift position, it does require the ability to come to the site and meet with employees and supervisors on all 3 shifts.
  • A history and passion for meeting performance targets and achieving results is required. 
  • Demonstrated understanding and abilities in employee relations, safety, quality, ISO concepts, automation and digitization, and LEAN manufacturing processes.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Engineering or a technical related field is preferred.
  • The position requires at least 5 years’ experience leading a team of employees in a multi-shift operation.
  • A strong team player with the ability to work well with the other core operations managers at the site.
  • Experience in the chemical processing industry, in batch operations, is preferable.

The performance impact of this role will be measured by one’s ability to provide team leadership, support, and sponsorship for corporate culture and practices.  Understanding the organization’s mission and functions; developing cooperative working relationships with others; and designing and communicating goals to maximize performance.

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