Production Manager - Manufacturing, Life Sciences

Position Description

Job Summary

If you want to reshape the world and discover your greatest potential, Saint-Gobain provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for innovative problem solvers.

We're one of only two companies in the world that is consistently recognized as both a top Global Employer and a Top 100 Global Innovator, but Saint-Gobain's remarkable story and culture of innovation begins with a team of nearly 200,000 creative, diverse and passionate team members collaborating across the globe.  We are committed to our mission to improve lives because, every day, we witness the enormous impact of our efforts on the world around us.  

The Production Manager, under the general supervision of the Plant Manager, is responsible for the manufacturing operations. This includes the development and leadership of all manufacturing hourly personnel. Assists in the manufacturing, implementation, efficiency, and effectiveness of new and existing products. Ensures production demands are met while maintaining a safe workplace for employees. Responsible for providing supervision and leading the coordination of varied multiple activities to ensure the production of high performance products with the quality, delivery, and cost to meet customers’ requirements. Responsible for daily supervision of department personnel and local project management.

Essential Functions: 

  • Manages and supports front line supervision of the Extrusion, Fabrication, Tool Room, and Compounding Departments in the plant. Directs and coordinates the operation of all aforementioned departments based on production guidelines, establishes priorities and production schedules within the confines of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  
  • Create, communicate and drive continuous improvement across processes and tools, by understanding current processes and looking for ways to optimize them through identification of gaps in order to improve and sustain upon improved metrics such as OTIF, OTD, and waste. 
  • Actively supports WCM within departments and establishes department objectives based on the WCM management approach. Also, provides leadership for quality standards, production efficiency, training needs, continuous improvement/cost reductions, scrap improvement, safety standards and environmental compliance.
  • Manage cross functional projects involving areas of direct ownership and collaborative efforts throughout the plant, to position facility well to add capacity to support future growth, prioritize CAPEX investment, align with corporate initiatives and lead next generation technological improvements. 

Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in Management, Manufacturing or Technical (Required)
  • MBA (preferred)

Work Experience:

  • 7+ years Manufacturing Operations with demanding operational activity (Required)
  • 7+ years of Production Leadership, Lean/Continuous Improvement Methodology (Preferred)  

Quality & Safety Expectations

  • Know and understand the quality and safety policies and demonstrate this comprehension through daily leadership and actions. 
  • Complete all quality and safety training required for the specific position. 
  • Follow all quality and safety rules and procedures and remind others.  
  • Commit to addressing and reporting any unsafe condition or quality issue immediately.  
  • Be empowered and speak up when unsafe behaviors are observed or quality issues arise and to not place blame while investigating these issues.
  • Adhere to the principles of data integrity.

Practical/Technical/Digital Knowledge: 

  • Excellent communication and proven team building skills. The incumbent must possess strong leadership skills and be a hand-on leader to continually build effective relationships, drive accountability, challenge assumptions and provide support and resources for improvements in all aspects of the manufacturing process (Required)
  • A proven ability to foster and establish effective working relationships with management team, employees, and key contacts will be critical to drive the necessary changes to support overall process improvements. Required
  • Must be self-motivated and able to make independent, informed and prioritized decisions through strong analytical skillset (Required)
  • Safety oriented management style developed in a manufacturing environment  (Required)
  • Experience with continuous improvement processes (Lean Manufacturing/WCM) (Preferred)

Leadership & communication skills

  • Transform plans and strategies into actionable tasks for the plant to execute (Preferred)
  • Possess ability to properly delegate, direct, influence and lead teams as situation requires (Preferred)


Additional Description

Employees have the flexibility to choose the benefits that best fit their individual needs.

  • Health and Wellbeing – Supporting your wellbeing, to thrive in life and work.
    • Medical, Prescription Drug, Vision, and Dental Insurance
    • Healthcare Saving Account and Flexible Spending Account options
    • LiveWell Wellness Program
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Paid Time Off and Paid Parental Leave
  • Retirement and Protection - Helping to make the future life you want a reality.
    • 401(k) with Company Match, Retirement Accumulation Plan (RAP), Cash Balance Pension Plan
    • Company-provided Life Insurance, AD&D, Short-Term Disability
    • Voluntary employee and dependent life insurance, Long-Term Disability, Critical Illness and Accident Insurance
  • Additional Benefits – Helping shape the experience and impact you want
    • Commuter Benefits
    • Group Legal
    • Identity Theft Protection
    • Auto and Home Insurance
    • Pet Insurance and Discounts
    • Back-up Child & Elder Care
    • PerkSpot Employee Discount Program

Company Summary

Saint-Gobain’s innovations touch almost every major industry around the world. Within its Life Sciences division, teams are solving critical problems for customers who are getting life-saving medical devices to the frontlines of healthcare, discovering essential medications, and nourishing and connecting the world through consumer, industrial and electronics applications. As one of the world’s leading producers of high-performance polymer products, we improve lives by making simple experiences better and being there in life’s critical moments.

Our team members recognize that we all create the environment for people to succeed, with a culture built on respect, open and honest communication, and honoring our commitments to our customers and each other. And at the heart of our culture, we’ve learned working together makes good ideas, great ones.

With a legacy dating back more than 350 years, Saint-Gobain offers employees the stability and security of a leading Global 500 corporation while operating like multiple small and agile start-ups, where entrepreneurial spirit, pioneering teamwork, and bold, forward-thinking ideas pave new paths.

Every team member is encouraged to develop and leverage their unique expertise and strengths to make the greatest impact on the company and our end users. At Saint-Gobain, you’re empowered and equipped with countless opportunities and resources for professional development. You will find the support you need to create a vision and roadmap for your career, and make that vision a reality.

Join Us at Saint-Gobain Life Sciences.  Together, we’ll create a better life.


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Legal Statement

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.


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Production Manager - Manufacturing, Life Sciences

Location: Akron, Ohio

Posting Date: 02/19/2023

Job Code: USA05074

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