Sr. Production Manager - Manufacturing, Saint-Gobain Life Sciences; Portage, WI

Position Description

Job Summary

If you want to 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 Sr. Production Manager for Manufacturing Operations will lead all aspects of multiple Production Lines (Focus Factories) for Saint-Gobain Life Sciences' Medical Components manufacturing business in Portage, WI. Will provide overall direction of operational activities ensuring cost-effective & efficient operations. Will maximize profitability by ensuring a safe working environment, optimizing throughput, controlling costs, overseeing continuous improvement activities and maintaining quality standards.

Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Sr. Production Manager will assume greater accountabilities for the entire Plant Operations when needed on account of the planned succession growth for the leadership/site.

Key Accountabilities:

Planning and Operations: Manage, direct and coordinate all operations directly related to production: Manufacturing and Manufacturing Systems, Facilities and Maintenance and part quality.

  • Prepares production plans, budgets and CAPEX needs and report to appropriate management on actual performance vs. those plans.
  • Formulates and recommends manufacturing plans and policies that guide the organization in maintaining and improving its operations.

Personnel Development: Work with Human Resources to equip employees to achieve business goals and to foster career development and organizational succession plans. Establish a succession plan within the facility for key positions in plant operations.

  • Provides leadership and mentorship to managers and supervisors with regard to quality, safety, staffing, and employee relations.
  • Regularly provides feedback to all direct reports and performance manages as appropriate.

Technology Leadership: Identify inefficiencies in plant operations and drive systematic cost improvement and state-of-the-art processing through WCM program. Prepare and submit CAPEX projects to support efficiency improvements.

Safety and Communications: Ensure that the facility operates safely and in full environmental compliance.

  • Provides clear communication with workforce; ensure departmental work methods are compatible with company standards and customer requirements.
  • Ensure the compliance of safety, environmental, and quality guidelines and policies, as required by regulations and customer requirements

Required Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree - Engineering, Science, Quality, Operations Management or Related Discipline; Required.

Master's Degree - Business, Engineering or Related Discipline; Preferred.


10+ years of Progressive experience & exposure (with proven impact) within Manufacturing Operations (i.e. production, accounting/finance, quality, supply chain, EHS, et al).

7+ years of Management experience within Production Manufacturing capacity involving multiple/complex production lines.

Proven experience working within regulated environment with adherence/management of ISO, FDA, WCM, (et al) standards; Preferred.

Strong Leadership, Talent Development and Analytical Skills; Required.

Proficiency with computers, spreadsheet software, and business systems (i.e. QAD, Kronos, MS Office Excel, PowerPoint Word, etc.).

Ability to travel upwards of 10-20%; Required.


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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Sr. Production Manager - Manufacturing, Saint-Gobain Life Sciences; Portage, WI

Location: Portage, Wisconsin

Posting Date: 09/17/2023

Job Code: USA06665

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