Area Leader/Manufacturing Cell

The Area Leader at STC is a highly motivated individual that oversees and leads a production team department cell. They plan, organize, and recommend strategies in ensuring that the technical ceramics in the cell are developed successfully, in accordance with specifications.

Position Type: 
  • 5-7 years of production experience, preferably in a lead or supervisory role
  • Technical Degree in manufacturing/production or equivalent work experience
  • Familiarity with the operation of production equipment
  • Strong organization skills and the ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work independently, and under the pressure of deadlines
  • Strong, clear, and effective written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact with users in clear non-technical 
  • Leads a dedicated cell and responsible for planning execution, controlling, and coordinating the entire range of manufacturing activities within the given product line, including Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory and Productivity.
  • Troubleshoots work-in-process manufacturing issues with the product or machine, initiating corrective actions as required. Work with manufacturing engineers to ensure that all customer requirements are understood, implemented, and met throughout the cell.
  • Communicates regularly within Operations to ensure changes and issues are flowed expediently to customers, planning, sales, and production supervisors/managers to manage and control quality and resulting scrap to protect program profitability and Company goals.
  • Ensures achievement of all Operational KPIs for associated cell (Lost Time Accidents, Revenue, On-Time Delivery, Scrap, etc)
  • Leads team in Continuous Improvement initiatives to eliminate waste and improve efficiencies.
  • Provides weekly communications to Supervision/Management/Account Management describing weekly achievements and issues within the cell. Ensuring a smooth interface with supporting departments not under the cell leader’s control (E.g. Supply Chain, Sales, Quality, Engineering)
  • Ensures capacity and capability are continually planned to meet agreed customer requirements and work and information flow are documented and regularly reviewed to ensure smooth and rapid execution of customer requirements.
  • Identification of opportunities for cross training and capacity training to enhance capacity and responsiveness to know customer requirements.
  • Manages individual and team performance, regularly reviewing with Supervisors and Managers, rewarding excellence and the achievement of bettering or targets, and taking corrective action when necessary. Responsible for hiring and training all new employees in the cell.
  • Assesses conditions of the equipment, responsible for all maintenance requests when necessary. Perform routine preventative maintenance on equipment as required.
  • Maintains ordering for supplies for the cell, to ensure a smooth and efficient flow of production work.
  • Sets up production equipment and run production, as needed.
  • Responsible for quality sign-off at machine start-up and in-process inspection checks for associated production sequences.
  • Maintains STC’s adherence to and aid in the development of work instructions, guidelines, and specific part requirements. 
  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to, performing a variety of other machining and CNC operations in any of STC’s three production locations.  


Position Highlights: 

Work is normally performed on site at STC’s office in St. Albans, Vermont.  Work is generally performed both on the shop floor, which can be noisy and dusty, as well as hot during the summer and in the office. Desk work is performed in a climate-controlled environment.
Work involves prolonged periods of standing and walking. The Manufacturing Cell Leader may be required to bend and/or squat to properly inspect or run equipment. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and push hand carts loaded with up to 500 lbs. Deadlines, workloads during peak periods and changing priorities may cause increased stress levels. 


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