Machine Shop Lead

Phoenix, Arizona - Direct Hire - Job ID #2365

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Job Description:
The overarching responsibilities of the Machine Shop Lead involves –

  • Determining the resources needed to optimize work flow in the Machine Shop to meet on-time delivery and support prototyping in view of the company’s projected growth
  • Ensure business continuity through cross-training and work with the Machine Shop Manager on employee development
  • Resolving conflicts in the workplace to maintain a motivated shop-floor; be a strong advocate of teamwork and collaboration towards maintaining a healthy work environment
  • Building trust among colleagues and the ability to manage up with cooperation, timely and open proactive communication, and respect for structure
  • Participate in making important decisions with a defined vision that has been communicated and discussed with management
  • Demonstrates humility, empathy, positive approach, approachability and a high level of effective communication and emotional intelligence, without a personal agenda and favoritism. The ideal Machine Shop Lead would be able to demonstrate, train and assist employees reach their potential, rather than trying to maintain control over their work
  • Is able to take direction and advocate for positive change management with a focus on culture and the rules of engagement as defined by the company’s senior leadership team
  • Embraces the KPIs/ metrics (Safety, Product Quality, Sales $ shipped, On-time delivery, past dues) as determined and reconciled with the Machine Shop Manager, and demonstrates a high level of accountability
  • Is relentless and passionate about continuous improvement with demonstrated and consistent results

Training and development of operators to ensure proper execution of the defined processes. Continuous improvement of manufacturing processes to achieve cost, quality and delivery objectives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Training and development of operators to ensure proper execution of the defined processes, along with ensuring quality of parts
  • Assist with the management and planning of production / workload on equipment in accordance with business priorities.
  • Monitor Preventive Maintenance (PM) of equipment and collaborate with Maintenance to ensure PM is requested, completed per schedule, and machine downtime does not interfere with production schedules
  • Work with operators to ensure first piece inspection is completed before continuing to run production parts; ensure operators perform proper inspection of parts as determined by Engineering (drawing), Quality (Inspection report checklist) and any specific instructions from Manufacturing Engineering (Job traveler notes, work instructions, or special notes)
  • Participates in daily GEMBA and shop-floor improvements such as 5S, improving programs for better productivity/ throughput, eliminating waste to ensure lean manufacturing
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the company’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include training, planning, assigning, directing work,  addressing complaints and resolving problems by collaborating with the Machine Shop Manager
  • Work with the Machine Shop manager to plan alternative paths for jobs to be run on different machines as required
  • Adjusts work schedules as necessary to meet special order requirements. 
  • Assesses production data daily to pinpoint trouble areas and suggests improvements, as necessary; a good understanding and working knowledge of some Statistical Process Control (SPC), load vs capacity review is critical for the success in this role
  • Serves as member of Company’s Safety Committee;
  • Work within and in accordance with company’s AS9100/ ISO 9001 Quality Management System
  • Accomplishes continuous improvement through optimization of resources and increasing throughput/ productivity
  • Working consistently, working overtime, and traveling as required
  • Conducts himself/herself in a professional and civil manner
  • Other job duties as assigned and essential for the successful performance in the machine shop to support on time delivery of final assembled products to end customers

Skills and Requirements:

  • The position is for our Phoenix, AZ location
  • Applicant must be ITAR compliant
  • Ability to react to changes productively and perform other essential tasks as assigned.
  • Superior knowledge of machine programming for CNC lathes, related software such as PartMaker, Predator, MasterCAM
  • Ability to influence, motivate, train and lead operators through setting up jobs, running parts, taking relevant measurements and delivering to schedule
  • Effective time management skills
  • Availability, flexibility, and maturity to represent the Company
  • Manual dexterity to safely and proficiently operate or utilize office equipment such as copiers, fax machines, calculators, and personal computers
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods in front of a computer as needed, and also spending long hours on the machines for set ups, running, inspection and training
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint); advanced Excel skills will be a huge plus
  • Excellent written and spoken skills in English; ability to read, write, and follow written and verbal instructions in English; ability to communicate well in Spanish would be a huge plus
  • Be team oriented and possess flexibility and adaptability

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