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Production Manager

Date: Nov 22, 2021

Location: Ashland City, TN, US, 37015

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Primary Function

The Production Manager is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the productivity of the fabrication department. The incumbent will direct plant production, development, and quality initiatives through management of equipment, materials, and the workforce.


  • Works closely with the Fabrication Manager and other leadership to coordinate workflow across the fabrication department to produce quality products in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Manages the workflow and coordination of the manufacturing environment, including materials and equipment to meet production targets in an efficient manner, minimize defects, scrap, overtime, and MRO spend.
  • Plans and coordinates department production schedules, production rates and capacity plans, processing methods and times.
  • Leads the production supervisors to improve in the areas of safety, quality, delivery, productivity, cost, and morale.
  • Maintains and promotes a safety conscious manufacturing environment.
  • Leads communication of corrective action plans, resolutions, and quality results among the department.
  • Analyzes reports and reviews provided by first-line supervisors.
  • Conducts and presents annual performance appraisals for all direct reports.
  • Acts as a mentor among production team members to create a professional and driven workforce.
  • Assists in company/plant planning through department budget preparation, expenditure recommendations, and workforce/space forecasting.
  • Reports issues regarding production, quality, maintenance, or personnel problems to the Director of Operations.
  • Performs other activities as needed or assigned.


  • A Bachelor's Degree is required.
  • Must have at least 5 years of related manufacturing experience and at least 5 years of experience in management and supervision.
  • Self-disciplined, structured, pays great attention to detail and works well as part of a team.
  • Must eagerly listen and respond to our production employees and lead our production supervisors to improve in the areas of Safety, Quality, Delivery, Productivity, Cost and Morale.
  • Must be very strong in the use of MS Excel as a tool to manage our business.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and be comfortable making a presentation..
  • Must understand organizational dynamics and deliver results. 
  • Ability to prepare and interpret various metrics, and reports.
  • Ability to identify problems and take appropriate corrective measures
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, to communicate effectively with all levels within the plant.

We Offer

Competitive base salary and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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