Manufacturing Engineer Manager

Date: Sep 2, 2023

Location: Nashville, TN, US, 37228

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

We are one of the leading manufacturers of water heating and water treatment technologies in the world. We are a $3.5 billion company with 140+ years history and we employ more than 12,000 individuals globally who pride themselves on providing the world with innovative water technology. We are committed to Continuous Improvement, not just in our factories or processes, but in our people.

Primary Function

The Manufacturing Engineering Manager is a technical and managerial position responsible for working with A.O. Smith facilities in a collaborative manner, providing coordination of global manufacturing and process engineers to achieve long term goals & objectives of the Global Manufacturing & Process Engineering Team.

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • Work with Global Director of Manufacturing & Process Engineering to develop and refine the long-term strategy and short-term goals for manufacturing and process engineering
  • Champion the advancement of 4M process standardization initiatives associated with various manufacturing and management processes
  • Facilitate multi-site, cross-functional collaborative efforts and consensus decision making
  • Establish relationships and understanding of manufacturing process capabilities and facility footprint challenges, and help optimize material process flows, facility layouts, and footprint utilization
  • Facilitate capacity & labor productivity and process efficiency improvement initiatives
  • Coordinate Value Stream Mapping (VSM) of existing manufacturing processes including identification of process related bottlenecks and capacity limitations
  • Provide governance and process ownership for facility risk management, process safety standards and environmental, social & governance (ESG) compliance programs
  • Create plans for future growth opportunities (up to and including expansions and new green field opportunities) in a global organization
  • Provide advisory review and guidance on suggested process changes (by site) and capital projects affective equipment layout and workspace utilization
  • Investigate technologies for alignment and ensure automation strategies are developed and implemented to help advance manufacturing process capabilities
  • Provide support for special projects and value realization initiatives
  • Perform other activities as dictated by business needs


  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or related field                                                                        (manufacturing engineering & industrial technology or industrial engineering preferred)
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience, with broad understanding of manufacturing & assembly processes and related work environments
  • Highly motivated, self-starter who can prioritize based on overall goals & objectives
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated leadership experience 
  • Good project management skills with proven ability to lead and/or influence without authority in meeting defined goals, objectives & deadlines
  • Experience with lean manufacturing processes and continuous improvement tools (value stream mapping, time studies, line balancing, capacity & labor productivity studies, data analysis)
  • Ability to work independently and able to plan, develop, and execute tactical and strategic manufacturing initiatives, and must carry out duties with utmost integrity
  • Demonstrated problem solving experience using root cause analysis with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Must be able to travel (up to 50% as business needs require)
  • Experience with the following manufacturing processes: Polyurethane Foaming, Enamel & Organic Coating, Metal Processing, Plastic Processing, Welding, Heat Pump (A PLUS)
  • Proficiency with computers and programs, specifically Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.

We Offer

Competitive compensation package 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.  This role is eligible for a remote work schedule of up to two days remote work per week. New employees are eligible to apply after successfully completing their initial 90 days of employment and training.

ADA Disclaimer (U.S. ONLY)

In developing this job description care was taken to include all competencies needed to successfully perform in this position. However, for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) purposes, the essential functions of the job may or may not have been described for purposes of ADA reasonable accommodation. All reasonable accommodation requests will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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