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Production Manager

Job location : Lompoc, California , United States of America
Created moment : 10/13/2020 - 02:00
Job reference : REQ - 03422

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Production Manager

Job Summary

The Powder Mill Production Manager is responsible for daily operations as pertaining to System 6 & 7 and associated production processes. This role provides for operational analysis, viable production alternatives, recommendations & plans and oversight of key production initiatives targeting improvements in safety, regulatory compliance, production processes & productivity integrity, finished goods processing, improved equipment utilization and budgetary considerations / requirements.

*This is an opportunity to collaborate with a Fun & Engaging team, living in the affordable Coastal Town of Lompoc, CA.


Effective Key Operating Indicators of success include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the production team’s efforts in applying sustainable recognized lean manufacturing techniques focused on maximizing equipment productivity, process continuity & resource availability.

  • Conformance to EHS audit and target criteria (BU / Plant Objectives)

  • Equipment Utilization (Cumulative Scheduled / Operational Downtime), targeting 95% efficiency

  • Performance Efficiency (Actual Output / Design Output), targeting 95% efficiency

  • Tracked & trended consumable usage variances in line with flex models

  • Quality Rate (Defects & Rework / Total Production), targeting 99% efficiency

  • Customer Service targeting on time delivery compliance of 95%

  • Production Cost % of Product Revenue / Fixed Cost

  • Performance to Budget / Forecast


  • Complies with all Federal Metal and Non-metallic Mine Safety and Health Standards (MSHA 30 CFR) and IMERYS Safety Standards

  • Formulates and manages department schedules and communicates such to supervisors and hourly personnel for implementation of operations and maintenance.  Review maintenance schedules of major pieces of equipment to maximize equipment availability in a cost-effective manner while minimizing down time and loss of production

  • Maintains a facility high-risk equipment plan focused on a 3-year risk mitigation approach.  Supports annual reconciliation of each year’s plan with performance and productivity data, survey control and annual plan updates

  • Participates in Staff Meetings to interact with other Department Managers. Supports discussion of  production schedules, quality issues, agree on employee relations and plan future events which have potential impact to the group

  • Participates in monthly cost book meetings to review unit operations, production costs, customer issues and risk mitigation

  • Prepares Capital Expense Requests (CERs) for the sustainability, purchase or lease of equipment utilized within the production processes

  • Performs administrative functions and audits as required focused on management of labor, equipment, performance, cost and reporting

  • Establish and control conditions of production to satisfy quality and customer specifications as well as governmental standards where applicable through analysis of equipment and materials utilized and adherence to standards is established 

  • Identify and manage effective Manufacturing Excellence Projects focused on expansion of yields, equipment utilization, overall productivity & costs improvement

  • Facilitates quality program and customer audit requirements, ensuring applicable manufacturing processes in line with established control measures

  • Collaborates and develops effective relationships with internal departments such as finance and procurement, as well as external partners such as sales and marketing, to support the development and implementation of strategies, plans and objectives

  • Ensures facilities regulatory / compliance monitoring equipment is maintained / recorded per scheduled intervals and specifications

  • Mentors and develops  subordinates  for production department succession

  • Conducts cost / benefit analysis, oversees development of key production initiatives justification, presents projects to superiors and gains approval / guidance

  • Coordinates efforts of multi-disciplinary craft teams to achieve a common goal

  • Responsible for communicating the status of a wide range of production activities to key stake holders

  • Anticipates questions and prepares technical and business correspondence pertaining to the business case for each production initiative from all affected parties, including senior management members

  • Identifies production constraints (manufacturing process, budget, schedule, etc.) and either eliminate the constraints or manages within

  • Makes decisions by understanding causes, weighing options and making final decisions based on achieving highest priority objectives


  • B.S. degree in related discipline such as process engineering

  •  Minimum 5 years of related experience with at least 3 years in management position is required

  • Preferred experience in lean manufacturing concepts

IMERYS... Mineral Solutions to create tomorrow's world.  Imerys is a Paris based Global Leader, who transforms minerals into thousands of high valued specialty mineral products essential for our Customers' Products.

IMERYS offers competitive benefits including medical/dental insurance, 401K matching and paid vacation.

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Imerys is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All employment decisions at Imerys are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Imerys will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

Position Type

Full time



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To ensure fairness and legal compliance in our recruitment processes, only applications received through the online application process will be considered. 

IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.

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