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Product Manager at 3M

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Knoxville, Iowa

Job Description:

3M is seeking a Product Manager located in Knoxville, IA. At 3M, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter.  Here, you go.

The Product Manager, will be responsible for developing and executing manufacturing & value stream strategies and operational plans that drive customer focused continuous improvements for quality, service, safety, and cost.  They will be part of the plant’s leadership team and responsible for representing production operations with global customers across multiple divisions. They will have a key role in collaborating with our customer divisions in setting the business’s strategic direction and aligning resources to meet business goals.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work with Team to set short and long term strategic plans as well as operating plans for departments

  • Initiates, approves, and executes projects in order to improve service, quality, safety, and cost

  • Ensure the safe and compliant operation of all manufacturing operations

  • Review and approve Engineering Change Requests (ECR’s) and Management Of Change (MOC’s).

  • Provide leadership to a large operation including Engineers, Supervisors, and Direct Production employees

  • Directly accountable to drive operational excellence in customer service, and extended value streams

  • Direct and facilitate VSM Teams both within and outside of the operations organization to improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs through strong value stream improvement plans

  • Deliver Lean Six Sigma Cost and Cash savings at or above target levels

  • Utilize all resources to identify, analyze and address improvement opportunities

  • Provide collaborative support to all divisions Served by the plant. 

  • Assure quality control standards are set and adhered to for all products

  • Identify, develop budget for, prioritize and direct justification and implementation of capital projects

  • Maintain clear communication to all employees within departments and site

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution

  • Minimum seven (7) years of combined experience in one or more of the following areas: manufacturing operations, manufacturing engineering, process engineering, product engineering, product development, quality, and/or EHS

  • Minimum two (2) years of combined experience managing and/or supervising direct reports

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university.

  • Strong operator engagement and understanding of Lean manufacturing principles.

  • Proven track record of delivering on aggressive quality, service, safety, and cost targets.

  • Proven understanding of leadership principles and behaviors.

  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

  • Previous experience across multiple divisions, manufacturing locations, and job functions.

Location: Knoxville, IA

Relocation: Is authorized

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom. 

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Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

3M is a place where you can collaborate with other curious, creative people. Where your diverse talents, inclusiveness, initiative, and leadership are valued. Where you’ll find challenging opportunities that make your career exciting and rewarding. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies, and products, 3M is a place to grow and be rewarded for excellence.

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