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Department Manager - Surface
OH - Columbus

Opportunity Snapshot
Lead your department to lean, scalable success as we ramp up a new facility
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Work with leading edge technologies while building a career home at a global industry leader
If you complement your production management experience with a lean mindset and strong leadership skills, this position offers you some compelling opportunities. You will:
  • Make an impact as you establish systems and processes, leveraging line balancing, time studies and more.
  • Set your department up to scale successfully as we ramp up this new facility -- and showcase your potential to advance in our growing organization. 
  • Join a company that's always working on the leading edge and learn about the latest technologies.
  • Work in a state-of-the-art facility, featuring robotics and clean rooms, that is the largest of its kind in the nation.
  • Enjoy the stability and resources of a growing global organization -- our recent combination with Luxottica has made us the world's largest player in the eyewear industry.
Improving Lives By Improving Sight. Essilor of America, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of eyeglass lenses in the United States, employs more than 7,000 people and operates the largest and most comprehensive optical laboratory network in the U.S. Essilor of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, and other brands, and our products are worn by one billion people daily. Essilor has been on Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Innovative Companies every year since 2010.
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Make your mark creating systems and processes for key department in state-of-the-art facility

The Requirements
Find out what it takes to excel as a Department Manager at Essilor.
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To be a good fit for the Department Manager opportunity, you will have:
  • A bachelor's degree, preferably in chemical, mechanical or industrial engineering. 
  • 5+ years of experience managing supervisors and teams in large production operations. 
  • Experience in chemical and clean-room environments, including knowledge of safety and environmental guidelines. Experience in optical labs is preferred, and experience with digital surfacing technology would be ideal.
  • The ability to perform line balancing for both batch and continuous processes.
  • Experience implementing process improvements and workplace organization, preferably including Lean, Six Sigma and time studies. A green belt is a plus.
  • Solid analytical skills and experience managing to metrics and creating reports for leadership.
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office and Salesforce.com.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Demonstrated competence in motivating employees to meet performance goals, and comfort with coaching and training individuals and teams.
Pivotal to your success will be your ability to train people and ensure adherence to processes. While you typically will work during the day, you'll also need to be willing and able to come in early and stay late to interact with the second and third shifts. We're starting with a single shift, but will add second and third shifts in the near future.

To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship.
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The Role
Take a square-one approach to building a highly efficient and scalable department.
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Reporting to the Operations Manager, you will oversee Supervisors and teams of about 20 on each shift. As we bring this facility up to speed, we're starting with a single shift Monday through Friday. By the end of the year we intend to be operating 3 shifts, 24x7.

Your mission will be to ensure that manufacturing performance, volume and quality goals are met in your d\epartment by utilizing efficient methods and maintaining appropriate staffing levels. We have some processes in place, but we'll look to you to take a square one approach to establishing systems and processes. This will include arranging by both batch and continuous process production, line balancing, minimizing downtime and more.

Every time a product is touched, there is a risk of damage, so in addition to performing time studies to promote productivity, you'll need to conduct analyses to determine the best ways to handle items. That information should be incorporated into training that ensures adherence to best practices. You also will need to embed a lean mindset in the department's culture.

More specifically, you will:
  • Analyze workflow, yields, manpower requirements, production constraints and quality issues to identify problems proactively. You'll develop and implement solutions to continually improve the operations and meet quality standards and production objectives. 
  • Maintain staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting and training employees, and developing personal growth opportunities.
  • Assume significant responsibilities in the areas of customer relations, process improvement and project management for large scale projects throughout the lab.
  • Teach and use lean workflow concepts for data collection, analysis and planning for action.
  • Meet daily production goals to ensure the right service time to customers.
  • Monitor quality and set up triggers and corrective actions together with QA team and CI team to reduce breakages and increase yield.
  • Maximize productivity of each piece of equipment leveraging batching processes and time cut-offs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.
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More Good Reasons
Explore our robust employment value proposition, from a great culture to corporate responsibility and excellent benefits.
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Impact now and later
As you can see under The Role section, you'll put your personal stamp on this department from the beginning. Once we're up to full capacity, you'll continue to drive process and performance improvements.

Great resources
You won't be starting from scratch, as we have proven success in running optical labs. At the same time, we're viewing the Columbus facility as a place to try fresh new ideas. We're committed to ensuring you have the tools you need to thrive at Essilor. For example, we have a Master Trainer on site, leading an excellent training program.

Great environment
You will join a team that includes dedicated, smart and mutually supportive professionals. Our culture is entrepreneurial, and the company has been innovating both technologically and to solve problems for 170 years. You'll also learn the cultural nuances of working for a company based in another country, if that's new to you.

Truly living our values
At Essilor, we believe everyone deserves to see life and all its detail with the best vision possible. That's why, in addition to designing, manufacturing and distributing quality vision care solutions worldwide, we invest in raising awareness of the importance of good vision, support eyecare professionals, invent new technologies and products, and support philanthropic initiatives. We also are committed to robust standards for environmental sustainability. These are just a couple of reasons we were one of the 52 companies named to Fortune magazine's 2019 Change the World list.

Excellent compensation
In addition to competitive compensation and bonus potential, we offer an exceptional mix of first-rate benefits, including medical, dental and vision plans; a 401(k) plan with company match; tuition reimbursement; comprehensive training through Essilor University; lens and frame benefits for you and your family; an employee stock purchase plan with company match; and more.

Video: As part of the #DifferenceMakers campaign, Essilor chose four eyecare professionals and three Essilor employees to participate in a mission trip to Southeast Asia in March 2019.
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Keys to Success
Knowledge and experience are essential, but these qualities are also important.
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If you're the person we're looking for, you are proactive about moving the needle. You will implement processes like single minute exchange of die (SMED) and shadow time vs. down time in order to ensure production runs smoothly. You also should establish solid relationships with the managers of other departments, preventing "silos" and supporting smooth, seamless flow through the entire facility.

In addition, in order to be an outstanding Department Manager, you will:
  • Set clear expectations and hold people responsible, while also promoting an upbeat atmosphere.
  • Develop and communicate the department "big picture," but also keep an eye on the details.
  • Help your people grow and develop professionally.
  • Ensure the entire department embraces our commitment to Quality Right the First Time.
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Essilor of America, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at chanell.harris@engage2excel.com.