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Production Manager
MD - Baltimore

Opportunity Snapshot
Top reasons to consider aligning your career with Essilor of America
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Impact Role for a Technical Leader and Strong Change & People Manager with Career Runway

If you combine a strong engineering background with the technical ability to develop coating technicians across three shifts and the proven leadership skills to effectively manage in a complex, high-growth environment, the role of Production Manager with Essilor of America offers you some great opportunities. You will:
  • Make an impact as you build your team and develop coating leads and technicians in a rapidly evolving environment. We're adding new products and processes, and your leadership skills and continuous improvement mindset directly influence our success
  • Leverage your leadership and development skills to support our strong growth. We've recently doubled in size and expect that growth to continue.
  • Showcase your potential to take on additional responsibilities and advance your career at a company committed to professional development and succession planning. After several years of success in this role, you could step up to a Production Manager role in Baltimore or follow another path within the global Essilor organization.
  • Come on board at an exciting time -- our recent merger with Luxottica has made us the world's largest player in the eyewear industry and will create opportunities for strong performers.
  • Become part of a company driven by a threefold mission: Improving lives by improving sight; Innovating for better vision; and Reaching the 2.7 billion underserved.
Relocation assistance may be available to an outstanding candidate.

Improving Lives By Improving Sight. Essilor of America, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of eyeglass lenses in the United States, employs more than 10,000 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 ranked #62 out of 700 corporations awarded the title "Diversity Leader 2020" by the Financial Times, and has been on Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Innovative Companies every year from 2010 until 2018, when Forbes discontinued that list.
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Make Your Mark Leading Three Shifts at a Growing, Baltimore Lab Adding New Products & Processes

The Requirements
Find out what you'll need to take ownership of this role.
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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. In addition, to be a good fit for the Production Manager opportunity, you will have:
  • 4-year bachelor's degree in Chemical, Industrial, or Manufacturing Engineering or similar required  Quick question for you - click here
  • Proven on the job experience working and leading in a production environment
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the engineering field
  • A minimum of 5 years of management experience, including success leading 25 or more employees
  • Previous optical experience in a lab production environment highly preferred  Quick question for you - click here
  • Strong planning and organizing skills a must
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated supervisory abilities including motivating employees to meet performance goals, and comfort coaching and training individuals and teams
  • Change management experience and/or experience leading in a growing, changing environment preferred
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and skill with MS Office programs, particularly Excel
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to meet management and production goals
  • Knowledge of Lean manufacturing is a plus 
  • Experience managing non-exempt union employees is a plus
You will be scheduled to work the first shift and must be willing to flex your hours to meet work demands and create a visible presence and touch base across all three shifts. 

Our employees' safety is critically important so we are following stringent COVID-19 precautions including temperature checks, masks, distancing, and enhanced cleaning protocols. 
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The Role
If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional details about the role, please read below.
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Reporting to the Production Manager, you will oversee and direct the activities of the Coating department within the Chesapeake Optical Lab, an Essilor company, in Baltimore, MD. The lab runs three shifts and you will also support a group of 45+ employees across all shifts to ensure production goals are met, and standard procedures are being documented and followed.

As Production Manager, you will be responsible for the daily coating production. The team is responsible for two major processes -- hard coating and anti-reflective coating, with half of the team focusing on each type. We've recently added hard coating -- a new technology for the lab -- which means the team is learning and a strong manager will help motivate and drive change. You'll also work closely with our process engineer and always keep an eye open for improvements. Other responsibilities will include;
  • Managing projects to improve processes throughout the department for the purpose of improving production and quality levels.
  • Working with lab management and HR to staff the Coating department.
  • Participating in the hiring, orientation and training of new Coating personnel.
  • Evaluating the performance of employees, and disciplining employees according to company policy, as needed. 
  • Training Coating employees on new processes or to improve skills.
  • Maintaining performance records on employees, routinely communicating performance to employees and coaching employees on methods and techniques for improving performance, including reviewing time records.
  • Scheduling Coating employees' work time and vacation time.
  • Maintaining the department budget including labor and equipment costs.
  • Assisting in analyzing and recommending the purchase of new equipment for the Coating department as needed.
  • Analyzing problems that arise and determining actions that will minimize the problems, decreasing costs and/or improving yields, recommending changes to the Production Manager and, upon approval, implementing those changes.
  • Assuring that all safety standards are maintained in the work area.
  • Performing other duties as required.
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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Why Join Us
More great reasons to build a career home with us.
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Expert Mentors / Strong Support
You'll have wide exposure, including to our Global Engineering team, where there's plenty of expertise to tap, and to your supervisor and the process engineer in Baltimore. You'll enjoy training on our products and systems when you come onboard and can feel secure knowing there's always plenty of support when you need it. 

New Business and Products
EssilorLuxottica is constantly launching new business and products that keep us on the cutting edge of the industry. Additionally, we enjoy strong growth, both organic and growth through acquisitions. In a company that is constantly evolving, there's always plenty of room to build a long-term, progressive career.

Chesapeake Optical Lab
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, our 50,000 sq. ft. facility is one of the very few ISO 9001 certified wholesale optical labs in the United States. We are equipped to help customers with all of their wholesale optical lab needs, whether it’s digital surfacing, Crizal® No-Glare lenses, house ARs, specialized finishing, or private label options. It’s all under one roof which helps us turn orders around quickly and accurately. Chesapeake Optical Lab is dedicated to giving back to the local Baltimore community and supports multiple charitable organizations through volunteer hours and donations.

Great environment
You will join a team that includes dedicated, sharp and mutually supportive professionals. Our culture is entrepreneurial and fresh, backed by 170 years of success.

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 a competitive salary and bonus opportunity, 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; unlimited vacation, 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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Road to Success
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Your technical knowledge will be essential, but just as important will be your leadership and interpersonal skills as you manage the team, the coating function and production goals. Because the lab is seeing so many changes simultaneously -- growth, new hires, new processes, etc. -- this role requires a manager who can handle that complexity. Someone who can hire and build a team while also ensuring production KPIs are being met and that top quality remains the standard. You will lean heavily on your engineering background and on your ability to translate past production experience to an optical lab, but full success will be attained through leadership. 

Because the pace is fast, those who excel here truly enjoy the dynamic environment and remain agile and able to pivot. In addition, in order to be an outstanding Production Manager, you will:
  • Effectively manage people and processes
  • Develop your team leads so that they can develop others
  • Combine analytical skills with creativity in solving problems
  • Pay attention to details while also grasping the big picture
  • Keep a constant eye out for ways to improve processes
  • Commit yourself to knowledge gain and ongoing personal development
  • Assume ownership of and accountability for your team and role
You'll know you're hitting the mark when you see the department move to the next level and consistently hit KPIs, such as a reduction in breakage, employee retention, delivery goals, etc.
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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 rachael.powell@essilorusa.com.