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Blount International, Inc. Manufacturing Engineering Manager in Oregon, Illinois

Manufacturing Engineering Manager

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Date: May 12, 2021

Location: Oregon, IL

Company: Oregon Tool

Work Location: Oregon, IL

Functional Area: Engineering

Number of Openings: 1

Current Openings: 1.00

Blount International, Inc. has an exceptional opportunity.

We are committed to excellence in our people, products, performance, and profits. We believe our team members are the foundation of our Company's success, and we are committed to continuous improvement and learning, exceptional quality, connecting with our customer, and good relationships with our team members.

Job Purpose:

Manufacturing Engineer Manager overseas the daily activities of the Manufacturing Engineering staff as well as the Tooling Department. Focus areas: Manufacturing launches of new products and associated tooling and equipment. Responsible for continuous improvement activities to meet business unit cost and productivity targets. Process and technology expert and technical support to optimize the shop floor operation to ensure safety quality cost and delivery efficiencies

Direct subordinates / organization / travelling (percentage, scope)

  • Lead the Oregon Manufacturing Engineering team (approx. 6) as well as the Tooling department lead (1)

  • Travel requirement less than 10%

  • Travel required for capex project interaction with equipment suppliers

    Key interfaces and stakeholders

    Majority of focus will be local with some regional interaction and project sharing

    Project Managers / Product Managers

  • Main internal customer for NPD related product function and project completion

    Design Engineers:

  • Provided new product design work, advise new product intent and importance of design features and components

  • Provides cost estimates, advice on design manufacturability

    Sourcing Specialists

  • Provide technical support and manufacturing knowledge and resources

    Quality and Manufacturing Engineers:

  • Provide direction and deep product and manufacturing knowledge in order to resolve quality issues or drive process and cost improvement activities

    General Manager and Production Supervisors:

  • Technical partner and support entity for the shop floor related to current and new equipment and capex project management

    Key Responsibilities

    The Manufacturing Engineer Manager will be a member of the Woods Operations Team reporting to the General Manager and responsible for managing the Manufacturing Engineers and Tooling department and associated capital and operating budgets, strategies and projects.

    Individual responsibilities

  • As member of new product development team, participate in project, Design for Manufacturability reviews, FMEA, quality planning and design review meetings

  • Provide design for manufacturability support, help choose manufacturing processes and materials to achieve design intent and cost targets

  • Assumes cost, quality, and delivery responsibility for assigned product lines; creates applicable documentation, direct the ME. Team to resolve day-to-day production issues, improves existing processes

  • Develops work instructions, routings and other documents to support the product quality and design integrity.

  • Provides upfront cost analysis for manufacturing processes before design release.

  • Designs product line layouts, workstation layouts, equipment and material flow layouts, and stocking programs.

  • Initiates the design and construction of tooling, fixtures, and assembly aids.

  • Establishes and enforces costing process standards

  • Teaches and coaches department members on department processes

    Shared responsibilities (if applicable)

  • Troubleshoot existing and new product problems, working in team environment to solve product function and quality issues

  • Drive cost improvements in existing product lines including efficiency improvement projects at suppliers overseas

  • Drive improvements in new product development process around process capability studies, first article through pilot run release, etc.

    KPIs and Targets

  • Delivery new product to market on time at the proper quality and cost

  • Responsible for annual cost improvement projects and capital budget management

  • Assist in overall shop floor efficiency gains through recommended layout, equipment, and process optimization

    Business impact, (e.g. budget, volumes, revenues, direct/indirect responsibility; strategic, tactical, operational)

  • New Product Design Launches

  • Annual Cost Improvement Targets

  • Capex spend and project management

  • Develop and manage the Mfg. Eng. Budget


  • Completed Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent degree

    Experience & knowledge:

  • 5-8 years in a role with similar responsibilities.

  • Experience managing multiple NPD projects of various size at one time

  • Experience with Design to Value, DFMEA, PFMEA

  • Experience developing and managing capital and departmental budgets

  • Ability to work autonomously and see project driven to completion

  • Work well cross functionally with several departments (Design, Marketing, Production, Quality, Finance)

  • Prefer lean training and experience, Green or Black belt not needed but helpful

  • Proficient at the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc)

  • SAP experience required

  • Welding, fabrication, painting, assembly experience a plus

    Language skills:

  • English as a daily working language

  • Proficient communicator in both verbal and written form


  • analytical mindset that likes problem solving

  • sociable, likes to work with a team

  • able to convey abstract and technical information to non-technical audiences

  • financial acumen

  • able and motivated to work in an international environment

  • likes to work in a changing environment, able to handle change

  • prefers to create new processes instead of working according to established rules

    Key challenges / immediate points of attention. Not included in the generic position description.

  • The location is going through extreme growth and some duties and priorities may change as priorities change

  • Focus on speed to market for NPD items

  • Need an individual that can hit the ground running with little coaching and daily interaction

  • Ability to manage several areas from a tactical and strategic perspective

  • The team structure needs additional bench strength and will require adding and training new staff to position the departments for the future.


    Blount is a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for consumers and professionals operating primarily in two market segments: Forestry, Lawn, and Garden (“FLAG”); and Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture (“FRAG”). Blount also sells products in the construction markets and is the market leader in saw chain and guide bars for chain saws. We also supply original equipment manufacturers (OEM) with cutting attachments.

    Blount offers products under the brand names of OREGON®, Carlton®, Woods®, KOX, SpeeCo®, ICS®, Pentruder, and Merit. For more information, visit www.blount.com .

    Blount will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. It is the policy of Blount International to provide equal employment to all qualified persons without discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under law.

    During the application process we will not ask for or collect any confidential, proprietary or sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g. date of birth; drivers license number; or credit card, bank account or other financial information) (collectively, “Sensitive Information”). If you submit any Sensitive Information, you do so at your own risk and we will not be liable to you or responsible for consequences of your submission. This notice should not be construed as an offer of employment or creating any terms of employment.