Production Leader - Texarkana in Texarkana, TX at Arconic

Date Posted: 9/10/2018

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Job Description

Arconic is currently in search of an Production Leader to join our Global Rolled Products (GRP) Operations business unit in Texarkana, TX.

Global Rolled Product, a business unit of Arconic, offers a range of highly-differentiated aluminum sheet and plate products for the aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, brazing and industrial markets. Our product portfolio is focused on innovation, such as Arconic Micromill™ technology, which produces aluminum sheet that is 30 percent stronger than incumbent automotive aluminum, and more formable and lighter than high strength steel.  We’re at the forefront of capturing growing demand for aluminum sheet as the North American auto industry shifts to lightweighting.

The Production Leader is accountable for providing leadership and direction to Production Teams in order to meet business requirements for the efficient production of metal in an Arconic Business System (ABS) environment.  Under the direction of the Superintendent, the Production Leader is responsible to ensure a safe, efficient, orderly and productive environment.
Leadership performance:
  • Lead the team in safely producing the highest quality product in accordance with plant quality standards;
  • Ensure team performance goals are aligned to department business objectives and communicated to the team;
  • Engage team members utilizing Arconic Supervisory Excellence (ASE) principles and Human and Organizational Performance Principles (HP);
  • Work closely with support resources to ensure the needs of the teams are being met.
  • Act as backup for the Production Superintendent;
  • Issue Level 1 and Level 2 discipline after consulting with the Production Superintendent;
  • Issue Level 3 discipline, after consultation with the Production Superintendent and with the presence of the Production Superintendent;
  • Comply with all employment laws and Arconic Equal Opportunity Policies in all hiring, promotions, demotions, and disciplinary actions;
  • Monitor improvement activities and act to capture savings in the DI system;
  • Observes employees for effectiveness, efficiency, performance, safety practices, and adherence to procedures; coaches and corrects behaviors and actions as needed;
  • Evaluates process and work performance of employees;
  • Provides adequate direction for each team leader / lead operator; maintaining clearly stated work assignments and providing assistance when needed;
Production systems:
  • Analyze safety, quality and production data for trends and opportunities for problem-solving and waste elimination;
  • Improve, increase and sustain productivity improvements to reach required capacity levels;
  • Monitor Production department flow and act to support customer needs and maintain target inventory levels;
  • Order all operating supplies to support production needs;
  • Monitor Department supply expenses and takes action to maintain costs within budgetary guidelines;
  • Lead performance management (IDPs, discipline, constructive feedback) for department;
  • Coordinate Roll and/or Tooling program;
  • Coordinated planned vacation and overtime scheduling;
  • Lead Roles & Accountability program;
  • Coordinates shift to shift, day to day and crew to crew communication of plans and schedules;
  • Understands the process and acts as back up for truck and rail shipping;
  • Ensures the production schedules and Keystones are followed, and in consultation with the Superintendent, develops or modifies the production schedule for on time delivery, efficiency and raw material considerations;
  • Work in conjunction with the metallurgical engineer to carry out planned tooling and casting practice trials and new customer order trials;
  • Identify, recommend and implement changes to improve productivity and reduce cost and scrap, monitor scrap and rework data;
  • Direct the establishment, implementation and maintenance of production standards;
  • Implements various programs essential to manufacturing procedures (e.g., 5S, training, safety, housekeeping, cost reduction, worker involvement, security, etc.).
Team development:
  • Active presence on the floor to coach and support team members and Production Shift Coordinators in overall team effectiveness;
  • Develop and drive accountability to the team members and Production Shift Coordinators in the use of ASE principles and tools (key principles, interaction guidelines, employee engagement, discussion planners, motivation, feedback, communication, change, inclusion);
  • Attend team meetings, ensuring that team meetings are occurring and are being led by the team with engagement from Team Star Points, coaching the team to perform in a cohesive manner and drive continuous improvement across all metrics;
  • Reward and recognize teams;
  • Serve as a Star Point Leader for a designated Star Point role as guided by the Production Leader;
  • Engage with team members and the Production Shift coordinator to resolve team member conflicts as directed by the team’s conflict resolution model;
  • Ensure that individual team member development needs are appropriately addressed;
  • Engage the team in developing strategic plans through identifying improvement opportunities and solutions;
  • Assist in hiring, onboarding and training hourly personnel.
Risk management:
  • Drive the use of all Human Performance tools by the teams;
  • Coach and hold accountable the teams and Production Shift Coordinators in the application of all safety rules and regulations;
  • Ensure that EHS incidents and quality issues are appropriately investigated and corrective actions implemented on a timely basis;
  • Maintain awareness of outage plans and communicate timelines to the Production Shift Coordinator.


Basic qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment;
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a supervisory role;
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position;
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee. 
Preferred qualifications:
  • Associate’s degree from an accredited institution;
  • Experience in aluminum manufacturing;
  • Experience with metal finishing equipment;
  • Supervisory experience in a 24/7 manufacturing facility.