Production Manager

UDC USA, Inc. Kingsville, Missouri
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January 26, 2023
Kingsville, Missouri

UDC produces small and medium caliber ammunition. Currently we are looking for a Production Manager.

What you'll Bring

Minimum 8+ years’ experience in a manufacturing environment.
Minimum 2 years’ experience with direct supervision of employees.
Experience with (or at least familiarity with) manufacturing for government contracts.
Strong background in the development and execution of lean manufacturing principles that result in improvement to process and cost.
Experience and thorough knowledge of production systems and processes.
Proven trajectory of production team leadership, leading leaders, and building teams with critical thinking.
Able to work well under pressure while managing competing demands and tight deadlines.
Experience in hiring and developing new team members in a production environment.
High-level leadership and decision-making skills

What to Expect

The Production Manager will be responsible for meeting production forecasts and driving continuous improvement through the manufacturing process. They will provide hands-on support and direction to the operations team. This role will ensure quality and safety of the operation while driving continuous improvement of manufacturing. The ideal candidate strives to create an environment that is productive, encourages open communication, and strives to foster a collaborative environment that is exciting and fun.

What You’ll Do

Manage Process

You will direct all aspects of production at one of our facilities with oversight of our second facility just 30 minutes away. You will be responsible for production at both facilities, including:

Daily production planning
Delivery to plan
Working with our safety manager, drive safety and environmental compliance. Quality targets
Working with our Quality team, drive high quality standards in everything we do, such as process control systems, monitoring and managing key product metrics, and consistency in documentation.
Production staffing
Lean implementation
Be the lean champion: initiating and driving to completion, lean manufacturing principles.
Develop and deliver continuous improvement initiatives in safety, environmental, quality, cost, efficiency, and productivity.
Maintain high product quality, safety and yield, use of resources and adherence to best safety practices. Support upgrades, new products, and material introductions by supporting design teams, creating process plans, tracking project schedules, and developing countermeasures for timely completion of project goals. Provide feedback to management on issues, benchmark other organizations for best practices.

Lead People

Lead by example of positive reinforcement. Our people are the key to our success. Your leadership will make the difference in our culture on the ship floor and the continued success of our employees. Your leadership will be essential in:

Building and maintaining a culture of courtesy and respect among all employees on the shop floor.
Championing the continued success of our employees.
Hiring, coaching, leading and developing teams made up of salaried and hourly team members.
Collaborating across boundaries for the best outcome by working with Sales, Marketing, Finance, Engineering, Safety and Quality departments.
Facilitating the development and deployment of standard works whenever a gap is identified.
Developing and implementing lean manufacturing throughout our organization

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $70,720.00 - $93,600.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 10 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Kingsville, MO: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: One location

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