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Kongsberg Automotive provides world-class products to the global vehicle industry. Our products enhance the driving experience, making it safer, more comfortable and sustainable. With revenues of approx. EUR 1.1 billion and approximately 11.500 employees in 19 countries, Kongsberg Automotive is truly a global supplier. The company is headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland and has more than 25 production facilities worldwide. The product portfolio includes seat comfort systems, driver and motion control systems, fluid assemblies, and industrial driver interface products developed for global vehicle manufacturers.

Production Manager


Suffield, US, CT 06078

Country/Region:  US

About the position

The Production Manager of the Suffield Manufacturing Operations is responsible to all daily production operations of a multi-shift, multi-process factory. This leadership role reports directly to the Plant Manager and is an integral part of the management team. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring all productivity, safety, quality, inventory and scrap goals are achieved, as well as being a champion for Lean activities.  As the key leader of manufacturing operations of approximately 100 machine operators, the successful candidate will possess excellent people-management skills, including, but not limited to, recruitment and hiring, performance management and employee development, and, coaching and corrective actions.


  • Manage production activities to ensure established manufacturing schedules have been satisfactorily accomplished and shipping levels meet customer expectations. This includes, but is not limited to, performing capacity analysis to ensure all production requirements can be met
  • Provide leadership and other technical support necessary in effort to maximize efficiencies and productivity levels for all manufacturing areas
  • Recommend enhancements to existing and future production methods and material flows to provide opitimum and equipment utilization
  • Maintain operating budget compliance in each manufactuing area. Provide input and make recommendations during annual budget-setting process
  • Interface with Human Resources to maintain a highly trained and competent workforce, to include department leads, shift leaders, group leaders and operators
  • Interface with Quality department to ensure compliance with established Quality Management System, procedures and policies
  • Attend Material Review Board (MRB) meetings and offer corrective action plans to non-conforming issues
  • Attend Sales and Project Review Board meetings and provide necessary support to production-related ares of the process
  • Endure that Kongsberg Automotive's committment to being a strong customer-focused culture is driven throughout the organization
  • Provide support to department leads with interviewing, hiring, appraising and, when necessary, administering corrective actions to ensure a optimal performance from a motivated workforce
  • Have working knowledge of and the abiltity to utilize OEE systems to effectvely manage operational efficiencies, identifiy ares of improvement opportunites and measure all continuous improvement activities
  •  Expertise in SAP is strongly desired
  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary by management


  • College degree preferred, but not required
  • 5-7 years of production management, preferably within a multi-shift, multi-process factory
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite, particularly Outlook and Excel
  • Agility in learning new computer programs and systems
  • Excellent time management, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Good team player- realizes the importance of each organizational function and operates effectively with peers and superiors.  Works well with all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent leadership capabilities
  • Results driven- drives for continuous improvement
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Superb follow-up skills and problem-solving ability
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, ever changing environment
  • Frequent walking, use of telephone and CRT, sitting for extended periods.

What we offer

We offer a competitive compensation package including salary, benefits and paid time off.

Application / Contact

If this sounds interesting and likely the right challenge for you, we look forward to receiving your application!


Please register your CV/resume and cover letter.

Within your application, please inform us regarding your notice period and salary expectations.


The applications will be handled on an ongoing basis and the position may be filled before the application deadline date.

We want your integrity, accountability, creativity and teamwork mindset and skills

In Kongsberg Automotive we embrace diversity within our workforce. We make recruiting decisions based on experience and skills and pride ourselves on having a strong culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness.

We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds, providing a limitless pool of ideas and opportunities, who will incorporate our core values within their work. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles and offer an unlimited contract within a dynamic and international environment with prospects for personal growth.

Welcome to an outstanding career in Kongsberg Automotive!

Application Id:  1189
Posting date::  May 7, 2021