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Engineering Manager
Owensboro, Kentucky

Opportunity Snapshot
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Help shape this new role in an environment where red tape is minimal and resources are plentiful

If you combine your continuous improvement (CI) expertise with strong people and leadership skills, this position offers you several attractive opportunities. You will:
  • Make an impact managing the engineering group in implementing and leading new improvement projects, including those you initiate.
  • Help shape this newly created role; we have a solid CI culture, but we believe a dedicated leader can take it to new levels. Quick question for you - click here
  • Move the needle in an environment where there isn't a lot of bureaucracy but there are resources available for great ideas.
  • Enjoy a progressive, entrepreneurial culture as well as the stability to a market leader with decades of success.
  • Showcase your potential to take on additional responsibilities and advance in a growing organization.
For over 85 years, Daramic, LLC has led the way in developing new and innovative technology for the lead acid battery market. With headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA— Daramic supplies high-performance polyethylene and phenolic resin battery separators to the lead acid battery industry. Daramic is part of Polypore International, a leading global high technology company specializing in microporous membranes. Polypore brings advanced development and manufacturing know-how as well as unique problem-solving capabilities to customers' lithium-ion and lead-acid battery development teams. Polypore is an Asahi Kasei Group company, which is a diversified group of companies led by holding company Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the material, homes, and health care business sectors.
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Make Your Mark Leading Established CI Programs to the Next Level at a Growing Industry Leader

The Requirements
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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 Engineering Manager opportunity, you will have:
  • A bachelor's degree in Chemical, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering. Quick question for you - click here
  • 7 to 10 years of engineering and/or process improvement experience.
  • Experience leading and managing engineers.
  • A strong commitment to plan, do, check, act (PDCA) methodology.
  • Solid knowledge of engineering principles as they apply to the process.
  • The ability to develop process instructions and write reports.
  • Experience in union environments.
  • Project management skills.
  • Problem solving abilities.
  • Analytical and synthetic ability to evaluate complex situations, allowing for rational decision-making based on objective facts.
  • Self-initiative, intellectual curiosity, creativity and innovation.
  • Verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills in English.
  • Experience with Six Sigma / Lean manufacturing is preferred.
  • Experience with materials engineering / compounding is a plus.
Pictured: The Owensboro Plant and Global R&D Center.
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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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You will lead, coach and supervise a team of process and capital project engineers to implement continuous improvement and capital projects to support new business and existing operations. Key responsibilities will include:
  • Developing and implementing plant specific technology improvement plans through leadership and management of the site engineer group.
  • Driving change through implementation of focused CI projects and capital investment to higher levels of performance in safety, quality, operations, cost and growth.
  • Leading coordination of overall plant capital investment plan and ensuring implementation on site.
  • Promoting the use of lean and engineering methodologies, root cause corrective action and waste reduction tools where appropriate with a bias for action in the engineering group supervised.
  • Interfacing with various functions of the organization, including and beyond the site level.
  • Defining and setting the short term and long-term strategy for engineering efforts and continuous improvement activities.
Here is a sampling of more specific responsibilities:
  • Identifying or creating opportunities to improve plant safety, quality and maximization of the value from existing assets.
  • Contributing to plant-specific technology improvement plans, including participating in the definition and development of plans, and assuming accountability for plan implementation.
  • Proposing medium to long range improvement plan for the facilities to support budget assumptions.
  • Working with site leaders to define priority in the execution of improvement project according to the business needs.
  • Leading overall plant capital plans and ensuring implementation on site.
  • Serving as mentor and teacher to relevant plant personnel.
  • And more.
At the Owensboro, Kentucky plant, where you will work, we develop and manufacture advanced lead acid battery separators that are driving innovation in transportation and industrial applications with cars, trucks, forklifts, and golf carts as well as energy storage systems (ESS). The plant runs 24/7 with a team of more than 200 employees. Production operations are split into three primary areas including mixing/extrusion, extraction, and finishing.

Note: 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
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Professional development
You will expand your skills and experience as you learn our unique processes and materials, and as you coach your own team and others. The role is broad, offering you broad exposure to our organization.

Autonomy and support
We will give you the elbowroom you need to identify potential improvements and execute on your ideas. At the same time, you will have access to resources in our company as well as in other areas of our parent corporation.

Career options
This role can offer you challenges and opportunities for years to come. At the same time, depending on your ambition and performance, you might pursue a number of career paths within our organization.

Excellent compensation
In addition to a competitive salary and bonus potential, we offer comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, vision and other insurance options; a 401(k) plan with company match; paid vacation and holidays; and more.

Owensboro, Kentucky
Named as a Top 20 Southern City and an All-American City by the National Civic League, Owensboro is the 4th largest city in Kentucky and a great place to raise a family and/or build a life. We enjoy a below-average cost of living (84.70, based on the U.S. average of 100) including reasonable housing prices, a strong community with events and activities including the BBQ Festival, concerts in the park, the sports center / Moreland Park complex, the Ben Hawes Golf Course and more, and strong educational offerings including K-12, a junior college and two private universities. We sit on the beautiful banks of the Ohio River and are just 100 miles from Louisville. We think you'll enjoy it here. It's a place where you can work and thrive!
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Road to Success
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As a change leader, you will need to influence people and help them get on board with improvements. On the whole, you should use a collaborative and motivating approach. Humility is important -- those who think "I'm always right" don't fit in well in our environment. Just the same, there may be times when you need to be assertive.

In addition, to be an outstanding Engineering Manager you will have:
  • A self-starter mindset and a solid sense of ownership.
  • Provide clear expectations for your team, ensure they have the tools and training they need, and hold them accountable.
  • Promote collaboration and teamwork with contacts in different functional areas.
  • Manage multiple responsibilities and priorities effectively.
  • Combine analytical savvy and creativity in solving problems.
  • Bring a strong sense of urgency, but also take the time necessary to ensure high-quality results.
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Daramic 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 cbosca@engage2excel.com.