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Production Manager


Posted by Simms Fishing Products. on 10/30/2020

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Fishing

Job Categories: Manufacturing

Company Type: Apparel/SoftGoods

State: MT

City: Bozeman

Country: United States

Required Experience: 5 - 7 years

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: 80,000 - 100,000

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: No

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

Production Manager

12.0pt;background:white'>This leader will be responsible for the evolution of a best-in-class manufacturing facility. He/she will create an environment of continuous improvement, quality, and innovation, in collaboration with the product and operations teams, and will ultimately be accountable for top and bottom-line goals for wader manufacturing.12.0pt;background:white'> 12.0pt;background:white'>He/she will lead a highly engaged, purpose driven and collaborative manufacturing team, producing the highest quality waders in the world while meeting safety, delivery, and cost goals.   The Production Manager ensures that Simms is an employer of choice in the Gallatin Valley, anticipating and navigating through changes in the overall labor market.12.0pt;background:white'> 12.0pt;background:white'> 

Key Responsibilities and Priorities:

Manages wader production to meet safety, quality, delivery, and cost goals.   

Creates an engaged culture through a combination of building trust, fostering teamwork, earning respect, and holding people accountable.

Works with the Director of Operations to implement production capacity, equipment, and staffing plans.

Maintains a great safety record by participating in safety programs.

Coordinates with Product Development on starting production of new products on the factory floor.

Supports efforts and participates in improving processes, quality, workflow, methods, training, efficiency & safety.

Provides and maintains a safe, clean, organized, and well-maintained work environment.  

Ensures the timely and efficient production of waders & accessories.

Participates in and promotes team involvement in company events. Also engages with Senior Leadership to bring team activity ideas for consideration.


Ke y Competencies:

=         Leadership & Leading Change. Provides clear direction, develops, and promotes trust and mutual respect amongst team members. Inspires team members to succeed in an environment of continuous change and innovation.

=         Encourages suggestions and recognizes team members for contributions.

=         Communication. Speaks and writes clearly, communicates efficiently, is articulate and possesses good listening skills.

=         Planning Skills. Proactively plans factory activity to ensure smooth and efficient operations.

=         Team Development. Promotes teamwork, engagement and alignment with company goals, cross training, and continuing education.

=         Problem-solving Skills. Ability to develop action plans to resolve problems Demonstrates persistence to solve tough issues.

=         Budget Management. Works with Operations Director and Finance on developing and maintaining production budgets. Evaluates and maintains production incentive program.

=         Process Driven. Develops standard work, implements, and promotes lean methodology.

=         Safety. Experienced with OSHA safety standards. Promotes a safe work environment, promptly resolves safety issues, takes a proactive approach to safety on the factory floor.

Key Performance Indicators:

=         Productivity Index:  R-80%, G-100%, SG-105%

=         Quality (30-day Returns for Manufacturing Defects):  R-3, G-1, SG-0

=         Wader Production Schedule (actual vs. plan):  R-98%, G-100%, SG-101%

=         Trailing 12-month Turnover:  R->30%, G-20-25%, SG-<20%

=         Safety (accidents or near-misses/Qtr):  R-1 accident, G-0 accidents, SG-+ safety improvement implemented

Successful Candidates Should Possess:

=         Robust leadership expertise & managerial experience

=         Experience building teams and increasing employee engagement

=         Strong communication skills

=         Planning and problem-solving experience & expertise

=         Process-driven attitude

=         Experience at leading change

=         Minimum 5 years’ experience in successfully managing a production operation

=         Bachelor’s degree


Simms offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including:  Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life, Short-term & Long-term Disability Insurance, 401K Retirement Plan, Paid Holidays & Paid Time Off.

For consideration, please submit your resume to:

Simms Fishing Products is a leader in the fishing industry – driven to create growth and vitality in the community. We build trustworthy and angler-driven products. Our employees communicate openly, keep their commitments, and inspire trust.   We build for the long haul with products that last and a brand that endures. Our employees are our most important catch.12.0pt;background:white'> To be a great fit at Simms, you must embrace the fishing culture and follow our practice to work like we fish – with purpose, passion & curiosity. Be prepared to share your latest fishing adventures.

About Simms Fishing Products.

Simms is a leading manufacturer of high quality fishing apparel and outerwear, based in Bozeman, Montana.