Kappa Search | Chicago Staffing Agencies | Mfg. Engineering Manager

Kappa Search Inc., a Chicago staffing agency specializing in engineering, manufacturing, sales and supply chain recruitment and placement, seeks a Manufacturing Engineering Manager for a growth opportunity with an automotive components manufacturer. Responsibilities and requirments as follows:

The ideal candidate is an individual that has worked through the ranks and midway through their career decided to go back and get a degree and now are overseeing engineering and manufacturing.

Will manage, lead, and coordinate all plant manufacturing engineering activities and work assignments in scheduling, continuous improvement, and planning of personnel in accordance with strategic objectives and plans.

Obtain optimum efficiency, economy of operations, and maximize profits by creating a safe, effective, customer-driven manufacturing environment and a workforce capable of meeting current and future customer requirements.


  • Develop and maintain an effective organization through selection, education, training, mentoring, and motivation of all personnel under his/her direction.


5 direct reports (1 maintenance supervisor, 4 engineers)

9 indirect reports (mechanics)

  • Manage and execute projects incorporating facilities, equipment, and personnel to meet current and future manufacturing requirements, including department budgets and guidelines, plant layout, improvements, and capital expenditure program.
  • Create and reconcile manufacturing documentation, such as manufacturing bills of material, labor routings, manufacturing process documentation.
  • Develop the manufacturing processing steps and for the accurate and cost efficient production of close tolerance, complex jobs in a high volume environment.
  • Contribute to key strategic planning and decision making regarding new technologies, processing, markets, machining and tooling capabilities, and customer value-added solutions.
  • Confer with management, production, and marketing staff to determine engineering feasibility, cost effectiveness, and customer demand for new and existing products.
  • Establish new guidelines, best practices, and routines based on engineering standards to assure operational capabilities, quality, safety, lead time reductions and cost effectiveness.
  • Negotiate with customers, operations, engineering, and sales personnel regarding process, material, and equipment changes to the production of plastic components.


  • Requires a B.S. in a manufacturing engineering discipline or equivalent.
  • Requires eight or more years work experience in manufacturing engineering applications and project management.
  • APQP experience
  • Project management of new equipment including evaluation, design, specification, selection, justification, acquisition, installation, training, and sign-off to manufacturing.
  • Past experience working with injection molded plastics
  • Ability to set department priorities, develop department employees, resolve conflict, and incorporate progressive and breakthrough change.
  • Full understanding of cost estimating in a manufacturing environment.