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Senior Process Engineer

 

About Heath

What began as a small-scale pottery in 1948 has evolved into a collection of businesses anchored in designing and making. Led by husband and wife, Robin Petravic & Cathy Bailey, we are shaping the relationship we have to the things we own, and the way we come to own them. Across two factories, four showrooms, two clay studios, a warehouse, website, newsstand, and sewing studio, all in California, we’re a diverse team of about 225 employees, on a mission: to create products of beauty and integrity, while designing, manufacturing, and running our business in a way that’s better for society and our planet. Learn more at heathceramics.com.

Position Summary 

As a key member of Heath’s production management team, this role is all about delivering significant process improvement within the production and associated functions. We’re looking for an experienced individual with the ability to lead business improvement projects along with ensuring the stability of the day to day established best practice. The role ensures that all tooling and new equipment to support the successful manufacture of our products are managed appropriately from concept through to full-scale production, this includes retrospectively improving our manufacturing processes and also designing in best practice for new processes. With the ability to take a concept through to engineered drawings and ultimately fabrication, this role requires a wide skill set, creative imagination and an abundance of energy. A safety-first approach and superior leadership and interpersonal skills are essential to success in this position.

Working Relationships

Dinnerware Production Manager, Tile Production Manager, Ceramic Engineer, Production Leads, Production Technician, Facilities/Engineering Managers, EH&S Manager, Lean and Zero waste coordinator, Design and New Product Development team.

Essential Role Functions

  • Project management experience including procurement and installation of capital equipment and facilities/building upgrades.

  • Highly competent in the use of CAD and or Solid Works for tooling and wider business needs.

  • Oversight of all tooling across all processing equipment

  • Oversee and facilitate all plant tooling upgrades in all areas including mold shop, die shop, forming and processing equipment. Work with a variety of outside vendors and manage projects, costs, and timelines

  • Convert tooling from old forming machines to new forming equipment

  • Develop clearly defined processes for new production instructions. Includes developing tooling required, working out techniques and methods, training production personnel and thoroughly documenting processes. Collaborate with the design team on tooling updates and timelines

  • Maintain/improve the existing maintenance program for existing tooling and support with up to date documentation

  • Document and improve existing process and maintain documents

  • Support production in troubleshooting problems for efficiency and yield improvements

  •  As Heath is a small company, be flexible to help with whatever may come up - this could mean being on flood watch to giving tours at Open Studios

Additional Desirable Skills

  • Strong project management skills

  • Experience of permitting for various capital equipment and building needs

  • Lean manufacturing tools and techniques

  • Procurement management of materials, parts and capital equipment

Benefits

We are committed to your health and well-being. Heath offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees that includes a choice of medical, dental and vision and life insurance coverage. We work very hard to keep employee costs low for excellent coverage. We do not require an employee contribution for individual premiums, and we pick up a large portion of the costs for dependent coverage. A generous 401k match starts after three months of employment. Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan provides an additional retirement benefit linked to the long term performance of our company. We offer a generous time off allocation, paid family leave, and a healthy discount on all Heath products.  

 

Sound like a good fit?

If you meet these qualifications and are ready to be part of the Heath experience, please send your resume and a cover letter that speaks directly to the position.

Heath Ceramics is an equal opportunity employer.  Thank you for your interest!

 

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