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Technical Services Manager

Hydro  Extrusions is a world-leading aluminium extrusion business counting around 100 production sites in 40 countries and employing 20,000 people. Through our unique combination of local expertise, global network, and unmatched R&D capabilities, we can offer everything from standards profiles, to advanced development and manufacturing for most industries.  Since 1905, Hydro has turned natural resources into valuable products for people and businesses with focus on a safe and good workplace for our 30,000 employees in more than 140 locations.

Hydro is committed to leading the way in shaping a sustainable future and in doing so, creating more viable societies by developing natural resources into products and solutions in innovative and efficient ways to industries that matter.

Job Location: Yankton, SD



Hydro employees can enjoy several benefits including:

  • Medical, Rx, Dental, Disability, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Savings Plans with Company Match/Contributions
  • Education Assistance
  • Perfect Attendance Bonus
  • Parental Leave


Job Summary:

The Technical Services Manager will supervise employees who install, maintain, and repair industrial processing and manufacturing equipment. This position will coordinate with manufacturing personnel and management to ensure that manufacturing equipment is maintained and in ready status. The successful candidate will ensure that machine and equipment metrics achieve a high level of performance, communicate readiness, drive execution of repair and engage a highly skilled team to customer satisfaction.

The individual must have a deep-rooted background and industrial experience engaged in Lean manufacturing with a focus on TPS (Toyota Production System) or ABS (Alcoa Business System) experience preferred. The best candidate will be tenacious at identifying waste in the process and will have proficiencies in coaching management and operators in the culture and mindset of Lean.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the growth and development of site leaders in the areas of EBS (5S, MDI, A3, VSM, CRI).
  • Oversees the EBS System at the plant and ensures consistent and effective levels of deployment in connection with standardized methods established by Hydro ENA and Hydro Extrusions.
  • Effectively utilizes SPC (Statistical Process Control) to establish in control and capable processes prior to making improvement-based changes.
  • Works closely with the local finance group in justification analysis / ROI development for EBS projects tied to operating efficiency improvement.  This includes the justification support for CapEx requirements.  Ensures compliance to standards for calculation of savings (rates, recovery, downtime, etc.)
  • Lead a team of skilled technicians and electricians to drive machine and equipment performance.
  • Support a Predictive and Preventive Maintenance Program for machine tools and equipment.
  • Ensure the implementation and accuracy of the Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS). 
  • Lead and Coordinate Root Cause and Corrective Action of machine and equipment failures.  Communicate daily status of machine downtime and repair activities.
  •  Approves requisitions for equipment, materials and supplies within limits of department budget
  • Experience in continuous improvement (CI) roles external to Hydro – depth and breadth of exposure to successful lean manufacturing systems in heavy manufacturing.
  • Accurately interprets data and conveys to the level of the audience.
  • Specific examples of coordinating actual effective execution of improvement initiatives on the manufacturing shop floor (not just consulting but direct involvement) – specific examples.
  • Aggregate efficiency savings on the order 1% of annualized revenue ($10M per $1B). Should demonstrate some quantification of personal impact.
  • Proficiency (specific examples) in disciplined, systemic problem solving. Understands PDCA / A3 with extensive utilization. Six Sigma DMAIC also preferred but secondary.
  • Proficiency in project management (specific examples) driving efficiency and waste elimination kaizen with measurements.
  • Proficiency in effectively leading initiatives in 5S, kaizen, visual controls, process variation management, optimization, MDI, TPM, single-piece flow (short-interval) and value stream mapping.


Demonstrated Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in project management and be able to develop and drive

cultural change at the core.

  • Formal problem-solving training
  • Formal leadership training a must (Manage multiple objectives and deadlines)
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Professionalism and good organizational skills
  • Manufacturing experience and must be able to organize and manage multiple tasks
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing production planning
  • Working knowledge of quality management systems
  • Aluminum Extrusion Production and Quality Systems
  • Strong computer skills. Use of multiple operating business systems; proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Intensity and tenacious approach to managing safety and understands the critical link between safety and quality, especially from a workplace efficiency perspective.
  • Proficiency (specific examples) in working to enhance integrity and scope of process measurements.
  • Proficiency in constructing and delivering high quality presentations to large and small groups.
  • Excellent written and verbal articulation.
  • Understands the concept of best practice and benchmarking. Demonstrates connection to the industry through society involvement and participation (LEI, Toyota Institute, APICS, Others).
  • Proficiency in quantifying project impact estimations (monetized and KPI based) and measures results against budgeted values.
  • Proficiency in process workflow definition, ERP design and systems design.
  • Proficiency in coaching, teaching and generally developing employees in needed skill sets that contribute to their personal betterment and to the betterment of the company.
  • Passion for establishing permanent countermeasure controls


Education and Experience Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience managing continuous improvement functions in heavy manufacturing industry.
  • Minimum Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering,
  • Operations Management, or equivalent technical degree.
  • Preferred engineering disciplines include metallurgical, materials science, mechanical or industrial.
  • Preferred post graduate degree in Engineering (MSE) or MBA.
  • Required training / certification in Lean Manufacturing,
  • The Toyota Production System, or The Alcoa Business System required. Six Sigma training is optional but preferred as well. Deep level of understanding.
  • Preferred specific experience in aluminum extrusion but not a requirement.
  • Focus on diversity of industrial exposure with strong Lean / CI background.

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Hydro in North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer where all phases of employment are based strictly upon the qualifications of the individual as related to the work requirements of the position. This policy is applied without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other category protected by law.

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Posted on:  Oct 25, 2021

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Department:  Maintenance and Engineering - YTX
Business Area:  Extruded Solutions(EXSO)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Extrusion USA LLC
Job Type:  Permanent

Nearest Major Market: Sioux Falls

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