WHO ARE WE: APEX TOOL GROUP
THE COMPANY: Apex Tool Group, LLC based in Sparks, MD, is a joint venture of two premiere tool manufacturers – Danaher Tool Group and Cooper Tools. Apex is one of the largest worldwide producers of industrial hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain, and electronic soldering products. Directly, and through its subsidiaries, Apex serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy, hardware, industrial, and consumer retail. Apex markets its portfolio of diverse products under its own brand names including Crescent, GearWrench, Armstrong, Wiss, and Weller in addition to being the principal manufacturer for several key private label products for certain retailers for many years. Apex has more than 7600 employees worldwide committed to product innovation driven by listening to our customers and to continuous improvement.
Job Title: Value Stream Leader
Reporting To: Business Unit Manager
I. Purpose of Position
♦ To provide technical assistance and engineering support to the manufacturing production area.
♦ To direct and coordinate all manufacturing activities in a value streams from raw product to finished goods.
♦ To ensure equipment safety, part quality, machine availability and cost reduction in an effort to assist machining operations in meeting policy deployment goals and KPI targets.
♦ To facilitate an environment of TPM and PM of equipment and reduction of unplanned downtime.
♦ To support Lean Conversion efforts in Manufacturing
II. Key Responsibilities
♦ Assist in design, development and implementation of equipment and processes for manufacturing operations as needed to support VSM implementation.
♦ Provide production area with training on machines. Machine tools, process and inspection to perform daily productions needs.
♦ Establish min/max tooling requirements through history of usage data and reliability studies.
♦ Assist manufacturing production area in setup and production problems via various troubleshooting and problem solving techniques
♦ Specify machinery and tooling
♦ Assistance on implementation of quick change tooling programs in accordance with SMED practices.
♦ Participation in kaizen teams and assume kaizen team leader position as necessary.
♦ Implement and sustain 5S in offices and work areas.
♦ To lead and guide associates in their responsibilities
♦ Insure quality and expected productivity through the value stream.
♦ Provide associate development and guidance.
♦ Promote an atmosphere of continuous improvement through the use of DBS tools.
♦ Maintain inventory control
♦ Planning and scheduling of associates, materials and processes.
♦ Lead with a proactive approach and provide problem solving skills
♦ Reports directly to the Business Unit Manager.
♦ Interacts with Manufacturing Engineering, Materials, Purchasing, Finance, Human Resources and Quality.
♦ Direct reports include salaried supervisors
♦ Internal relationships:
♦ Managers and Engineers
♦ Lead People
♦ External relationships:
♦ Tooling suppliers
♦ Machine suppliers
♦ Parts and materials suppliers
IV. Measures of Performance
♦ Project tracking and managing timelines to a goal
♦ Ability to effectively develop subordinates through special training, coaching and exposure to new opportunities
♦ Safety(OSHA Recordable rate), Quality(First Pass Yield, Process capability improvement), Delivery(Schedule Attainment, Lead Time Reduction, Pack Stock outs) and Cost(Demand Performance, Uptime, Labor productivity, Tooling costs, Scrap) measurements for the area.
♦ Implementation of key Policy Deployment breakthrough objectives such as Hidden Factory.