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Alene Candles Production Manager in New Albany, Ohio

Alene Candles LLC & Midwest is a private label, contract manufacturer that produces high-quality candles for some of the world’s most recognized retail, boutique, and cosmetic brands. With our headquarters in New Hampshire and locations in Ohio and New York, we’ve been in business for over 25 years. We are passionate about making the best products in the world, making safety our number one priority, and being an insanely great place to work.

We are seeking a Production Manager with extensive hands-on experience in all discipline of Manufacturing Operations. The ideal candidate will have excellent people skills combined with solid technical knowledge. You will develop and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment in a high volume seasonal business. You should be focused on safety, quality, productivity, cost reduction, continuous improvement and results.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Strong driver of safety initiatives and awareness

  • Consults with management, sales, purchasing, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, customer needs, and other considerations to facilitate planning and maximize production.

  • Prepares for upcoming orders to ensure that proper equipment, staffing, process capability and necessary tooling and instructions will be in place.

  • Able to Manage multiple shifts with variable workforce.

  • Manage staffing, training, and performance evaluations to develop and improve staff

  • Maintains product at established quality standards. Leads and assists supervisors, line leaders and operators in monitoring processes and machines to ensure quality product is being manufactured

  • Maintains awareness of materials and parts inventory needed to fulfill production needs and avoid downtime

  • Hands-on managerial approach; 50% of time spent on the production floor solving issues and managing workflow

  • Analyzes, plans and recommends optimum plant/production layout to improve manufacturing methods and increase productivity/efficiency

  • Compiles reports concerning progress of work and downtime due to failures of machines and equipment; coordinates necessary repairs, adjustments and equipment checks to minimize equipment issues

  • Manages and develops strong leadership skills in production supervisors, line leaders and key production staff

  • Consults with the Plant Manager and Human Resources to resolve personnel and staffing issues. Evaluates, develops and disciplines employees on all shifts

  • Conducts all operations in accordance with state and federal laws, good business ethics, company policies, principles, and procedures, and under direction of the Plant Manager

  • Provide leadership in identifying cost saving opportunities in equipment and facilities related processes.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Production Management or Engineering with 4 to 6 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Previous management experience with solid coaching, mentoring, and motivation skills

  • Must have hands-on experience with 5S, poke-yoke implementation, and Kaizen events

  • Strong mechanical aptitude with an engineering perspective

  • Understand capacity planning and vision for plant layout and workflow

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent teamwork, strong verbal, and written communication skills

  • Be able to foster an environment of mutual respect and professionalism on all levels.

  • Experience in building resource models for direct labor and equipment


Alene offers a host of competitive benefits for full-time employees, some of which include: Medical, Dental, and Vision with a Healthcare Reimbursement Account, 401(k) with company match, Basic Life Insurance (100% company paid), Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Account, Paid Holidays, Paid Time Off, Tuition Reimbursement and “Alene Gives Back” – our paid volunteer program.

Alene Candles provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Should you require assistance completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact recruitment@alene.com or call 614-933-4005 and ask to speak to Human Resources. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs in a reasonable amount of time.