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Production Manager

Product Management | Blackfoot, ID | Full Time

Job Description

Spudnik Equipment Company LLC is the North American market leader for potato planting, harvesting, and handling equipment – all designed and manufactured in our state of the art facility in Blackfoot, Idaho.  We have opportunities for enthusiastic, self-directed, and innovative people who are interested in a satisfying and rewarding career.  We are now accepting applications for the following positions at our Blackfoot, ID location:

POSITION:                Production Manager

LOCATION:              Blackfoot, Idaho


The Production Manager is a vital role at Spudnik Equipment Company that is responsible for directing and coordinating the activities associated with the production of equipment.  The Manager oversees allocation of resources, process improvement, project management, quality standards, and the development and achievement of departmental and organizational goals.  The Manager is responsible for personnel management in assigned departments.  The Manager plays an active role in providing counseling and guidance to supervisory personnel in monitoring and managing employee activity and performance.  Communication, teamwork and customer service skills are important as all managers are expected to work directly and indirectly with employees, other managers, supervisors, customers, and outside vendors. The Production Manager will consistently demonstrate a high level of responsibility and accountability.


Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as necessary.

  • Work with Director and Manager groups to establish and implement policies and procedures regarding performance, quality standards, safety, personnel management, etc.;
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of Spudnik’s current operating procedures and policies with a commitment to put them into practice and ensure that all operations are carried out in accordance with Spudnik’s established policies and procedures;
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service and professionalism toward all internal and external customers;
  • Be a top performer in leadership, safety, and work ethics;
  • Drive process improvement and promote Lean principles;
  • Develop personnel through use of hiring, training, performance management, coaching, disciplinary actions, terminations, and similar personnel management activities;
  • Coach and support team members in achieving department goals;
  • Actively organize and prioritize needs of assigned departments in concert with organizational needs and priorities;
  • Coordinate with Production Director to establish, implement, and track department budgets and the use of available inventories and resources;
  • Manage all aspects of floor inventory including physical and electronic inventories;
  • Identify and justify any necessary capital improvements needed and present proposals to Director Group for consideration.


Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as necessary.

  • Work in a team environment with little or no supervision;
  • Maintain a safe, organized, and clean work environment;
  • Fill in during team member absence;
  • Promote the company’s core values; integrity, respect, commitment, quality, innovation.


  • Current or previous position at supervisor or manager level with Spudnik Equipment Company or minimum 5 years supervisory experience in similar environment;
  • Manufacturing Engineering or Operations Management related degree required;
  • Lean experience preferred, but not required;
  • Well-developed knowledge of processes, equipment, parts, systems, tools, and machinery required in fabrication, weld, assembly, and paint department activities;
  • Capacity to effectively lead a team and provide support of, and compliance with, employment laws and regulations;
  • Ability to calculate, analyze, and track figures and competently make decisions based on those figures;
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Excellent troubleshooting, critical thinking, and analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Ability to effectively work with ERP system, spreadsheets, word processing documents, and other applicable computer systems and software.

Machines Typically Operated

  • Basic clerical machines including computer, printer, adding machine, telephone, fax machine, etc.;
  • Other machines or equipment specific to departmental or facility needs.

Typical Physical Requirements

  • Medium work involving:

Climbing             Crouching               Handling            Reaching

Balancing            Standing                 Walking              Pushing

Stooping              Pulling                     Talking               Lifting (up to 50 lbs)

Kneeling              Visual Acuity          Repetitive Motions


Typical Environmental Conditions

  • The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes. There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level. Includes a variety of physical conditions such a proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on platforms and other high places. One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin: Fumes, odors, dust mists, gases or poor ventilation. There is air and/or skin exposure to oils and other cutting fluids.

PAY: Depending on experience.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Open until filled