Manufacturing Engineering/Maintenance Manager

Bristol, IN 46507, USA Req #880
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Utilimaster moves ahead of the competition when commercial trucks and upfit services require precision, planning, peerless people, and the perfect vehicle. Our vehicles deliver for well-respected global brands in the package delivery, ecommerce, food and beverage, linen and laundry, grocery and pharmaceutical markets. Utilimaster is a top-tier go-to-market brand of The Shyft Group (NASDAQ: SHYF), North America’s leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets. The Shyft Group rebranded in 2020 to reflect a new focus on high-growth end markets to help ensure long-term profitable growth. 


The Manufacturing Engineering and Maintenance Manager position is responsible for implementing lean manufacturing principals across this facility. This person will also be responsible for the development of lean, highly-efficient, manufacturing processes and will drive continuous improvement in areas of cost, quality, safety, lead time, and use of working capital.



  • Lead teams to develop safe, lean, highly-efficient, world-class manufacturing processes
  • Support manufacturing teams to implement common manufacturing processes and share best practices
  • Development and execution of project planning
  • Evaluation of tools and equipment options for reduced costs
  • Generate and maintain annual maintenance budget, managing expenses within approved budget constraints
  • Reviews requests for maintenance and prioritizes tasks based on urgency, resources, and staffing
  • Provide requests for investments in machinery, building, or other expenses that will improve manufacturing operations
  • Monitor production processes closely to identify mechanical and electrical reliability
  • Develop and oversee implementation plans for projects, improvements, and personnel development
  • Work closely with product teams, production control, purchasing, operations and other departments for efficient execution of lean processes
  • Implement and support lean manufacturing principles such as: visual controls, pull inventory systems, workplace organization, and continuous improvement
  • Coordinate with vendors and maintenance improvement projects
  • Provide technical support for production operations including: tooling, fixtures, and processes for utilizing new and existing systems and procedures
  • Support lean manufacturing events
  • Asisst with plant layouts
  • Keep management updated with project statuses, feedback, and approporiate reporting on select projects through tracking system and management/project reviews
  • Lead a motivated associate team through principles of trust, teamwork, accountability, self-confidence, and business leadership
  • Drive improvements in quality, warranty, master scheduling, and continuous improvement
  • Support other leaders through organizational changes and interventions
  • Actively lead teams and provide individual contributions in problem solving efforts to improve quality, reduce cost, improve cycle time, reduce scrap and rework
  • Communicate with and assist cross-functional teams such as: engineering, materials, purchasing, sales



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical/Manufactuing/Industrial Engineering
  • 10+ years of relevant experience, with 3+ years as an operational leader
  • Experience managing P&L, understanding the impact of lean manufacturing tools
  • Experience across several functions of the value stream — engineering, sales, purchasing
  • Demonstates emotional intelligence, presence, energy, passion humility, and adaptability
  • Experience working in a low volume.high variation manufacturing setting
  • Experience working in a Toyota Production System type environment, or equivalent
  • Knowledge of CNC machining, fabrication, paint, assembly, construction, and lean manufacturing
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated and on-task with team mindset
  • Experience using computers for Microsoft Office Suite and computer-aided design systems like SolidWorks or AutoCAD
  • Sound judgment with the ability to make timely, difficult decisions
  • Versatile, flexible, and willing to work with new situations and information as priorities change
  • Ability to contribute in a collaborative environment, using teamwork and interpersonal skills to communicate and persuade customers, employees and management at all levels
  • Demonstrate ability to bring the benefits of DMAIC and DFSS to solve business issues while also magaing risk and cost
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, with internal and external customers


This job description is intended to outline those functions typically performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This description is not intended to be all - inclusive or to limit the discretionary authority of supervisors to assign other tasks of similar nature or level of responsibility. Utilimaster reserves the right to change or assign to this position as required.

Utilimaster is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability or protected veteran status. 

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  • Job Family Maintenance
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Bristol, IN 46507, USA