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Area Manager/Product Line Leader

Dixon - Illinois - USA

Nov 25, 2021

Full time


JOB TITLE: Area Manager / Product Line Leader

Exempt (Yes/No): Yes

Department: Manufacturing

Reports To: Product Line Manager



Lead, plan and direct the overall engineering and manufacturing activities for a product line.       

Direct and oversee the activities associated with providing world class quality and manufacturing engineering technical support to the manufacturing areas that meet or exceed customer expectations.

Plan, schedule, facilitate and supervise the daily activities of the manufacturing team(s) ensuring quality, safety, cost efficiency, and on-time delivery goals are attained.


  • Identify and implement improvements (jointly with MQEs) that reduce product cost annually, improve quality and maximize customer satisfaction.
  • Ensure maximum safety, quality, capability and utilization of manufacturing/processing equipment and processes.
  • Facilitate the continuous research and implementation of “Best Practice” manufacturing/processing methods and processes.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the Manufacturing/Quality Engineering Strategic plan.
  • Facilitate new product introductions and/or current product modifications.
  • Review and quote processing and production equipment and tools.
  • Ensure effective documentation and control systems are developed, utilized, and maintained.
  • Assist the Product Line Mgr. in recommending, justifying and administering the capital plan.
  • Closing customer 8Ds.
  • Determine, justify, and coordinate the purchase and implementation of new equipment and processes jointly with manufacturing teams (Track tooling and AR expenditure).
  • Review and make disposition on non conforming materials.
  • Prepare and make presentations to customers, employees, and all levels of the management team.
  • Lead and champion a teamwork approach to achieving goals with particular emphasis on Production Teams and AQP Steering Committee activities.
  • Provide technical leadership, training, and support to manufacturing teams as well as  peers.
  • Lead, motivate, and develop employees.
  • Supervise employees; this includes ownership for the hiring, development, performance mgt. and succession planning processes.
  • Facilitate open and effective communications.
  • Continually improve health, safety, and environment.
    Manage the day-to-day production inventory.
  • Facilitate thru-put improvement processes.
  • Actively participate in identifying and implementing scrap reduction plans..
  • Facilitate process ownership in all areas where production personnel control processes through the use of SPC, check-sheets, etc.
  • Promote and support a teamwork approach to achieving goals with particular emphasis on DCP and AQP activities.        
  • Ensure open and effective communications.
  • Promote and support workforce diversity.
  • Maintain a work environment where third party intervention is not required or desired.
  • Development of specific work procedures to minimize risks. 
  • Training of employees on the procedures and enforcing their use.
  • Facilitating workplace inspections and closure of findings.
  • Facilitating employee involvement in developing, implementing and revising safety and health procedures.
  • Performance towards assigned site safety and health program objectives.
  • Timely incident investigations and correction of root causes.
  • Participation / attendance at safety meetings and training.
  • Tracking of safety issues to closure.



         Direct Reports:               Technicians, Team Leaders.

         Indirect Reports:                        AQP teams, support Technicians

         Peers:                              MQE, Eng. Supervisors, Supervisors Material, Finance, HR, Supplier Development

         Budget:                         Input into department expense and capital budget

         Annual Sales:                 $90 Million (indirect)



  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or related technical field from a four-year college or university. Should be working toward an advanced degree.
  • 3 -5 years engineering experience.
  • Track record of successfully managed/facilitated product launches/programs or equivalent.       
  • Available to travel with minimal notification in urgent situations.
  • Strong supervisory skills and training.
  • Independently motivated.
  • Goal-oriented with a track record of accomplishment.
  • Strong and versatile manufacturing process and quality assurance knowledge, skills & abilities.


Core Job Skills/Experience

  • Skilled in the following: DOE, GD&T, FMEA, SPC, Time & Motion Analysis, Economics & Cost Analysis and Value Analysis.
  • A skilled manufacturing engineer in a core functional area, such a machining, electro-mechanical assembly, electrical engineering or molding.
  • Strong understanding of manufacturing (including automation) and quality systems.
  • Working understanding of the budgeting process.
  • Successful project launch experience.
  • Strong project management, communication, organizational and presentation skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Good team and people-management skills, including team-building, motivation techniques and a good understanding of effective supervisory concepts and practices.
  • Good knowledge of effective health, safety and ergonomic concepts and practices.
  • Good knowledge of the automotive industry and its customers.
  • Good knowledge of visual factory concepts..


  •  Customer Focus
  •  Decision Quality
  •  Motivating Others
  •  Building Effective Teams
  •  Informing
  •  Problem-Solving
  •  Conflict Management
  •  Action-Oriented
  •  Process Management
  • Functional/Technical Skills

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BorgWarner is an equal employment opportunity employer such that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.



This position will adhere to safety rules, practices, and training as outlined in all BorgWarner safety policies and procedures. This individual will work in manners that stress the importance of preventing accidents and illnesses. He/she must take every precaution reasonable in the given circumstance for the protection of themselves and coworkers. In addition, he/she is responsible for reporting all injuries and/or possible dangerous situations, incidents, or occurrences to the immediate supervisor

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