Manufacturing Specialist I-II

    • Job Tracking ID: 85347-342707
    • Job Location: Sacramento, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 06/03/2022
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Radford Job Code: 0470X
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Job Description


Job purpose of Manufacturing Specialist is to develop lean concepts and tools that can be used across the enterprise and to support the development of Operations leadership to effectively apply those concepts and tools to address problems and to make improvements within their businesses. 


Manufacturing ALL

The duties and responsibilities listed below apply to all levels of Manufacturing Specialist.  Each level of Manufacturing Specialist has additional duties and responsibilities listed.

  1. Lead resolution of technical and process problems, initiate/execute/closure of quality actions for equipment/process modifications.
  2. Work with the plant support to organize Six Sigma/Kaizen projects. This includes project selection, justification, planning, training, execution, and project reporting.
  3. Responsible for developing and maintaining standards for key areas. This includes working with counterparts to ensure cohesive standards are maintained.
  4. Member/Lead of project teams for technical transfer or new product scale-up.
  5. Lead closure of process deviations, investigations, and corrective actions.
  6. Identify, develop and implement process improvements, equipment improvements/upgrades.
  7. Coordinate conference calls with plant personnel to ensure proper knowledge transfer. This includes best practices sharing and training.
  8. Establish good working relationship with support and pillar leaders. This includes answering questions, and providing assistance in a timely manner.
  9. Insure intradepartmental and cross-functional alignment of procedures and best practices.
  10. Identify corrective actions to prevent recurrent deviations.
  11. Participate in cross-functional teams to solve production issues.
  12. Serves as a change agent to challenge the existing processes in place. Uses data to communicate and support the opportunities that exist.
  13. Interfaces with all supporting functions in the plants for the necessary support of the teams.
  14. Provides leadership to the Project Team.
  15. Draft and revise MOs as necessary.
  16. Develop and implement training best practices to ensure compliance. Works with customer released or CEi released drawings and/or CAD models, engineering BOMs, and other engineering specifications to assist with development, implementation and improvement of manufacturing processes.
  17. Develops and documents the manufacturing process in detail with an emphasis on visual media, ease of training, and standardized format. 
  18. Designs, coordinates and validates work station layouts with an emphasis on ergonomics, single piece or small batch flow, visual aids, Poke Yoke (mistake proofing), 5S, and zero defect policies.
  19. Conducts time & motion studies to establish standard cycle times for each part number.
  20. Acts quickly to lead, develop, and implement solutions in cooperation with plant Six Sigma/Kaizen teams.
  21. May have contact with customers, vendors, and/or consultants.
  22. Tracks time spent on jobs and enters it electronically.
  23. Other duties as assigned and relevant to overall position.

      Manufacturing Specialist I

 1. Works on projects of basic to medium complexity. 

      Manufacturing Specialist II

  1. Works on projects of advanced complexity in multiple departments within facility.
  2. Manages Six Sigma/Kaizen projects in plants. This includes project management and supervision.
  3. May coordinate the work of other manufacturing and production specialists.
  4. Constantly reviews equipment, technology, processes and manufacturing methods to identify opportunities for improvements.
  5. Establish & maintain material, process and workmanship specifications.
  6. Mentors junior level Manufacturing Engineers and Manufacturing Specialists. 



Experience and Skills


Each successive level of Manufacturing Specialist builds on the identified typical qualifications listed for the previous level(s) Manufacturing Specialist. 

Manufacturing Specialist I

  1. Requires 1-5 years of related technical experience in a related field (Mechanical or Industrial Engineering preferred).
  2. Basic skills in math
  3. Computer skills: MS Office, MRP
  4. May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).  

Desirable Skills:

  1. Experience with lean/Six Sigma
  2. Some experience using CATIA v5. 

Manufacturing Specialist II

  1. Requires 7-10 years of related technical experience in a related field (Mechanical or Industrial Engineering or Manufacturing Operations Management with direct experience implementing lean manufacturing practices preferred).
  2. Experience implementing Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen principles in a manufacturing environment.
  3. Ability to analyze problems and recommend effective solutions, then lead the implementation effort hands-on as well as by facilitating change acceptance with all levels of personnel. 


  1. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, kneel, bend, crouch, sit, hold, grasp, type, talk, and hear. Some lifting (not over 25 lbs.). 
  2. May work extended hours or weekends.
  3. Some local travel may be required.
  4. Office and manufacturing environment with potential exposure to uncontrolled climate conditions and potential exposure to noise, dust and hazardous chemicals.
  5. Employee may generate, handle, manage, or work around hazardous materials and hazardous wastes.

Job Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
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