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A. O. Smith Corporation

McBee, SC

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Oct 6, 2017


McBee, SC, US, 29101


A. O. Smith Corporation

The Company

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and, as a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $2.5 billion company with 143 year history and more than 13,800 employees worldwide. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.

With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, A. O. Smith has the global reach to serve customers worldwide. We have sales and distribution in more than 60 countries around the world. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people. It values people who are able to analyze problems and take rapid, decisive action. For more information regarding A. O. Smith, visit our website at

Our McBee, SC facility is located midway between Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC. The Manufacturing Manager in this location will manage our leading commercial water heater and boiler manufacturing operation of nearly 550 employees. Our McBee, SC facility has achieved continued growth from a productivity, revenue and profitability perspective.

Primary Function

The Manufacturing Manager is responsible for managing and directing all manufacturing and related activities of the manufacturing department including: staffing, productivity, quality, operating budgets, safety, and employee development. The incumbent will be responsible for optimizing performance and reaching production goals according to company policies and procedures.


Works closely with Plant Manager and senior leadership to create a unified effort of manufacturing quality products in a safe and efficient manner, on time to customers.

Directly plans/coordinates production, production rates and capacity plans, processing methods and times, all of which help determine inventory levels, staffing levels, procedures, and job duty

Determines what key indicators to track and how often and puts action plans in place when metrics are below target.

Plans budgets, approves expenditures for supplies, materials, and employees, and ensures they are all used to meet production targets.

Defines and recommends key capital projects with sufficient benefits to return on investment targets.

Develops and promotes a plant culture related to lean principles.

Coordinates efforts among manufacturing to bring new products into production and is responsible for the production portion of a new product launch.

Promotes and emphasizes continuous improvement in product quality, productivity, employee safety, teamwork, and machine reliability and employee training/development.

Maintains and controls all expense budgets and capital cash flows.

Develop capital planes supporting company objectives concerning cost reduction, process improvement, machine replacement, quality improvement and capacity increases.

Leads group meetings and presentations of key management strategy, decisions, policy changes, and others as needed.

Responsible for 6 salary direct reports, 5 salary indirect reports and 300 hourly indirect reports

Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Business Management. Masters Degree (MBA) strongly preferred

A minimum of 10 years of progressive Manufacturing Management/Leadership experience

Must have strong Lean Manufacturing experience- lean principles and metrics

Ability to prepare and interpret various types of production tracking, data, and reports

Understanding of reactive, preventative, and predictive maintenance

Knowledge and understanding of systems and metrics relating to safety and quality

Experience with materials planning, lead times, tracking, and inventory accounting

Metal Fabrication, Welding or similar manufacturing experience is preferred

High mix, low volume manufacturing experience is preferred

SAP, Project Management and budgeting experience is preferred.

Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, to communicate with all levels of employees

Strong computer literacy, specifically MS Office

We Offer

Competitive base salary and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Columbia

Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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Company info

A. O. Smith Corporation
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Company Profile
A. O. Smith Corporation is a global leader applying innovative technology and energy-efficient solutions to products marketed worldwide. Our goal is to be a leading global water technology company, and our focus is on building this platform through new product development, global expansion, strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Today’s A. O. Smith is one of the world's leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment, offering a comprehensive product line featuring the best-known brands in North America and China. In November 2009, the company entered the global water treatment industry with the creation of a new venture, A. O. Smith (Shanghai) Water Treatment Products Co. Ltd.

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