Value Stream Manager
at Altra Industrial Motion

Date Posted: 6/5/2017

Job Description


The Value Stream Manager reports directly to the Operations Manager, and is responsible for safety, quality, delivery, and cost for the assigned value stream. Also responsible for increasing the ratio of value to non-value, and eliminating waste in the overall supply chain from start to finish, for a defined product family; and for ensuring that the value stream meets or exceeds customer requirements.


  • Manage the activities of the shop floor, under the direction of the Operations Manager and follow established procedures and approved processes.
  • Supervise all production operations such as machining, processing and heavy assembly.
  • Plan, schedule, and coordinate departmental activities to fulfill sales orders, meet inventory requirements, and deliver manufactured products in a timely fashion.
  • Supervise all value stream associates on 2 shifts.
  • Daily Standard Work which includes:
    • Gemba Walk:
      • Arrange support requirements (Maintenance, Engineering, Quality, Materials)
      • Deals with all personnel issues
      • Reviews and responds to expedite requests (Y or N)
    • 2nd Gemba Walk:
      • Deal with abnormalities
      • Check performance metrics at all cells in the value stream
      • Follow up on expedite requests
    • Weekly Standard Work
      • Gemba walk with Operations Manager
      • Verify Team Leader adherence to standard work
      • Formal audit of standard work in one area
      • Review status of visual controls
      • Lead continuous improvement meeting

Job Requirements

Education and Experience:

Requires a B.S. Degree in a technical field, or 5 to 10 years of progressive manufacturing experience and responsibilities, 3 of which must be in a supervisory capacity.  Requires broad technical and administrative experience in a manufacturing /machine shop environment.


Will have a thorough knowledge of all manufacturing methods, techniques, and related equipment. Must be able to read and interpret drawings and specifications. Must be familiar with product construction and application. Must have complete knowledge of production scheduling and shop operations. This position requires that the person be a highly organized, self-motivated individual who can work independently. Must have strong leadership skills, with excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities and easily adapt to changing situations. Will be computer literate, particularly in shop floor control, production planning, and inventory control applications. Working knowledge of lean or TPS principles. High mix / low volume machine shop experience.


Language Skills – The ability to read and interpret documents such as drawings, general business periodicals, professional journals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, technical and procedure manuals and government regulations. Ability to write routine reports, operating instructions, procedure manuals, and business correspondences. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of employees and managers, customers, clients, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills - Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability - Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Working Conditions:

Physical Demands -The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment - The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock, explosives and vibration. The noise levels in the work environment it usually moderate. However, on some instances this job may require work in areas where ear protection is necessary.

Job Snapshot

About Us

Altra Industrial Motion is a leading global supplier of quality power transmission and motion control products. Providing the essential control of equipment speed, torque, positioning, and other functions, Altra products are used in nearly any machine or process involving motion. Our products are sold in over 70 countries in a variety of major industrial markets, including food processing, material handling, packaging machinery, mining, energy, automotive, primary metals, turf and garden and many others.

Altra products are marketed under a variety of well recognized and established manufacturing brand names. Operating independently, each of these companies is committed to the guiding principles of operational excellence, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction.

Our products are frequently used in a wide range of high-volume manufacturing processes, where the reliability and accuracy are critical in both avoiding costly down time and enhancing the overall efficiency of manufacturing operations.

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