Production Manager

January, 2021


The Production Manager directs and manages all plant operations with overall responsibility for production, safety, quality, maintenance, and other production-related activities to achieve effective and efficient use of facilities and human capital as well as maintaining the overall plant budget.  The Production Manager is also an integral part of strategic and tactical planning.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Establishes operations standards for cost control, waste reduction, quality, safety and accurate, complete, on time delivery.
  2. Manages policy deployment in the areas of Lean Manufacturing techniques, quality, cost reduction, complete and on-time delivery, safety, customer satisfaction, employee relations, visual controls and plant performance measures.
  3. Provides leadership to attain company and manufacturing goals and objectives. Also provides leadership for problem resolution to facilitate fast improvements and improved working relationships.
  4. Demonstrates the energy, commitment and enthusiasm needed to energize and motivate the workforce.
  5. Develops employees through training and involvement programs to create a team environment that has decision-making authority throughout the organization.
  6. Identifies development opportunities and provides subordinates opportunities to meet their career development plans.
  7. Responsible for production related communication flow and coordination between all resources committed to each product, including all vendors.
  8. Maintains a strong customer focus and must be profitability-oriented.
  9. In conjunction with the Director of Operations, is responsible for plant level financial management, purchasing, inventory, capital expenditures, etc. also manages and analyzes monthly P&L for performance to budget.
  10. Monitors all production reports to ensure achievement of financial, safety, quality, and on-time delivery of the product.
  11. Communicates with the Quality Department, Director of Operations and sales force to ensure a quality product. Ensures vendors/subcontractors are manufacturing products according to product specifications.
  12. Implements production of all products, assists in developing plant layout in planning rearrangements of facilities, equipment and operations for better utilization of space.
  13. Coordinates and monitors, plans for reductions in cost and product lead times for existing and new products to be developed. Works closely with research and development, quality assurance and maintenance personnel to prevent problems with products and tooling/fixtures.
  14. Achieves outstanding production efficiency by strictly controlling waste, quality, safety and OSHA regulations, and carefully managing labor costs and communicating effectively with the workforce and all internal and external customers.
  15. Determines operations headcount needs and ensures compliance with Company policies and stays informed concerning new manufacturing technologies and equipment in order to manufacture and reduce costs through efficiencies.
  16. Demonstrates machine operations and maintenance proficiency.
  17. Defines and recommends objectives in each area of the operation for continuous improvement. Determines and eliminates root causes and diminishes occurrences in the manufacturing process.
  18. Implements cost effective systems of control over capital, operating expenditures, manpower, wages and salaries.
  19. Manages capital asset maintenance.

Established in 1981, Portland-based Paradigm Window Solutions specializes in a wide range of premium-quality and Energy Star-rated vinyl windows and patio doors for new construction, replacement and institutional markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Their premium-quality products are designed and fabricated in Maine and exceed requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturing Association (AAMA) Gold Label Certification for integrity and quality.

In 2014, Paradigm Window Solutions consolidated all operations into a larger 109,000-sq. ft. facility at 56 Milliken Street, off Riverside Industrial Parkway. That same year, Paradigm launched the 500 Series New Construction and 5000 Series Replacement Window lines, thereby introducing a value-priced window product option. The following year, three new paint process interior wood grain finishes were added to the 8300 series, which gave Paradigm the ability to compete with the wood window market to reach consumers who wanted the natural wood look without the maintenance of real wood.

In 2018, Paradigm expanded its production schedule by adding a second shift, which created 14 new full-time jobs, and the company is actively hiring. Currently, the company employees 230 people and offers supplemental health/dental/vision, company-paid life insurance, short-term disability insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, eight holidays, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and quarterly bonus.