Hunter Engineering Company is the global leader in automotive service equipment and has built a reputation for visionary leadership and innovation since 1946. Hunter’s product line includes wheel alignment systems, wheel balancers, brake lathes, tire changers, and vehicle lifts. All design, manufacturing and assembly operations occur in company-owned facilities located in Missouri (one plant) and Mississippi (three plants).
Hunter products are sold through a network of distributors and national accounts. Customers include car and truck manufacturers, automobile and truck dealers, franchised and independent service shops, and service facilities in over 100 countries around the world.
Throughout its history, Hunter has remained a family-owned business. Headquarters are based in the St. Louis, MO area with subsidiaries in Canada and Germany. The company has approximately 1,000 employees, 700 independent contractors, and annual sales of approximately $500 million.
The Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Mississippi Operations is a new position within the company, and has been created to support the company’s dynamic volume growth, as well as the increasing complexity of product offerings and manufacturing operations. Through a common vision and a consistent approach to manufacturing engineering across plants, it is expected that gains in productivity, product quality, and efficiencies in supply chain management will follow.
This position will be responsible for direct support and leadership of manufacturing engineering resources. The selected candidate will be a proactive, goal-oriented leader capable of working independently and in team environments and will lead and coordinate highly technical projects with a focus on continuous improvement of processes and equipment. Projects will include cost reduction strategies, design and process standardization, tooling standardization and more.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a technical discipline is required.
- A minimum of 10 years’ progressive experience in complex manufacturing operations.
- Demonstrated strong manufacturing engineering and operations training and experience in a complex manufacturing environment with a top-tier organization where systems connectivity is both essential and fundamental.
- Primary experience operating in a discrete (vs. repetitive) manufacturing environment, and where new capital equipment and product launches are common.
- Expert knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. Expert knowledge of mechanical and manufacturing theory and design.
- Background in managing operations with demonstrated experience in Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, or other formal productivity improvement programs which impact on the way plants look and function.
- Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Leadership experience which is both tactical/hands-on and strategic, and possessing the potential for advancement.