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General Manager - Manufacturing

Date: May 10, 2022

Location: Portland, OR, United States

Company: Oregon Tool

Work Location: Portland, OR

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all our Team Members, Oregon Tool is requiring that all new hires, except hourly production/warehouse positions, have started their vaccination process or are already fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their first day of work. 

At Oregon Tool, it is our goal to create, cultivate and sustain a global, inclusive culture, where differences drive innovative solutions to meet the needs of our employees and customers. Oregon Tool invites and encourages applications from all skilled individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company #SharperTogether. 


Job Overview:

Under the guidance of the VP, Manufacturing, the General Manager will be responsible for planning, directing, controlling and coordinating plant manufacturing operations. Provides leadership and develops leaders to create and implement plans to meet plant targets and objectives.  Responsible for and proactively drives efforts to continuously improve product cost, quality, delivery, workplace safety, employee engagement and operating efficiency.  Directly responsible for production teams, facilities and maintenance, manufacturing engineering, EHS and plant supply chain (scheduling, procurement, shipping/receiving, etc.).  Partners with business partners and indirect teams to support overall strategic direction of the Company.


Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Proactively lead efforts to continually manage and drive improvements in safety, product delivery, quality, productivity, cost, and Team Member engagement.
  • Balance the day-to-day business needs while leading the organization toward long- term strategy and manufacturing excellence.
  • Ensures physical capacity, trained staff, and material availability to support demands.
  • Lead change management efforts, model effective change management principles.
  • Partners with Global Supply Chain Teams (Planning, Procurement, Logistics, Quality, and CI) to support current and future operational success.
  • Provide guidance to multi-functional New Product Introduction (NPI) teams to ensure timeliness of the product rollout and production start-up.
  • Actively participates as part of the Forestry MFG Operations team working with General Managers from all global manufacturing teams to set direction and make strategic improvements supporting global operational goals.
  • Oversee annual capital equipment plan to address production and facilities’ needs to drive increased productivity and support planned production goals.
  • Successfully lead Plant Management Team; set expectations and empower managers to lead their teams and reach plant goals.
  • Assist in planning the long-range direction of the plant by developing the production organization of the future and developing current and future leaders into a cohesive team.
  • Drives a culture of engagement and inclusion.
  • Communicates with all levels and functions of the Company.
  • Communicates Company strategic plans, manufacturing plans, goals and objectives with Team Members.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Business, or similar course of study.  Master’s Degree preferred.


Qualifications & Skills Required:

  • 10 years’ experience in a production environment with at least 5 years of experience at the Manager level position, demonstrating organizational leadership experience.
  • In-depth understanding of manufacturing operations and methods associated with custom production, processing, and assembly of specialty metal parts.  
  • Broad range of knowledge including concepts and practical application in regulatory compliance (environmental, health, safety, labor, and business law), functional operations (multiple engineering disciplines, Finance, Human Resources, MIS, Production, OPEX, Tooling, etc.), and manufacturing principles (Lean, Quality Management, production flow, etc.).
  • Demonstrated skills in continuous learning, customer focus, quality commitment and good relationships with coworkers, customers and community are required.
  • Demonstrated decision making skills and ability to adapt to changing demands, resolve issues of the day, and maintain strategic direction.
  • Awareness of the significance and requirements of environmental, health, safety, labor laws, business contracts, customer liability, and ability to understand and work within Oregon Tool’s processes, such as internal controls, budgeting, capital appropriations, processing, limits of authority, compensation etc.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills; able to express oneself clearly and in technical and non-technical terms to teams of all levels and sizes.
  • Responsible for 24x7 operations; available to work on-site as required by job.
  • Limited domestic and international travel required.



Featured Benefits:  

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits available on day one (no waiting period)  

  • One paid Community Involvement Day available per calendar year  

  • Tuition reimbursement  

  • Earn up to 120 hours vacation during your first year of service

  • Global company with small company feel  

  • Casual work attire  

  • Onsite Fitness center 

  • Public Transit access 

  • $100 Amazon Gift Card for COVID-19 vaccinated team members 

  • 401k matching (100% of first 3%, 50% of next 3% = 4.5% match on 6% contribution)  


About Oregon Tool   

At Oregon Tool, we are a passionate group of people dedicated to a spirit of innovation and outside the box thinking to create the world’s most efficient cutting tools and products. We believe in inspiring, listening, learning, and rolling up our sleeves to “get to work” together. Our purpose goes beyond the products we make. We are devoted to positively impacting people, communities, and landscapes around the world. We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment and implementing sustainable practices to help reverse the impacts of the global climate crisis. We are built on a pioneering spirit and believe in leading with humility, global stewardship, and owning it day in and day out. We know what it takes to get the job done, and we know our people is the way it happens.  


Come grow with us and help us be #SharperTogether!


At Oregon Tool it is our responsibility to help maintain the health and safety of our team members and the communities we operate within. We’re taking a people first approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, and by following best practice guidelines we are thoughtfully operating each of our locations.  


Oregon Tool will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. It is the policy of Oregon Tool to provide equal employment to all qualified persons without discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under law.  

During the application process we will not ask for or collect any confidential, proprietary or sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g., date of birth; driver’s license number; or credit card, bank account or other financial information) (collectively, “Sensitive Information”). If you submit any Sensitive Information, you do so at your own risk, and we will not be liable to you or responsible for consequences of your submission. This notice should not be construed as an offer of employment or creating any terms of employment.