Position Description

Process Engineering Manager
Location GA - Macon
Employment Duration Full time
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First Quality was founded in 1989 and, in nearly three decades, has grown to be a global privately held company with over 4,000 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Canada. First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (print and packaging materials), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. First Quality focuses on private label and branded product lines.


Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork. With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, First Quality is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years. We are seeking an experienced Process Engineering Manager for our First Quality Baby Products, LLC located in Macon, GA.


This position provides leadership and guidance in the development and implementation of process improvements for optimal and efficient production operation of plant assets.  Directs the activities of the Process Engineering group in the management of process controls, documentation, data analyzation, new tooling and equipment requirements, new product launches and continuous improvement projects.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Manages Process Engineering team in support of daily and long term production goals.

  • Apply lean manufacturing techniques to design, specify, and validate world-class manufacturing processes to achieve cost, quality, and capacity goals. Directs and assists in the use of these techniques and tools to reduce waste and improve overall productivity.

  • Assures the completion of audits and maintenance of standard optimal run setting documentation

  • Responsible for the development of the process engineers including both technical and professional training

  • Partners closely with production, plant engineering, quality and product development to prioritize and plan project work

  • Drives the completion of root cause analysis exercises to understand long term improvement needs to address both equipment efficiency and quality defect reduction. Manages and communicates the completion of these identified action items.

  • Partners with production, purchasing and product development to identify opportunities with raw material processing as well as introduction of new materials into products.

  • Establish metrics to develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing methods and processes

  • Create and manage a standard center lining program for the plant

  • Contribute projects and ideas towards plant cost savings program and help drive successful achievement of established goal

  • Drives positive results through periodic meetings to review performance improvements with production management

  • Lead the process definition on new production lines and major equipment upgrades during installation and start up.

  • Direct efforts in gaining and maintaining knowledge of trends in the industry that lead to improvements in product quality, product consistency, process efficiency or cost reductions.

  • Continually re-evaluates and adjust plans based on changing business priorities to attain required results. Adapts & leads change and constructively supports ongoing improvement philosophy throughout the company.


The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related manufacturing field or equivalent years of experience

  • 6-8 years of applied professional experience working in process engineering or related manufacturing field in a high speed environment

  • Previous supervisory experience necessary.

  • Ability to form and lead cross functional teams

  • Proven ability to lead and develop high performance work teams.

  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification required, Black Belt certification preferred

  • Standard knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.

  • Comprehension of the machinery and mechanical functions of an operation.

  • Strong problem solving and communication skills.

  • Standard knowledge of O.S.H.A. laws and regulations within the manufacturing field.



Excellent compensation and benefits, which are effective the first day of employment!


First Quality is committed to protecting information under the care of First Quality Enterprises commensurate with leading industry standards and applicable regulations.  As such, First Quality provides at least annual training regarding data privacy and security to employees who, as a result of their role specifications, may come in to contact with sensitive data.


First Quality is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or protected Veteran status.

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