The Industrial Engineer is responsible for continually identifying, recommending, and implementing changes to Watson’s manufacturing environment to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. The Industrial Engineer has responsibility for developing systems that integrate people, machines, materials, information, and technology to improve efficiency, safety, quality, and overall profitability.
Reporting directly to the Vice President of Operations, the Industrial Engineer maintains a deep understanding of Watson and works closely with the Production and Scheduling Managers, department leads, and operators to prioritize projects that enable Watson to grow sustainably while maintaining excellent quality performance, on-time shipments, and compelling lead times.
Essential functions and job duties:
- Identify opportunities for improvement and deliver prioritized recommendations : Based upon thorough analysis and problem solving, make recommendations for improvements to the manufacturing environment that will increase efficiency and ensure high quality product is shipped on-time. Recommendations should be prioritized based upon impact and include production cost and effect of process or product design changes.
- Collaborate with team members to make necessary changes and lead the implementation of projects as required : Once adjustments are approved, ensure a successful implementation by collaborating with managers, leads, and other team members. Upon completion, update necessary process flows and manuals to ensure accurate documentation.
- Report on performance and results : On a weekly basis, communicate labor and machine efficiency metrics to quantify performance vs. standards and quickly identify challenges that are impeding overall performance.
- Bring external perspective : Maintain a curiosity surrounding manufacturing best practices and industry technology trends to ensure Watson is progressive in its approach to manufacturing.
- Develop and maintain a deep understanding of Watson’s Management System (WMS) and business objectives : Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand all aspects of Watson’s production processes and the people involved. Use statistical methods and industry frameworks to quantify and define processes. Draft and maintain current layout of equipment, materials and workspaces.
Skills / Competencies required:
- Problem Solving: Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers.
- Collaboration: Effectively builds and maintains partnerships with clients, and Watson personnel at all levels across the company. Contribute to team and company success. Maintain flexibility and react to change appropriately. Communicates and shares information with candor that builds trust and enhances relationships.
- Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
- Priority Setting: Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.
- Managing and Measuring Work: Clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loops into work.
- B.S. in Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering (or similar degree); Master’s Degree, FE and PE a plus
- 3+ years work experience in a manufacturing environment
- Understanding of ISO, Lean, and Six Sigma frameworks
- Demonstrated leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills
- Understanding of diverse manufacturing activities and operational cost structures
- Ability to effectively utilize technology as a tool to inform business decisions and recommendations
- Ability to travel as required meeting team and department goals (10% - 20%+)
“We are builders. We intend to live forever in this community. We create skilled jobs by designing and manufacturing distinctive products for discerning customers. We do this with care for humans and the earth that would make our parents and our children proud.” – Clif McKenzie, Watson CEO
Watson’s Guiding Principles:
- Built Here : All our products are manufactured at the Orchard, our 34 acre forested headquarters in the Pacific Northwest. This state-of-the-art facility converts regionally sourced raw materials to finished goods through advanced CNC machining processes and superior handcraft.
- Distinctive Product : Each of our product lines are engineered for unmatched simplicity, beauty and durability. Our design process revolves around users’ needs and sustainable manufacturing processes.
- Practical Environmentalism : We believe we should return this world in better condition than we found it. We adhere to the concept of Practical Environmentalism in which our aggressive pursuit to minimize impact on our planet is achieved within a disciplined structure of environmental and financial accountability.
- Passionate People : We believe in the dignity of the working woman and man. We foster this dignity by providing competitive compensation and benefits, sharing our profits and maintaining high expectations.
- Financial Stability : Maintaining a strong cash position and avoiding debt enables us to thrive in economic downturns and invest in cutting edge manufacturing techniques and responsible growth.
Submit applications to www.watsonfurniture.com/careers under the Current Positions link. Applications will only be processed through our website.
Watson's an equal opportunity employer of all qualified individuals, including minorities, women, veterans & individuals with disabilities. Watson will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with all federal, state, and local ordinances.