Molding Manager

Manufacturing / Production Owensboro, Kentucky


Position at Hunter Douglas Inc.

The Molding Manager reports directly to the Director of Operations.  Works along side other supervisors/managers on both the same shift, and other shifts, to communicate with departmental workers to form a strong, effective team. 

Understands and communicates company mission, vision, budgets, goals, objectives, policies and procedures.  Responsible for groups ranging from 2-80 people in various work areas, and must be able to improve and develop people, processes, equipment, material and the work environment.

Skill Requirements:
  • Plastics/Polymer Engineering Technologies Degree or equivalent technical degree required and 5 years hands on experience in injection molding OR 10+ years experience in injection molding management with no degree.
  • Experience working with a large staff under pressure, in a fast paced, high volume plastic injection molding environment
  • Masters degree a plus
  • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally as required
  • Must posses a valid Drivers License
Must be willing and able to take an active role in plant wide safety activities 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Daily operations for the Production departments of Injection Molding and Die-casting.
  • Provide process input on gate locations, runner sizes and cooling channel locations during the design phase of new mold construction as needed.
  • Collect and analyze production and processing data to drive continuous improvements
  • Continuously strive to develop methodologies and equipment improvements to enhance department efficiencies
  • Management of Capital Improvement Projects related to the injection molding and casting departments.
  • Assist in the training and development of machine techs/mold setters/operators etc.
  • Assist as needed in major process troubleshooting beyond the level of the technician staff
  • Collect and analyze data to improve efficiencies/procedures
  • Performance reviews for molding supervisors.
  • Set personal developmental objectives for staff and self.

Responsibilities also include: 


  • Will be responsible for supervisor reviews, and scrap accountability
  • Accountable for maintaining accurate shop-floor data/information
  • Will work with production planning as needed to schedule smooth production according to due dates and manpower to achieve efficient workflows.            
  • Will provide clear concise communications to guide supervisors in achieving daily and long-term goals
  • Will participate in meetings and other plant improvement functions such as FOE, FMEA, etc.
  • Shows constant concern and action to ensure a safe work area
  • Approves overtime, when needed, to the department supervisors and team members
  • The true relationship-builder within shifts constantly strengthening employee morale (daily)- seeks to understand people’s needs while getting the optimum throughput out of the staff and equipment


  • Ensures that quality procedures and all applicable work instructions are followed by all personnel
  • Keeps schedules updated and informs workers of any upcoming changes
  • Plans and schedules for efficient product flow
  • Assists in troubleshooting equipment problems, etc., when needed
  • Stresses and practices safety procedures at all times-leads by example


  • Understands capabilities of all equipment and utilizes each piece to reduce labor costs, creating efficient workflow
  • Understands the importance of PM/maintenance. Schedules people and equipment availability to perform these tasks
  • Monitors downtime of equipment through documentation and is proactive in keeping equipment in good running condition.
  • Understands equipment and sees that all parts/accessories/auxiliary’s are on machine and used properly.
  • Knows how to get maximum capacity (ex. cycle times) from each piece of equipment. Sees that people are trained accordingly to achieve this goal
  • Ensures that all guarding for equipment is in place while equipment is in operation
  • Creates a neat/organized work area


  • Ensures that materials allocated are of appropriate quality, available for use, and timely to meet the needs of supervisors and team member requirements
  • Holds supervisors and team members accountable for scrap, efficiency and job performance.


  • Constantly focuses on achieving an ideal work area that is clean and safe.
  • Personal protective equipment is used at all times and that all required assessments are completed annually
  • Lockout/tagout procedures are used properly
  • Reports all incidents/accidents to HR Manager and makes sure all paperwork is filled timely
  • Studies ergonomics and creates work lines to make the job easier for all team members
  • Perform safety and housekeeping audits when assigned

HunterDouglas Owensboro offers a generous benefits package. Including Medical/Dental Insurance, vision, life insurance, paid vacation,  paid holidays, 401k plan, competitive wages with a annual bonus.

We also maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.