Zone Leader - 2nd Shift

Manufacturing Grand Rapids, Michigan


Position at Knape and Vogt

Job Description Summary

This position reports to the Value Stream Manager. The Zone Leader has the responsibility of maintaining and improving his/her work zone, treating it as his/her own business while supporting the company. The Zone Leader will manage direct report employees assigned to work in his/her assigned production zone. 


The duties and responsibilities of the position will consist of, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Ensuring Process Discipline through concepts including Standard Work, Training, Coaching and 5S
  • Maintaining business documents and driving performance around Safety, Quality, Cost, and Execution of the Production Schedule
  • Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement
  • Recognize and set priorities regarding staffing and production schedules
  • Help achieve process improvements
  • Use Lean tools to run and improve the business/work cell
  • Responsible for cross-training employees throughout the facility
  • Assure that each employee has a clear understanding of their job duties and responsibilities and can perform all assigned tasks at expected performance levels
  • Strong focus on both internal and external customers
  • Foster an environment that builds trust and teamwork through open communication
  • Conduct formal performance evaluations as per company policy
  • Develop and implement necessary performance improvement plans and administers disciplinary action as required
  • Coach employees by providing timely and appropriate feedback on performance, including informal recognition for positive behaviors
  • Manage and approve employee timecards and paid time off in Time/Attendance system
  • Submit HRIS system changes such as transfers, demotions, terminations and promotions to Human Resources
  • Participate in interviewing and hiring process for new employees
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Developing Talent
  • Results, Action Oriented
  • Building Team Spirit
  • Process Management
  • Decision Quality
  • Understanding Others, Listening
  • Conflict Management
  • Managerial Courage
  • Problem Solving
  • Priority Setting
  • Planning
  • Delegating Responsibility
  • Organizing
  • Assessing and Understanding People
  • Sharing Information
  • Organizational Ability



  • Work Experience: 3 years leading teams in a manufacturing environment
  • Education: High School Diploma
  • Computer Skills: Ability to collect, interpret, and communicate data. Intermediate Microsoft program (Word, Excel) experience 
  • Technical Skills: Experience leading teams through structured problem solving (such as A3, 8D, DMAIC, etc.)
  • Organizational Skills: Demonstrated ability handling multiple priorities efficiently and effectively
  • Communication Skills: Experience communicating effectively across a diverse customer-base; excellent verbal and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to deal with individuals at all levels, both inside and outside the organization; Strong interpersonal skills that encourage, coach, lead and mentor employees with a continuous improvement mindset
  • Physical, Mental and Visual Skills: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job ; Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions; While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk, hear and use fingers and hands Occasionally lifts, carries and positions parts weighing up to 50 pounds to varying distances. Stand and use arms to maneuver parts with repeated motion that requires regular bending.
  • Physical Environment: Normal office environment; manufacturing and warehouse environment and exposure to moving equipment 

Preferred Requirements:

  • Work Experience: 3 years leading improvement teams in a lean environment, experience with metal fabrication, experience in lean transformation
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial or Mechanical Engineering or similar area
  • Communication Skills: Bilingual-Spanish Speaking
  • Technical Skills: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (must obtain in first 18 months), Kaizen facilitation, 5S, Total Productive Maintenance, Changeover reduction, Managing for Daily improvement
  • Computer Skills: Minitab or other statistical software


KV is a dedicated equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. KV encourages applicants of all ages.