Director of Manufacturing

Ted Pella, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells instruments and supplies for those in science and industry who use microscopes in research and production. We are seeking a full time Director of Manufacturing to oversee our Production operation, who will be responsible for creating excellent internally-produced products for our customers. This individual will provide leadership and support to all aspects of the manufacturing and production process. This positon reports to the President.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Direct and oversee the company’s production operation departments, including Small Parts Production, Instrument Production, the Thin Film Lab and the Machine Shop.
  • Work with each production department Supervisor/Manager to ensure the planning, organization, prioritization, and coordination of the production operations are successful to meet manufacturing deadlines and goals.
  • Manage the manufacturing and finished goods inventories of made-in products to balance inventory value and ability to ship orders in a timely manner.
  • Provide expertise to production departments to formulate, develop and implement manufacturing methods, standards and quality controls.
  • Design, implement and maintain assembly line production
  • Design, implement and maintain production facilities
  • Oversee the selection, hiring, training, effective supervision, evaluation, development and discipline of staff and Supervisors/Managers in Production departments. Develop individuals for advancement.
  • Achieve cost reduction through improved efficiency, work practices, and tooling.
  • Promote safety and ergonomic manufacturing practices by monitoring existing practices and looking to implement improvements in manufacturing.
  • Ensure that work instructions and procedures are maintained and kept current.
  • Translate production demand requirements into time-phased build schedules.
  • Create and maintain production plans using internal Syspro ERP and sales forecasting.
  • Review, update and/or implement production set-up/run times.
  • Analyze customer, historical and future demand to develop a master production schedule.
  • Coordinate with Purchasing to achieve optimum levels of production output. Closely interact with Purchasing to provide material procurement data and expediting of critical parts.
  • Collaborate with cross functional groups, such as Sales, Purchasing and Production to expedite orders or resolve issues that might impact on-time delivery.
  • Review, revise and establish Bill of Material (BOM) parameters and proposes engineering/manufacturing changes for parts in production, ensuring smooth phase-in plans without interrupting material supplies.
  • Participate in and/or lead Production meetings with other functional groups within operations to discuss weekly/daily schedules, material shortages and priorities for production.
  • Generate reports to provide order status, track performance or convey issues.
  • Create manufacturing jobs, coordinate the release of materials to support schedule and on time deliveries.
  • Perform Min/Max and Re-order requirement analyses.
  • Uniform development and implementation of the department’s policies, practices and procedures.
  • Actively pursue a larger corporate goal in understanding and working toward the integration of production and engineering with marketing, sales, finance, new products development, and operations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum B.S. degree in a relevant field, including Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial or other Engineering, or Production Management, from an accredited college/university.
  • Minimum of 10 years of related experience in a manufacturing environment, including production management, material planning, distribution, production and scheduling is required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of personnel management experience; including interviewing and selecting staff; coaching, counseling, disciplinary actions, and terminations; writing and conducting performance reviews; setting performance goals; employee training; employee communications, motivation and morale; and optimal use of production personnel in manufacturing environment.
  • Thorough understanding of production and assembly management operational concepts surrounding production planning, inventory control, purchasing, stockroom operations and shipping/receiving is required.
  • Proven experience using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is required. Must be proficient using ERP system and other resources to effectively prioritize production, and optimize purchases and inventory for production. Experience with Syspro ERP is a plus.
  • Prior demonstrated experience in tuning a Production environment to optimize output and use of resources, i.e. assembly line design and set-up experience.
  • Experience in a small instrument and consumables production environment is a plus.
  • Must be highly proficient in a Windows environment and with a recent version of MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Strong MS Excel skills are a must. Virtual meeting skills and experience with software like MS Skype is a must.
  • Results-oriented, motivated self-starter, capable of driving progress, solving problems, and achieving objectives in a demanding environment.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize responsibly, and manage multiple complex tasks and projects in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work well with staff inside production departments and throughout the company, and work well on teams. Ability to collaborate successfully with others to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible to changing priorities, deadlines, demands and assignments as needed.
  • Extremely detail-oriented, accurate, and highly organized.
  • Excellent problem diagnosis and solving skills, and judgment.
  • High level of analytical ability required (queries, data manipulation, statistics, trending).
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, peers, and customers.
  • Ability to speak, write, and communicate in the English language fluently is required. Must have excellent math, reading, writing and spelling skills.
  • Requires strong attendance record and work ethic, and a positive attitude at all times.
  • Must be authorized to work in U.S. without sponsorship.


This is a full time exempt position; competitive salary will be commensurate with experience. Standard schedule is Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm; additional hours may be necessary as needed. This position includes generous medical and dental insurance, life insurance, a 401(k) plan with a Company match, paid vacation, sick, and holidays. A generous relocation package is also provided.

About Ted Pella, Inc.:

Ted Pella, Inc. has been serving the global microscopy community with instrumentation and supplies for over 53 years. We sell to the entire USA and all around the world both directly and through a large distributor network. We are a healthy company, growing even throughout uncertain economic times. Visit our web site at We are a family-owned and operated company, with a professional and friendly atmosphere.

About the Location:

We are situated in beautiful Redding, CA, an area well-known for outdoor recreation, including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and snow sports. We are surrounded by National Parks, the second-largest reservoir in CA, and plenty of mountains, lakes and streams. Our area offers a nice balance of small city life with plenty of shopping, restaurants and culture, nestled within an incredible rural recreational setting.

To Apply:

Final candidates must successfully pass post-offer pre-employment drug screen and background check when applicable. We are an equal employment opportunity employer. To apply please send a cover letter, a complete resume and your salary requirements via email to [email protected]