Machining Lead- Swing job vacancy in Benchmade Knife Company (Oregon City, OR 97045)

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Company name : Benchmade Knife Company
Location : Oregon City, OR 97045
Position : Machining Lead- Swing

Description :

**3 Weeks of PTO**

**6% annual bonus based on yearly earnings that includes overtime pay**

Machining Process Technician Lead

We are currently recruiting for a
Machining Process Technician Lead to join the Benchmade Knife Company team. The Machining Process Technician Lead is responsible for ensuring the most efficient work steps are being taken to achieve: safety, quality, productivity, on time delivery and cost effective production of our products within the Machining department. Their effort to produce this standard work is focused on personal performance, identifying and solving both logistical manufacturing problems that occur in their respective work centers with staff, materials and equipment. This role is responsible for working with operators and supporting departments to solve problems that allow for continuous improvement in safety, quality, productivity, on time delivery and cost effective production of our products.

Job Responsibilities:

Monitor Area Output to desired goals and Metrics (Safety, Quality, Productivity, Delivery and Cost)
Serves as primary problem solver to resolve issues and restore process control.
Responsible for the process control and sustainability within respective work centers.
Responsible for all R&D and Pilot jobs in area, ensuring full process documentation, production run-times, and any production issues are fed back to Manufacturing and Design Engineering. Upon completion, the process should be able to be run by all operators within the area (i.e. standard production)
Work with Manufacturing Engineering to resolve any manufacturing issues
Review current processes and drive continuous improvement through such activities as set-up reduction, speeds/feeds modifications, and tooling improvements
Serve as primary trainer within the area
Leads 6S activities within the area, ensuring organization and cleanliness standards meet or exceed standards and drives expectations to operators within area.
Reviews new PCI’s for any issues
Assist the operators with problems as they occur utilizing root cause analysis methodologies
Familiar with all work centers to give effective advice
Responsible for training in all respective work centers
Follow and enforce all company safety standards/practices
Assure that equipment is adequately maintained and safely operated
Support all continuous improvement related activities / projects in all areas
Balance the work flow to ensure the best and safe use of capacity and staff
Aid in management of consumables
Flexible and resourceful, capable of identifying and implementing actions in timely manner while understanding all associated risks involved.
Support manufacturing process variation reduction and internal quality systems through use of quality tools and techniques to drive process and product improvements.
Manage small to medium scale projects related to the production environment.

Lead Responsibilities:

Coordinate training of personnel on technical aspects of the job.
Demonstrates leadership role in sharing knowledge with shop personnel.
Facilitates the daily work assignments for operators to ensure production requirements meet performance targets for safety, quality, productivity, delivery and cost.
Coach team members to maximize their productivity
May participate in the interview/hiring process, as well as in disciplinary action and reviews. This role is not responsible for the direct management/supervision of the department employees.


Some college course work completed, and 3-4 years of experience setting up and operating CNC type machines is required. Equivalency to the qualification standard will also be considered.
Ability to provide positive constructive feedback both within and between departments
Detailed machine understanding with ability to conduct maintenance and machine troubleshooting and repair
Experience with CNC precision grinding equipment
Experience in edged product manufacturing a plus
Knowledge of CNC programming (G-code) a plus
Previous exposure to Toyota Kata methods using PDCA problem solving methodology a plus
Basic knowledge of CAD/CAM software a plus
Strong blueprint reading and GD&T understanding
Strong ability to prioritize and adjust based on organizational needs
Understanding of SPC and Process Control Charts
Proven problem solving skills of complex issues.
Proven ability to collect and analyze root cause data and drive to a closed corrective action.
Capable of providing timely and meaningful training to develop skills of other employees
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and team skills
Sound decision making and time management skills.
Strong understanding of product quality standards & requirements.
Basic MS Office computer skills.
Technical support experience in a manufacturing environment
Experience working in and leading initiatives within a “Lean” environment
Strong problem solving/troubleshooting skills
Excellent communication and organizational skills

Benchmade offer our employees a wide variety of comprehensive rewards and benefits including:

Competitive pay
Cash profit sharing and performance incentives
Medical including Prescriptions and Vision
Dental including Orthodontia
Short-Term and Long-term Disability
Life & Accidental Death and Dismemberment
401K with company match
Fitness Center Reimbursement
Pay for time off, including holiday, bonus holidays, vacation, sick, bereavement and jury duty
Employee Assistance Program
Flexible Spending Account
Outstanding employee discounts on Benchmade products and other partner companies
Tuition reimbursement
Targeted development planning and learning opportunities
Employee and family events throughout the year
Most importantly, Benchmade provides a fun, family oriented and entrepreneurial work environment

This is an exciting time to be part of a company on the verge of even greater success. If you think you have what it takes to be part of a company that strives to create a working environment that stimulates team spirit, passion, engagement, and achievement, complete an application today. Please include a resume and cover letter with your online application.

Benchmade Knife Company values diversity in its work force and is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veterans, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Benchmade complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, benefits, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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