Production Manager in Cork, Ireland at Hach

Date Posted: 8/9/2018

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Job ID: HAC005729

About Us

Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.

OUR MISSION: Ensure water quality for people around the world.
OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products.


Danaher`s Water Quality Business is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality business provides products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, and Trojan Technologies.


The Production Manager is responsible for the daily management of their Production Team; direct the activities of a team in pursuit of world class customer service, measured by Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost. Supports the DBS (Danaher Business System) culture through the team to ensure smooth business growth, increase of productivity, and improvement of quality and optimization of inventory.

  • Daily production performance, including safety, quality, delivery, inventory and productivity
  • Management of people to fulfil production plan
  • Resource planning to meet demand profile
  • Facilitate resolution of production problems to achieve on-time delivery
  • Ensure products are built to relevant quality standards
  • Champion Health & Safety in the manufacturing area
  • Control labour inputs within budget constraints
  • Implement continuous improvement projects as agreed with Operations Manager
  • Conduct regular safety & 5S audits and ensure appropriate corrective action is taken including follow-up investigations for all safety
  • Lead Associate Engagement feedback sessions, develop & implement improvement plans
  • Accountable for the management of overhead and direct cost expenditure within annual capital expenditure budgets. Accountable for consumable and labour costs. 
  • HR matters as agreed with the Operations Manager: responsible/accountable for all HR related issues in the employee life cycle. Evaluate Associates performance and conduct reviews. Coach, train and counsel associates to improve performance.  Work closely with the Human Resources Manager.

  • Ability to make appropriate and tough business decisions with an appropriate sense of urgency
  • Ability to effectively deliver results in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Effective at driving change and managing teams to achieve desired results.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Strong analytical skills-Creativity-Self-awareness-Customer oriented 
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity.
  • Excellent personal organization

Job Requirements



  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing, Industrial, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or equivalent. 
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a Supervisory role with hourly employees.
  • Experience in a lean manufacturing environment  
  • Knowledge of a variety of operational excellence competencies including yet not limited to: 

o   Toyota Production System Tools, Visual Management, Value Stream Mapping, Standard Work, Policy
Deployment, One-piece Flow, Kaizen, Six Sigma


The successful candidate should also be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Data and Fact based problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles
  • Basic financial knowledge
  • Very good command of MS-Office tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Focus for safety, quality and customer satisfaction
  • Strong time management skills
  • Demonstrable success in managing and growing a multi-function labour orientated manufacturing facility, preferably manufacturing high value engineered products.
  • Excellent production planning and co-ordinating skills.
  • Results oriented and able to get the best from the team.
  • Highly focused, competitive and self-motivated.
  • Works well under pressure and deadlines. Able to enthuse and motivate the workforce.
  • Possesses a sense of urgency to set and realise goals
  • Innovative in approach

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.


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