Director of Production

Thombert, an advanced manufacturer with a record of growth and success, is looking for a Director of Production to be located in Newton, IA.  Thombert is the leading manufacturer of polyurethane wheels & tires for electric forklifts and rubber track tractors.  We have manufacturing facilities in Newton, and Brooklyn, Iowa.  This is a senior leadership role, reporting to the President of the company and responsible for company-wide production.  To apply, please email our Human Resources team with your resume here.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for direction, coordination, and evaluation of Thombert Manufacturing Facilities
  • Interact, visit, and communicate with various vendors/customers regarding necessary changes to improve operations
  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives
  • Review production costs and product quality, to maximize labor and material costs to improve profitable operations
  • Research and assess viability of new technologies to improve operations / develop new products
  • Participate in strategic planning process
  • Ensure training is provided an relevant measureable objectives are set for all production facilities/teams
  • Monitor and take necessary actions to ensure safe work conditions
  • Manage assigned personnel in performance of their duties including, but not limited to, interviewing, hiring, training, evaluation, scheduling work activities, discipline and discharge
  • Establish and monitor individual and team goals aligned with business strategies and objectives
  • Provides a leadership role in the integration of efforts throughout the plant promoting a positive work environment and employee engagement
  • Conducts regular scheduled departmental meetings to enhance communications


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business, Communications or related field
  • 7+ years of relevant progressive experience in manufacturing, Master’s degree preferred
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and technical skills to drive manufacturing process improvements in a TPS or related CI environment.
  • Team Player – ability to perform as a member of the senior leadership team and to coach and mentor management personnel to promote  and instill the Thombert mission 
  • Understanding of engineering principles and practices, including ability to read blueprints and manufacturing schematics
  • Strong written, and verbal communication skills across corporate personnel and rank and file plant personnel
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and other software packages


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