Welcome to the WAGNER world!

With more than 1,600 employees at 16 locations and in 13 countries we are one of the market-leading manufacturers of innovative coating technology. We bring colour, protection and functions to surfaces. Our customers are industrial enterprises, crafts enterprises and do-it-yourselfers. The enthusiasm for perfect surfaces unites us. We are not simply looking for employees. We are looking for people who share our enthusiasm.

Production Director

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447



Thank you for your interest in Wagner. We always have our eyes open for talented people who want to learn, grow and expand their capabilities with Wagner.

From start to finish, you'll enjoy a fun and colorful career at Wagner.


Wagner is small enough that you matter and large enough for you to make a difference.

Wagner Spray Tech believes that people represent a company's most important asset. At Wagner, we strive to create an organization where everyone participates and efforts are focused toward continuous improvement. These improvements are driven by dedication, teamwork, and the innovation of the Wagner family.

Our company participates in the US government's E-Verify process. In addition, all offers of employment are contingent on a drug test and background check.



Our benefit package includes starting at 4 weeks PTO per year, 401(k) and a company match, medical, dental, life, disability, long term care insurance, as well as tuition reimbursement.




Position Objective: 

As a Director of Production at Wagner Spray Tech, you will be accountable for the assembly, manufacturing, and warehousing value streams, and have overall accountability for safety, quality, and meeting or exceeding established production requirements. Incumbent will drive organizational change through direction and management of cross-functional teams and oversees multiple areas and multiple shifts. Ensures a safe work environment and product quality standards are maintained, while being accountable for business results for the team while driving towards World Class Operations.



Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Taking aggressive actions to promote our safety and continuous improvement culture demonstrated by eliminating safety hazards and waste in the work areas.
  • Ensuring effective operation of assigned value streams to meet production schedules in a safe, cost-effective, quality, high-velocity manner.
  • Utilizing resources, including people, material and machines, to achieve safety, cost, quality and inventory management targets
  • Determining / deploying actions required to maintain and improve safety, quality, velocity, and efficiency in work areas – utilizing lean manufacturing methodologies and processes.
  • Performs on-going evaluation of workloads and assists Supervisors in solving problems
  • Initiates and conducts process improvement dialogs with Supervisors, Leads and Team Members.
  • Develops detailed near-term and long-term production plans (labor staffing, line configurations, line balancing, etc).
  • Understands and communicates business/financial information related to manufacturing operations.
  • Develops and adheres to a budget for the value stream.
  • Drives root cause analysis and resolution on all forms of loss, i.e., safety, quality, production.
  • Promoting engagement, learning and professional development for direct reports and their teams
  • Developing and deploying training of resources on work processes
  • Developing and setting goals to assist direct reports and meet goals
  • Additional duties as delegated or assigned



Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • 4-year University degree in a manufacturing/engineering related discipline, or 10 + years of job related experience
  • Business management skills, knowledge of lean processes and tools, and strong technical understanding of manufacturing processes
  • 6+ years of progressively responsible operations and/or supply chain experience
  • 5+ years of supervisory or people management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to drive results through visual, metric oriented management
  • Experience managing multiple New Product Introductions
  • Thorough knowledge of lean manufacturing and general manufacturing operation process development
  • Proven track record of innovation, ingenuity, creativity, attention to detail, ownership, integrity, accountability, and willingness to seek and take on challenges is required


Required Interpersonal & Behavioral Skills: 

  • Emotional Intelligence: Influences others, listens openly and sends convincing messages; negotiates and resolves disagreements, is cooperative and collaborative.
  • Ability to problem-solve.
  • Ability to concentrate on tasks, make decisions and work calmly and effectively in a high-pressure, deadline oriented environment.
  • Willingness to be flexible with time and adjust to a changing work environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships, both internally and externally, while maintaining a client service orientation.
  • Ability to influence others and drive continuous improvement without direct report control
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in dealing with highly confidential information.
  • Consistent attendance either onsite or remotely as needed by the business.
  • Ability to take direction and accept supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, organize and accurately prioritize work, be detail-oriented, understand when urgency is required and use good judgment in varied situations.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous experience leading people managers/supervisors
  • Lean/Continuous Improvement experience
  • SAP Experience
  • SIOP Experience
  • Experience working cross functionally (Mfg. Eng., Quality, HR, Eng., etc..)


Top candidates will also have:

  • Solid management, motivational, organization, problem solving, human relations and communications skills
  • Project Management experience
  • General understanding of the manufacturing processes, organization, products, policies, and procedures
  • General IT knowledge (Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, email, and internet)




Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis