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POST DATE 8/30/2016
END DATE 1/14/2017

GSI Group, Inc. Bedford, MA

Bedford, MA
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Full Time
Job Type
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)



Job Title
Production Supervisor
Organizational Unit
Novanta, Inc. - Cambridge Technology, Inc.
Bedford - Bedford, MA 01730-1402 US (Primary)

In this exciting and challenging role you will work for Cambridge Technology. Cambridge Technology is a Global leader in galvanometer based scanning technology and associated mirrors. These products are used in various laser based applications from medical devices, rapid prototyping, converting, marking and coding and many more. Cambridge Technology s products deliver up to 1 micron accuracy and marking speeds of over 1,000 characters per second.

Cambridge Technology is part of Novanta Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: NOVT) and a leading global supplier of precision photonic components and subsystems to OEM's in the Medical, Industrial and Microelectronics markets Join the group and start working with of our team of 1,400 employees in over 15 locations across the world. Novanta was founded in 1968, allowing us to claim nearly 50 years of experience in our areas of expertise.

Our success is driven by our global team of highly talented, experienced and customer-focused professionals. As a Novanta employee you will be part of a fast-paced, growing company that partners very closely with its customers. We focus on operational excellence, leadership, and accountability. If you are a hard-working, self-starter, who is looking to share your ideas, develop your skills, widen your experiences, and you want to make an impact in an exciting and challenging work environment, then Novanta is the workplace for you. We offer competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and exciting career opportunities.

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Job Description

Principal Duties / Responsibilities:

As the Supervisor of Systems Area, you are responsible for supervising all activities associated with production assembly and test for both first and second shift. In this role you are expected to supervise operations and the activities of personnel assigned that perform a variety of repetitive and non-repetitive assembly, test, and troubleshooting operations on the full range of CTI products. In addition to accepting and carrying out assignments from the Production Manager and the senior management team you are principally responsible for the following:

General Supervision Responsibilities:

a) Meeting daily/weekly/monthly Production build plans.
b) Meet On Time Delivery Goals.
c) Monitor and continuously improve production flow and throughput.
d) Monitor and ensure acceptable quality levels are achieved and maintained.
e) Monitoring activities of personnel to ensure accuracy of materials consumed during assembly /test processes.
f) Implement LEAN Techniques, and facilitate KAIZEN events.
g) Work with other departments on NPI (New Product Introduction) activities.
h) Participate in cycle counting and other related activities associated with material controls within the electromechanical assembly area.
i) Responsible for ensuring that employees assigned are provided with appropriate levels of training and they are given the tools necessary to perform jobs assigned.
j) Excellent attendance record.
k) Accepting other tasks as assigned.

Environmental / Work Conditions:

a. Responsible for maintaining neat and orderly working environments in all areas of responsibility.
b. Responsible for assuring safety in all areas of responsibility
c. Responsible for complying with all laws governing the storage handling and disposal of hazardous material; and all laws governing environmental health and safety of employees.

Quality Management System:

a. Participating with Manufacturing Engineering in the Development and Documentation of processes associated with production activities.
b. Develop / Maintain job descriptions for all employees assigned.
c. Provide Training for all employees in accordance with internal policies.
d. Audit internal processes as required.
e. Ensure department wide compliance with policies / procedures established.


a. Maintain production lead times as required.
b. Monitor system to ensure that shop orders are started and completed on time.
c. Monitoring the accuracy of material transactions.
d. Working with the Master Scheduler to plan / schedule production related activities
e. Monitoring / maintaining production labor standards with Manufacturing Engineering.
f. Assisting with the implementation of Shop Floor Controls for production that require multiple operations (i.e. repairs).

Product Quality:
a. Ensuring that product quality exceeds production yields of 98% for workmanship.
b. Ensuring that a review of all test rejects take place with production personnel when appropriate.
c. Identifying problems in a timely manner and initiating corrective actions.

a. Increasing productivity by recommending alternative processes and tooling that meet design objectives.

a. Monitoring forecast and customer demand to ensure adequate manpower to support delivery schedules and revenue targets.

Job Requirements

Knowledge: Required To Perform the Job:
(Knowledge is learning acquired by study, observation, formal schooling or experience.)

a) Able to work from specifications, technical manuals, schematics, and verbal / written instructions.
b) Proficient in the use of a variety of test equipment including oscilloscopes, signal generators, and other input / output electronic test devices.
c) Able to discuss technical problems encountered with supervisor.
d) Able to compile and record test results.
e) Adheres to company policies and procedures.
f) May be required to assist in the design of complex test equipment; and develop new procedures.
g) Must be able to read and understand diagnostic data.
h) Education: Some College Training and Technical training or equivalent experience
i) Experience: 5+ years as a production supervisor / technician or lead person.
j) General proficiencies: Familiar with assembly and material handling practices that ensure quality, ability to read engineering documentation and communicate requirements to personnel assigned; familiar with ERP applications (Oracle experience desirable) with emphasis on MRP and Shop Floor Controls.

Skills: Required to Perform the Job:
(Skills are the tools required to effectively perform the job.)

1. Leadership: Good to excellent skills are required.
2. Good mechanical and electrical aptitude.
3. Manual dexterity to demonstrate skills required to perform precision assembly.
4. Business Ethics / Standards of Conduct: Conduct must meet or exceed generally accepted norms.
5. Communications: Must be capable of communicating with subordinates, peers, suppliers and the senior management team.

Personal Traits:
(High drive, positive attitudes, leadership, etc.)

1. Positive attitude, willingness to work with peers and subordinates.
2. Displays a high moral and business code of conduct
3. Able to deal with suppliers, subordinates, and customers in a professional manner.
4. Able to be a role model for others.

Novanta is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to physical or mental disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other protected federal, state/province or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.