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Production Team Lead 

About the Organization It is the mission of GSS to be a world class supplier of superior steering products in markets where we elect to compete. It is the focus of GSS to continue with both customer and product diversification with growth initiatives in the global markets where safety critical steering is required.

Over the past forty years, Global Steering Systems has evolved from a division of a high precision bearing company to a stand-alone, privately-held company with operations around the world. At GSS, our focus is on continuous improvement of products, processes and employees for the benefit of all GSS stakeholders. GSS provides solutions for the most demanding steering applications.

With extensive years of technical capability in the area of steering development and engineering, GSS is superior by far in the capability to deliver customer service, technical support and high quality products. With an expanding global footprint, GSS has a physical presence in a multitude of geographic regions in order to expedite the delivery of services and solutions to the automotive markets around the world.  

The Team Leader, Production reports and works directly with the Supervisor and is responsible for leading hourly associates while achieving quality and production objectives with an emphasis on promoting an environment which fosters continuous improvement, collaboration, problem solving and high performance. This position is responsible for managing associate performance, driving positive change, ensuring results are timely and satisfying customer needs. The Team Leader, Production is responsible for the administration of company policies and procedures, including safety and good housekeeping.

Reports to Supervisor, Operations. Indirect Reports include Machine Operators, Setters, Materials Handlers, and other Manufacturing Associates.


  • Know and follow SOP's, Dimensional Control Plan's, Process controls and reaction plans. Provide leadership for team compliance with plans and procedures.
  • Must understand and comply with our internal layered audit system.
  • Manage tools, machines and parts to meet production goals.
  • Lead team to maintain machines and work areas in clean and orderly condition.
  • Coordinate with Production control on schedules and execute production planning.
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) reviews, analysis and tracking within cells.
  • Monitor Work in Process (WIP) within Cells.
  • Manage recovery plans
  • Daily/Weekly communication to Associates (Schedules, new/changes to procedures, policies, coaching/development, etc.)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Operational Excellence through fostering and promoting an environment of continuous improvement.
  • Train employees on the following and certify/document on quality and customer requirement (this list is not exhaustive):
    • PLEX (traceability) and reinforcement of behaviors
    • Proper gaging
    • Safety procedures
  • Responsible for ensuring product conforms to quality standards and must do the following (this list is not exhaustive):
    • Work with Engineering and Quality Assurance on machine capabilities studies.
    • Maintain SPC records/checklists as specified. Maintain process documentation relating to quality and productivity.
    • Complete Daily Quality and Layered Quality Audits
    • Identify and record quality Issues (NCR's and CAPA's)
  • Lead or actively participate with Supervisor in problem solving initiatives (root cause analysis, 5S, Kaizen events or other lean manufacturing events). Ensure that employees are reinforcing 5S (housekeeping) behaviors and analyzing and classifying scrap daily, by shift.
  • Train and develop hourly manufacturing employees; including but not limited to on the job training, cross training coverage, safe work habits and good housekeeping.
  • Analyze and classify scrap daily by shift
  • Ensure a safe working environment free of hazards by doing the following (this list is not exhaustive): being aware of safety regulations, taking responsibility for the associates' safety on each set up, investigating, recording and preparing safety incident reports, eliminating and reinforcing safety behaviors, reporting unsafe conditions and policing PPE.
  • Manage and maintain Inventory accuracy between cells, review and approve documentation (WIP).
  • Execute Production Planning
  • Work with Supervisor to eliminate roadblocks to meet demand (capacity increase, demand variation)
  • Manage recovery plans
  • Ensure PM Schedules are complete
  • Ensure that employees perform machine changeover
  • Ensure that employees are performing corrective maintenance. Ensure that machine repair is expedited, prioritized, coordinated and managed with maintenance and engineering.
  • Ensure that employees are repairing and troubleshooting equipment
  • Ensure employees are managing cycle counting
  • Cover Supervisor during absences (vacation, travel, etc.)
  • Complete time and attendance sheets and distribute to payroll when Supervisor is out.

The above are principle responsibilities and do not identify all duties inherent in the job.

Position Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Previous setter experience (min. 1 year)
  • Minimum one to three years manufacturing knowledge.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Problem solving ability.
  • Understanding of quality and process control systems (understanding of DCP, SPC, etc.)
  • In-depth machine knowledge preferred.
  • Product knowledge preferred.
  • Communication skills.
  • Diagnostic and troubleshooting skills preferred.

Competencies – Knowledge, skills and characteristics/behaviors

  • Demonstrated proficiency in problem solving.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to interact and interface with production personnel as well as management.
  • Demonstrated leader and change agent focused on achieving results.
  • Excellent ability to collaborate, problem solve and drive continuous improvement efforts.
  • Ability to follow the established rules, policies and practices of environmental, health and safety.
  • Provide strong leadership and a clear vision (drive)
  • Foster teamwork (self-sustain teams)

Additional Notes

  • Position requires the ability to lift, bend, good hand dexterity, visual inspection and some manual handling not to exceed 35 pounds.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Production Team Lead  
Hiring Manager(s) Heather Waddell  
Location HQ  
EOE Statement We understand a diverse workforce is a creative and productive workforce, helping satisfy the changing and diverse needs of our community, our business partners, and our associates.

Our company supports Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and we will not deny opportunities or benefits in regard to race, color, religious creed, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, ancestry, past or current mental or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, civil union status, or any other legally protected status.  

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