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Production Team Lead

Date: Sep 24, 2021

Location: Eden Prairie, MN, US, 55344

Company: MTS Systems

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A thriving environment for learning, innovation and growth.


Why do so many people join MTS Systems Corporation and stay for a career? Because this is a place where you get to apply your creativity, work with smart people on fascinating projects, and make a positive impact on people’s lives. It is a place where you can learn, innovate and grow professionally.


Transforming what’s possible with cars, aircraft, bridges, wind turbines and space-age materials — this is work we dream about as kids. At MTS, it’s a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world, many of whom are leaders in their respective industries.


By joining MTS, you’ll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You’ll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.


Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.



Primary Objective: 

Accountable for collaborating and communicating with Planners, Supervisors, Materials and production floor to ensure manufacturing resources are maximized to meet desired factory output. Accountable for ensuring manufacturing resources (personnel, material, and space) are maximized/managed to meet business need.


Major Areas of Accountability: 

1. Job order administration 

  • Processes production order SAP transactions as required
  • Conducts order changes in SAP to ensure accuracy of material transactions
  • Job packet release/stage & distribution to ensure timely execution
  • Maintain the daily dispatch
  • Works with area Manufacturing Engineer (ME) to help resolve QN’s, lot inspections, and project on-holds

2. Ensures that all production material/supplies/tools are available at point of consumption

  • Jointly supports material handling group to organize production material and supplies
  • Works with area technicians and other support functions to define/establish material presentation
  • Identifies material deficiencies and performs root cause analysis to minimize/eliminate out-of-stock occurrence. Works cross-functionally to implement solutions
  • Works with appropriate functions to synchronize material delivery schedules with production schedules
  • Works cross-functionally to ensure appropriate inventory level of local materials and supplies meet production volume requirements
  • Defines locations for projects based upon project requirements (when not defined by space planning)
  • Facilitates inventory counting for PSA locations

3. Coordinates production resources to facilitate work flow

  • Provides work direction to assure labor resources are fully utilized. Recognize resource constraints and resulting impact on orders.  Plans and distributes future work
  • Finalizes work center dispatch and distributes appropriately
  • Maintains close collaboration with Manager/Planning to set schedule and coordinate unscheduled work activity 

4. Assists with evaluation of performance of hourly employees and assists in the hiring process

  • Assists in the development of area training within the department
  • Supports employee development and evaluation for cross-training purposes
  • Helps manage on-the-job training material
  • Provides training to new production personnel as needed and contributes to the development of work instructions

5. Manages production equipment as needed

  • Assist in validation of new production equipment  
  • Schedules routine maintenance 
  • Works to ensure calibrations of existing equipment are up to date. 

6. Process strategies and safety improvement/enforcements of policies and procedures

  • Works with production and area Manufacturing Engineer (ME) to develop new process strategies
  • Participates in area safety investigations and supports implementation of new practices.    
  • Leads continuous improvement projects    
  • Leads 5S activities (assigns technicians as needed)
  • Contributes to safety improvements and enforcement of Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) policies and procedures    

7. Leadership

  • Communicates well with area staff, Mfg Engineering, Production Planners, Programmers, and Managers.
  • Promotes open and positive dialogue with team members
  • Demonstrates proper departmental authority for position and enforces policies and procedures



•    Either a vo-tech degree and 4 years relevant manufacturing experience, OR 8 years relevant manufacturing experience
•    2 years Lead, Foreman, or supervisory experience required
•    General SAP  experience preferred 
•    Proven ability to work with Quality Systems and Process Routings
•    Basic MS Office skills
•    Prefer willingness to work flexible schedule when required by the business
•    General understanding of change management process is preferred




MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.

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