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Technical Manager

Date: Dec 29, 2021

Location: Taylorville, IL, US

Company: AGCO







Taylorville, IL


Manager, Technical Services




Plant Manager

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  • Manage and coordinate process improvement activities through direct staff and by influencing Operations.
  • Manages process/equipment team to maintain and develop production processes
  • Plans, develops, enhances and maintains a Quality Management System that provides continuous improvement to all products manufactured by the organization in order to meet or exceed customer specifications.
  • Implement, advance and manage the AGCO Production System (APS) in the operation applying Lean Manufacturing and Lean Office methods both on the shop floor and in the office


  1.        MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITY:                                                                                         KEY MEASUREMENT:


  • Mfg Direct Labor Productivity
  • DL Productivity % to target
  • OEE / Capacity Availability
  • OEE as need against planned capacity
  • Capitol Expenditure Project Delivery
  • X projects On-time / on budget
  •  AGCO Production System Capability
  •  APS Assessment Score
  •  Mfg Quality Performance
  •  Quality metrics (PPM and RFT)
  •  AGCO Quality System Capability 
  •  AQS Assessment score




  • Strong Knowledge of the basics of Quality Assurance/Control practices as well as mid-level SPC.
  • Strong technical, process focused resource with a deep understanding in the development and optimization of tooling and equipment.
  • Must have the capacity to conceptualize new processes/ways of working and the project management skills to lead in the detailed development of them
  • Detailed knowledge of continuous improvement techniques (Lean Production, Lean Office,  6 sigma, Process Improvement, Ideas program) and the manufacturing systems within AGCO, within the industry and across industries
  • Very good knowledge of project management methods and leading teams
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing processes (assembly and machining), material logistics, manufacturing engineering and quality as well as good understanding of the interface with other support function processes
  • Strong ability to impart knowledge; strong communication skills and persuasiveness. Ability to make drive change, to convince employees and to successfully implement projects 
  • Strong skill level in financial analysis


  • Equipment, tooling and process manufacturing experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of Engineering documentation and Quality Management systems.
  • Comprehensive experience and knowledge of Product Manufacturing, Design, and Engineering in plastics & metal industry.
  • Knowledge of the operational processes, in particular of the entire manufacturing process, the material logistics process and the quality function.
  • Knowledge of support functions, department and business processes to identify key people and stakeholders to involve them in improvement projects
  • Knowledge of operational cost structures, production controlling and product cost is required


  • Manages technical individuals in the fields of Manufacturing Engineering, Quality (Plant, Supplier and Customer), and Continous Improvment
  • Will be responsible for departmental budgets, capitol expendature budget for facilitiy and much of the discrestionary spend for the facility.
  • Responsible to support the sites in completing their Capital Plan.
  • Leading and coordinating employees with special emphasis on conflict management, assertiveness and change management. Ability to identify people's strengths and improve weaknesses in order to get the best performance of individuals and excellent team results.
  • Setting up and coordinating project teams consisting of employees from multiples levels – shop floor thorugh upper managment.
  • Promotion of team spirit and lean mindset development while providing coaching to various levels of employees
  • Strong ability to persuede and influnce other groups to facilitiate site and company success.


  • Must be able to manage a high degree of complex and continuously changing information and situations.
  • Must be very well organized, disciplined and thorough in his or her work.
  • Tasks need to be prioritized and scheduled, good time management and proactive work flow planning are essential.
  • Building a consensus and obtaining buy-in from key stakeholders is essential
  • Must be capable of analyzing problems and of developing, communicating and implementing solutions.
  • Strong analytical skills cross functional experience, good judgment and very good business knowledge (e.g. cost-benefit analysis).
  • Must have strong experience in Industrial equipment troubleshooting and Preventative Maintenance programs
  • Problem solving skills must include Problem Solving disciplines of 5 why, A3, 8D and may include experience with Six Sigma,
  • Must have experience with Lean Manufacturing Continuous improvement tools and Kaizen Events
  • Problem solving skills may include experience with:  Statistical Process Control, Design of Experiments, and Process/Design Failure


  • Has the responsibility to create / control approved list for site equipment purchases. Owns aligning the technology roadmap for future equipment purchases with site and rest of the organization.
  • Team members will be part of NPI (New Product Implementation) process.  Responsibilities include: Design for Mfg, Preliminary Routing Standards/Costing, Support systems engineering team in doing a capacity study.
  • By increasing operational efficiency and eliminating non-value-adding activities, the Technical Manager makes a significant contribution to the improvement of the manufacturing and support functions key performance indicators (labor efficiency, equipment throughput, safety and material costs) and thus the key performance indicators of the company including key financial indicators (ROIC).
  • Directly responsible for driving quality improvements to all parts of Manufacturing.  This encompasses working with Suppliers, In-Plant Manufacturing, Design and Customer related Quality projects and/or incidents.


  • This position has a strong impact on the overall site performance and supports achievement of the Regional of AGCO Protein.
  • The Technical Manager is responsible for ensuring a manufacturing system is successfully operating in the site


  • The Technical Manager must have very good interpersonal skills, be able to delegate and work under pressure, have the ability to negotiate, and be able to prioritize and manage a large volume of information efficiently, effectively and accurately.
  • The Technical Manager must employ standard project management methods and retain a calm and professional manner in communication and problem solving.
  • The Technical Manager must be able to collaborate closely with other functions and convince others without having disciplinary authority to instruct.
  • The Technical Manager must be a good listener and communicator and be able to listen to other's opinions and convey key points to a group. Must be able to give and receive constructive criticism.
  • The Technical Manager will deal with leadership groups form other sites and departments.  Will also deal directly with outside vendor /suppliers.
  • The Technical Manager will be managing a group of experts / (university degree in different areas  mechanical engineering, industrial engineering or others)


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in a major field of science, engineering, or technology required. Quality Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Technology or equivalent required.
  • Five years equipment, tooling and process manufacturing experience
  • Five years of management of employees
  • Direct experience in team facilitation, and group leadership required
  • In-depth knowledge of Engineering documentation and Quality Management Systems
  • Comprehensive experience and knowledge of Product Manufacturing, Design, and Engineering in metal industry
  • Proven ability to oversee / manage multiple complex projects
  • Have the capacity to convert functional process specifications into pilot and industrialized equipment to meet needs
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T / GPS) in-depth knowledge (preferred)
  • Effective oral and written English communication skills (2nd language preferred)
  • Advanced knowledge in Lean Manufacturing and Lean Office techniques and methods.
  • Four years direct experience with a quality function and/or quality related responsibilities.
  • Four years’ experience in the automotive or agricultural equipment manufacturing industries preferred
  • Six Sigma experience preferred


AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural engineering with a portfolio of exciting international brands which deliver solutions to farmers in 140 countries through a full line offer from tractors and combine harvesters to protein production systems and smart farming software solutions – to an environment where the future is happening now. Join us as we bring agriculture into the future.

Nearest Major Market: Springfield

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