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Posted:  26 Aug 2016 17:24
As a world class juvenile products company, we take pride in our responsibility to care for precious life and place the highest priority on the safety features of our products. Dorel Juvenile USA's portfolio features diverse, industry-leading brands that include Safety 1st, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi, Quinny and Tiny Love. Each excels in providing parents with innovative designs. We are continuously extending our leading market position and believe team spirit, personal drive, and accountability can make a real difference in achieving the sustainable growth essential to our future.

Dorel Juvenile USA currently employs 350 people across the country.  We research, design, develop, and test our products in-house, giving employees opportunities to gain inter-departmental experience. Our aim is to introduce and grow talent at all levels of our organization. Our global organization and our international supplier and customer base, allow employees to collaborate with juvenile colleagues and partners from all over the world. Working at Dorel Juvenile means having a real impact on people’s lives. Together we care about the precious lives of children.


The Molding Manager will be responsible for leading the Molding Department team by directing work assignments, interpreting production schedules, training and developing operators, and monitoring/ensuring acceptable quantity/quality standards in production.  Promotes a positive environment and facilitates activities in the department.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Essential duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

•    Schedule the tooling workload and personnel to meet production demands.
•    Recommend, implement and determine the effectiveness of changes regarding tooling related issues.
•    Drive Decouple and scientific molding in molding and tooling departments.
•    Work daily with technicians on the floor on good mold set-up procedures.
•    Drive (SMED) mold change.
•    Monitor all mold changes and track all change over and start up times.
•    Monitor KPI’s and implement resolution if needed
•    Review shift and set-up reports for resolution of tool-related and machine issues.
•    Maintain the equipment within the molding and tooling departments.
•    Schedule and track preventive maintenance on molds.
•    Determine the effectiveness of the preventive maintenance and make adjustments as required.
•    Analyze mold repair histories to implement cost-effective improvements to molds.
•    Enforce all applicable safety procedures and company policies.
•    Maintain and enforce the standard mold specifications.
•    Provide technical assistance to manufacturing as needed in assessing, diagnosing, troubleshooting tooling issues.
•    Participate in the planning and start-up of each new tool, and the milestone meetings as the tool is brought into production.
•    Assist in machine startups and shutdowns per operating schedule and oversees technician training.
•    Updates mold PM database based on scheduled/completed PM activities.
•    Performs other related duties as assigned.


•    Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in plastics technology preferred.
•    A minimum of 10 years molding experience in an injection molding facility.
•    A minimum of 5 years’ experience setting molds in an injection molding facility.
•    A minimum of 5 years’ experience working with tooling.
•    A minimum of a RJG Master Molder I certified, RJG Master Molder II preferred.
•    Lean/Six Sigma Black or Green Belt Certification back ground preferred but not required
•    Experience with polypropylenes, nylons, and ABS, Acetal, and silicon materials.
•    A minimum of 5 years working with Automation, robotics, vision systems ECT…
•    CAD knowledge strongly preferred.
•    Related experience.  Good prior work history.  Previous applicable work experience in a similar operation desirable.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  The skills and abilities listed below are representative of the skills and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the job successfully. 

•    Strong injection molding background related to product and tool design.
•    Strong understanding of tooling.
•    Microsoft Office knowledge
•    Ability to effectively communicate and present information both written and verbally to external team members
•    Ability to Design and execute experiments (DOEs) to optimize manufacturing process performance.
•    Ability to effectively organize and plan daily activities and special projects.
•    Ability to train and lead employees in proper operating/safety procedures and direct work assignments.
•    Must have the ability to work alternate shifts, as assigned, to meet business needs, including flexibility with work and “days-off” schedules. 
•    Understand operation of and the ability to perform process adjustments on all machines. Must have a basic understanding of the injection molding process (machines, molds, process).
•    Ability to perform quality control procedures with attention to specification details - weights and measurements of the products.           

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:   The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

•    Regularly required to stand while running machines.
•    Uses close vision to produce and inspect product for acceptability and read a variety of documents, including work orders, etc.
•    Uses hands to finger, handle, and feel objects, tools or controls to make minor adjustments to machinery.
•    Regularly reaches with hands and arms to operate machinery.
•    Regularly bends and stoops while performing machine adjustments.
•    Regularly climbs ladders to adjust machine weights and during end of shift clean up and changeovers. 
•    Must be able to safely lift a minimum of 50 lbs.  Waist high and over the shoulders to lift pails. 
•    Communicates and receives communication regarding work-related information, normally conducted through hearing and talking.


While performing this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and may be exposed to the risk of electrical shock.  The employee is occasionally exposed to vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.  Hearing protection will be provided in areas where the decibel levels are over the maximum requirements by OSHA.

The individual will be exposed to dust within the plant and the area of work.

Janell Mitchell
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