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Progress Rail Services Corp. Production Manager in Peru, Indiana


PRS Facility Location:

Peru, IN (Life Rd) Loco Cmpts - 429

Job Purpose:

Manages the structure and method of OEM engineering, manufacturing of locomotive products and related lean or value stream processes, scheduling both internally and reporting externally, employee performance and metrics and ensuring adherence to safety protocols. Oversees day-to-day operation and movement of the shop.

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Company Description:

Railroads transport goods and people millions of miles every day. At Progress Rail, we believe in going the distance with them. We are looking for talented and innovative team players to address the challenges of the rail industry today, ensuring success for the future. Build a long-term career with opportunities for growth and advancement as part of a vibrant network of close to 200 global locations. Our innovative team members work together to forge the bridge between ideas and success!

As a Caterpillar company, Progress Rail is an integrated rolling stock and infrastructure provider, delivering a full range of products and services to domestic and international railroad customers. Our customers enjoy one-stop shopping and comprehensive railway solutions – whether it rolls on the rail or is the rail itself. From locomotives, transit, freight cars and engines, to tracks, signals and advanced technology, we ensure customers can count on us to meet their needs.

Learn how we keep our customers rolling by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn, and by visiting .

Education / Training:

• Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.

Job Title:

Production Manager



Key Job Elements:

• Manages and schedules manufacturing of Progress Rail products;

• Determines processing needs to assure fixtures, tooling and methods are provided to meet schedulers and production requirements;

• Determines overtime needs, determines priorities when resources are limited;

• Ensures necessary parts and materials are ordered and distributed;

• Suggests changes in working conditions and use of equipment to maximize efficiency;

• Ensures preventive maintenance is performed according to schedule;

• Implements various corporate initiatives, such as 5S, Lean Manufacturing, etc.;

• Monitors and improves safety on the shop floor; eliminates / mitigates any unsafe conditions;

• Evaluates, assesses, and identifies training needs for the work force; assists with creating, training, and implementing work standards;

• Adjusts section staffing to meet flow and customer requirements;

• Works with other major areas of the facility to facilitate cleanliness of units and full completion of issues that arise;

• Develops coworkers/team members to further strengthen their core competencies; provides feedback and evaluates employees;

• Tracks production and material fallout;

• Practices and teaches CPS Guiding Principles;

• Drives Root Cause identification; drives continuous process improvement;

• Performs additional job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

• 3+ years of experience working in a machine tool environment; experience in production supervision;

• Requires a thorough knowledge of CPS processes and tools, machine shop operations, equipment, and processes, plus familiarity with materials and quality objectives;

• Supervisor and/or Manager training; ability to work together in a team environment; ability to manage a diverse workforce;

• Training in Lean Manufacturing and Auditing preferred;

• Strong communication skills, both written and oral;

• Strong proficiency with MS Office tools (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and Blueprint reading;

• Understanding of scheduling and manpower planning.

Essential and Physical Activities Functions

• Strength – Position typically involves oversight in an industrial environment. Frequent standing, sitting, and walking. Occasional light to medium-level lifting (up to 30 pounds);

• Motion – Position regularly requires standard motions associated with leading and demonstrating in an industrial environment. Occasional reaching, handling, pulling, stooping, carrying, kneeling, crouching;

• Vision/Hearing Requirements – Constant verbal communications, including both talking and hearing;

• Work Environment – Position is Safety Sensitive and will frequently require the use of Personal Protective Equipment. Position may involve work in a non-temperature-controlled environment. Position is located in an industrial environment, including occasional exposure to noise (85+ decibels), occasional exposure to temperature changes, heavy machinery and other hazardous working conditions;

• Emotional Demands – Very high level of responsibility. Must be able to coordinate diverse aspects of a project. Requires significant interpersonal skills while sustaining very high standards;

• Safety – Position is Safety Sensitive and will require the use of Personal Protective Equipment.


Equal Opportunity Employer – Race/Color/Sex/Religion/National Origin/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Vets/Disabilities


Progress Rail offers an excellent total compensation package,* including competitive salary, paid time off for vacation and holidays, 401(k) plan with company match, medical/dental/vision/life/disability insurance and flexible spending accounts. Relocation assistance may be available for some positions.

*Benefits eligibility differs by job position and employment status - governing plan documents control such benefits.

Job Category:

Production - Operations & Support