WD-40 Company

  • Manufacturing Engineer

    Supply Chain
    United States
    San Diego
  • Overview

    Snapshot of What We’re Looking For


    We are seeking a passionate, business-minded Manufacturing Engineer who will be responsible for the effective and efficient production of product on all lines producing for WD-40 Company in the Americas by managing third-party manufacturers and vendors.  This includes oversight and problem solving related to packager performance and production line efficiency as well as product specifications and design for manufacturing.  This engineer is charged with overseeing the design and development of WD-40 Company owned tools and equipment and is the steward of all WD-40 Company capital assets related to manufacturing for the Americas.


    If you are a recent graduate or think you may be shy on some of the requirements but are driven, passionate and have the ability to see how your work impacts the overall business please consider joining our fun tribe!  We are looking to develop the right person into this exciting role – you bring the energy, we’ll bring the opportunities for experience.


    Our “Why”

    At WD-40 Company we believe that purpose-driven, passionate people guided by our values create amazing outcomes.  Our “why” is refreshingly simple - we exist to create positive lasting memories in everything we do. We solve problems. We make things work smoothly. We create opportunities. How we achieve our “why” is by cultivating a tribal culture through learning, teaching and living our values.

    Since 1953, our formulation remains a secret. It is no secret that our passion for our people, culture, and brands is what distinguishes us. WD-40 Company has best-in-class products and we seek best-in-class talent.


    What You’ll Be Doing

    • Commercial Business Advocate
    • Provides guidance and support to all trading bloc as it relates to manufacturing’s impact on the commercial business.
    • Challenges and overcomes constraints that inhibit commercial objectives and collaborates cross functionally to ensure commercial success.
    • Manages balance sheet responsibilities related to capital assets and P&L responsibilities related to depreciation, equipment repair & maintenance.
    • Ensures adequate manufacturing capacity to support target demand through structural network changes including new vendors and the development of additional manufacturing equipment.
    • Design for Manufacturing
    • Collaborates with the Primary Packaging Engineer to review new and existing product designs to assure design-for-manufacturing within existing or planned manufacturing equipment and processes.
    • Collaborates with the Secondary Packaging Engineer during the product packaging design and development process to provide expert guidance regarding manufacturability, design standards, documentation, specifications, development of test methodology, identification of design alternatives, improvements in manufacturing efficiency, and reduction in cost.
    • Manufacturing Standards
    • Leads the troubleshooting of production and quality issues within the manufacturing process in partnership with external and internal suppliers, consultants and other functional teams. Evaluates Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), sets OEE targets and analyzes labor and material variation within production processes to assure optimal quality, yield and throughput. Manages the production performance of over a dozen contract packagers ensuring adherence to product specifications and optimizing line efficiency.  Defines statements of work during requests for proposals and develops and performs plant audits to evaluate candidate strengths and weaknesses.
    • Manufacturing Continuous Improvement
    • Works cross functionally with R&D, Operations and Quality to develop innovative processes for new products and improve processes of existing products by applying engineering principles, lean six sigma methodology and standards and procedures in the execution of projects and programs.
    • Collaborates with Quality and R&D to define product testing specifications. Leads in the execution of Test Products Runs for new products to ensure product integrity. Recommends modifications to machinery and tooling to drive process improvements, and cost reduction initiatives with multi-functional teams.
    • Financial Analysis
    • Perform cost-benefit ROI/NPV analysis to support continuous improvement programs in manufacturing processes and product specifications.
    • This engineer conducts controlled experiments to consider the redesign of manufacturing lines and/or equipment and the development and transfer of new processes.
    • Prepare and manage annual P&L and balance sheet plans. Understand and utilize cost drivers to prepare cost analysis to inform ongoing continuous improvement efforts, identify new opportunities to target and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of contract manufacturing partners.
    • Steward of Machinery & Equipment Capital Assets
    • Manages the lifecycle of all assets performing annual inventories.
    • Tracks and communicates the status of each capital asset including invoice status and commission dates.
    • Works closely with Finance to ensure proper accounting treatment and that the formal capital asset approval process is followed.
    • Budgets annually for productive additions to WD-40’s assets collaborating cross functionally with all functions.


    What You’ll Bring to the Role

    • Prefer education or experience in business management of a multi-site, international organization.
    • Education or experience in production support and/or process definition and development, design, scale-up, improvement and validation.
    • Prefer in-plant experience with high volume production in a mid-level technical manufacturing environment.
    • Education or Experience with product development processes and project management.
    • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Industrial, Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering
    • Prefer direct experience within a manufacturing environment.
    • Prefer Lean Six Sigma Experience

    Why You Should Apply

    •  If you believe in our “why” this is the place for you
    • Over 93% employee engagement as of February 2018 global employee survey
    • Publicly traded company headquartered in San Diego, California since 1953
    • Voted Most Democratic Workplace and certified WorldBlu Freedom Centered Workplace
    • Learning based culture that supports the growth and development of our team members


    We’ve Got You Covered


    Our competitive and comprehensive benefits package provide you and your family with extensive protection and security, along with quality, life-enhancing programs to include; profit sharing, annual cash incentive reward potential for everyone, tuition reimbursement, 401K matching, short day Fridays and much more!


    Do You Align With Our Values?


    Please, only consider employment with WD-40 Company if you feel as strongly about our values as we do:  We live, breathe, and play by our values every day.

    •  We value doing the right thing.
    • We value creating positive lasting memories in all our relationships.
    • We value making it better than it is today.
    • We value succeeding as a Tribe while excelling as individuals.
    • We value owning it and passionately acting on it.
    • We value sustaining the WD-40 Company economy.

    Apply Now

    Preference will be given to applicants who do not require visa sponsorship such as H1-B or OPT.

    Thank you for considering WD-40 Company in your career search!


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