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Production Superintendent - Body Shop

Your leadership will make a difference.

At Volvo Cars, we are always looking for world-class leaders who bring out the best in our people. If you want to be part of leading and inspiring our mission to change the automotive experience and make people’s lives less complicated, then we have the job for you.


Production Superintendent - Body Shop


Job Summary

  • The Production Superintendent will lead and direct supervisors and manage all operations within their area of responsibility. Plans, directs, and coordinates the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
  • The Production Superintendent will be a part of the Shop Management Team and will enforce the Volvo Cars’ culture.


Principal Responsibilities

  • Lead, direct and manage operations within the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Coach people and support/provide Supervisors and teams with the prerequisites required to achieve priorities and targets.
  • Full production system utilization and optimization within area of responsibility.
  • Priority management based on Real Time Management.
  • Plans department activities, implements company initiatives, handles people management and escalated people issues within his/her area.
  • Coach, trains and develops people.
  • Responsible for future model launches in their area of responsibility.
  • Early involvement in projects: consisting of new model, introduction of additional shifts, plant expansions, new equipment, new techniques, etc.
  • Develop and control cost, quality, delivery and safety objectives.
  • Review man-hours, cost, performance and ratio plans with supervisors, in order to reach the set targets.
  • Reviews continuous improvement proposals and internal abnormality investigation and provide resources to implement countermeasures.
  • Provide supervisors with necessary infrastructure and empowerment to achieve business goals.
  • Responsible for the daily production results within area of responsibility.
  • Responsible for performance of activities connected to "Year over Year" efficiency improvements.
  • Ensure the implementation of and adherence to Volvo Car Manufacturing System within the entire area of responsibility. 
  • Produce and deliver products according to specifications using continuous improvement tools and with the authority to implement corrective and preventive actions.
  • Work towards an excellent relationship within the area of responsibility and with other Volvo units worldwide. 
  • Work towards a lean organization. 
  • Foster standardized work through Quality Process System and daily coaching activities. 


Competence Requirements

  • Basic skills
    • 5S
    • Standardized Work
    • Andon
    • Real Time Management
    • Problem solving and continuous improvement mindset and methods
    • Manning and flexible manning systems
    • Process observation and confirmation
  • Core Competencies
    • Collaborates: Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
    • Drives results: Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances.
    • Self-development: Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels.
    • Builds trust: Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Role Competencies, to be focused
    • Drives engagement: Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.
    • Ensures ownership: Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments.
    • Builds effective teams: Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
    • Optimizing work processes by knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.


General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, or 8-10 years of experience in a senior leadership role.
  • At least 5 years of experience in automotive manufacturing industry, in a similar role.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strategic thinking and goal oriented.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to build a team, confidence and trust at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong problem-solving/analysis skills. 
  • Experience working in a global environment is preferred.


Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice


Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 

Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.

Charleston, SC, US

Job requisition ID:  47268
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