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Production Manager

Lightning emotors
Loveland, CO
  • Posted: May 11, 2022
  • Full-Time

Position: Manager, Production Operations

Reports to: Director, Production and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Location: Loveland, Colorado

Division : Operations

Compensation: $85,500 to $115,000 (DOE)

About Lightning

The Lightning team works with forward-thinking fleets to engineer, deliver, and manage full transportation electrification solutions, including vehicles, charging, data analysis, and energy infrastructure.

Lightning eMotors designs and manufactures zero-emission all-electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including delivery trucks, shuttle buses, passenger vans, chassis-cab models, and city transit buses. The Lightning products include best-of-class commercial EVs based on leading legacy platforms like the Ford Transit 350HD passenger and cargo vans, Ford E-450 shuttle bus and cutaway models, Ford F-59 step/food van, Ford F-550 cargo trucks and buses, Chevrolet 6500XD Low Cab Forward model, and 30-foot, 35-foot, and 40-foot transit buses.

Why join Us?

Here at Lightning, we focus on innovation, exceeding expectations, collaboration, integrity in our work, and respect for all.

We are a fast-growing company and a newly public company! This enables us to continue scaling our teams and capabilities while also maintaining our leadership within the commercial electric vehicle market. This is your opportunity to be an integral part of the team, working with like-minded professionals who are dedicated not only to making a difference in our world but also transforming the automotive industry.

About our Headquarters

We are headquartered in the heart of beautiful Northern Colorado!

Loveland is located just 45 minutes north of Denver/DIA; 40 minutes from Boulder; 35 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park/Estes Park; and only 15 minutes from Fort Collins, the home of Colorado State University. Whether you are an art lover, outdoor enthusiast, foodie, wildlife admirer, big-city dreamer, or just want to get away, Loveland is the ideal location; and Lightning eMotors is grateful to be a part of this wonderful city.

Visit us at: to learn more about our organization and living in Colorado!

Position Summary

The Production Operations Manager is responsible for leading our production areas and coordinating with both the supply chain and production planning teams to meet expected demand. This role oversees all aspects of production and operations, including developing the systems, processes and team required to plan and execute against customer demand.


  • Develop and manage the production process, ensuring it aligns with supply chain and production schedules as well as the requirements of forecasts and customer orders

  • Develop headcount planning methods and strategies, ensuring all staffing requirements are planned, trained, and able to build to the schedule, safety, cost, and volumes

  • Deploy and maintain production schedules for all areas of production ensuring that daily production volumes are met; ensure team has the tools, resources, and material needed to meet daily production targets

  • Develop systems for effectively managing production schedule, communicating expectations to all levels of the organization, and driving work on the production line

  • Track, report, and help resolve all issues blocking on-time delivery; work with Technical Account Manager team to communicate accurate delivery schedules to customers

  • Serve as point person for key escalation concerns related to on-time deliveries and customer delivery schedule issues

  • Work collaboratively with all departments to define, develop, and run a highly scalable planning system that ensures on-time delivery and meets financial objectives

  • Implement, champion, and sustain lean principles throughout the organization; including utilizing poke yoke practices to solve quality and efficiency topics

  • Drive down costs from production inefficiencies related to scrap or the underutilization of staff or equipment; assist with identifying and implement both labor and process improvements

  • Coordinate with quality and engineering on the development and implementation of advanced manufacturing and quality systems

  • Participate in sales and operations planning process to define future plans and ensure team carries through

  • Perform production planning and work with the team to identify and implement an MES system, when needed

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Leadership: Desire to coach, mentor, and transfer knowledge to team. Ability to shape business at all levels within the organization while confidently leading. Honesty, integrity, and desire to take on challenges are vital to leading successfully at Lightning.

  • Communication: Demonstrated ability to interact respectfully with all employees and customers. Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills are essential along with the ability to listen intently to others.

  • Team player: You should be collaborative and willing to present solutions, improve workflows, solve problems, and work alongside colleagues, assisting when necessary. You should be concerned with the success of the team over personal achievement.

  • Time management: Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, meet deadlines, deliver results, remain organized, and focused on work in a dynamic, manufacturing environment. Possess ability to work independently, make priority-based decisions, and schedule according to production needs.

  • Analytical: Use analytical, conceptual, reasoning, and critical thinking skills to solve problems. Possess ability to collect, organize, analyze, and report on data with attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Adaptability: You should be willing to learn new technologies; and both obtain and maintain technical certifications as needed. Possess desire to stay current with industry trends and keep the organization agile and able to adapt to changes.

  • Safety focused: You should keep safety in the forefront of your mind, demonstrating safe work practices and complying with safety procedures.

    What we require:

  • Bachelors degree in Business, Industrial Management, Engineering, or related field; or equivalent experience in a directly related role

  • 3 years of experience in automotive production operations

  • 3+ years of experience in production or supply management, including material management, procurement, manufacturing processes, quality processes, and/or logistics

  • At least 2 years of experience with advanced manufacturing systems and processes (MES, ERP, automation, etc.)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of lean manufacturing principles

  • Demonstrated experience integrating design, sourcing, planning, manufacturing, and logistics milestones into total product life cycle

  • Experience monitoring, metrics collection and reporting

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

    What we prefer:

  • 5+ years of experience in automotive production operations

  • Previous experience as an engineer is highly desired

  • Six sigma certification

  • Direct experience using Netsuite for MRP and production planning

  • Direct experience driving engineering change management

  • Familiar with the automotive vehicle development process

    Benefits offered:

    Once hired, employees are offered generous benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance

  • Health Savings Account and Health Reimbursement Plan (if enrolled in medical plan)

  • 401(k)

  • Paid time off (accrued)

  • Paid holidays

  • Short and Long-term disability

  • Life insurance

  • Employee assistance program

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    Lightning eMotors is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, military or veteran status.

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