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Manufacturing Team Lead (R459444)

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineer



Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Stryker is driven to work together with our customers to make healthcare better. In order to fulfill our commitment as a federal contractor, while focusing on the health and safety of our employees and those that we serve, COVID-19 vaccines will be required for all Stryker US employees effective January 4, 2022, as well as all new US employees joining our company. Fully vaccinated persons are those who are >=14 days post-completion of the primary series of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. If you are applying to a sales and field role which requires access to customer accounts as a function of your job, you may be required, depending on customer requirements, to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination before the January 4 effective date of Stryker's vaccine policy. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements FAQs page.

Why join Stryker?

We are proud to be named one the World’s Best Workplaces and a Best Workplace for Diversity by Fortune Magazine! Learn more about our award-winning organization by visiting

Our benefits include bonuses; commissions; healthcare; insurance benefits; retirement programs; stock based plans; paid time off plans; family and parenting leaves; tuition reimbursement; wellness programs; onsite fitness centers and cafeterias; discount purchase programs; and service and performance awards – not to mention various social and recreational activities.

Why customer service at Stryker?

Are you interested in making a difference in healthcare by assisting sales reps and building relationships with customers? As a member of our customer services team, that is exactly what you will do! Here, you will be a part of a dynamic and supportive team that provides solutions to our customers in their time of need.


  • Motivated product launchers. People who bring strategic direction and drive for execution to ensure products are developed and launched with precision.
  • Self-directed innovators. People who take ownership of their work and need no prompting to drive productivity, change, and outcomes.
  • Analytical problem solvers. People who go beyond just fixing to identify root causes, evaluate optimal solutions, and recommend comprehensive upgrades to prevent future issues.
  • Dedicated achievers. People who thrive in a fast-paced environment and will stop at nothing to ensure a project is complete and meets regulations and expectations.
  • Collaborative partners. People who build and leverage cross-functional relationships to bring together ideas, data and insights to drive continuous improvement in functions.

What you will do:

  • Using data and other inputs, identify, prioritize, and deliver on business and customer needs.
  • Accountable to meeting and/or exceeding business objectives including but not limited to safety, quality, delivery, customer experience, people development and cost.
  • Allocate and lead resources in area based on repair schedule and standards
  • Anticipate line down or machine issues and partner with support staff to avoid delays to production.
  • Collaborate with cross functional team to achieve goals.
  • May collaborate to identify skills and knowledge in others to select a cross functional team to achieve business goals.
  • Ability to manage technical aspects of the business and utilize the necessary resources to address and resolve issues through problem solving.
  • Identify and may lead cost reduction initiatives to deliver on financial projections.
  • Partner with peers on projects or operations initiatives to align when appropriate.
  • Must be able to collect various metrics and compile to forecast business needs.
  • Responsible for managing cost performance for the unit/team supported.
  • May lead plant tours and be familiar with the products manufactured in multiple units.
  • Attend daily MDI meetings and communicate business results /metrics clearly at all levels of the operations business.
  • Oversees execution and coaching of MDI process up through Tier 2.
  • Fill in for Operations Manager as needed, to include MDI Tier 3
  • Evaluate employee performance through various means, such as talent reviews and common annual reviews, and enforcing company polies through appropriate disciplinary measures, with guidance
  • Work collaboratively to develop and drive accountability for meaningful performance objectives.
  • Provide developmental coaching and guidance to team in the areas of performance management, communication, and adhering to company polices.
  • Responsible for the recruitment and hiring of talent.
  • May forecast and predict recruitment needs of temporary and permanent talent to the team for conversion.
  • Manage labor through OT approval and timecard management.
  • Achieve employee engagement by being responsible and accountable for actions promoting an environment that fosters personal growth and development.
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement through the support of business and process improvements including but not limited to 6S, lean manufacturing initiatives, etc.
  • Own and execute LSW (Leader Standard Work) and audit requirements including, but not limited to, Quality and 6S
  • Identify and execute continuous improvement projects through teamwork, empowerment, consultative problem solving, and operating with honesty and integrity while providing a highly responsive and unsurpassed level of customer service.
  • Accountable for team training compliance and guidance to team members, while ensuring a proper tracking of competencies.
  • May participate in audits
  • Accountable for all record-keeping as appropriate and in accordance with Stryker specifications.
  • Ensures compliance with established regulatory, quality, legal, corporate, and human resources policies and procedures.

What you will need:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 4+ years of manufacturing experience
  • 2+ years of people or business process leadership experience

Even better if you have:

  • Experience managing projects
  • Six sigma certification
  • Experience with continuous improvement
  • Experience working with SAP
  • Excellent organization, planning, communication, project management and performance attainment in manufacturing or logistics environment

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About Stryker

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, is driven to make healthcare better. We offer innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes.

We are proud to be named one of the World’s Best Workplaces and a Best Workplace for Diversity by Fortune Magazine! Learn more about our award-winning organization by visiting