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Argen Corporation

Director of Manufacturing Engineering

San Diego, CA

Director of Manufacturing Engineering


Argen Corporation currently has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Manufacturing Engineering to join a growing, technology-focused and service-oriented team. Do you thrive in a fast- paced and dynamic environment? If you would like to be a part of an organization with an unwavering commitment to quality dental solutions, then explore our career opportunities and get to know Argen.

About Us

Argen is a family-owned and privately held company based in San Diego, CA with a state-of-the-art manufacturing center that provides high quality dental solutions to dental labs of all sizes. Founded as a precious metals company in South Africa, Argen has evolved into a dynamic, technology-based manufacturing organization focused on three key business segments, including dental alloys, zirconia, and digital dentistry solutions. Argen continues to invest in innovative product improvement initiatives through its Quality Management System to provide our global customers with affordable, high-performance products and industry-leading excellent service. Argen's products are FDA regulated and ISO certified.

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About the Opportunity

Manages the development, implementation, and maintenance of manufacturing processes to meet company targets for quality, performance, and cost. Oversees the daily activities of the Manufacturing Engineering department to ensure business and customer needs are met. Provides insight to Argen leadership about improving manufacturing processes and efficiency.

In this role, the successful candidate will:
  • Oversees all aspects of manufacturing engineering including project execution, goal alignment, budget planning, policy deployment, and employee development.
  • Manages manufacturing engineering projects including creating a project plan, setting milestones, and troubleshooting problems.
  • Troubleshoots and investigates new and existing product problems involving designs, materials, or processes to resolve issues and eliminate variances.
  • Identifies opportunities or implement changes to improve manufacturing processes or products or to reduce costs, using knowledge of fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment, assembly methods, quality control standards, or product design, materials and parts.
  • Develops and designs programs, and executes and maintains cellular workflow automation processes to improve manufacturing automation processes.
  • Understands, facilitates and creates Lean Manufacturing workflows and processes for continual improvement and efficiency.
  • Trains and coaches team members through projects and decision-making processes.
  • Develops goals and objectives for the engineering team.
  • Leads change management processes.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of manufacturing processes to maintain product functionality and cost efficiency.
  • Ensures the engineering team works cohesively with other departments to accomplish organization goals.
  • Works collaboratively alongside R&D and materials engineers in the launch of new and innovative products.
  • Applies engineering knowledge and experience to manufacturing, development, and quality standards for strategic projects.
  • Evaluates manufactured products according to specifications and quality standards.
  • Advises finance and upper management of project statuses that may affect profit, schedules, costs, and customer relations.
  • Partners with the leadership team to discuss and make decisions on manufacturing strategies.
  • Develops and improves manufacturing processes including machining, 3D printing, robotics, molding, milling, finishing, cleaning and packaging.
  • Solves complex design and product performance issues to drive continuous improvement.
  • Analyzes the financial impacts of sustainable manufacturing processes or sustainable product manufacturing.
  • Creates and maintains engineering budgets for capital projects.
  • Manages the writing and execution of test protocols and reports for Installation, Operational and Performance Qualifications.
  • Reviews, evaluates and implements engineering changes to meet specification requirements.
  • Ensures continuous improvement of current products and confirms new products meet all company and customer requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.
What does it take to be successful?
  • Bachelor's Degree in mechanical, electrical, industrial or other engineering sciences, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Master's degree is a plus.
  • 5 - 8 years of manufacturing engineering process development experience.
  • Experience with continuous improvement and Lean projects and teams.
  • 3-5 years supervising a team required.
  • Skilled and knowledgeable in manufacturing and new product processing; must have effectively developed processing on multiple new development projects.
  • Advanced knowledge in control procedures, such as the Change Management process, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Argen Engineering Specifications, and Argen Work Instructions.
  • Knowledge of cGMP regulations ISO 13485, 21CFR Part 820, CMDR SOR/98-282, 93/42/EEC, RDC 16 2013, MHLW MO 169 and TG(MD)R Sch3 preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerances.
  • Demonstrates ownership of and ability to lead projects with a broad scope and high level of complexity and able to prioritize and complete work in a timely manner and within budget.
  • Demonstrates advanced problem solving skills through the use of quality and statistical tools.
  • Demonstrates exceptional written and verbal communication exhibiting a high level technical expertise, tact and discretion, and keeps management appropriately informed.
  • Six Sigma and Lean Training certification recommended.
  • Ability to do feasibility studies on advanced processes to estimate product cost and analyze capital equipment, capacity, and capability.
  • Advanced knowledge of chemical vapor deposition and end of line processing is a plus.
Our Awesome Benefits!

Working for a growing innovative company like Argen means exciting opportunities for training and learning, career development and advancement from only the best in the dental industry. With all that hard work, Argen is committed to ensuring the welfare of its employees and provides an amazing benefit package that includes:
  • Health Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vision Plan
  • 401k with Employer Match
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • Employee Events
  • Wellness Programs
  • Discounts for home, travel, entertainment, relaxation that includes Mobile phone service, Technology, Airline and Hotel, Theater/Theme Park tickets, Restaurants and so much more!
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Client-provided location(s): San Diego, CA, USA
Job ID: argen-2069
Employment Type: Other