Reference : 583889

Fabricaton Lead (GBR) - 1st shift

  • Technical Production
  • United States
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 11/19/2020

Position description

Saint-Gobain in Merrimack, NH is seeking a Fabrication Lead (1st shift) for our Ground Base Radome (GBR) business.  This role is a hands on lead position that assists our production operation to create rigid, thermoplastic, self-supporting panels which are water repellent using a  fluoropolymer coated fabric barrier.  These panels are designed to protect various communication systems, and were developed and validated through the US Air Force's SBIR program. 



The Fabrication Lead assists Production Supervisor/Manager and other Leads in the safe, efficient operation of their functional area on a day to day basis. As the Lead, they responsible for assisting fabricators and leads with problem resolution related to product processing, product quality and production equipment, while keeping waste to a minimum. Ensures all employees are performing their work in a manner that is in accordance with Saint-Gobain standards and must set a good example themselves.   As a Lead, is also responsible for training, process improvement, process deviation and recording as well as troubleshooting to ensure quality of the product.  Involves supervision, HR, and EHS as necessary to maintain a productive, professional and safe work environment for all employees.


Demonstrate exemplary behavior by conforming to Saint-Gobain Principles of Conduct and Action, Saint-Gobain Attitudes, Saint-Gobain EHS Standards/Requirements, Saint-Gobain Quality Standards and Saint-Gobain Policies and Procedures by enforcing through proper training, coaching and monitoring


Process Improvements and Record-keeping

  • Conduct the operations in a safe, efficient manner, while keeping waste to a minimum
  • Be on front-end of process to ensure processes are accurately followed and recorded
  • Identify, recommend and initiate changes to manufacturing processes to increase productivity, reduce down time and maintain quality/production goals in collaboration with other departments and ensure proper recording/dissemination of information is provided to other shifts
  • Lead team projects such as cost improvements and waste reduction (including presentations and communication to all levels of management)
  • Collaborate with Process Engineering and Maintenance on machine enhancement designs/alterations to ensure safety of operator, functionality of equipment and qualify solution

Provide leadership and support to production operator and other leads

  • Train new operators/leads and assist in identifying current operators skill levels
  • Assist with sign-off on all process operations
  • Perform troubleshooting and problem solve production and operation issues as they occur, to include corrective/preventive action initiatives document new and revised procedures; communicate process updates to all team members for standardization and conformity in support of quality initiatives. Correct and/or stop operation when necessary
  • Monitors quality and adherence to work instructions, standards and policies
  • Generate proper documentation as needed, primarily EWR’s and Travelers
  • Liaison between team, supervisor, and other departments (i.e., Engineering, Maintenance, Quality, etc.) to convey any identified production and operation issues
  • Identify, record and report non-conformance conditions (DMR).  Provide root cause and corrective action.
  • Collaborate with team, supervisor and other departments to resolve any identified technical production process and operation issues
  • Anticipate potential problems with safety, quality, or production, and take the appropriate action to change course as necessary. Collaborate with other Leads and consult with EHS, Quality, Facilities, Production Supervisor, Scheduling, or Process Engineering to determine the most effective solution, document and train others accordingly.
  • Be a mentor and coach for the team with the objective of win-win positive outcomes
  • Establish team measurables, monitor for compliance, and input data with the objective of trending continuous improvements.
  • Classify and document team work assignments daily in order to properly classify hours worked by job. (Analyze department Engineering Work Releases (EWR’s).  Make recommendations on completion date based on analysis of current requirements, material needs, space available and ancillary equipment required.
  • Schedule overtime and vacation as required.  Assist with associate yearly reviews.
  • Balance labor force, keeping the needs and current objectives of other areas of fabrication and the plant in mind.
  • Conduct informative shift start meetings.  Daily safety themes are required.
  • Willing to accept and receive frequent direction and assistance from various levels of managment.
  • Participate in WCM projects
  • Maintain 5S/Visual Factory/Kanban systems within work area
  • Any other related duties, goals and/or activities as assigned


  • Must be able to work in a kneeling, squatting position for short durations through shift and lift up to 50 lbs
  • Accurately read a tape measure within 1/16 of an inch and convert to decimals
  • Intermediate mathematical skills, ability to understand spec requirements and tolerances
  • Intermediate basic computer skills
  • Advanced comprehension, communication, reading, and writing skills
  • In-depth understanding of production processes and ability to troubleshoot production and/or quality issues
  • 1+ years as a Lead or 3 years as a fabricator (preferred)
  • 1+ years experience using ERP/MRP systems, such as QAD/Factivity (preferred)

Citizenship requirements –

  • ITAR Compliance: Saint-Gobain in Merrimack, NH is an ITAR-compliant facility. Due to ITAR regulations, successful candidates for this position may only be U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents (green card holders) or foreign nationals granted refugee or asylee status. Individuals with temporary visas (e.g. E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, TN or OPT) are not eligible for hire.

    U.S. EXPORT CONTROLS: U.S. Export Control laws and U.S. Government Department of Defense contracts and sub-contracts impose certain restrictions on companies and their ability to share export-controlled and other technology and services with certain "non-U.S. persons" (persons who are not U.S. citizens or nationals, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., refugees, "Temporary Residents" (granted Amnesty or Special Agricultural Worker provisions), or persons granted asylum (but excluding persons in nonimmigrant status such as H-1B, L-1, F-1, etc.) or non-U.S. citizens.

    To comply with these laws, and in conjunction with the review of candidates for those positions within Saint-Gobain that may present access to export controlled technical data, Saint-Gobain must assess employees' U.S. person status, as well as citizenship(s).

Benefits -

  • Competitive hourly rate
  • Annual Bonus Program (up to 10% on qualified earnings)
  • Pension Plan (Company contributed, employee vesting after 3 years)
  • Medical/Vision/Dental/Life/AD&D/STD/LTD (no waiting period)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Vacation/Sick/Holidays
  • 401k
  • Paid Parental Leave

RELOCATION:  Not Authorized

SPONSORSHIP: Not Authorized

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If you want to reshape the world and discover your greatest potential, Saint-Gobain provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for innovative problem solvers.

We're one of only two companies in the world that is consistently recognized as both a top Global Employer and a Top 100 Global Innovator, but Saint-Gobain's remarkable story and culture of innovation begins with a team of nearly 200,000 creative, diverse and passionate team members collaborating across the globe.  We are committed to our mission to improve lives because, every day, we witness the enormous impact of our efforts on the world around us. 

Saint-Gobain’s innovations touch almost every major industry around the world. Within its Life Sciences division, teams are solving critical problems for customers who are getting life-saving medical devices to the frontlines of healthcare, discovering essential medications, and nourishing and connecting the world through consumer, industrial and electronics applications. As one of the world’s leading producers of high-performance polymer products, we improve lives by making simple experiences better and being there in life’s critical moments.

Our team members recognize that we all create the environment for people to succeed, with a culture built on respect, open and honest communication, and honoring our commitments to our customers and each other. And at the heart of our culture, we’ve learned working together makes good ideas, great ones.

With a legacy dating back more than 350 years, Saint-Gobain offers employees the stability and security of a leading Global 500 corporation while operating like multiple small and agile start-ups, where entrepreneurial spirit, pioneering teamwork, and bold, forward-thinking ideas pave new paths.

Every team member is encouraged to develop and leverage their unique expertise and strengths to make the greatest impact on the company and our end users. At Saint-Gobain, you’re empowered and equipped with countless opportunities and resources for professional development. You will find the support you need to create a vision and roadmap for your career, and make that vision a reality.

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