Project Management

7-7-23Operations Manager

Duties & Responsibilities

·         Receive customer RFQ’s for quoting.

·         Receive customer orders, initiate order entry and assist in interpretation of drawings and manufacturing process.

·         Establish priority of jobs in production schedule.

·         Assist Production Supervisor in manpower and workflow.

·         Keep track of bulk inventory of steel and aluminum sheet

·         Send RFQ’s when material needed, select vendor on price and delivery, issue PO’s for material.

·         Monitor order progress / completion and notify customer for pickup.

·         Monitor coil inventory, send RFQ’s when needed, select vendor based on price and delivery, issue PO’s for material.

·         Supervise / Train / Assist Operation Specialist in Order Entry, creation of Shop Travelers, closing of orders, creating BOL’s and invoicing customers.

·         Promote good customer relations by providing feedback on orders, drawings, processes and suggestion of improvements to their product.

·         Assist in soliciting and hiring of shop employees.

·         Oversee Accounts Payable/Receivable

·         Maintain checkbook in Quick books

·         Monitor shop purchases for supplies and materials.

·         Bid larger jobs by doing take-offs from blueprints.  If awarded job, track progress of project and due dates in Procore.

·         Follow up on all work-related opportunities whether walk-in, online requests, or soliciting new customers direct.

·         Establish / track profitability of current work to determine future opportunities or price.

·         Maintain harmony amongst workers / supervisors.


·         5 years of management experience

·         5 years of steel fabrication experience

·         Light gauge/structural

·        ·         Quick books

Job Title: Production Manager

Department: Operations

Reports To: Operations Manager

Shift Schedule: 6am to 3:30pm Monday through Thur. 6am to 10am on Friday (or as needed). Schedules may be adjusted if needed to facilitate production schedule.

Summary: Production manager is responsible for collaborating with the management team and shop floor leads to develop and implement the strategic goals of the business. Position will be responsible for oversight of all Manufacturing activities. Must maintain and continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all production machines, employees and processes. Quality must be upheld at all times and processes must be developed and utilized in a repeatable and cost effective manner. This person will identify operational deficiencies and opportunities for improvement and work with production employees and management to develop solutions related to manufacturing processes, equipment, communication, workflow and quality. This position will require a working knowledge of supply chain functions, material requirements planning, and troubleshooting manufacturing processes. This person must be a problem solver and critical thinker. He/she should be extremely organized, have extensive knowledge of leadership, management, operations, and general business functions. He/she must be self-motivated and have a strong sense of priorities in business. He/she must be able to communicate clearly, regularly, and effectively with all levels of employees, customers, and suppliers. EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) experience is highly preferred.


  • Candidate must have 10+ years in a supervisory or managerial role in a fabrication and/or machine shop setting.
  • Must have 10+ years experience managing a department with 30-40 employees.
  • Must have bachelor’s degree in operations management, manufacturing engineering or similar (Industrial Engineering, Production Planning, Supply Chain & Logistics, Business & Strategic Planning, Industrial Technology), or 10 years of direct, applicable experience.
  • EOS experience is preferred.
  • Experience with short runs, custom products and build-to-order projects is required.
  • Working knowledge of metal fabrication and machining is required. (Metal cutting, forming, welding, finishing, painting, etc.…)
  • Must understand and read blueprints/CAD.
  • Must have experience with employee reviews, goal setting and staffing (including temp service staff).
  • Extensive experience with ERP systems is required, (Epicor preferred).
  • Must have excellent communication skills and team building skills. Must motivate employees and provide leadership and accountability. Must be able to create custom career growth plans with employees and communicate progress.
  • Experience writing, editing, and implementing processes in office and manufacturing environments, suitable for inclusion in an ISO quality policy.
  • Experience running group meetings, preferably L10s, Quarterlies, and Annual’s.
  • Must live DSI core values- Can-Do Attitude, Deliver on Customer Expectations, and Fast Paced

Education or Certifications:

  • Bachelor degree in operations, business or similar field or 10 years direct applicable experience. May be a combination of schooling and education.


  • Ten+ years’ experience in a supervisory role
  • Strong verbal skills with all employees in every department on various levels
  • Leadership responsibilities
  • Provide clear vision to staff members in a positive manner
  • Understanding the need for accountability
  • Help team members understand the overall business strategy and goals and identify with the team members so they may understand how they can contribute to the success of the company.
  • Prepare to work with other management team to identify what if any changes need to take place within DSI. Share this information in a positive and a productive way to other staff members.
  • Discipline staff when necessary. This includes verbal/written warnings and up to termination.
  • Give and receive constructive criticism in order to improve dialogue, performance, and team building.
  • Reward staff members when their performance is outstanding
  • Ability to read and understand blue prints, job packets and operational layouts as required on a variety of machines.
  • The ability to embrace change, new technology and processes.
  • Ability to work through daily operational activities that are changing consistently
  • Ability to plan effectively and execute the plans
  • Strong mechanical aptitude with problem solving and troubleshooting skills.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $70,000.00 – $80,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus opportunities

Ability to Relocate:

  • Rogers, MN 55374: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

Exhibit Project Manager

As an Exhibit Project Manager, you play a crucial role in planning, executing, and successfully delivering projects within established project schedules, budgets, and quality standards. This role involves coordinating the efforts of cross-functional teams and external partners to ensure project success. You will oversee quality control, manage resources, and maintain effective communication throughout the project lifecycle.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and oversee multiple exhibit projects to ensure accuracy, quality, and timely completion.
  • Manage projects from beginning to end.
  • Must have the ability to look at designs and concepts in a critical way in order to provide estimates for the production of these designs. These estimates include projected project costs and expected profit margins.
  • Provide feedback and solutions to the team that will ensure a safe and well engineered structure while staying true to the design intent while also keeping in mind the ease and safety and setup of these structures during installation.
  • Ensure projects are aligned with established objectives, specifications, and company standards.
  • Work with our Department Managers to establish production schedules, define and delegate tasks, milestones and responsibilities to team members based on their skills, expertise, experience, and availability.
  • Work directly with our Purchasing Department to acquire materials and elements needed from our vendors, provide drawings and specifications as needed.
  • Foster a collaborative and integrative work environment within the project team.
  • Facilitate effective communication and coordination between various departments involved in projects to achieve project goals and deliverables.
  • Monitor and manage changes in project scope, schedule, and costs, ensuring alignment with project objectives.
  • Perform risk assessments for each project, identifying potential challenges and opportunities and communicate identified risks to the team as well as management.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact during the production of assigned projects.
  • Address questions, concerns, and complaints throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Act as a liaison between the company, customers (same as above – not primary contact for customer), and vendors to ensure smooth collaboration and execution.
  • Supervise and represent during the setup and teardown of exhibits requiring occasional travel to trade shows and other venues.
  • Assist with other assigned tasks and responsibilities as needed to contribute to the success of the team and company.

What we’re looking for:

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in trade show fabrication or a similar trade.
  • Proven experience in construction management, preferably in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize effectively.
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and a proactive attitude.
  • Professional demeanor and excellent customer service orientation.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing tasks and responsibilities.
  • Software proficiency – MS Outlook, Excel and Word. Ability to learn ERP and Warehouse Management Software. CAD software experience is nice to have.


Summary:  Oversee and manage the planners and engineers at (redacted). This company is a custom contract metal manufacturing company. Applicant must have a background in metal manufacturing, specifically in sheet metal fabrication. Must be confident in reading, reviewing and interpreting blueprints and CAD files.

Key Responsibilities and Duties Include:


·         Coach, train and mentor planners and designers

Ø  Utilize the processes, work flows and work instructions established in the QMS to train and manage direct reports. Ensure adherence to the processes, and look for opportunities for improvement.

Ø  Work with the planners and designers to motivate and encourage a team atmosphere and a cohesive group.

Ø  Encourage ownership of orders and output of work.  This may include enforcing accountability for each individual on the team.

Ø  When applicable using real life illustration, show a planner how to follow-up on open po’s to outside vendor through emails and phone calls.

Ø  Create an atmosphere that empowers the employees with a “can do attitude.”

Ø  Motivate the employees to set a higher standard in quality and timeliness in completing orders/jobs.

Ø  Establish open lines of communication between the team and encourage interaction and rapport building between the office and production.

Performance reviews:

Ø  Yearly conduct performance reviews.

Ø  Utilize the tracking system to keep weekly logs on each employee’s work.  The logs should possess both positive and negative performance of all employees and should be tracked objectively and consistently.

Ø  Give employees continuous feedback to encourage growth, further potential and accountability

Ø  Help individuals create goals and follow up monthly to assess progress and to set new goals.

Ø  Encourage participation in the continuous improvement program.

Process Documentation:

·         Help improve processes for QMS.

Ø  Some of the items that this may include will be: job packets, routers, drawings, tolerances, title blocks, checklists, Epicor systems for setting up jobs, DXF’s, electronic filing systems, work instructions etc.


·         Establish open dialogue with the individuals that report directly to you as all other employees within the company.

·         Answer all emails within 24 hours of receipt, but all should be answered within 15 minutes when at the computer.

·         Ability to perform both verbal and written disciplinary action for employees that report directly to you.  Involve HR or                  controller when action is necessary.  All action both verbal and written must be documented.

·         Work daily with the fabrication supervisor, operations manager and the scheduler on status of orders as needed.

·         Daily follow-up with planners and designers:

Ø  Find out how their orders are going that they are working on

Ø  Status of open purchase orders to outside services

Ø  Shipment status of items that are on the backlog

·         Management of jobs

Ø  Work with the shop and scheduler to ensure on time delivery for high priority orders. Encourage the team to proactively communicate when issues arise.

·         Expedite

Ø  Follow up on orders/jobs and keep necessary individuals in the loop

Ø  In the event of delay in delivery – respond immediately to the customer letting them know the status

Tracking and Visibility System:

·         Utilize a system that allows you to track and visibly see how each planner is accomplishing his/her daily goals.

·         Utilize a drafting schedule to keep individuals on task as well as delegate new tasks.

·         Conduct morning meetings with Designers and Planners to assign responsibility of necessary tasks when needed.

Ø  This will include following up on prior day’s progress and coordination of orders

·         Perform weekly audits of orders/jobs for each direct report. This includes job audits covering

Ø  All checklists completed, signed

Ø  Verify all items on checklist are completed

Ø  Print has a peer review completed (if new or changed)

Ø  Review router for accuracy

Ø  Review comments/notes

Ø  Review material amounts, part standards, etc.

Ø  Review job timeline dashboard to see how long job was in the office before release (1-3 days for repeats, 5 days for new parts)

Ø  Updates have been made to workbench

Ø  Cost meets estimated margin threshold


Sales and Customer Relationships

·         Work with current key customer accounts for the purpose of creating a relationship and report with them.

Ø  Communicate any potential issues to the controller and president when necessary

Ø  Ask for additional projects or commitments when necessary

Ø  Work with customers to fix issues and problems as necessary