Arden CompaniesArden Companies

Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Fort Wayne, IN

Fort Wayne, IN

Bachelor’s Degree


Minimum 5 Years, Related Experience

Full Time, Hourly

Arden Companies, a leading manufacturer and distributor of outdoor patio consumer products, has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Manufacturing Engineer in our Fort Wayne, Indiana plant.

We are searching for a reliable, innovative manufacturing engineer to oversee our polyester thermo-bonded batting production line at our company.  This position reports directly to the Plant Manager.  You will join our growing team of professionals and be responsible for supervising staff, ensuring health and safety codes are followed, training workers in the responsible use of machinery, identifying problems in the production line, troubleshooting equipment, and completing various administrative tasks.

The Senior Manufacturing Engineer will oversee all aspects of the Poly Production Department and provide maintenance support plant wide. Responsible for a safe work environment. Collaboration with other members of the supply chain, e.g., planning, operations, sales, and financial teams is critical to achieve these objectives.  This Senior Manufacturing Engineer will be responsible for continually driving process improvements in the above functional areas of responsibility.


  • Manage day to day operations of the Poly Production Department that utilizes nonwoven, airlay technology and a continuous feed oven with HMI controls
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of HMI controls and provide training to department’s manufacturing team
  • Develop operating procedures for newly installed equipment and provide training to personnel
  • Manage resources to effectively define and execute a material production plan from a provided production schedule
  • Manage levels of raw materials, WIP inventory, finished goods and control and reduce scrap
  • Assess quality standards to ensure quality of products meet company and retailer quality requirements by regularly monitoring and confirming desired results are achieved
  • Generate and analyze manufacturing reports and communication
  • Engage employees to actively participate in a continuous improvement, safe and lean culture
  • Provide Plant maintenance with preventative maintenance programs, equipment reliability, and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Troubleshoot machine and process downtime for improved efficiencies
  • Support department and plant safety teams for continued ergonomic improvements
  • Serves as plant advocate working with cross functional teams in other facilities and the corporate office to execute initiatives with an appropriate sense of urgency.
  • Coordinate work with outside contractors
  • Assist in training programs and initiatives for the continued growth of personnel to meet future company goals.
  • Perform all duties as assigned.  Promote, support and participate in all company policies, procedures and programs
  • Travel to other Arden facilities or related businesses may be required.


  • Bilingual English/Spanish Preferred
  • Proven track record of continuous improvement and lean methodology.
  • Must demonstrate a passion for continuous improvement in all area such as safety, productivity, quality, raw material utilization, operating costs, and delivery.
  • Proven strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Data Savvy – Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel and experienced with generating reports
  • Strong analytical, strategic, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Must demonstrate accuracy in work, attention to detail, ability to execute quickly, and organizational skills
  • Motivated individual with demonstrated ability to work in fast paced environment.
  • Knowledge of production processes in a high volume manufacturing plant.

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