Director of Manufacturing

Location : 10501 NW Transcon Dr, Kansas City, MO 64153

Who We Are:

Challenge is a leading employee-owned tier 1 supplier of complex metal assemblies for the global automotive industry. Challenge fosters a culture of collaboration, diversity, and innovation. We believe the best ideas come from individual unique perspectives. These ideas combined with the teamwork of industry experts allow us to accomplish any challenge. Our team members take pride in the work we do every day and they are the true driving force in our operations.

Challenge is proud to be one of the largest employee-owned atumotive companies in North America. One of the many benefits of joining the Challenge team is the ESOP program. This program allows Challenge to give shares of the Company to all employee-owners annually. These shares are an additional retirement benefit that will continue to grow during your time at Challenge. Being part of an ESOP means our employee-owners share in Challenge’s success!

Challenge is #PeoplePowered and #EmployeeOwned !

Position Summary:

The Director of Manufacturing position will be an integral member of the Operations Leadership Team providing strategic and tactical leadership to drive overall performance goals and objectives to support the business growth strategy. Responsible for the overall strategy and efficient daily operations in each manufacturing facility with the primary accountability for performance results in safety, quality, delivery, cost, customer service, and associate engagement within each manufacturing facility. 

This position manages all of the Corporate Assembly Project Engineers, estimating engineers, welding, and controls team and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of the employees within that department




  • Knowledge of Automated MIG and Spot Welding, Projection welding, assembly, SPR, adhesive, sealer, and other body in white applications 
  • Work on closing open issues with build shops before cell buy off and hand off to manufacturing facility. 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project) required
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills


What We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, Company-Paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.