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Senior Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Tennant Company is a recognized leader of the cleaning industry. Since 1870 we have been passionate about developing innovative and sustainable solutions that help our customers clean more spaces more effectively, addressing indoor and outdoor cleaning challenges. Our products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; cleaning tools and supplies; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company operates in three geographic business units including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific. Join the company committed to empowering our customers to create a cleaner, safer and healthier world with high-performance cleaning solutions that minimize waste, reduce costs, improve safety and further sustainability goals.


Tennant Company is currently seeking a Senior Manufacturing Engineering Manager to lead a team of Manufacturing Engineers in our Golden Valley plant.  This role will drive significant project level improvement initiatives for industrial products within Tennant.  This role will be the one voice for manufacturing engineering throughout the facility, creating a unified standard amongst the value streams.  Key metrics include People, Quality, Delivery and Cost.  This role will lead change management, project management & capital expenditure projects. 



  • Lead a multi-discipline Manufacturing Engineering team that supports new product launches, driving continuous improvement and technical improvements while managing relationships throughout the plant.
  • Responsible for the processes within assembly, fabrication, paint, machining, cost estimating, layouts, planning, standards, etc., and requires the coordination of all disciplines.
  • Drive a high performance culture through organizational development.
  • Implement a root-cause counter measure mindset within the manufacturing engineering team.
  • Identify technology solutions to improve manufacturing productivity and throughput.
  • Ensure optimum utilization of space and equipment within a manufacturing plant.
  • Lead change through development of people, systems and processes that ensure improved business performance.
  • Create operating and capital budgets, forecasts, manage tooling accounts, identifying opportunities to reduce costs and track performance against these budgets.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing Engineering OR related field
  • In lieu of a degree, 7+ years of manufacturing engineering experience
  • 7+ years of experience leading teams
  • Experience in Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing and 8 wastes
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt certification is preferred
  • Good communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully introduce, handle and manage change.
  • Experience with successful integration of new manufacturing layouts. Manage volume changes through RCCP
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully managing large projects
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship


  • Ability to motivate, direct, coach and develop a diverse, high performing and engaged team to meet established goals and build organizational capability.
  • Ability to concentrate on tasks, make decisions and work calmly and effectively in a high-pressure, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Inspires team to high levels of achievement through positive reinforcement and persuasive communication.
  • Ability to problem solve and implement corrective actions based on root cause analysis.
  • Willingness to be flexible with time and adjust to a changing work environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships, both internally and externally, while maintaining a customer focus.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with all management levels, technical and non-technical, as well as, with internal and external customers.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in dealing with highly confidential information.
  • Ability to maintain stamina throughout a standard work day, on-site.
  • Consistent attendance either onsite or remotely as needed by business necessity.


Let us introduce you to Tennant Company. We’re everywhere. In your sports clubs, shopping malls, office buildings, parking lots. We make things that make things look like new. We bring new cleaning ideas to market. There is new dirt every day and our machines clean it up. With manufacturing operations and sales, service and support functions across globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected. If you want to get your hands dirty on a project, step up with your own ideas, or maybe even explore talents you never knew you had, Tennant Company is a place where that can happen. Because at Tennant, we like to think like new. Begin your journey with us. Let's reinvent how the world cleans.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.


Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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