Operations Leadership Development Rotation Program (Tomah, WI)

Tomah, WI
Jun 02, 2021
Jul 02, 2021
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time


Operations Leadership Development Rotations Program (OLDRP)

The Toro Company’s Operations Rotation Program has been developed to quickly develop broad Supply Chain thinkers by moving pool members through a series of successive assignments in a variety of functions and locations. The Operations Rotation Program is aimed at recent graduates from a variety of Bachelors’ degreed programs with concentrations in Supply Chain, Manufacturing Business, and Engineering.

The program includes a 36 month commitment with 12 month assignments located at various Company sites in the United States. Applicants are hired into their first assignment and then work with their assigned program sponsor to identify a mutually beneficial second and third assignment.

Rotation 1- Tomah, WI

Develop, deploy, and execution of continuous improvement activities focusing on material flow, operator interface/work instructions, customer service levels, inventory planning and engineered Lean value chains, and ensures day-to-day supply continuity is achieved. In addition, this role is responsible to ensure that material strategies are integrated into the manufacturing process.


  • Diligently work to gain skills, knowledge and a clear understanding of relevant job duties and expectations of each assignment with local direct supervisor

  • Proactively seek opportunities to contribute to the assigned team’s success, identify personal development opportunities, and deliver results to the group while developing an understanding of the suppliers, processes, customers, and metrics critical to the team’s function

  • Assignments may require one or more of the following: project management, data collection, analytics, process execution, documentation, process design, continuous improvement, direct line support, supervision, supplier management, etc.

  • Build an understanding of the interrelationships of different functions and how they all support the creation of customer, shareholder, and stakeholder value

  • Collaborate with sponsor to identify next rotation assignments and improve the Operations Rotation Program

  • Share best practices from previous rotations with host sites

  • Prepare and present report outs to leadership for each rotation

  • All other projects and tasks as assigned


Supply Planning

  • Collaborate on design of material flow strategy and execution utilizing Lean manufacturing principles, including PFEP, Kanban, Pull, MRP, ROP, etc.

  • Ensure the flow of raw and subcontract material from suppliers is integrated into the material flow strategy for the site

  • Develop and improve processes in supermarket strategy that ensure IRA, lost inventory, and location accuracy through the use of accepted cycle counting and operator standard work.

  • Conceptualization, design and implementation of material availability systems and communication of component delivery to production

  • Identify and participate in continuous improvement projects to optimize material flow

Inventory Management Optimization

  • Collaborate with the materials team to implement strategies and processes to enable the long-term inventory management strategy to achieve inventory targets - consignment, LT reduction, MOQ reduction, etc.

  • Containerization and returnable packaging program design and implementation to compliment the long-term inventory management strategies

  • Determine line side delivery methods and material storage solutioning to enable stable operations through material availability on assembly line

  • Collaborate with local and global operations team members to optimize flow

  • PFEP process development and integration into daily operating system to systemically drive integrated decision making

  • Through collaboration with the Materials Manager, develop master data management processes to ensure that the systems are linked with data and contain repeatable results

Integrated Critical to Quality Process

  • Collaborate with manufacturing engineering to use automation and AR/VR to help implement a BIQ strategy systemically integrated with the current systems and tools

  • Encourage improvement in to the material delivery systems that poke-a-yok the ability to deliver the wrong part to the line for the assembler/painter/welder

Other Responsibilities

  • Promote technology improvements (bar-coding, EDI, ASN’s) within the materials group

  • Support continuous improvement efforts in systems/processes to meet customer delivery and cost objectives

  • Stays current and in compliance with all government regulations, ISO requirements and material flow concepts


Operations Leadership Development Rotations Program (OLDRP)

  • Assigned to a director-level sponsor, meet quarterly

  • Reports directly to manager at assigned rotational site

  • Member of functional and/or cross functional teams as appropriate

  • Fully responsible for equivalent position job duties for each rotation assignment

  • Collaborate with global and local operations resources

  • May supervise hourly employees

  • Typical office environment as it pertains to lighting, temperature, and noise level when in administrative/operations offices

  • Ability to work up to 50% of time in manufacturing and distribution center environment to collaborate with teams and identify/implement improvements

  • Manufacturing setting with moving equipment and varying lighting, temperature, and noise levels

  • Production setting requires ability to stand, walk and move throughout facility

  • Protective equipment such as metatarsal boots, ear plugs, safety glasses and high visibility clothing required, and provided, in manufacturing setting

  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and mouse, and to handle other computer components

Rotation 2 & 3 Opportunities May Include

  • Manufacturing engineering and mechatronics

  • Materials planning

  • Quality

  • Safety

  • Warehouse operations

  • Hourly supervision

  • Advanced manufacturing engineering

  • Engineered material flows

  • Industrial engineering and Lean


  • Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management, Supply Chain, Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing, Industrial, Mechatronics Engineering or similar concentration

  • Ability to flexibly commit to 3 twelve month rotations, in three different functions, and three different locations (sites are located across the US)

  • Strong MS Suite skills

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects / initiatives at one time

  • Self-motivated, able to work well under pressure, attend to details, and meet deadlines

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a group/team setting

  • Strong interest in manufacturing environment, seeking growth in personal skills/knowledge/abilities and responsibility

  • Ability to analyze multifaceted, complex situations, problems, and concepts

  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively interact with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds

  • Desire to advance knowledge and skills in coaching and mentoring others

  • Aptitude and desire to gain understanding of situations, processes, and procedures in an effort to improve them

  • Knowledgeable in concepts of Kanban, min/max, ROP, MRP, poke yoke, etc., preferred

  • Knowledge / experience in Lean material flow concepts, systems and tools such as Plan for Every Part (PFEP), pull systems, supermarkets, scheduling boards, Tugger routes, etc., preferred

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