Chicago manufacturing recruitment agency seeks a plastics Tool Room Manager

Kappa Search is a Chicago technical recruitment firm that specializes in engineering, manufacturing and operations recruitment and placement. We are currently recruiting for a Tool Room Manager with plastics expertise.

Reporting directly into the Director of Manufacturing, the Tool Room Manager will be responsible for all activities related to the facility’s tool room:


  • The incumbent will supervise plastics engineers, mold makers, mold technicians & mechanics, and mold cleaners who work on these molds.
  • Implement and direct lean manufacturing methods such as 5S and SMED for tool room operations.
  • Direct, review and approve tool design changes in order to improve mold design and achieve quality part and optimum cycles
  • Consult on manufacturing processes by analyzing plastic part related problems in molding operations.
  • Recommend corrective actions to tooling.
  • Recommend part quality improvement and cost reductions
  • Research and purchase of capital equipment; tool room machinery
  • Establish tool room processes to ensure consistent application of mold repair techniques.


  • Strong managerial capabilities and a demonstrated track record in implementing best practices in a plastics manufacturing operation.
  • Must have previous supervisory/managerial experience in a plastics tool/mold shop.
    • Injection and/or Blow molding, plastics expertise.
    • Lean methods expertise, 5S and SMED
    • Experience with a complex operation chain.