Careers

Mold Operator - 1st and 3rd shift

July 2014

We are looking for individuals who want to work in a team environment. This is a wonderful opportunity for any individual with prior manufacturing experience that would like to grow with us.

Assembly - 1st and 2nd shift

July 2014

This is a wonderful opportunity for any individual with prior manufacturing experience that would like to grow with our business. We encourage continuous development of our associates with cross training throughout the assembly floor.

Group Leader - Production Supervisor

July 2014

We recently promoted one of our Group Leaders creating an opportunity for someone to lead one of our assembly areas. This is the perfect role for you if you have the desire to coach and mentor others in a fast-pace changing environment.

Senior Project Engineer

July 2014

We are searching for a Sr. Project Engineer who will work in our New Product Development team, focusing on our J.W. Speaker products.

Material Handler

July 2014

For over 40 years, J.W. Speaker has been in the Milwaukee Area specializing in the custom design and manufacture of vehicle lighting for Original Equipment Manufacturers. We manufacture HID (High Intensity Discharge), LED (Light Emitting Diodes) and Halogen lighting technologies. As our company grows, we are searching for individuals to join our materials team and grow with us.

Manufacturing Engineer

June 2014

Due to our continued growth, we are looking to add two Manufacturing Engineers to our team! These positions will be supporting our assembly department and will be fast-paced and challenging!

Plant Manager - Whitney Facility

June 2014

If you thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment with a focus on continuous improvement, we are looking for you!

This senior leadership role has total plant responsibility and is critical to the success of our company. Our ideal candidate will have 15+ years of experience in manufacturing, with a minimum of 8+ years in a leadership role. “Been there, done that!” is the perfect motto for our next Plant Manager at our Whitney facility.

Manufacturing Engineer - Electronics

June 2014

Are you an SMTSME?“ (Subject Matter Expert)
We are searching for a Manufacturing Engineer in our busy, growing Electronics department. This job will be fast-paced and offer challenge and variety.

Quality Manager

May 2014

We are searching for a seasoned Quality Manager to lead our team as we continue to grow!

J.W. Speaker is a dynamic leader in the lighting industry and we need a Quality Manager who has “been there, done that” Our environment is fast-paced, and we all share a common drive to continually improve. If you have a true passion for quality, a burning desire to learn, coach, and mentor, and the drive needed to be a success in a booming company, we are looking for you!

Mold Operator - 1st and 3rd shift

July 2014

Mold Operator


For over 70 years, J.W. Speaker has been in the Milwaukee Area specializing in the custom design and manufacture of vehicle lighting for Original Equipment Manufacturers. We manufacture HID (High Intensity Discharge), LED (Light Emitting Diodes) and Halogen lighting technologies. As our company grows, we are looking for individuals who want to work in a team environment.


This is a wonderful opportunity for any individual with prior manufacturing experience that would like to grow with us. We encourage continuous development of our associates with cross training throughout the assembly floor.


Primary responsibilities include:


  • Quality inspection of molded parts using blueprints and work orders
  • Perform daily and weekly 5s procedures
  • Set up and operation of various machines including:
  • Micrometers
  • Air presses
  • Robots


Qualified candidates will possess:


  • A minimum of 1 year of manufacturing/assembly experience
  • A high school diploma
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • The ability to multi-task
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work with minimum supervision


Benefits include:


  • Medical, Dental, Life, and STD insurance
  • Company matched 401(k)
  • Paid Vacation
  • Bonus
  • Continuing education assistance
  • 11 paid holidays


J.W. Speaker is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.


Interested candidates should submit their resumes (with salary expectations) online by clicking the “Apply Now” button corresponding to this position listing.

Assembly - 1st and 2nd shift

July 2014

Business is Booming!!
For over 70 years, J.W. Speaker has been in the Milwaukee Area specializing in the custom design and manufacture of vehicle lighting for Original Equipment Manufacturers. We manufacture HID (High Intensity Discharge), LED (Light Emitting Diodes) and Halogen lighting technologies. As our company grows, we are looking for individuals who want to work in a team environment.

We are looking to Assemblers to join our team. This is a wonderful opportunity for any individual with prior manufacturing experience that would like to grow with us. We encourage continuous development of our associates with cross training throughout the assembly floor.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Assembly of lights using blueprints and work orders
  • Perform daily and weekly 5s procedures
  • Set up and operation of various machines including:
  • Potting machines
  • Sonic welder
  • Multi-voltage testers
  • Rivet machine
  • Drill press
  • Shrink tubing
  • Micrometers
  • Air presses
  • Pneumatic drivers and crimpers

Qualified Candidates Must Possess:

  • A minimum of 6 months of manufacturing/assembly experience
  • A high school diploma
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • The ability to multi-task
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work with minimum supervision

Benefits Include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and STD insurance
  • Company matched 401(k)
  • Paid Vacation
  • Bonus
  • Continuing education assistance
  • 11 paid holiday days

J.W. Speaker is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes (with salary expectations) online by clicking the “Apply Now” button corresponding to this position listing.

Group Leader - Production Supervisor

July 2014

We recently promoted one of our Group Leaders creating an opportunity for someone to lead one of our assembly areas. This is the perfect role for you if you have the desire to coach and mentor others in a fast-pace changing environment.

1st Priority – Daily Execution – Plan vs. Actual

  • Facilitate line execution routine using PDCA to surface & solve problems
  • Follow standard work for leaders to understand normal vs. abnormal
  • Understand products flows and associated standards
  • Prepare for next shift and report abnormalities to ensure a smooth hand-off

2nd Priority – People Development – Observe, Coach, & Develop

  • Mentor associates and observe people and processes; looking for opportunities to surface and solve problems.
  • Facilitate follow or fix mindset as pertaining to all standards – observe, coach and mentor
  • Working with the Production Team Leader, responsible for the performance coaching and appraisals of team members.
  • Facilitate training priorities utilizing the skill matrix – goal:  skilled & flexible & engaged
  • Teach PDCA

3rd Priority – Continuous Improvement – Reduce Cost

  • Lead continuous improvement activities; engaging team at all levels.
  • Improve 5s system by continually applying sort, set in order and shine and regularly audit zones
  • Stop the line when abnormalities occur to investigate causes and implement countermeasures

Experience

  • Well-rounded mechanical ability
  • Manufacturing with a focus on high mix, low volume production
  • Direct supervision of up to 15 associates

Education

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Willingness to continue learning and applying knowledge.

J.W. Speaker is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes (with salary expectations) online by clicking the "Apply Now" button corresponding to this position listing.

Senior Project Engineer

July 2014

We are searching for a Sr. Project Engineer who will work in our New Product Development team, focusing on our J.W. Speaker products.
This is a very fast-paced environment with an extensive project load. The duties will be varied, but will consist of the following:

New Product Development & Project Management

  • Overall project responsibility, maintaining knowledge of the "big picture," yet still aware of the details
  • Review/approve concept, layout, finish, and assembly solid models and drawings using Pro/E software, including the "surfacing" module and Pro/Intralink
  • Strong knowledge of cross-functional team member disciplines and tools such as materials, ERP system, QC practices, and manufacturing processes
  • Responsible for monitoring commercial deliverables on a day-to-day basis and relaying to Account Manager
  • Assist R&D and Sales in concept development and phase 1 activities
  • Develop initial quotes and timing with minimum support
  • Effectively manages project team and phase meetings, communicates project status and issues
  • Knowledge of electrical and lighting technology, familiarity with vehicle lighting requirements and regulations (SAE, ECE, FMVSS)
  • Knowledge of the application of CAE methods and tools

It is anticipated that this position will assume an engineering leadership role within the next 18-24 months. Candidates with previous leadership experience are encouraged to apply.

This is an immediate opening, and salary will be commensurate with experience.

J.W. Speaker is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Material Handler

July 2014

For over 40 years, J.W. Speaker has been in the Milwaukee Area specializing in the custom design and manufacture of vehicle lighting for Original Equipment Manufacturers. We manufacture HID (High Intensity Discharge), LED (Light Emitting Diodes) and Halogen lighting technologies. As our company grows, we are searching for individuals to join our materials team and grow with us.
These are outstanding opportunities for individuals with prior material handling experience who would like to join a progressive company where you can really make an impact. At J.W. Speaker we pride ourselves in having a clean and well organized manufacturing facility that operates under the principles of trust, respect, urgency, discipline, simplicity, and teamwork. Our team is empowered to drive the production process and initiate improvements via our lean and 5s initiatives. We encourage continuous development of our associates via cross training, outside learning opportunities and educational assistance. We are a family who cares about its members with a mission to be the best, make money and have fun.

1st Priority:

  • Maintain supermarkets (5s and inventory accuracy)
  • Move parts from supply area to supermarket
  • Pull, stage, and deliver parts to line
  • Move finished goods from line to shipping
  • Execute visual signals and perform appropriate transactions
  • Follow standard work

2nd Priority:
  • Perform cycle counts and location audits
  • Validate system counts, retrieve materials for NPD, ECN, and Excess and obsolete
  • Expedite parts through system to address part shortages and customer opportunities

3rd Priority:
  • Surface and solve problems utilizing the problem consciousness board
  • Follow 5s standards everywhere – including cafeteria, bathrooms, parking lot etc.

Qualified Candidates Must Possess:

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a material handling role
  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Good computer skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Post high school education in materials a plus
  • A strong understanding/continuing education in lean manufacturing, problem solving and process improvement

Benefits Include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Company matched 401(k)
  • Paid Vacation
  • Bonus
  • Continuing education assistance
  • 11 paid holiday days

J.W. Speaker is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes (with salary expectations) online by clicking the “Apply Now” button corresponding to this position listing.

Manufacturing Engineer

June 2014

Manufacturing Engineer

Due to our continued growth, we are looking to add two Manufacturing Engineers to our team! These positions will be supporting our assembly department and will be fast-paced and challenging!

Duties will be varied, but will contain the following:

  • Line design and cell balancing and layouts
  • NPD launches and support
  • Automation support
  • Fixture and packaging specifications
  • PFMEA’s
  • Prototype and pilot builds
  • Time studies
  • Capital expenditures
  • Identifying process improvements
  • Project Management
  • Daily problem-solving!

Qualified candidates will have a BS in Engineering (Manufacturing or Industrial), along with 5+ years of experience supporting a manufacturing environment. (Prior assembly support is a definite plus!) Candidates must also have a strong line design background, including the layout and flow of cells, as well as time studies. This is a great opportunity for those looking to be challenged with growth potential!

J.W. Speaker is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes (with salary expectations) online by clicking the "Apply Now" button corresponding to this position listing.

Plant Manager - Whitney Facility

June 2014

Plant Manager – Whitney Facility

If you thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment with a focus on continuous improvement, we are looking for you!

This senior leadership role has total plant responsibility and is critical to the success of our company. Our ideal candidate will have 15+ years of experience in manufacturing, with a minimum of 8+ years in a leadership role. “Been there, done that!” is the perfect motto for our next Plant Manager at our Whitney facility.

Responsibilities in our lean environment will be varied and vast, but include the following critical tasks:

Zone Management – Material, Method, Machine:

  • Achieve and maintain a predictable factory with a focus on SQDC
  • Dedication to the process – document and adhere to standard work
  • Lead and support our daily execution
  • Align our resources (materials, people and equipment) according to our demand/capacity planning
  • Work collaboratively with our New Product Development team on launches, ensuring they are timely and cost effective

Increase Capability of Workforce – Focus on Building a Workforce that is Skilled, Flexible, and Engaged:

  • Provide proactive performance management – teach, coach, mentor
  • Develop and work individual skill development plans
  • Create and maintain a safe and secure environment
  • Build an engaged, involved, accountable team

Continuous Improvement – Building a World Class Organization

  • Teach and perform PDCA
  • Implement lean manufacturing processes
  • Drive policy deployment processes within the team
  • Increase value-add and reduce cost

In addition to the experience listed above, qualified candidates should have BS in Industrial Engineering, or a BA in Operations Management, or equivalent, along with a proven track record of successfully using Lean and TQM principles.

J.W. Speaker is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes (with salary expectations) online by clicking the "Apply Now" button corresponding to this position listing.

Manufacturing Engineer - Electronics

June 2014

Are you an SMT "SME?"  (Subject Matter Expert)
We are searching for a Manufacturing Engineer in our busy, growing Electronics department.  This job will be fast-paced and offer challenge and variety. Duties will consist of the following:

Daily Execution

  • Act as the technical expert for our 3 Universal SMT machines, testing, and secondary operations
  • Develop and optimize processes that yield high quality, cost effective daily execution
  • Active and aggressive daily problem solving surrounding our top priorities – Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost

Process and People Development

  • Ensure proper line design and material flow, demonstrating capability and capacity management
  • Work collaboratively with our New Product Development team of engineers to ensure a smooth transition to production
  • Develop and optimize standard work

Continuous Improvement

  • Ensure zone goals are met thru use of Metric, Pareto and Action
  • Lead problem solving and process improvement thru PDCA, Kaizen events, with a focus on creativity before capital

Qualified candidates will possess the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and other technical certifications
  • 3-5 years of hands-on process and technical support experience

J.W. Speaker is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes (with salary expectations) online by clicking the "Apply Now" button corresponding to this position listing.

Quality Manager

May 2014

Quality Manager
We are searching for a seasoned Quality Manager to lead our team as we continue to grow!

J.W. Speaker is a dynamic leader in the lighting industry and we need a Quality Manager who has “been there, done that” Our environment is fast-paced, and we all share a common drive to continually improve. If you have a true passion for quality, a burning desire to learn, coach, and mentor, and the drive needed to be a success in a booming company, we are looking for you!

Qualified candidates will have experience in the following areas:
Developing and Maintaining our Quality Management System:

  • Understand our customer requirements and what we need to do to meet them
  • Lead our 4 step problem-solving method to determine root causes of any quality problems/concerns
  • Think and act proactively, facilitating preventive actions when possible, or effective corrective actions when necessary
  • Continually improve our Quality Management System with an eye on cost-effectiveness and meeting our customer requirements

Providing Feedback, Problem-Solving, and Continuous Improvement:

  • Facilitate our corrective action systems: customer, internal, and supplier
  • Teach and mentor our Speaker associates thru problem-solving using PDCA
  • Perform data collection, analysis and corrective actions
  • Lead our team of Quality Engineers, technicians, and auditors, building teamwork, and working collaboratively and cross-functionally with all of our internal customers

Our ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (preferred) or similar, along with an ASQ certification in Quality Management or Engineering.

In addition, candidates must possess the following:

  • 15+ years of quality experience in a manufacturing environment
  • ISO 9001 and/or TS16949 experience
  • 5+ years in a leadership role, successfully leading a group of direct reports
  • Strong background working collaboratively with NPD groups, providing guidance and support
  • Outstanding communication skills (both verbal and written), with a customer-service mindset
  • Experience working within and driving a sophisticated QMS

J.W. Speaker is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes (with salary expectations) online by clicking the “Apply Now” button corresponding to this position listing.