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Upholstery Shop Manager

Sportsman Boats Mfg. located near the coast of beautiful sunny Charleston, SC is looking for an experienced Upholstery Shop Manager.  This is a new exciting position and an opportunity for you to make a difference!  Boating and coastal living at its finest!

Sportsman Boats is a premier boat builder with an exciting future and incredible opportunity for growth. Founded in 2011, we have quickly built a name for manufacturing some of the best and full-featured family friendly center console boats on the market. Employee well-being and company culture are integral part of who we are and we are looking for individuals to join our rapidly-growing team that like to be challenged and love to work in a nurturing fast-paced and goal-oriented environment. We offer competitive compensation, a full array of benefits including insurance, paid leave, holidays, and an opportunity to work among the best in the industry, 

The Upholstery Shop Manager is responsible for ensuring the efficient manufacturing process of marine seating which includes fabricating, repairing and replacing seat upholstery as well as complete seat building duties.  In addition, responsibilities include managing and motivating a team, building quality products, managing expectations and developing business solutions including creating effective business plans to generate more revenue, increase brand loyalty, and improve customer satisfaction while representing Sportsman Boats Mfg. in a professional, quality, and customer-focused manner.

This is a key leadership role and an integral part of the Sportsman Boats management team.

What you will do:

  • Total responsibility of upholstery department  including planning, manufacturing, production, safety, and employee management
  • Monitor and initiate improvements to throughput, span-time, productivity, and on-time delivery
  • Manage resources within given areas of responsibility to ensure staffing and equipment readiness levels match business activity levels
  • Recommend enhancements to existing and future production methods and material flows in effort to provide optimum manpower and equipment utilization
  • Provide operational input and guidance to engineers for new product development, process improvement and process capability
  • Supervise team members in accordance with Sportsman Boat’s policies and applicable laws; to include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving issues
  • Provide coaching and development to team members, ensuring that the machine operators have the training, tools, resources and support needed to perform their jobs at optimal levels
  • Promote, maintain, and enforce quality work by establishing and enforcing Sportsman Boats standards
  • Promote, maintain, and enforce safe and clean work environment by educating and directing team members on the use of all machinery and work methods
  • Manage departmental annual budgets

Things you have done:

  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in manufacturing cushions and upholstery
  • Minimum 3 of years of supervisory experience in manufacturing
  • Knowledgeable in the areas of material cutting, sewing, upholstery, and foam assembly

Things that will impress us:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university preferred but not required
  • Bilingual Spanish/English 
  • Experience in the marine/boating industry

If you like a challenge and have what it takes to build this team from the bottom up, apply today!

Relocation assistance will be provided.


Sportsman Boats is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.


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