Operations Manager
  • August 30, 2022
  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Job Summary

Directs and coordinates the activities of manufacturing/operations/production department within a business unit of the company. Oversees the cost-effective utilization of the manpower, capital equipment, and other resources required to manufacture products in a manner that meet business targets for profitability, on-time delivery, productivity, and quality. Coordinates with sales, inspection, purchasing and other functions of the business unit to plan and maintain optimal output, customer satisfaction, and new product production.  Has profit and loss responsibility for areas of authority including operating budgets, product shipments, earned standard hours/productivity continuous improvement, manpower planning and customer satisfaction. Fully engages workforce and promotes personal accountability by identifying goals, empowering employees to drive decision making, fostering innovation and continuous learning, by providing ongoing feedback.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Directs and manages the work activities of the manufacturing function including molding, assembly, various engineering support functions, and production control for a business unit major product group.
  • Maintains production reporting, accurate inventory counts and analysis of variances in order to keep yield, repair and scrap to a minimum.
  • Analyzes costs, expenses, operating efficiency and losses for their business segment and ensures that profitability is managed.
  • Oversees the cost-effective utilization of the manpower, capital equipment, and other resources required to manufacture products in a manner that meet business targets for profitability, on-time delivery, productivity, and quality.
  • Reviews production orders or schedules to ascertain product data such as types, quantities, and specifications of products and scheduled delivery dates in order to plan department operations.
  • Oversees the status of all work in process to meet manufacturing work schedules or re-schedules.
  • Plans production operations pursuant to master schedule, establishing priorities and sequences for manufacturing of products. Coordinates manufacturing activities to ensure production and quality of products meets specifications.
  • Reviews production and operating reports and resolves operational, manufacturing, and maintenance problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delays.
    Monitors machines and equipment to ensure specific operational performance and optimum utilization.
  • Prepares annual review of maintenance, improvement of manufacturing capital equipment and alternative in the areas of equipment and processes and makes recommendations for capital plan.
  • Ensures that proper tooling is available for all production machines and product lines; or that material is on hand for the creation or modification of necessary jigs and tooling.
  • Accountable for the maintenance of good morale, job satisfaction, and productive employees in the workforce under position authority in order to optimize human resources, maintain an effective work climate and change, and insure that company policies and procedures of conduct, productivity, are followed.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities: Manages subordinate supervisors/managers who supervise a total of approximately 60 -150 employees in various molding, assembly and product support departments.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Supports the development, organization, implementation, and evaluation of a successful continuous improvement/lean manufacturing program that drives aggressive business results.  Introduce standardized Lean techniques and concepts including: value stream mapping, 5S, Kaizen, Visual Controls, Pull/Kanban systems, standardized work, line balancing, etc.
  • Achieves stated metrics to include, but not limited to, safety, quality, service and cost. Assesses and addresses team’s performance to metrics.
  • Prepares and submits capital expenditure requests considered feasible to operations management for consideration and possible allocation of funds, based on overall financial analysis.
  • Drive solutions to assigned tasks utilizing a proactive approach to problem solving.  Build capability within site leadership by asking impactful questions and challenging current practices.
  • Implements performance management, progressive discipline, attendance practices, policies, staffing and terminations. Provides training, coaching and feedback to associates.
  • Ensures safe work practices and resolves safety issues within the team. Engages in the development and implementation of processes, behavior and culture to build world class safety performance, while ensuring compliance with all applicable OSHA and other regulatory standards.

Basic Qualifications

  • Previous management level experience. 5+ years of progressively responsible management experience in an engineering or manufacturing environment; preferably in the aerospace or defense industry.
  • BS/BA in Engineering, Business or related field.
  • Specific manufacturing knowledge of production control, manufacturing processes and tooling used in a business unit.
  • Demonstrated cost management in functional areas such as assembly, manufacturing engineering, materials, etc.
  • Strong consulting & coaching skills; effective advisor to management and employees across a variety of business issues.  Exceptionally good listening skills; able to present complex or new ideas with clarity and simplicity.
  • Power user in ERP systems and/or other financial and operational software systems.
  • Some travel will be required (<10%).
  • Strong working knowledge of quality standards (i.e. ISO/AS9100).
  • Must be capable of working effectively with minimal direction and supervision.
  • Results-oriented, strong analytical skills, and demonstrated process improvement success in managing large teams in a continuous improvement culture. (Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing).
  • Must possess excellent problem solving, organizational and verbal & written communication skills.
  • Solid, overall business acumen and a strong mindset for continuous improvement.
  • Attention to detail and an attitude of 100% compliance with all company and regulatory requirements.
  • Work requires verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage several projects.
  • High energy level and ability to work flexible hours.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment.
  • Strong computer skills (e.g. MS Word, MS Excel, MRP).
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Results oriented.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree and/or completion of an executive management program is desirable.
  • Lean or Six Sigma preferred.
  • 5 plus years of management experience of 150 plus individuals.