VP of Operations
I am working with an organization in southern WI that is seeking a VP of Operations.
The VP of Operations is responsible for establishing goals, accomplishing objectives and managing day-to-day the operations of the company; leads and oversees the management of all areas of manufacturing (Distribution, Supply Chain, QC, Production and Maintenance) to build and develop operations that support the company’s long and short-range planning and strategic direction.
The job functions listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages the day-to-day operations of manufacturing; including overseeing a team responsible for translating demand plans into production plans, coordinating suppliers, ensuring production, finished goods inventories and distribution.
Develop and deliver solutions to continuously improve quality, reduce manufacturing and operating costs, increase efficiencies, and improve overall operations
Establishes an off shore sourcing strategy that leverages spend, builds strategic relationships and minimizes the Company’s dollar spend
Oversees and directs project management processes and standards
Provide and apply a current understanding of industry best practices, supplier network capabilities and trends to team members.
Develop and execute a M&A strategy
Manage manufacturing relationships with key suppliers; maintaining organized records of agreements, vendors, and supplier performance and processes
Evaluate, improve and establish SOP’s and KPI’s that align with best practices.
Develop/utilize reporting tools that help drive management decisions, resolving potential roadblocks before they occur.
Ensure compliance with OSHA requirements, managing an environment of zero safety incidents; assuring the entire company embraces a culture of safety
Oversee budget, forecast and reconciliation activities. Provide input and support efforts to develop annual and strategic operating plans.
Participate in and drive corporate strategy/business planning.
Accountable for driving lean initiatives throughout the various operations to ensure they are fully embraced and implemented.
Drives a culture of accountability and results through strategy deployment and effective performance management.
Mentor and manage direct staff and oversee talent development initiatives.
Provide strategic and hands on tactical, daily leadership around production, distribution, & quality.
Develop and implement manufacturing strategy and identify areas for operational and process improvement.
Minimize cost of production through labor efficiency, continuous improvement projects and the application of technology in operations processes.
Provide accurate analysis and operations reviews and makes recommendations on key business decisions.
Work cross functionally with teams including sales, product development and finance team to coordinate activities to fund operations, drive cost savings and increase efficiency.
Establishes attainable deadlines with supervisor that must be met.
Performs other duties that may be assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing related field, with at least 7 years of experience in manufacturing and supply chain environment
Ability to travel to support the global supply chain and company’s foreign subsidiary, based on business needs
Skilled at driving metrics, root cause analysis, corrective action, and accountability
Knowledge of lean and six sigma best practices. Lean Green Belt and/or Six Sigma certification recommended, but not required.
Highly competent in the ability to analyze problems and to develop sustainable solutions.
Effective cross functional collaborator capable of creating unity of purpose and action across multiple functions.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to effectively connect with all levels of the organization and external contacts.
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