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Director of Operations - Manufacturing - Plumbing

maid o mist Chicago ,IL
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

The Director of Operations will oversee the day to day functions of a manufacturing and assembly operation who manufactures components for hydronic plumbing fittings and assemblies. The operation includes brazing, vibratory cleaning, stamping, assembly, testing, packing and shipping of all Maid O Mist products. This will include the monitoring of raw materials inventory, work in process inventory and finished goods inventory.

The role requires a dynamic thinker with 10+ years in operations management, exposure to logistics / supply chain (both inbound and outbound), and must possess either the drive or experience to lead change.   Knowledge of capacity planning, product development, retail distribution, plumbing valves / HVAC products, inventory management, scheduling and quality (ISO 9001 - 2015)   are required.

The ideal candidate should be comfortable creating budgets and financial plans for small organizations. They should have experience conducting both internal and external/client negotiations. A suitable candidate will have demonstrated success in creating creative and practical solutions to increase employee productivity and maximize profitability. It is important for the candidate to be able to come up with ideas and implementation strategies on their own and with the employees.

Small organizations will offer little in the way of vertical support. Assume that your plans and execution will make or break the quarterly profitability, and you will need to own the operation as if it were yours. The person who will best fit the role here will be a person who has experience with entrepreneurial environments. There is a need for a dynamic personality, willingness to challenge current methods and an overall “can do” attitude.

The products are manufactured for the hydronic, hydraulic and solar plumbing industry. We are engineering other full lines to expand into other plumbing and HVAC areas.


Daily responsibilities:

· Planning and Scheduling production and shop activities

· Setting expectations, following up, problem solving, motivating, training

· Defining, implementing and revising operational policies and guidelines for the organization

· Developing and executing new growth directives

· Designing efficient assembly operations and re-engineering lines to accommodate better throughput

· Managing scorecard metrics for quality, inventory and on time delivery

· Creating standard work procedures in line with the ISO standard

· Create daily and weekly revenue plans and staff to complete the goals

· Keeping track of the company's revenue margins and conduct budget reviews to maximize profits

· Overseeing client support services

· Managing procurement and resource allocation


Skills and Qualifications:

· Excellent leadership and organizational abilities

· Superior knowledge of industry regulations and operational guidelines

· Knowledge of data analysis software packages

· Working knowledge of customer relationship management (CRM) packages

· Strong written and oral communication

· Proven knowledge of performance evaluation metrics in a business setting

· First-class people skills


Education and training:

Ideally the candidate will have an engineering background with operations management focus. A BA is required and commiserate experience will be considered. Knowledge of retail supply chains, and wholesale distribution networks is a plus!

Certifications in CQE, ISO, SSBB are a plus

Knowledge of manufacturing processes in the areas of plumbing fixture manufacturing, plumbing fittings manufacturing, experience with brass, copper, stainless steel and aluminum are strongly required.

Salary will be consistent with experience and bonuses will be designed for the achievement of set goals.

maid o mist

Why Work Here?

Great opportunities for direct impact on overall operations. Small Company, growing steadily!


Chicago, IL