Director Manufacturing Operations in Nashua, NH

$200K - $250K(Ladders Estimates)

Proto Labs, Inc   •  

Nashua, NH 03060

Industry: Manufacturing & Automotive


8 - 10 years

Posted 55 days ago


Position Overview:

The Director of Manufacturing Operations, Sheet Metal, plans, directs, and coordinates manufacturing operations to achieve Protolabs operating objectives. Has overall responsibility for one of Protolabs' plants - personnel, processes, manufacturing activities and maintenance.

Specific duties include:

  • Responsible for promoting a culture of Safety at all times. Ensure all aspects of Safety (training, awareness, PPE's, urgency, communication, etc.) are given the highest priority.
  • Inspire culture of engagement, empowerment and individual ownership of operational performance results.
  • Responsible to ensure key performance indicators (e.g. OTD, rework, NC's, etc.) are continuously improved. Set goals and initiate tasks and projects as appropriate to drive business results.
  • Owner of the manufacturing budgets for the area. Accountable for achieving gross margin targets.
  • Responsible for process engineering, implementing and sustaining the manufacturing processes and procedures ensuring high quality parts and efficient operations.
  • Responsible for selecting manufacturing processes appropriate to deliver the product roadmap.
  • Accountable to create, maintain and communicate a manufacturing operations roadmap that aligns to the company strategy.
  • Accountable for deployment of the company strategy within the manufacturing operations, ensuring alignment.
  • Develop and motivate a strong Team with an eye towards succession planning.
  • Drive continuous improvement through the principles of Proto Excellence (Kaizens, 5S, engagement, visual control, etc.)
  • Accountable for assuring good business readiness and change management practices.
  • Ensures assigned staff are qualified and appropriately trained for assigned work.
  • Directly or indirectly supervises all manufacturing employees at that location.
  • Lead the settings of goals for the Team that are consistent with corporate objectives.
  • Develop and execute sound policies, plans, and procedures for a Protolabs manufacturing facility, including, but not limited to, the areas of staffing, scheduling, fabricating, building, inventory planning, manufacturing operations, and product quality.
  • Facilitate identification of problem areas (e.g., bottlenecks or increased errors due to manual intervention) and ensure implementation of solutions to promote effective, efficient and economic business practices.
  • Write and deliver annual performance evaluations for direct reports.
  • Promote actions consistent with professional and ethical behavior.
  • Keep direct reports informed on all significant matters which he/she and members of his/her staff must know to effectively manage their areas of accountability.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 8 or more years of relevant manufacturing and/or operations management
  • Significant people management experience as a middle manager or higher
  • Strong written and oral communication skills: able to communicate complex technical information to all levels of the organization, able to clearly present data in written and verbal form
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Strong attention to detail and experience with managing project documents and producing quality content
  • Self-motivated and self-directed with high sense of urgency
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to successfully perform within a project framework including defined deliverables and time frames
  • Concurrently solve immediate issues while maintaining a vision of the future

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A background or working knowledge of sheet metal fabrication
  • Experience working within a Continuous Improvement environment

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or an engineering discipline

Valid Through: 2019-10-17