Director of Operations

Freudenberg Nonwovens   •  

Jeffersonville, IN

Industry: Energy / Oil & Gas


11 - 15 years

Posted 346 days ago

The Freudenberg Group, a global technology group with 48,000 employees in some 60 countries, develops leading-edge technologies, and excellent products, solutions and services for more than 30 market segments. Freudenberg & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, with its Headquarter in Weinheim, is the strategic parent company of the broadly diversified Group. Freudenberg Medical is a leading global manufacturer of components for medical devices, complex catheter systems for minimally-invasive surgery and total solutions for the biotech, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

Director of Operations
Must have medical device manufacturing technical knowledge with ability to develop and lead teams

Your Tasks

  • Develop direct reports: Determine employees’ career goals and required development areas using a succession planning process, Meet with employees 1:1 several times quarterly (dependent on the capabilities of the employees) to track progress on their career development and company objectives and provide annual reviews to employees; reward appropriately and manage non-performers out of the organization.
  • Ensure employees have clear job descriptions, written processes, and the required training and cross training so the department can execute properly.
  • Establish and then maintain with HR an employee screening and training program.
  • Communicate the vision of the Operations department and its role in the company vision.
  • Ensure Safety and Emergency Response policies are followed and metrics posted.
  • Understand, define, and communicate the current and desired culture.  Identify and implement specific actions to develop and manage culture.
  • Work across all functional areas to ensure that efforts are aligned and integrated for maximum effectiveness.
  • Work with Product Development (PD) to improve the transition of projects into production.  Help identify the proper cell or if a new cell is required for the product in manufacturing.  As required, work with Product Development to establish goals in their charter before the PD team is released.
  • Provide overall leadership and direction to the Production Managers and their manufacturing cell(s) and the associated supporting operations.  Create a culture in the manufacturing organization that centers on: Understanding and then exceeding the customers’ needs.  Employing an open relationship, act as the Freudenberg Medical face to the client and making the productions lines the focus of the organization. 
  • Ensure all productions lines are managed in a lean manner and employees understand that and act accordingly. 
  • Improve Quality.  Focus on product, process, and paperwork quality.
  • Ensure materials are managed in a lean manner.
  • Develop and implement planning around facility layout, line layout and infrastructure support.
  • Use appropriate metrics to ensure the organization is performing at the highest level. 

Our expectations

  • Bachelor’s Degree in operations management or technical degree. MBA or equivalent experiencepreferred.
  • Minimum 10 years of manufacturing management experience or equivalent.
  • Well-rounded technical experience in medical product development and manufacturing disciplines. 
  • FDA Quality System Regulation, ISO 13485 and design control experience.
  • Understanding and application of lean principles.
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel, Visio.
  • Green Belt certification in Lean or Six Sigmadesired.
  • Drives team with performance metrics in accordance to business strategies and goals.
  • Ability to train and communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate at all levels of the organization, customers and suppliers.
  • Initiative and strong Leadership skills
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing conditions and resolve conflicts
  • Ability to plan organize and direct
  • Ability to travel as required (minimal)

Physical Requirements:

  • Involves sitting, standing and/or walking, with occasionally ability to exert up to 10 pounds of force to move objects.