Assignment #: KS0103171196
Location: Western US
Education: Bachelors in Engineering, Business or Operations; Masters degree a plus
Compensation: $125,000-145,000 + bonus depending on experience

Overview: Young, dynamic management  team of a leading outdoor, recreational brand of equipment and apparel seeks a leader for it’s procurement group. The Director of Operations/Manufacturing is responsible to set strategy for and manage all Commercialization, Purchasing, Inventory, Supply Planning, and tactical level Vendor Management functions at all global entities. This position is also responsible for determining and communicating key metrics to the organization, incorporating new brands to the Supply Chain Platform, and is a key input to global Supply Chain strategic decisions.

Provides leadership to in-house manufacturing operations.  Directs implementation and execution of manufacturing practices – quality, delivery, and cost control. Establishes and ensures achievement to goals for key manufacturing performance metrics, such as OEE, Scrap, Direct and Indirect Labor performance, Down Time, Changeover Time, Inventory, Safety, Delivery Performance, Customer Ratings, etc.  Review production operations, applying knowledge of production processes and methods, machine and equipment capabilities and staffing requirements, to produce quality products.  Ensure product availability through execution of the production plan to support monthly product availability goals and quarterly inventory goals.  Establish and use appropriate key metrics to conduct process and trend analysis. Based on demand planning, oversees the creation of production schedules, material demands and resourcesImplement and sustain a visual factory.  Define equipment and capital investments required to support manufacturing and service. Develop annual capital plans and budgets, and manage execution of strategic capital projects in support of operations. Responsible for maintaining, tracking, and understanding plant capacity.  Manages, develops, trains, coaches, and evaluates the members of the manufacturing team.  This includes conducting annual performance appraisals for all direct reports.  Creates and supports annual budgeting process, manages expenses, and support for standard costs.   Must be knowledgeable in the effective use of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) tools and concepts to assist in process improvements.  Serve as an active participant and leader of the LSS programs that promote continuous improvement.   Will actively engage in Lean Management by encouraging, teaching, participating in, and supporting the Lean Six Sigma culture and tools.

Qualifications: Ten + years experience with demonstrated success in a manufacturing, commercialization, quality assurance, and/or product development role. Hardgoods and apparel experience helpful. Experience in Asian based manufacturing, tooling, commercialization, quality systems and supply chain management. Excellent relationship building and negotiating skills. Ability to travel internationally as required. Strong written communication and excellent presentation. Entrepreneurial drive. Adaptive, agile approach to business.