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Director, Operations

Young & Franklin Inc. / Tactair Fluid Controls Inc.

This is a Full-time position in Town Of Salina, NY posted November 30, 2019.

Summary: Reporting to the President, the Director of Operations for Young & Franklin/Tactair is responsible for manufacturing operations, supply chain and material control, manufacturing engineering, assembly & test/repairs, production control, EH&S, and shipping/receiving.

Peers include heads of Sales and Marketing, Engineering, Finance, and Human Resources.

As a key member of the leadership team, the Director of Operations will participate regularly in evaluating and establishing company direction.

The aerospace component business is very dynamic, with changes in design, schedule, and expectations.

In response, the Director of Operations role requires the ability to maintain flexibility, develop fluid plans, and understand the need to change priorities.

The Director will have significant interaction with existing customers and will play a key role in meeting with potential customers to determine needs and discuss capabilities.

The need to foster teamwork within operations, engineering, quality and sales is a vital expectation.

Key Accountabilities:
● Achieving goals for shipments, on-time delivery, past dues, inventory and sales per head
● Establishing and executing detailed CAPEX and Productivity plans
● Building and leading a dynamic operations organization and setting the pace and example as a leader, coach, and mentor.

● Promoting an atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation with peers and their respective functional groups
● Implementing open communication, concurrent manufacturing, and continuous improvement
● Working closely with engineering, sales, and customers to ensure the Company can provide innovative, cost effective, producible solutions and drive new business
● Improving standards and processes in all phases of the operations cycle
● Developing and implementing effective inventory management approaches to optimize cost and availability considerations
● Ensuring technical support of all production processes with accurate tools, equipment, and documentation
● Preparing annual budgets and tracking actual expenditures The ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of experience in manufacturing leadership positions.

The candidate will come from a high-performing manufacturer of engineered components with high mix/low volume operations and a significant aftermarket servicing component.

Experience in the aerospace and defense industry is preferred, but not required.

The executive will bring experience balancing strategy and execution, and an ability to get ‘hands-on’.

Demonstrated competencies include :
● Results Orientation: a track record of enabling profitable growth for a complex business through successful manufacturing strategy.

He/she will have the ability and determination to move operational initiatives forward, using performance metrics and benchmarks to track progress and create value for customers.

● Team Leadership: Leading by example and demonstrating high personal energy and influence in every interaction, he/she will have the ability to energize and motivate the organization (many with long tenures) around the growth vision and direction.

The successful candidate will have a track record of building successful organizations, recruiting and developing a high potential team, along with a strong ability to retain talent.

He/she will routinely provide specific behavioral feedback and develop training and action plans to encourage professional development of those on the team.

He/she will have been successful working with diverse teams in different environments and cultures and be able to point to specific examples where they have developed future leaders.

● Strategic Orientation: The successful candidate will have experience in developing operations strategies and plans that incorporate competitive issues, trends in the industry, and external factors.

He/she should understand how to integrate market and competitive trends, organizational state, and other issues into a coherent vision for change and growth, and link this vision into a series of initiatives and priorities that are compelling and logical.

● Collaboration and Influencing: He/She must be a good listener who uses fact-based persuasion and passion to influence key stakeholders.

Credibility and integrity are critical to effectively command the respect and trust of key individuals.

US Citizenship / Permanent Resident Required Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, including disabled and veterans.