Zodiac Aerospace VP Operations Excellence - DCIS in HUNTINGTON BEACH, California

VP Operations Excellence - DCIS

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Reference number002945-ZOII
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VP Operations Excellence - DCIS

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Responsible for the implementation of Operations Excellence (OpEx) activities, principles, techniques, and methodologies to obtain the most efficient utilization of labor, material, and capital at all Zodiac DCISfacilities. Leads, organizes and executes a wide range of OpEx activities including but not limited to planning/developing/documenting Kaizen events, performing 6-S audits, process mapping, capability studies, root cause analysis, coordination of all department and other support areas during OpEx activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

•Works with executives, senior leadership and site leaders to develop and implement improvement roadmaps to eliminate operational wastes in the manufacturing, office and administrative processes.

•Provide Leadership across the group to improvement activities aimed at reducing cost and lead-time

•Fosters a positive relationships within the OpEx function and between the Kaizen teams and the divisional organization.

•Trains all levels within the organization to develop the mix of skills and abilities to facilitate successful OpEx behaviors.

•Develops and deploys Lean Manufacturing training materials, coordinating and providing Lean Manufacturing direction, education and support to functions such as Supply Chain, Operations, Quality, HR and Engineering.

Job description

•Serves as the divisional representative for all corporate lean activities.

•Works with site leaders and senior leadership to develop and implement improvements to eliminate operational wastes in the manufacturing, office and administrative processes.

•Develops implementation plans and budgets for annual lean operations and implementation of long range plans.

•Performs extensive data collection and tracking including but not limited to WIP, labor productivity, rework, raw material inventory, overtime, to identify and addresses OpEx opportunities.

•Assists in the development and maintenance of an OpEx business culture at all levels, which supports the company's overall business objectives and goals by providing leadership in issues that involve cost, quality, process, schedule and people.

•Prepares, executes, revises and measures the progress of continuous improvement plans.

•Secures critical resources for lean transformation. Develops the lean knowledge of high potential employees throughout the organization.

•Travels to various Zodiac DCISfacilities to train and implement applicable OpEx processes.

•Ensures the company's commitment to maintaining a safe workplace and to protect the environment through the establishment and support of company policy and adherence to applicable government regulations.

•Serves as a mentor and provides direction and guidance for overall business unit OpEx initiatives.

•Reviews work of Functional Managers and all key decisions to ensure company objectives are met and execution of program/project budgets and schedules for each program are accomplished

•Provides definition, development and implementation of standard operations frameworks for all Operations functional areas

•Ensures that all functional teams follow established BMS processes and using standard templates, documentation and methodology

•Shares knowledge across organizational boundaries and promotes continuous process improvement


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following Competencies:

•Personal Responsibility (Modeling the Way) ¬ - You maintain clear leadership philosophy and build consensus around organization values, you make sound and timely decisions by taking calculated risk while assuming responsibility, you evoke trust by being appropriately open, honest, ethical and consistent, you seek to eliminate inefficiencies and engage others, and you encourage organization, prioritization, follow-through and time management.

•Direction Setting (Inspiring a Shared Vision) – You create, articulate and inspire a vision for change, you keep organizational focus on customer through expectations, involvement and feedback, you recognize importance of teams and when to use them, and you communicate expectations clearly while encouraging and recognizing accomplishments.


•Strategic Leadership (Challenging the Process) – You analyze trends/benchmarking data, develop alternatives, and identify opportunities for leverage, you set and keep focus on goals, you utilize resources effectively, you anticipate issues, you articulate a vision and encourage innovation and problem-solving to support it, and you display openness to new ideas, change and learning.

Job Core Competencies

•Impact & Influence – You pursue and win support for ideas, you display ability to influence key decision-makers, you achieve win-win outcomes, you use authority appropriately to accomplish goals, and you address divergent opinions.

•Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge, exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills, keeps abreast of current developments, requires minimal supervision, displays understanding of how job relates to others, uses resources effectively.

•Planning & Organization – You prioritize and plan work activities, you use time efficiently, you plan for additional resources, you integrate changes smoothly, you sets goals and objectives, and you work in an organized manner.

•Problem Solving - Identifies problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully, develops alternative solutions, resolves problems in early stages, and works well in group problem solving situations.


Summary of Education, Experience & Certification

Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Manufacturing and/or Industrial)

Minimum 10 years manufacturing leadership experience.

5+ years aerospace specific experience required, transportation interiors experience preferred.

Six Sigma Black Belt required.

Lean/5S experience required.

Master's degree or MBA preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

•Proven management skills including displayed leadership of high-performing team.

•Strong coaching, mentoring and overall employee development skills.

•Ability to work well independently and cross-functionally as part of an established and growing team.

•Ability to build effective working relationships, persuade and influence, and problem-solve complex issues.

•Strong communication, time-management, and organizational skills.

•Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management or project teams.

•Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

•Demonstrated experience with Accounting software, Database software, Project Management software, Spreadsheet and Word Processing software, and Internet knowledge.

•Strong process documentation, procedure and quality background.

•Proven ability to use situational leadership to get desired results.

•Ability to work in a fast paced environment.

•Ability to establish priorities, multi-task and detail oriented.

•Ability to work with large volumes of process data and with statistical methods.

•Ability to build effective working relationships, persuade and influence and problem-solve complex issues.

•Ability to handle multiple projects.

•Proficient with Microsoft Office applications.

•Strong communication, time-management, and organizational skills.

•Ability to work well independently and cross-functionally as part of an established and growing team.

•Ability to sit for extended periods of time, use hands to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and have close/color vision ability to adjust focus.

•Ability to travel as required.

•Ability to work outside core business hours as required.

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Job location
Job location

Americas, USA, California, HUNTINGTON BEACH

Candidate criteria

BA / BS / 4 year degree

Min. experience level required

11-15 years


English (Fluent)