Our client is the world’s leading manufacturer and pioneer of crash test dummy and other related crash test devices, safety equipment, software solutions, and sensor technology. Headquartered in the metropolitan Detroit area, our client’s company has over 600 employees in 8 facilities across the US, Europe, India, and Asia. They are part of a global high-tech manufacturing group with 24 facilities in 14 markets with 900 employees. Their mission is to save lives through the application of safety technology that is used by 100% of global OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in the automotive industry. They have also been instrumental in designing safety for space exploration, aerospace, military, and autonomous vehicles. They are passionate about what they do and value innovation, agility, openness, and creating a progressive learning environment that inspires continuous improvement and teamwork.
The Vice President of Operations will oversee and manage global manufacturing operations and will work closely with other members of the leadership team across the business. They are seeking a dynamic, proactive, hard-working professional with a successful background in low-volume / high-complexity manufacturing operations. This is an opportunity to have a significant impact on an already successful and profitable company.
This position reports to the President / CEO and has one direct report with a team of six.
The Vice President of Operations will perform a full review of current operations, processes, technology implementation, and customer focus while implementing programs that improve quality, production speed, accountability, and efficiency by leveraging agile methodology, lean manufacturing, and data-driven business systems. They will be responsible for driving a culture of safety, quality, continuous improvement, collaborative problem solving, and accountability. They will oversee department efforts to hire and retain the best talent, manage the team and create mentoring opportunities. This position is accountable for managing metrics, service, inventory management, safety, and ultimately for understanding how to deliver an extraordinary customer experience. This person will need to have both strong analytical and communication skills, with a desire to work for a fast-paced, customer-focused organization. In addition to exceptional leadership, they must have a strong work ethic, a “roll-up your sleeves” attitude, strong attention to detail, and the ability to wear multiple hats.
Leadership and Management:
The Vice President of Operations will plan, direct, coordinate, and oversee operations activities in the organization, ensuring the development and implementation of efficient operations and cost-effective systems to meet the current and future needs of the organization.