The most important thing we build is trust

US-California-San Diego
Date Posted
14 Sep 2017



Responsible for leading and supervising the value stream production team members in achieving aggressive targets in Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Inventory; use the lean tool box (Value Stream Mapping, 5S, 3P, Standard Work, SMED, Variation Reduction and Material Pull Systems) to eliminate waste and achieve targets; champion the value stream lean daily management meeting and employ problem solving methodology to determine root cause and develop countermeasures for misses to daily targets; correct staffing levels; including the hiring, development and disciplinary action; determine required production hours and use overtime to fill short term gaps; collaborate with Program Management, Quality, Sustaining and Design Engineering and Materials management to develop the annual operating plan and the capital budget as well as meet the annual operating plan. 



  • Managing human resources:

    • Ensuring that staffing supports the needs of our customers and the business plan.

    • Ensure the right people in the right roles.

    • Ensure that staffing and development plans support succession plans and protects against impacts of turnover.

    • Ensuring performance management is practiced effectively by their teams.

    • Ensuring compliance with Cobham policy and practices and applicable labor regulations.

  • Managing capital assets:

    • Ensuring that capital provides the capacity needed by the business plan.

    • Ensuring that capital is utilized efficiently.

    • Ensure that capital is kept in compliance (safety, regulatory, and quality).

    • Ensure that capital is properly planned for future requirements.

  • Managing financial results:

    • Develop departmental budgets based on the overall business plan.

    • Drive the actions to meet or achieve targets in budget.

  • Managing support groups/driving improvement:

    • Work with peers to align support group priorities to Value Stream needs.

    • Champion applicable continuous improvement efforts using a variety of tools (TOC, Lean and Six Sigma).

  • Drive the policies and practices to insure compliance (SHE, Security and Legal).

  • Provide VS Leadership to Key Business Processes:

    • SHE

    • Bid & Proposal Process

    • Program Reviews

    • SIOP

    • New Product Introduction

  • Measured by aggregate site performance across Value Streams:

    • Compliance (SHE, Security and Legal)

    • Financial results (Revenue and EBIT)

    • Customer Service (OTTP and RMAs)

    • Operational KPIs (OPE, CPEH and FPY)


  • May directly manage the following staff: Production Manager and/or Line Leaders, Production Associates; Indirect management of Quality Engineering, Sustaining Engineering, and Process Engineering resources.

  • Interface with associates across-functional areas to drive progress toward meeting weekly and/or monthly customer goals; external contact with customers, suppliers and other businesses to ensure success of company objectives.


MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS: (The following qualifications can be acquired and demonstrated through experience, education and/or vocational training as noted or as appropriate.)


Minimum Requirements: 

  • Minimum of eight years of experience in a leadership role within manufacturing operations.
  • Experience delivering on key performance indicators (on time to promise, productivity, quality, safety).
  • Experience directing and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience with direct reports, including performance management and talent selection.

  • In order to be considered for this opportunity, you must be eligible to obtain and maintain security clearance, which requires USA Citizenship.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management, Engineering, Business or Scientific Discipline.

  • Active DoD Clearance.

  • Experience in a government contracting environment.

  • Experience in a low-volume, high-mix, make-to-order environment in a labor intensive environment.

  • Working knowledge of microelectronic assembly and test operations.

  • Experience with lean, Six Sigma and/or Theory of Constraints.


Leadership skills: ability to lead with integrity, honesty and trust; ability to deliver reliable, unique and leading edge solutions that exceed expectations; ability to act with energy, passion and responsibility; ability to collaborate to leverage and align all elements of the organization; ability to inspire every employee to reach his or her full potential and achieve excellence.


Communication skills: ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations; ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedures; ability to conduct training, lead and participate in departmental and other team meetings; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, employees, customers and other business professionals; strong negotiation skills.


Computer skills:  working in a networked environment using a Windows and/or Windows like interface using Power Point, Excel, Word, Outlook, Visio and Project software programs at an intermediate to advance level; good understanding of modern ERP systems such as SAP.


Math & Analytical skills: basic to intermediate mathematical skills, including statistical analysis; review and compare data to identify inconsistencies and determine priorities; ability to collect, analyze and summarize information to a technical level; ability to think abstractly and separate complex ideas into simple elements; strong attention to detail; fact based problem solver.


Time Management and Organizational skills: flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and assignments; ability to maintain confidentiality; work with the vast array of information gathered during elicitation and analysis and to cope with rapidly changing information.


Excellence Behaviors:   remain engaged, proactive and positive even in tough circumstances; own assignments and be fully accountable for their success; align actions, behaviors and conversations to what matters most; bring out the best in others and recognize the value in every person’s contributions; ability to work independently and as a team member.



  • Required to obtain and maintain a security clearance to Secret or SAR level, which requires US citizenship.


  • ESD Awareness Certification

  • Cleanroom Policy and Procedure


Cobham's values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it’s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you.

Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.

Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.

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US-California-San Diego
Microelectronic Solutions
June Layng
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