US-New York-Plainview
Date Posted
29 Mar 2019

A career with CAES is more than just a job; it is the pathway to a bright future.

Are you searching for a career with a company that offers challenging, diverse projects and opportunities?  Are you looking for a position with a company that is growing and able to offer long-term professional advancement?   Searching for a company that values a friendly work environment and that values YOU? Then look no further!!  Consider Cobham.  #peoplefocusedmissiondriven #everymissionmatters

We are Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES), a technologically advanced electronics company employing more than 3,600 talented makers, thinkers, innovators, and doers nationwide. We build things that solve challenging problems from deep space to the depths of the ocean. We serve customers in spanning defense, aerospace, security, medical, and industrial markets.

This role reports to the Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain in CAES. It is a key member of the Cobham ISS Leadership Team responsible for delivering sustained top and bottom line growth and improving profitability by executing the business strategy, developing strong customer relationships and driving operational excellence.  The ideal candidate is someone who has proven experience in successfully establishing and executing a manufacturing strategy and leading a team through transformation in a fast paced, highly complex environment.  The candidate must be a highly motivated and driven self-starter willing to challenge status quo and implement the necessary change to optimize business performance. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of manufacturing operations and supply chain for the Cobham ISS Business Area, which includes multiple sites, and meeting business requirements for delivery, costs, and quality.  This includes accountability for the on time delivery of production hardware, supply chain management, cost and schedule management, identification of risk and opportunity management, resource management, operations planning, and compliance to customer requirements.  This position will work closely with the product line director, engineering director, and quality director to ensure customer and business requirements are met.  The candidate will be required to collect and analyze performance metrics that will drive execution excellence. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Leads the Operations Team to establish production schedules based on product introduction, efficiency, materials supply and personnel resources; directs activities to maximize production objectives, maintain quality and attain output requirements that are consistent with cost and delivery conditions.
  • Develop, coordinate, lead, and execute operational plans in the achievement of company goals, including driving compliance to business requirements.
  • Ensure customer requirements are consistently understood and met.
  • Directs production activities and develops schedules and personnel requirements for assigned areas collaborating with other functions such as program management, engineering, marketing, new product development, customer service, quality inspection, among others.
  • Effectively manage tasks, resources and risks while monitoring financial budgets to make timely critical decisions needed to meet overall scope, budget and objectives of the business and company
  • Embrace and take an active role in promoting the concepts of continuous improvement by effectively implementing principles of Lean manufacturing, including Six Sigma and Kaizen in a low volume, high mix production environment.
  • Develop systems and processes that drive predictable consistency in all elements of operational performance.
  • Champion the adherence to and effectiveness of a robust Sales, Inventory, and Operations -Planning (SIOP) process.
  • Plans and directs procedures and budgets; provide recommendations on capital expenditure projects that support quality and cost improvements and objectives of the facility.
  • Report performance and analyze data to identify potential problems and issues: Assume ownership of the problem solving process and develop sound plans and corrective actions to ensure adherence to quality standards, delivery schedules, cost performance, and safe working conditions
  • Leads strategic direction and execution for recommendations on make / buy decisions related to production capital assets, subassemblies and products that make best sense for the business.
  • Establishes and modifies operational methods and processes by determining changes in materials, equipment, and procedures; develops and establishes departmental standards and practices.
  • Develop and monitor operational processes and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to execute immediate, proactive action correcting financial, quality and schedule variances
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to ensure all activities in support of production are coordinated and executed to achieve maximum effectiveness and efficiency, including contributing to proposal development, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting.
  • Participate in and implement the Long Range Strategic Planning (LRSP) process as a member of the leadership team.
  • Provide leadership and coaching that foster high team morale and effectiveness.
  • Creates a culture of learning, provides development through training, mentoring and assignments.
  • Capable of performing failure analysis and root cause corrective action determination.
  • Supports the operation of safe and healthy workplaces for employees and ensure optimization of space and facilities in support of business goals.
  • Establishes and modifies operational methods and processes by determining changes in materials, equipment, and procedures to meet future manufacturing capability. Develops and establishes departmental standards and practices.
  • Partner with engineering to develop product that follows best practices for Design for Manufacturability.
Required Skills and Competencies:
  • Must have strong leadership skills.  Demonstrated ability to lead people, coach and mentor staff; 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 business; ability to inspire every employee to reach his or her full potential and achieve excellence; ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must have well-developed business acumen and be able to balance a strategic focus with the ability to dig into the details when necessary.
  • Must possess a strong process orientation and a track record of reducing costs, improving productivity, and streamlining operations in order to achieve significant financial improvements.
  • Must have strong problem solving and analytical skills; ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations; ability to review and compare data to identify inconsistencies and determine priorities.
  • Must demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and assignments; ability to prioritize tasks and meet schedules/deadlines; ability to simultaneously initiate, prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to maintain a proactive and positive approach to resolving conflict and or business issues.
  • Ability to communicate comfortably and effectively including ability to present findings in formal and in ad-hoc situations and answer resulting questions from management.
  • Must have strong communication and relationship building skills at all levels of an organization and the ability to work effectively across functions within a matrix environment.
  • Strong sense of teamwork and collaboration, particularly cross-functionally. Emphasis on the ability of building and maintain strategic working relationships.
  • Proven ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams with vision and to be decisive, influential and able to gain commitment to action.
  • Must be able to provide effective coaching and mentoring to develop a high performing and collaborative team.
  • Must be able to effectively flow down goals into measurable tasks to subordinate levels and manage performance.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to anticipate needs of the business based on current trends and information and develop plans to react accordingly.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to train and develop team members to increase crosstraining and utilization in support of business objectives.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written); Proficient in MS Office software (Word, Excel, Access and Outlook).
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, or related field of study from accredited university or college,
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of progressively increasing experience in Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Production Control, or Supply Chain.
  • Ability to travel up to 25%
Preferred Qualifications:
  • MBA /  Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Black belt in Lean/Six Sigma is desired.
  • Experience with and/or understanding of DOD operating standards within a Supply Chain Structure.
  • Eligible to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which requires USA Citizenship.
About Us:
Founded in 1934 by aviation innovator Sir Alan Cobham, our values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us to become a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. It's the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you!

If you are authorized to work in the United States, then we encourage you to apply.  We are unable to sponsor work visas.  U.S. Citizenship required for positions requiring a Security Clearance.

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.

Employment Transparency:
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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The Pay Transparency Policy is available here.

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (703) 842-2971 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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