Date Posted
09 Jul 2019

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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.

Job Description:
CAES is seeking a Director of Operations and Supply Chain for our Lansdale, Pa location. The Director of Operations and Supply Chain will manage all aspects of manufacturing operations, operations planning, purchasing, production planning, manufacturing engineering and facilities.
The role reports directly to the Sector VP of Operations and Supply Chain with dotted lined to the site General Manager/VP.  This position will work closely with the site leadership team to ensure customer and business requirements are met, and across the CAES Operations function to ensure best practices are shared and implemented.  The Director of Operations and Supply Chain is responsible for continuously improving operations and supply chain strategy to meet business tactical objectives which in turn will drive the site KPI’s in support of the CAES 2020 vision.
  • Develop and execute operations and supplier management strategies to ensure on-time delivery of parts with highest quality and lowest cost.
  • Assume ownership and accountability of the operation teams, processes and performance, from strategic planning to tactical operations.
  • Leads the Operations and Supply Chain team in the support of bids and proposals, ensures proper cost accounting practices are in place and cost variations are identified and resolved in a timely manner
  • Provide leadership, development opportunities, and managerial oversight to the Operations and Supply Chain team members.
  • Support SIOP process to improve strategic planning of working capital, utilization of factory resources, and drive integrated executive alignment to improve customer satisfaction, market share, and profit.
  • Accountable to develop and meet departmental budgets.
  • Improve financial performance by improving working capital to meet plan and develop an understanding of the drivers of material cost as a percentage of revenue with an associated reduction plan. Develop new means to reduce costs while maintaining business objectives.
  • Implement and improve performance management and establish high performing teams at all production cells
  • Lead the capital planning for the modernization of the facility and manufacturing process
  • Utilize analytic methods to analyze performance issues to identify causal relationship underlying supply chain performance and provide actionable insight.
  • Ensure that all Safety, Health and Environmental standards are implemented and followed throughout the Operations and Supply Chain teams
  • Ensure compliance with implemented QMS in line with customer and regulatory requirements. 
 Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management, Engineering, Business or Scientific Discipline or equivalent
  • 10+ years of applicable experience working in Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Experience developing & leading an operations and supply chain organization, processes, and improving KPI performance.
  • Ability to think strategically, understands complex business/financial data, and develops operational plans and organizational structures.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills
  • Must possess a working knowledge of business finance and ability to link financial outcomes with operational actions and business strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate progressive change
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or equivalent Lean knowledge
  • Strong problem solving and analytical thought needed to resolve issues in a variety of complex situations without supervision.
  • Working knowledge of multiple layer assembly, microelectronics fabrication, and electronic and component assembly operations
  • The ideal candidate will also have experience working in Operations and Supply Chain Management within the Commercial Aerospace sector or within another non-government or defense industrial sector
  • Excellent verbal/written communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to travel as business demand requires
Preferred Education and Experience:
  • MBA / Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Black Belt in Lean/Six Sigma is desired
  • APICS CPIM certification, Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (APP) Certification a plus
Key Measures & Milestones:
  • Safety, Environmental and Health leading indicators
  • Customer Quality (CDPPM)
  • Financial Performance (Revenue, Profit, Cash, Working Capital Turns)
  • Customer On-Time to Promise (On-Time Delivery, Past Due Revenue and Past Due Lines)
  • Profitable growth
  • Customer Satisfaction ratings
  • Operational Excellence:  SHE ratings / Quality achievements
  • Talent development
  • Inventory controls / Supply Chain measures
Key Leadership Competencies:
  • An authentic and believable leader who communicates with conviction and humility and is able to engender trust throughout the organization.
  • A natural communicator and influencer, using such strengths in often difficult and complex situations.
  • Strong emotional intelligence.
  • Enthusiasm for building high-performing teams. 
  • An approachable, hands-on and “roll up the sleeves” management style with attention to detail.  Keen business judgement with the ability to provide fresh, proactive insight. 
  • A willingness to be out among the employees and the customers listening to their ideas and concerns while gaining their trust and support.
  • A communication style which instills confidence.
  • An entrepreneurial orientation, yet with the skills and savvy to work within the existing company culture and help to evolve into the desired culture.
  • Flexibility and problem-solving capabilities
  • High energy level and strong action orientation.
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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