Plant Operations Mgr – Optical, Machining 423A

Optical Plant Operations Manager

Northeast, 150-200k pkg

About our Client

Our client is one of the world’s leading innovators in Optics, Photonics and Materials Science. For more than 150 years, our client has applied its unparalleled expertise in Optics, Materials and Optical Physics to develop products that have created new industries, solved their customer’s problems and transformed people’s lives. Our client’s success arises from their sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of innovation in: materials, science, engineering and process development, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.


Direct production and maintenance operations and coordinate with engineering and other

staff functions to achieve plant cost, quality, and service objectives while meeting all

safety, health, and environmental requirements.

  • Assist in the development of an operating plan aligned with division, business, and

manufacturing strategies to meet key performance objectives.

  • Lead execution of operating plan to meet manufacturing and commercial objectives.
  • Ensure manufacturing capability and performance improvement in support of

division, business, and manufacturing strategies.

  • Provide focus and direction to plant personnel to ensure knowledge and support of

plant manufacturing priorities and requirements.

  • Maintain and ensure efficient operation of all plant assets and equipment.
  • Meet all safety and environmental regulatory requirements. Create and maintain a

safe working environment for all employees.

  • Ensure growth in talent and capability of the plant operations staff.
  • Build effective relationships within the business, plant staff groups, and with key

customers and suppliers where required.

  • Champion Lean and other corporate manufacturing initiatives as required.


Performance Metrics:

  • MEC Strategic Metrics:
    • Lowest Cost Manufacturing
    • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
    • Inventory Turns (may also measure days of supply, monetary value, etc.)
    • Gross Margin (GM) & Return on Plant Assets (ROPA)
  • Business-Level Metrics:
    • Net Profit After Tax (NPAT)
    • Cash Flow
    • Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)
    • Total Asset Utilization (TAU)
  • Plant Metrics:
    • Unit Product Cost and/or Actual Manufacturing Cost (AMC)
    • Product Quality
    • Service (delivery to request, customer complaints or returns, etc.)
    • Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE)
    • Audit Results (Manufacturing Excellence, Financial Control, etc.)
    • Capital Management
    • Employee Effectiveness & Development

Competencies (knowledge, skills and behaviors):


  • Building Effective Teams
  • Conflict Management
  • Directing Others
  • Interpersonal Savvy


  • Command Skills
  • Drive for Results
  • Financial Analysis & Management (Manufacturing)


  • Employee Relations
  • Manufacturing and Operations Management
  • Manufacturing Strategy Formation and Execution
  • Performance Excellence
  • Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Compliance
  • Supply Chain Management



Global Leadership competencies most pertinent to this role are:

  • Act Quickly and Decisively
  • Act with Integrity and Authenticity
  • Champion Change and Flexibility
  • Demonstrate Drive and Commitment
  • Inspire and Motivate
  • Leverage Talent



  • S. or equivalent technical degree.
  • 8+ years of progressive responsibilities in operations and/or engineering leadership, including

operations or engineering department supervisor experience, and leading 50+ employees.

  • Experience in leading teams and departments in meeting continuous improvement

goals, step change performance improvements, innovation, expanding technical

capability, work redesign or other change efforts.

  • Experience coordinating activities within functional responsibility and collaborating

with other groups to achieve results.

  • Demonstrated track record of growing talent.


  • Post graduate degree
  • Experience with multiple manufacturing processes
  • Experience in staff or project roles such as Quality or Applications Engineering, Supply Chain, or a project assignment
  • Exposure to global manufacturing and business through work or project assignments.
  • Exposure to and understanding of the corporate network and resources.

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