VP of Operations

Company Name:
Career Transitions, LLC
As a leading designer, engineer and manufacturer of furniture, our client specializes in residential, commercial and healthcare furniture, automotive and airline interiors as well as specialty trim applications. In addition to its proprietary brands, the company is recognized as a best-in-class contract manufacturer for multiple iconic brands.

This client is looking to hire a VP of Operations to be located out of their manufacturing facility in Northern Indiana.

Vice President of Operations is a member of the Management Team. The VP Operations plays an integral and highly interactive leadership role on a team charged with assuring the vitality of existing operations and also strategizing and executing Operations functions to accommodate company growth. The VP Operations plays both strategic and tactical roles in the company. Specifically, leadership will contribute to ambitious strategic planning, understanding customer needs and continuously improving processes to meet these needs profitably, developing people to reach their full potential within the company mission, and executing profitable, achievable, and measurable tactical plans.

VP Operations Departmental Reporting Responsibilities:
Planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the activities of company manufacturing, supply chain, inventory control, scheduling, logistics, order/customer service, and business process improvement.

Four year degree in a business related field; advanced degree and professional certification preferred.
Ten or more years Operations and Supply Chain Management; experience within the furniture industry preferred.
Proven track record of stewarding broader operations to support ambitious company growth goals including:
creating and maintaining stable and accountable operational functions in a cut/sew, assembly, and furniture upholstery manufacturing environment,
acting as part of a cross functional team leading/managing the change process required to meet external customer needs and balancing requirements for coherent internal systems.
strategic process improvement and leadership in lean disciplines.
people development and corresponding organizational design to achieve company goals.
operations execution
customer service ? leadership and tactical customer engagement
supply chain strategies
day to day services and business development
supply base development expertise
Proven track record of integrating industry best practices into all functional areas and cross functionally (engineering, sales, finance, human resources and other constituencies).

Knowledge of:
management and leadership methods suited to companies of similar size to the company ? both current revenue levels as well as operations required from targeted growth levels.
best-practice integration of operational functions including manufacturing, supply chain, scheduling, order processing, logistics, and BPI.
operations- manufacturing management; finances, comprehensive P&L skills; systems- MRP, ERP, SRM and related technology;
quality systems, lean manufacturing, project management systems and industry best practices;
global supply chain development requirements

Skills to:
develop trust and engender confidence across all levels of the company.
join with leadership to direct strategic change ? balancing more aggressive ?deconstructive? change with incremental improvement, balancing aggressive pace with methodical progress.
develop leaders and teams to improve operations and prepare the company for well managed operations implied with WD growth targets.
develop personal relationships across functions and at all levels of the organization
develop appropriate and strategic external relationships favorable to the team
apply best-practice operational disciplines to the company?s furniture based strategies and all the supply nuances our industry requires.
communicate clearly, candidly and intelligently using both written and spoken word;
exceed the needs of internal and external customers in the most efficient and effective manner possible

Ability to:
conceptualize strategies consistent with company goals and
actively communicate strategies and tactics through team meetings, written summaries, task lists, and business plans.
work cross functionally ? learning about ever changing customer needs and becoming a customer advocate advocating for cross functional health vs. siloed efficiency.
organize, prioritize and coordinate projects and assignments in the most time efficient and accurate manner possible
continually learn about and establish best practices within our operational disciplines
apply continual learning in practical ways to operations


Functional Duties:
Assure efficient and reliable creation and execution of production schedules
Coordinate all supply functions to support efficient schedule.
Understand ever changing customer requirements ? and work in partnership with front-end leadership to balance customer requirements with coherent operations.
Establish a lead plans to continuously improve processes - incorporating lean disciplines, policies, procedures and processes to support growth demands and insure organizational efficiency.
Bring forth a proactive operational strategy complimenting the vision of the organization.
Apply relevant industry best practices to bring execution strategies to:
? Support core customer business development and engineering initiatives
? Align technology infrastructure with operations
? Establish performance metrics and standards

Strategic business partner that quickly establishes credibility across the organization to engage and influence others and insure the most efficient and effective solutions.
People-engaging personal style, modeling values and ethics embodied in company culture.
Fostering a culture of learning and advancement in continuous improvement/lean behaviors.
Strategic business leader participating with management team in guiding operational strategy.
Bring forward a vision for growth and translate it into execution strategies and action plans.
Bring forward a positive attitude with a willingness to learn company culture and act as a change agent.
Balance task orientation with interpersonal relationship focus
Balance change management with stability of existing operations.

People Development:
Responsible for the Personal Development Plan (PDP) for each staff member and align PDP?s with strategic business initiatives.
Foster a culture of accountability, performance based management, teamwork and other best practices to achieve the goals of the organization.
Leads and works closely with his/her direct reports while having the ability and ?know-how? to influence other key departments in the organization (engineering, sales, finance, human resources, and other constituencies).
Establishes formal, written goals for short, mid and long term staff development.
Experience managing a manufacturing, supply, inventory control, scheduling, and logistics team.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job; with or without reasonable accommodation.
? Physical Demands: This position requires sitting, standing and walking for extended periods. The position also requires reaching, grasping, lifting and carrying as needed to operate computers, copy machines, phones, and other standard office equipment and technology.
? Travel Demands: Travel is sometimes required to accomplish company goals. Position requires occasional and self-directed navigation of international and domestic air and ground travel.
? Work Environment: Requires regular interaction within normal office environment as well as furniture manufacturing environments including cutting, sewing, upholstery, wood fabrication, assembly operations, and all associated external supplier environments which includes a broad array of manufacturing environments.

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