Machine Shop Director – Aircraft Group Jobs in Elma, NY at Moog Inc.

Title: Machine Shop Director – Aircraft Group

Company: Moog Inc.

Location: Elma, NY

Moog’s Aircraft Group is looking for a Machine Shop Director who is highly motivated with a passion for machining and machine shop operations. Strong leadership with good data analytics, relationship, and team-building skills will be keys to success in this role.

As the Machine Shop Director in Aircraft Group, you can expect to manage resources, budgets, assets, and coordinate process improvement initiatives in a complex machining environment. The Machine Shop in East Aurora has over 340 total employees and an annual budget size of $110 million. In this role, you will have four immediate subordinates and influence about 36 other employees which include Machine Shop Managers and Performance Leaders (Production Supervisors).

Our Machine Shop in East Aurora is on a journey to improve delivery, quality, and safety. This role is critical for the transformation. Our Machine Shop Director should have very strong management/leadership experience within a machine shop setting and be familiar with CNC and manual material removal processes including turning, milling, grinding, EDM, and welding, among others. The ideal candidate will also be well-versed in lean manufacturing, 5S, continuous improvement, kaizen, SMED, value stream mapping, standard work, etc. There have also been significant changes to the site and managing change will need to be a strong skill set of the incumbent.

Here’s what you’ll work on:

Drive process improvements in all areas of Machining, Fabricating, Lathe, etc.
Analyze workforce utilization, facility layout, and operational data, such as production costs, process flow, and production schedules to determine efficient utilization of individuals and equipment
Recommend methods for improving employee efficiency and reducing waste of materials and utilities (such as restructuring job duties, reorganizing workflow, relocating workstations and equipment, and purchase of equipment)
Develop, evaluate, and improve work processes
Confer with management and engineering staff to implement plans and recommendations
Implement continuous improvement activities using lean techniques, such as Kaizen events, Kanban, 5S, root cause analysis, manufacturing cells, etc.
Recruit employees, assign, direct, and evaluate their work, and oversee the development of staff
Provide and train backup staff, perform cross-training and work cooperatively across the site in resource management
Create an environment of mutual trust and support by encouraging employee participation and building team unity

Here’s what you’ll need to be considered for this exciting opportunity:

Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or technical discipline required
Minimum 10 years of manufacturing/engineering experience, with 5 years of direct leadership experience
The ideal candidate would be able to demonstrate progressive responsibility in management, which would include:

Setting goals and objectives and developing methods to improve productivity and quality in a low volume, high mix complex machining environment
Progressive growth/responsibilities in a manufacturing environment including building and developing teams
Implementing continuous improvement activities utilizing lean techniques, process improvement, and variation reduction

Manufacturing and machining process knowledge and understanding are required for this role
Ability to drive positive engagement within the organization and the employee base
This job requires an active US Government security clearance or the ability to obtain one

EOE/AA Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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