Operations Director, Aerospace West


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Element has an opportunity for an Operations Director, Aerospace West to ensure successful operation of the Huntington Beach, CA laboratories within the Aerospace West division. This includes strategic planning, operational excellence, the mentoring and development of managers and the implementation of all programs and projects assigned.


– Provide key contributions in the development and implementation of the company and aerospace sector strategies
– Assist in the development and execution of short and long term business plans and strategies for key programs within the Aerospace West division as assigned by the Division Director
– Working in conjunction with the long term corporate goals and Aerospace West strategy, develop and implement these projects based on sector, geographic and business industry knowledge, technical capability and expertise, and capital expenditures needs
– Assist in the development and execution of short and long term business plans and strategies to include operational goals, equipment needs, and staffing
– Responsible and accountable to drive and deliver to annual Operational Plan commitments including revenue, profit, working capital, and operational performance
– Responsible for demonstrating measurable increased operating efficiencies and economies that improve net income while enhancing customer satisfaction
– Responsible for overseeing location support functions and systems including quality assurance, business improvement, safety and health, human resources, and customer service excellence
– Responsible and accountable to drive and project-manage specific programs assigned from time-to-time including programs related to business improvement, business analysis, technology projects, relocation or expansion of labs, and integrations of new locations
– Review reports, activities status, productivity, budget variance, and all other significant business issues on at least a monthly basis
– Prepare and submit accurate forecasts on a monthly basis, maintain acceptable levels of working capital, and determine and execute on corrective actions necessary to achieve plan goals
– Provide guidance to the sector to ensure that staff talents and abilities are present to allow the successful delivery of the programs
– Actively maintain contact and relationships with top location accounts in line with Element policies, and participate as necessary to cultivate new accounts
– Provide positive leadership and representation of Element to the public, customers, vendors, and to all employees

Skills / Qualifications:

– BSc or MSc degree in Engineering or a technical discipline; Masters Degree not required but preferred
– Relevant experience in the aerospace industry or in the Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) industry with previous significant managerial and leadership responsibility
– Must have demonstrated success in the writing of project plans and driving them to conclusion
– Must have experience managing a project driven business
– Must be experienced in managing complex and sensitive issues
– Must have knowledge of business improvement procedures, operational plans, technology implementation, and property relocation
– Must be proficient in standard office software and computer systems
– Ability to influence others towards action or a particular point of view
– Knowledge of operational issues and concerns of the location supervised
– Demonstrated and strong interpersonal skills and listening ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders
– Exhibit the ability to encourage and sustain the high performance of employees and provide appropriate developmental opportunities
– Ability to accept responsibility for location activities and outcomes

This position requires access to export-controlled commodities, technical data, technology, software, and services. U.S. citizenship, U.S. legal permanent resident status, protected person status under 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), or U.S. Government export authorization is required. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the employer obtaining the necessary export authorization, including, if required, an export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Defense Trade Controls, or other applicable government agency.

To apply for this job email your details to todd.harrison@element.com.


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