Director of Operations Job in Elizabethtown, NC at Fortive

The Director of Operations will provide leadership, direction and hands on involvement while managing personnel and processes involved in SPT’s Operations function in Elizabethtown. The Director of Operations is responsible for enabling and enforcing Fortive’s operational priorities of (in order of priority) Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Inventory. To this end he/she drives continuous improvement in all aspects of SPT Operations, under full utilization of the FBS toolkit and factory digitalization opportunities. Other than supporting SPT’s strategic and policy deployment objectives, the Director of Operations is responsible for leading the day-to-day operating activities along with production capacity planning, capital project justification, risk analysis, and support for new product/process introductions. He/she holds P&L responsibility for SPT up to gross profit level, and overall responsibility for occupational health and safety.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Elizabethtown facility
  • Responsible for managing and mentoring of the VSLs, Team Leaders, and other professional staff
  • Drive continuous improvement and lean principles through leading the application and teaching of the Fortive Business System, to achieve goals for safety, quality, delivery, cost and inventory
  • Drive continuous improvement through deployment of digital capabilities in the manufacturing processes
  • Provide input and recommendations for the identification and selection of improvement projects
  • Participate in, facilitate, and/or train kaizen or improvement project teams
  • Communicate safety, quality, delivery and cost related objectives in a way that motivates the team to achieve them
  • Interface effectively with other business leaders to achieve overall goals using shared resources
  • Organizational design and talent management for Elizabethtown operations organization
  • Setting and management of performance and development objectives for the Elizabethtown operations organization
  • Work with Design and Implementation teams on manufacturability, capability, and reliability reviews
  • Management and improvement of external and internal quality performance
  • Maintain and support the ISO9001-based quality system
  • Management and improvement of on-time delivery performance
  • Management and improvement of manufacturing costs, with particular focus on labour efficiency
  • Manage labor availability to complete workload and work to enhance cross-training for increased labor flexibility
  • Management and improvement of inventory levels as well as external and internal logistics
  • Principle owner Fortive Materials Planning (FMP) processes (Kanban, etc.)
  • Assist in data collection and analysis for new business opportunities
  • P&L ownership for Hengstler Aldingen down to gross profit level, including ownership of budgeting process, monthly forecasting, tracking of actuals, and all related improvement activity; has budgetary approval responsibility.
  • Assist in achieving Policy Deployment and Strategic Plan objectives and participate in monthly PD reviews.
  • Perform benchmarking studies as required
  • Drive “best practices” in all areas of responsibility
  • Assist in the development of the strategic plan in support of area
  • Define manufacturing requirements for suppliers
  • Support key account and other special customer requests
  • Responsibility for the Elizabethtown site in general, including facilities and equipment repair, maintenance, health, safety, and environmental compliance
  • Driving cultural change towards a strong health and safety culture


  • Reports to the Vice President / General Manager NA
  • Closely collaborates with Global Engineering and Sustainment Engineering
  • Closely collaborates with Procurement
  • Closely collaborates with Finance on matters related to P&L management
  • Closely collaborates with HR to build a HR strategy for the Elizabethtown site
  • Closely collaborates with other global Operations teams, focusing on coordination between sites and P&Ls, but also on mutual benchmarking
  • Closely collaborates with Sales and Marketing
  • Interacts with customers, contractors and suppliers at all levels required
  • Interacts with other internal departments including Application Management, Marketing, within Hengstler as required

Measures of Performance:

  • Leading and lagging safety indicators (accidents, near miss reports)
  • Internal and external quality indicators (PPM)
  • On-time delivery indicators (OTD, Past Due)
  • Material spend indicators (including scrap, VAVE)
  • Labor productivity indicators (including labor variance, productivity)
  • Inventory indicators (net inventory, E&O, inventory turns)
  • Cost and Capex vs. budget/forecast

Education, Background and Skill Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field; Master preferred
  • Minimum of five years of Operations Management experience in a complex manufacturing environment
  • Minimum of one experience leading an organization from the beginning of their lean journey – preference for multiple plant experiences.
  • Working knowledge of various manufacturing processes with preferences for assembly, injection molding, SMT production, CNC, plating and / or machining
  • Knowledge of quality principles and tools (problem analysis, statistical tools, design of experiments, control charts, and other quality methodologies)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to effectively interface with a variety of people at various technical and management levels
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, data entry ability, and knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, and statistical tools
  • Demonstrated proficiency in time and project management
  • Working knowledge of Lean Manufacturing a must
  • Ability to travel 25%
  • Mechanical skills / abilities preferred
  • Excellent presentation skills

PERSONAL TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS: * Team player with leadership skills

  • Hungry for learning and growth
  • Well organized and structured
  • Strong technical, quantitative and analytical skills
  • Energetic, bright, and articulate with naturally good communication skills
  • Commercially astute with an ability to spot an opportunity
  • Well-spoken and eloquent
  • Self-motivated, self-starter

Fortive is a diversified industrial growth company comprised of global businesses that are recognized leaders in attractive markets. With more than $6 billion in annual revenues, Fortive’s well-known brands hold leading positions in field instrumentation, transportation, sensing, product realization, automation and specialty, and franchise distribution.

Fortive is headquartered in Everett, Washington and employs a team of more than 24,000 research and development, manufacturing, sales, distribution, service and administrative employees in more than 40 countries around the world. Our team grows by tackling challenges that accelerate progress and further their careers. With a culture rooted in continuous improvement, the core of our company’s operating model is the Fortive Business System. For more information please visit: www.fortive.com.

The position is with Specialty Product Technologies (SPT). Specialty Product Technologies (SPT) has grown to be a global leader as a core technology company comprised of several strong product lines. SPT designs, manufactures, and markets innovative products, services, and technologies to deliver manufacturing/operational efficiencies, cost-effective solutions, and high-quality products demanded by today’s industrial automation marketplace.

Every SPT product line has earned a “best in class” reputation and has been built on a solid foundation of achievement over a long period of time with proven reliability in the most rigorous and demanding applications. Each product line is considered essential components in the markets and applications they serve.

Founded in 1901 as the Veeder Manufacturing Company, the company joined the Danaher portfolio in 1986 and has continued to grow. Today, SPT is part of the Fortive Corporation. The SPT product lines encompass the solid brands of Eagle Signal, Joslyn Clark, Namco Controls, Superior Electric, Thomson Nyliner, and Veeder-Root. SPT product lines can be found in a wide variety of applications and industries.

We Are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Fortive Corporation and all Fortive Companies are proud to be equal opportunity employers. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or other characteristics protected by law. Fortive and all Fortive Companies are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Individuals who need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process should ask to speak with a Human Resources representative to request an accommodation.

About the Company

Company: Fortive

Company Location:  Elizabethtown, NC

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