Operations Manager/Chesapeake Site Leader in Chesapeake at Curtiss-Wright

Date Posted: 3/1/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Curtiss-Wright Fleet Solutions is comprised of three service centers that focus on the US Navy fleet support and maintenance market. The Fleet Solutions group provides turnkey overhaul / repair, testing, and parts sales for air compressors, main propulsion steam turbines, valves, steam turbine generators, auxiliary turbines, dehydrators, pumps, strainers, PLCs, blowers, and water purification.

We offer a competitive wage, a complete benefit package includes medical, dental, vision and life insurances, retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and vacations/holidays. https://www.cw-ems.com/fleet-solutions/default.aspx

Operations Manager and Chesapeake Site Leader

Reporting to the Senior General Manager of the Fleet Solutions business unit, this is an ideal opportunity for an emerging leader to step into a challenging role, own it, drive success, lead change and quickly expand your career at Curtiss-Wright. Sound like you?

Our Fleet Solutions group supports the US Navy aircraft carrier, submarine, and various support vessels repair work. They provide technical direction primarily associated with shipboard installation and overhauls of Curtiss-Wright and OEM partnership equipment. This unique opportunity will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Chesapeake, VA Service Center with significant opportunity to take on larger roles within this business in the short-term.

Your Challenge

  • Immediate task will be to assume local control of the Chesapeake Service Center; familiarize yourself with the Business Unit, its activities, customers, product lines, capabilities, current strategy, business plans and policies.
  • As site leader of the Chesapeake facility, you will have broad responsibility for the day-to-day activities of this site, including administration, program management, finance, procurement, field service and manufacturing employees.
  • Position may have dual reporting relationships to the Director of Fleet Solutions as well as to the General Manager. Significant opportunity for this position to grow substantially in the short-term based on the candidates experience and results.
  • Provide leadership guidance to the office and manufacturing teams towards successfully achieving key business metrics (P&L, Program execution, On-Time Delivery, Quality, EH&S, etc.)
  • Monitor financial performance of the Chesapeake location to ensure targets are being met.
  • Involved in translating customer requirements into state-of-the-art manufacturing/business strategies and processes, to ensure a growing and profitable business.
  • Responsibility to develop and implement evolving staffing plans/requirements to meet customer expectations and location budgets.
  • Establish overarching and cascading objectives to move the Chesapeake site forward and raise the standard of operation excellence. Help establish and deploy a LEAN operating framework utilizing the CW Way programs, and drive performance metrics with visual indicators throughout.
  • Work proactively with your local management team to ensure that site efforts and project initiatives are aligned with business needs and strategic direction.
  • Take ownership of coaching and developing the entire Chesapeake staff; providing cross-training initiatives that fosters an environment of employee involvement.
  • Ensure tight control is maintained over business performance and that operating management responds quickly and effectively to any problems and/or adverse trends. Proactively resolve technical, people, and production issues to ensure success of the team while exceeding customer expectations.
  • Evaluate existing business processes, identify areas of gaps or risks, and develop formal action plans to reduce risks and continuously improve the business.
  • Work closely with the East Coast Business Development team on customer proposals to ensure alignment to long-range strategic planning.
  • Build and maintain strong customer business relationships in domestic and international government markets and commercial shipyards.
  • Act as liaison with government agencies and Chesapeake office as needed. Maintains level of oversight to ensure compliance with industry regulations, regulatory agencies, export laws and technology transfer as they apply to proposal development, contract negotiations and program execution.
  • Assist and/or lead Program Reviews with customers.
  • Champion change through the business to continually improve performance.
  • Develop, maintain, and execute on yearly capital expenditure programs.
  • Manage compliance with local, state and national regulatory bodies, as needed.
  • Other duties as necessary

Your Expertise

  • Must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to maintain government security clearances.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business/Operations, Engineering or Financial Management.
  • Minimum of 10 years repair/manufacturing experience with related leadership responsibility.
  • Previous experience in the government aftermarket space is preferred, but not required.
  • LEAN and/or Six-Sigma experience and knowledge strongly preferred.
  • A career demonstrating increased responsibility and acknowledged as a leader in best practice management.
  • Thorough knowledge of production, manufacturing, and systems operations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build and develop effective working relationships.
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative spirit and sense of urgency.
  • Strong collaboration and partnership skills with the ability to listen, solve complex problems, and deal with ambiguity.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement new strategies in a complex business environment.
  • Ability to develop talent, both with individuals and diverse teams.
  • Strong customer focus is a must in this role.

This position may require exposure to information which is subject to US export control regulations, i.e. the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of U.S. regulations.

Curtiss-Wright values diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you require accommodation due to a disability at any time during the recruitment and/or assessment process, please contact Talent Acquisition and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request.

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