Sr Operations Manager

in Aiken, SC

Sr Operations Manager Job

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    Aiken, SC 29805-9320, US

  • Job Category

    Manufacturing & Maintenance

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Job Description

BAE Systems is hiring a Sr. Operations Manager for our Combat Mission Systems (CMS) business. This role will serve as the overall Site Leader dedicated to production of products for the US and allies with a mission to safely produce a quality product, on schedule, at the lowest achievable cost. Drives the long-range strategic planning process for operations by overseeing and managing aspects of manufacturing, program management, production control, engineering, and supply chain management. Develops operations-related plans, budgets, and policies and procedures. Maintains safety and regulatory compliance relating to the production facility. Embraces a High Performance Work Team system to facilitate day to day operations and continual improvement. Serves as BAE Systems' primary local contact and primary liaison with the program's customer on manufacturing related issues.

  • This role will be onsite in Aiken, SC.
  • This position will require up to 10% travel.
  • This role has a 9/80 schedule where you will have every other Friday off.
  • Provides leadership/input on strategic decisions around operations, manufacturing, and /or new product development with focus on maintaining a competitive edge.
  • Coordinates planning and scheduling of plant activities to maximize schedule attainment. Collaborates with Program Management, Quality, and Supply Chain organizations to establish viable schedules and ensure quality material is available on-time to meet production needs.
  • Manages schedule and controllable cost factors in welding, paint, and assembly/disassembly manufacturing areas. Investigates and provides effective countermeasures to cost or schedule variances.
  • Develops and manages plant budgets that include accountability for control of direct and indirect labor costs and associated operating expenses. Enacts policies, procedures and makes decisions to ensure plant and program profitability.
  • Develops and manages plant goals and objectives. Ensures objectives flow-down to all employees. Communicates status of performance to objectives including results of analysis and identified improvement opportunities.
  • Lead process improvement initiatives in areas of responsibility and ensures safety, quality, cost, and inventory control requirements are met.
  • Ensures availability of required resources including human capital and production equipment. Develops employee and plant capabilities as required to support short and longer term objectives. Facilitates hiring, training, and capital investment activities. Oversees a robust Business Continuity Management system.
  • Plans and organizes workload and staffing over all shifts, utilizing proper equipment selections and materials in order to meet or exceed customer requirements.
  • Champions a 'do it right the first time" culture. Facilitates continual improvements of process and equipment. Participates on the site Corrective Action Board. Ensures effective root cause analysis is performed and appropriate corrective actions are planned and implemented.
  • Champions and nurtures a culture of SHE. Leads with 3 key tenets: SHE is everyone's responsibility, keep SHE in the forefront, and make SHE personal. Ensures incidents and near-misses are thoroughly investigated, root cause analysis performed and appropriate corrective actions implemented.
  • Provides a safe and injury free work environment for all employees. Manages proactive audits of work environment and employee behaviors to reinforce safety, and rapidly mitigates identified risks.
  • Ensures plant operations maintain compliance with government and corporate requirements. Facilitates audits and implements effective corrective actions as required.
  • Performs duties associated with supervision including, but not limited to, hiring, training, evaluating, counseling. Utilizes the Positive Discipline process when appropriate to facilitate desired changes in employee behavior.
  • Provides the leadership to develop an inclusive team, which is motivated to provide a high level of performance in safety, quality, and production to meet the needs of the internal and external customers.
  • Enables the professional development of direct and indirect reports to ensure: (1) excellent current and future job performance; (2) adequate preparation for the employees' future career growth opportunities; (3) a highly talented and motivated workforce that will achieve the company's immediate and strategic objectives.
  • Conducts coaching sessions with supervisors to drive achievement of performance targets.
  • Promotes a culture of inclusiveness at all levels by effectively interacting with and communicating with employees.
  • Serves as a liaison with the customer and the community.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills

  • ​​​​​​​Bachelor's Degree and 12 years of experience or equivalent experience
  • Experience in Manufacturing/Production Industries
  • Experience in Strategic Program/Operations Management
  • Experience in People Management/Leadership
  • Ability to manage program/project planning, scheduling, resource allocation, budgeting, and performance
  • Ability to resolve technical, financial, and operational challenges
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to creatively seek new ways to improve all aspects of the business

Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills

  • Graduate Degree a plus
  • Professional Certifications a plus
  • Experience in Defense (DoD)/Government Contracting a plus
  • Experience in Supply Chain/Material Management a plus
  • Experience in Lean/Six Sigma Process Improvement a plus
  • Experience in Change Management a plus
  • Experience in a High Performance Team Environment a plus

Pay Information
Full-Time Salary Range: $147300 - $250400

Please note: This range is based on our market pay structures. However, individual salaries are determined by a variety of factors including, but not limited to: business considerations, local market conditions, and internal equity, as well as candidate qualifications, such as skills, education, and experience.

Employee Benefits: At BAE Systems, we support our employees in all aspects of their life, including their health and financial well-being. Regular employees scheduled to work 20+ hours per week are offered: health, dental, and vision insurance; health savings accounts; a 401(k) savings plan; disability coverage; and life and accident insurance. We also have an employee assistance program, a legal plan, and other perks including discounts on things like home, auto, and pet insurance. Our leave programs include paid time off, paid holidays, as well as other types of leave, including paid parental, military, bereavement, and any applicable federal and state sick leave. Employees may participate in the company recognition program to receive monetary or non-monetary recognition awards. Other incentives may be available based on position level and/or job specifics.
About BAE Systems Platforms & Services BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference.

The Platforms & Services (P&S) sector under BAE Systems, Inc does the big stuff: the armored combat vehicles, naval guns, missile launchers, and naval ship repair…just to name a few. Our employees take pride in the work they do and why they do it. They are on the front lines every day, building our products to protect the lives of those who serve. We may be biased, but we think P&S does some of the coolest work around, and we think you will too.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
At BAE Systems, we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where employees are valued and feel like they belong. We are conscious of the need for all employees to see themselves reflected at every level of the company and know that in order to unlock the full potential of our workforce, everyone must feel confident being their best, most sincere self and be equipped to thrive. We provide impactful professional development experiences to our employees and invest in social impact partnerships to uplift communities and drive purposeful change. Here you will find significant opportunities to do meaningful work in an environment intentionally designed to be one where you will learn, grow and belong.

Additional Information

Who We Are

You're used to protecting what matters most.

Throughout your career in the military, you've been dedicated to improving security, defending freedom and making the world a safer place. Now you can continue that commitment through cyber operations, intelligence analysis, and building combat vehicles and electronic systems. We’re proud to provide solutions and services that advance the strength and security of America and our allies – and we’re honored to offer an environment where veterans and reservists can continue doing mission-centered work. In all that we do, we are guided by our company values – trusted, innovative and bold – understanding that it’s not just what we do, but how we do it that underpins our success.
+ The Organization

Our team has the privilege and the responsibility of knowing that the work we do really matters. Our work is vital to the armed forces personnel and major corporations who rely on us to protect, equip and support them where it counts; to the security and prosperity of the nations we serve; to our skilled and talented people; to the local communities where we are based; and to the wider community who invest in, supply and engage with us. At BAE Systems, everyone can make a difference.

+ The Culture

We believe that a diverse workforce inspires creativity and drives innovation. We respect and value the huge variety of skills, abilities and perspectives that our people bring to our business. We celebrate our differences and aim to recruit and develop talent from all backgrounds, championing the strength that a truly inclusive and collaborative workplace gives to our company culture and performance.

+ The Work

Enjoy a flexible environment that values your work-life balance and helps you perform at your best.

+ The Opportunity

On the job training, leadership programs, collaboration with leading experts – excellence is built into your career development whether you are just starting out as an apprentice or are an experienced professional.

+ The People

We’re united by trust, camaraderie and a shared ambition to lead the world in our field. It helps that we’re nice people too.

+ The Reward

See your contribution, making real change as breakthrough technology and intelligence solutions reshape the landscape for our customers.

What We Offer

+ Warrior Integration Program (Est. 2008)

This program was created to assist in the employment, transition, education, and development of wounded warriors. Through mentoring, partnership, education, and leadership, we vow to serve our veterans in the same manner they served our country. WIP provides mission-centered work that gives wounded warriors the opportunity to contribute, providing a path for career progression.

+ Camo to Corporate (Est. 2013)

Camo to Corporate underpins all of our military recruiting and veteran efforts. We participate in annual career workshops and partner with VA employment reps to identify opportunities for vets at BAE Systems. We’re also proud members of Joining Forces, the Veteran Jobs Mission and Hiring our Heroes - initiatives focused on helping vets and their spouses find meaningful careers.

Perks & Benefits

  • Veterans Support Network
    Veterans Support Network +-

    The mission of the Veterans Support Network is to help connect former service members, active duty members, reservists and those who are supportive of the Armed Services.

  • Health & Wellness
    Health & Wellness +-

    We offer medical plans that take great care of you and your family’s health and well-being. These include medical plans, prescription drugs, dental and vision, along with incentive programs and health saving and spending accounts.

  • Time Away From Work
    Time Away From Work +-

    Paid Time Off (PTO) provides you with paid time away from work that you can use for vacation, personal time, personal illness, or to care for dependents. You can accumulate up to a maximum of 400 PTO hours.

  • Military Leave
    Military Leave +-

    Full-time and part-time employees who serve in the military reserves are eligible to take paid and unpaid leaves of absence to perform military duty.

  • Employee Assistance Program
    Employee Assistance Program +-

    The EAP offers confidential support to manage personal issues, such as stress, family issues, and substance abuse.

  • Employee Discount Programs
    Employee Discount Programs +-

    BAE Systems partners with Beneplace to offer exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services.

  • Tuition Reimbursement
    Tuition Reimbursement +-

    Lifelong employee learning is critical to both your personal growth and that of BAE Systems as a trusted, innovative, and bold organization. That’s why we offer a tuition reimbursement program, so you can pursue advanced education to help further your career.

  • Adoption Assistance
    Adoption Assistance +-

    You can be reimbursed up to $4,000 for qualified adoption expenses through the Adoption Assistance program.

  • Financial Wellness
    Financial Wellness +-

    Plan for today, save for tomorrow. Our programs support your goals at every stage of life. These programs include 401(k) savings plans, life and accident insurance, disability coverage, home, auto, and pet insurance and legal planning.

Our Partners

G.I Jobs Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Job Mission Joining Forces Soldier for Life American Association of People with Disabilities

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