Director of Operations (Dir Programs 1 - 7243) in Bourne at HII-TSD

Date Posted: 8/27/2022

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Job Description

Requisition Number: 7243 

Required Travel: 11 - 25%

Employment Type: Full Time/Salaried/Exempt

Hours Per Week: 40 

Security Clearance: Secret 

Level of Experience: Senior 

Come Join HII! Where Hard Stuff is Done Right!

The Director of Operations is responsible for driving manufacturing best practices and transformational change throughout UxS production to meet overall business objectives. Provides leadership in the management and coordination of production operations to ensure that quality products are produced and delivered on-time and on budget, providing our customers complete lifecycle training, technical, and operational support of our products and availability requirements and meeting the expectations of both internal and external customers. Is a champion for positive direction and motivation to employees in order to maximize productivity and consistently meet production goal’s. Drives a culture and philosophy of Continuous Improvement.

  •  Provides strategic vision for Unmanned Systems operations that meets the 5-year Strategic Plan
  •  Establishes overall manufacturing vision; plans, directs and implements world-class manufacturing best practices.
  •  Translates customer requirements into state-of-the-art manufacturing strategies and processes, resulting in cost-effective processing and profitable manufacturing of company products. 
  •  Determines methods and strategies for maximizing the financial, capital and manning assets while meeting the production schedule and objectives. 
  •  Identify, lead, and implement process improvement initiatives, based on lean manufacturing principles (e.g., kaizen, standard work, 5S) to improve efficiency, performance and productivity.
  • Provide effective management of resources and investments, including oversight of resource requirements, departmental budgets, staffing plans, management of vendors, and service.
  •  Implements process improvements and automation required to improve output and productivity levels. 
  •  Ensures compliance with FAR Federal Acquisition Regulation
  •  Ensures appropriate and sufficient facilities are available for all company business, including buildings, vehicles, test assets, and equipment.
  • Defines and implements key performance indicators to ensure department goals are being met. Analyzes variances and initiates corrective actions. 
  • Leads efforts to continuously control costs, improve efficiency and increase productivity. Measures against best-in-class benchmarks. 
  •  Uses critical thinking skills and leadership ability to make and implement effective operational decisions. 
  •   Ensures that build procedures, and work instructions are current and documented according to ISO standards.
  • Coordinates with business to ensure production schedule are met and capacity is adequate. 
  •  Promotes open communication and effective information exchange with internal and external customers.
  •  Promotes a culture of open feedback where employee needs are met. 
  • Oversees hiring, training, performance evaluations, compensation recommendations, and determining disciplinary actions when necessary. 
  • Assures team accountability by holding staff accountable for daily, weekly and monthly targets. 
  •  Maintains a clean and safe work environment; completes safety related reports and provides safety training in accordance with OSHA and internal requirements. 
  • Oversees technical and professional development of the operations team. 

What you will be doing...

Reports to the President of Unmanned Systems and member of the Leadership Development Council - LDC. Directs the overall management of the operation responsible for productivity, expense levels, and asset management. Sets and drives strategy. Sets overall budget schedules. Ensures performance standards are realistic and attainable. Participates with other top management in establishing and ensuring the implementation of policies and strategies for the company. Interprets, executes, and recommends modifications to companywide policies. Responsible for the successful operation of activities that have significant consequence to the organization. Accountable for ensuring that overall budgets, schedules, and performance standards are met. Directs all phases of programs from inception through completion. Responsible for the cost, schedule and technical performance of company programs or subsystems of major programs. Participates in the negotiation of contract and contract changes. Coordinates the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budgets and financial terms/conditions of contract. Acts as primary customer contact for program activities, leading program review sessions with customer to discuss cost, schedule, and technical performance. Establishes design concepts, criteria and engineering efforts for product research, development, integration and test. Develops new business or expands the product line with the customer. Establishes milestones and monitors adherence to master plans and schedules, identifies program problems and obtains solutions, such as allocation of resources or changing contractual specifications. Directs the work of employees assigned to the program from technical, manufacturing and administrative areas.

What we are looking for...

  • 10 years relevant progressive experience with Bachelors in related field; or 8 years relevant progressive experience with Masters in related field.
  • Demonstrated success developing leaders and creating a high performance work environment. 
  • Ability to understand and effectively relate to employees at all levels. Can promote a climate of positive employee relations. 
  •  Exceptional organization and decision making skills. 
  •  Expert-level skill in dealing with technical markets/customers/products. 
  •  Experience with capital improvements and managing return on investment. 
  •  Successful track record for building, and maintaining, strong internal and external customer relationships *MV *TL *NEG *EP *TE
  • Advanced proficiency of MRP/ERP Business system
  • Must have a secret clearance #LI-MH1 

Bonus points for...

  •  The ideal candidate is an individual that can work in a fast paced environment; with a high attention to detail, excellent problem solving skills, ability to multi-task and enthusiastic attitude.

Physical Requirements

Job performance will normally require only minor lifting and carrying of boxes of records or equipment.

This opportunity resides with Unmanned Systems, a business group within HII’s Mission Technologies division. Our Unmanned Systems group creates advanced unmanned maritime solutions for defense, marine research and commercial applications. Serving customers in more than 30 countries, HII provides design, autonomy, manufacturing, testing, operations and sustainment of unmanned systems, including unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and unmanned surface vessels (USVs).

HII is a global engineering and defense technologies provider. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable a networked, all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, please visit:


HII is an Equal Opportunity/Vets and Disabled Employer. U.S. Citizenship may be required for certain positions.

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