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Head of US Operations

Company: Kateeva
Location: Newark
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Job Description:

The US Head of Operations will lead all manufacturing, supply chain, manufacturing engineering, facilities, quality, warehouse and logistics, in a low volume, semi-custom job shop environment. Specific emphasis is on creating tight integration between manufacturing, engineering and finance to address high levels of product customization while reducing lead time and costs. This executive will lead by developing the resourcefulness and resilience of his/her team in a dynamic, sometimes uncertain environment.This executive will drive continuous improvement in supply chain management, including managing contract manufacturers and component suppliers to improve the flexibility, responsiveness, and costs necessary to support our build-to-order operations.The US Head of Operations will work with engineering to perform prototype and First of Kind (FOK) builds. He/she will also be responsible for transitioning to our China operations those products and subassemblies deemed mature enough for broader deployment.Kateeva's operations group is 30+ persons including managers for production, quality, procurement, logistics, planning and manufacturing engineering. Due to high volatility in customer demand, the US Head of Operations must ensure that resources are cross-trained and be able to flex by at least +25% at very short notice. This individual will not only lead operations, but will also play a strategic role as a highly visible executive in the organization. This position reports to Kateeva's SVP of Sales & Marketing, Service & Operations.Responsibilities:Supply Chain (Procurement & Planning)

  • Hands-on strategic leadership of supply chain management, manufacturing, negotiation, strategic planning and forecasting, cost reduction, quality control and stable supply chain for on time delivery of various products to customers.
  • Lead the process of supplier management, including managing relationships with key/critical suppliers (product roadmaps, business reviews, scorecards in collaboration with CM's, keep supply base engaged, and driving cost reductions through supply chain
  • Lead the process of supporting manufacturing, including sourcing critical materials and assemblies in coordination with R&D, suppliers and contract manufacturers (CM), and working with CM's (instrument and reagent) to drive production cost down.
  • Lead the production planners with work order management, back-flush, routings and material shortage management
  • Make recommendations, and drive programs to improve purchased material and supplier performance
  • Lead team responsible for day to day operational oversight of outsourcing, vendor performance and delivery including but not limited to due diligence, RFIs/RFPs, supplier bid analysis, technical, financial, and quality due diligence, preparation of materials for team recommendation to appropriate governance bodies, contract award/decline, and supplier relationship management.
  • Develop, implement and maintain risk assessment tools to evaluate vendor risk profiles and establish remediation strategies/plans to improve supply chain robustness.
  • Monitor supplier performance to assess ability to meet quality and delivery requirements.
  • Successful onboarding and management of new vendors.Production
    • Conduct First of Kind (FOK) builds in a job shop environment where heavy customization and new product features require close supervision of the process in partnership with Engineering
    • Define the operating approach to transition new products from R&D to production
    • Partner with Engineering to design products for manufacturability, develop process validation plans, and create process instructions and methods for all products and subassemblies
    • Lead the process to track in-process manufacturing performance
    • Ensure continuous training and skills improvement for production staff
    • Help initiate value engineering by identifying cost reduction opportunities in the FOK design and build process
    • Partner with China Operations for transition to sustaining low cost production in the region after FOK builds
    • Manage module manufacturing and test for spares including cycle time reduction, quality improvements, and cost reductionQuality Assurance & Facilities
      • Own the PLM system and documentation control processes
      • Develop the Quality Management System
      • Lead the international regulatory compliance for our products, corrective and preventive action process
      • Manage facilities, including and not limited to: employee health & safety, security, building management etc.
      • Prepare plans, processes, and certifications necessary for handling hazardous materials with full EHS compliance where new materials and processes are requiredLogistics
        • Manages a Logistics Manager with responsibilities in trade compliance, freight, packing, crating, and warehousing
        • Ensures trade compliance and provides import/export administration and control within government rules and regulations, including appropriate licensing for international shipments
        • Provides guidance and information to internal parties with regards to transportation regulations as well as logistical solutions, including warehousing and freight pricing
        • Tracks transportation savings, ensuring attainment of all productivity and cost reduction objectives.
        • Ensures that items are categorized appropriately for import and export in accordance with US Customs regulations
        • Monitors emerging regulation changesThe qualified candidate will have the following:
          • Verifiable success as a operations executive (Director or above) leading manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, and/or manufacturing engineering
          • Deep experience and knowledge in an NPI environment for complex equipment, where a long track record of partnership with engineering resulted in successful year over year introductions of low volume products
          • Experience with managing the build of highly customized, advanced technology products in a job shop environment
          • Successful implementation of DfX methodologies that improved the quality, lead time, and cost of products in the factory and reflected in the field performance.
          • Proven track record of accomplishments in a company that has utilized combination of in-house/outsourced manufacturing approaches; preferably display or semiconductor capital equipment, high-end medical capital equipment, complex aerospace, etc.
          • Reputation as an outstanding leader and communicator evidenced by building teams recognized for their subject matter expertise and regarded as great business partners to all functions across the company.
          • Deep knowledge of semiconductor or display capital equipment ecosystem in Asia, customers, supply chain partners and contract manufacturers.
          • BS degree in science, engineering or related with excellent analytical skills and personality that wears well across a broad constituency. MBA a plus.

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