Senior Regional Director of Manufacturing Operations - High Purity

Full-time / Part-time:  FT - Employee
Exempt / Non-Exempt:  Salaried Exempt

Louisville, KY, US, 40223

Shift:  Home Shift 1
Requisition ID:  6145
Division:  AF

AAF International offers the most comprehensive clean air solutions available across the globe. Selling under the American Air Filter® and the AAF International® brand names, AAF International has been an industry pioneer since 1921 and has since grown to operations in over 22 countries with over 3000 employees. Our products are the industry benchmarks for quality and performance, and delivers clean air solutions in residential, commercial and industrial air pollution control, gas containment removal, power generation, and other stringent clean room environments.

We are a member of the Daikin Group, the world's largest air conditioning and clean air solutions provider with over $15 Billion in sales and 56,000 employees worldwide. Founded in 1924, Daikin has grown into a diversified industrial manufacturing company offering solutions in clean, air, air conditioning, refrigeration, chemicals, oil hydraulics, defense systems and electronics. AAF and Daikin are powered by our investment in people, products, and our processes.

Our culture of continuous improvement, safety, and world class operations is powered by our people centered management philosophy. This philosophy is built around mutual selection: that while AAF seeks top talent people to join and deliver on our team, we also want each team member to receive job satisfaction, growth & development, and continued happiness in being a long term member of the AAF family. This is fueled by our belief in treating our people, our supply partners, our customers and our environment with the trust and respect we each require, and our passion to give back to our community for our success.

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AAF International is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran.

Position Objective:

The Senior Director of Manufacturing Operations - High Purity (HP) will oversee two manufacturing site operations, directing site leadership and driving accountability and improvements in efficiency, quality, safety, throughput and on-time delivery. This role is responsible for managing its resources, developing and implementing an operational plan, and ensuring that procedures are carried out properly. Additionally, the Senior Director of Manufacturing Operations HP regularly evaluates organizational efficiency and makes necessary changes to maximize staff productivity. The Senior Director of Manufacturing Operations HP assesses the needs of the manufacturing business and finds ways to contribute to the "big picture" by making step-level changes in manufacturing operations.


Key Accountabilities:

•    Define and manage Key Performance Indicators at each plant location (Washington, North Carolina & Columbia, Missouri).
•    Drive reduction in manufacturing costs and improve plant variances in accordance to the prescribed budget.
•    Champion a zero-accident culture.
•    Continuously improve on-time performance and manufacturing lead-times.
•    Support focus-factory initiatives as part of the overall strategic plan.
•    Responsible for supporting manufacturing strategy for Fusion 25.
•    Collaborate with Procurement team to improve performance of raw material supply (Cost and Delivery).
•    Coordinate directly with SCM to ensure SIOP “Supply Plans” are being executed at each plant.
•    Support cap ex investments at each site to ensure readiness.
•    Collaborate with CI Director to drive kaizen and culture of continuous improvement.
•    Hold facilities accountable for daily/weekly/monthly regimen with focus on Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost.
•    Collaborate with Engineering team to define and deliver F25 automation strategy.
•    Implement improvement initiatives to reduce customer complaints on shipping and product quality.
•    Responsible for collaborating with finance to develop and implement budgets.
•    Implement improvements at each plant to improve employee retention / turnover.
•    Frequent travel between sites, Corporate- 50+ %.

Position Requirements:

  1. BS in Engineering (highly preferred). Technical, Supply Chain or Business Management degree required. MBA or Masters in technical field preferred;
  2. Project Management certification preferred;
  3. Lean/ 6- Sigma black belt preferred;
  4. Must have a strong manufacturing engineering background in High Purity filtration or HVAC manufacturing;
  5. Solid background/understanding in cost accounting;
  6. Facilities maintenance and skills trade leadership;
  7. Footprint/Product rationalization & optimization experience;
  8. Proven experience running multi-site manufacturing business;
  9. Understanding of business functions such as HR, Finance, marketing, etc.;
  10. Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and business development;
  11. Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics;
  12. Working knowledge of IT/Business infrastructure and MS Office;
  13. Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities;
  14. Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills;
  15. Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving;
  16. Proven success with the implementation of change management initiatives and multi-plant turn around;
  17. Proven success in building strong teams, developing talent, and managing performance based systems;
  18. Proven success in building and continuously improving Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost;
  19. Strong financial acumen;
  20. Prefer ERP experience in a manufacturing environment - preferably SAP;
  21. Excellent communication skills and computer skills required;
  22. Problem-solving, analytical, and trouble-shooting skills required to resolve manufacturing issues.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, veteran status, uniform servicemember status, age, disability or any other legally recognized protected personal characteristics.

Nearest Major Market: Louisville