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Vice President of Operations

Job SummaryThe Vice President of Operations is a top corporate executive responsible for creating and communicating the company?s operations vision and strategy. The Vice President of Operations is accountable for all site operations, with oversight of production, maintenance, and facility management. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the incumbent is responsible for the development and execution of both the short-term and long-term initiatives, respectively. Reports to EVP of Biomaterials/AT.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
+ Leading all aspects of global manufacturing operations and supply chain, including three manufacturing sites in the United States. Aligns continuous improvement initiatives and lean manufacturing principles with strategic objectives and key performance metrics to successfully support both organic and inorganic growth.
+ Collaborate with the human resources organization to develop and execute talent management strategies and maximize employee engagement while also driving cross-functional collaboration to optimize the portfolio and asset network.
+ Expands a ?take pride in quality? and safety-first culture that results in best-in-industry quality, proactive employee identification of process improvements to prevent inferior quality and consistent reduction in customer complaints and internal re-work in accordance with targeted metrics.
+ Develop sustained, productive and effective relations with key customers, suppliers, the FDA & other government agencies.
+ Complies and proactively adheres to all governmental regulations and requirements.
+ Knowledge and understanding of regulatory and quality requirements for silicones.
+ Provide visible leadership and hands-on partnership to support the company?s culture, mission and values.
+ Coaches team members with a focus on developing a highly skilled and capable organization that is empowered to take decisive action, move quickly, and maintain personal accountability at all levels.
+ Participates in the succession planning process to assess and improve operational performance and leadership strength.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS
Integrated Operational Acumen: The Vice President, Operations will have demonstrated success in driving operational effectiveness by leading the implementation of processes, tools and systems to enhance organizational decision-making. The executive must bring an analytical orientation, and a style of leading by example to ensure that decisions are made with information. He/she will have demonstrated experience building on a well-performing yet evolving culture and enhancing the business through employee engagement and a communicative, collaborative, team-oriented and hands-on style.
Developing and Implementing Work Processes: The Vice President, Operations will have to develop metrics, performance management systems and sophisticated work process to hold the team accountable and to track performance. This will include the adoption and the implementation of best-practice sharing, setting benchmarks independent of and beyond industry standards and driving disciplined, financially based decision making. He/she comes from an environment of commensurate size, complexity and manufacturing/distribution locations with deep expertise in the fields of continuous improvement activities (Lean / Six Sigma etc.) as well as having a keen understanding of state-of-the-art SCM analytics and system tools.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Directly manages employees in the Operations Organization as well as all satellite facilities. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
+ Requires an engineering or technical undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience. Master's degree preferred or equivalent work experience.
+ Proven record of accomplishment of manufacturing operations leadership in complex markets with a global manufacturing asset footprint.
+ Requires minimum of 10 years of Operations experience.
+ Experience supporting functional Operations such as Customer Service, Transportation, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and/or Distribution preferred.
LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
REASONING ABILITY
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Must be objective in decision-making.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For safety, the use of contact lenses for any reason, cosmetic or corrective, is prohibited on the production floor, in the lab areas, in the engineering shop, or while working on equipment. The company will provide prescription safety glasses with a current (under 12 months) vision corrective prescription provided by the employee.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
MENTAL DEMANDS: The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to maintain a pleasant and professional manner with coworkers, customers and visitors. Must effectively handle and prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work as a team player. The employee must be able to effectively delegate, make decisions on imperfect information and to communicate and give and receive complex oral and/or written instructions. Work with high level of efficiency and confidentiality. Must be able to confidently counsel and advise employees and successfully resolve potential problematic situations. In addition, the employee must be able to determine and carry out appropriate actions addressing employee disciplinary issues.
WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
This job description shall not be construed as a complete listing of all miscellaneous, incidental, or other functions that may be assigned from time to time.
DISCLAIMER:The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
EEO Statement
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Avantor? is a leading global provider of integrated, tailored solutions for the life sciences and advanced technology industries. Strengthened by the recent acquisition of VWR, the Company is a trusted partner to customers and suppliers from discovery to delivery. With operations in more than 30 countries and a diverse portfolio that includes more than four million products, Avantor enables customer success through innovation, cGMP manufacturing and comprehensive service offerings. Collectively, we set science in motion to create a better world.
Learn more at www.avantorinc.com and www.settingscienceinmotion.com.


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