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Director Operations US 

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RUAG Space is part of RUAG International. The company focuses on the aerospace industry and employs around 6’000 employees. RUAG Space is the leading supplier of products for the space industry in Europe. Three product groups, six countries, one team: Electronics, Spacecraft and Launchers are part of our product portfolio. In addition to Switzerland - which is RUAG Space's headquarters - we are also represented in Sweden, Austria, Finland, Germany and the USA. We develop, produce and test subsystems and equipment for use in space. Experience, outstanding reliability, customer focus and a comprehensive, clearly structured product portfolio all make RUAG Space the partner of choice for manufacturers of satellites and launchers across the globe. We set trends and stand for innovation - embodied by numerous projects in the production of individual and sophisticated structures, mechanisms and launch vehicles.


The Director Operations acts on a country level with multi-site responsibility for RUAG Space USA’s facilities in Decatur, AL and Titusville, FL. This position will ensure manufacturing-compatible product development, transferring of the products into serial production, and the efficient and quality-assured manufacturing of the products. This position will also oversee development of core competencies and processes in Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing Engineering.  This position will lead the Operations Managers of the plants and production units with the cross-sectional functions HSSE, Quality, Operational Excellence and Facility Management.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Leads the Operations Management team of the US
  • Owns and oversees the strategy for the execution of the following activities:
    • Design for Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration and Testing
    • Manufacturing of the products and transfer into the production units
    • Efficient Supply Chain Management and supplier integration into the development process
  • Leads and directs the Operations Managers of the plants and production units through efficiency in
    • Demand and capacity planning
    • Manufacturing Execution
    • Materials management
    • Quality management and quality control
    • Productivity improvement initiatives
  • Proactively communicates and aligns with the adjacent Directors of Operations for best practice and synergies on a global scale
  • Leads a team of direct reports, performing the HR processes such as competence planning, recruitment, performance management, development etc.
  • Leads according to the RUAG Space’s Values and Code of Conduct, and drives the people & leadership development within the Subdivision
  • Develops and encourages the culture of openness in the organization with a special focus on diversity aspects


Job Requirements:

  • Education in Engineering, M.Sc. level preferred (or equivalent experience)
  • Management track record from leading leaders in an international environment
  • Solid technical and production background in a project-based industry
  • Experience in applying Operational Excellence Methods (lean manufacturing, six sigma, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Holistic view and good analytical skills
  • Solution driven, willing to make a difference, strong entrepreneurial thinking and coordination skills
  • Strong motivator with high energy level and persistence to overachieve goals
  • Cooperative leader who puts success of team first
  • Open-minded, strong communicator and networker, willingly involves others and shares information
  • High stress resistance and perseverance, able to be highly organized and prioritize in a complex matrix environment
  • Space or Aerospace experience preferred


RUAG Space USA must comply with federal vaccine mandates, therefore all employees must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or have a reasonable accommodation approved prior to starting work.


Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).

RUAG Space USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law.

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Trinity, AL, US

Job Experience Level:  Professionals
Job Category/Job Family:  Production

RUAG International is a Swiss technology group focusing on the aerospace industry. Based in Zurich (Switzerland) and with production sites in 14 countries, the company is divided into four divisions: Space, Aerostructures, MRO International and Ammotec. With its strategic focus on the Aerospace business unit, the company will consist of the two divisions Aerostructures and Space in the medium term. RUAG Space is Europe's leading supplier of products used in the aerospace industry. RUAG Aerostructures is a global first-tier supplier in aircraft structure construction. RUAG International employs around 6’000 people, two thirds of whom work abroad. 

Nearest Major Market: Decatur

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