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Operations Leader

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Independence, MO
$80,000 - $120,000
Job Type
Direct Hire
Bachelor of Science
Aug 27, 2018
Job ID


AREA:                        KANSAS CITY
SALARY:                   $ 110,000.00
Our client, a multinational company that develops, manufactures and distributes products for commercial vehicles, has commissioned Sterling St. James, LLC to source, screen and qualify candidates for a Operations Supervisor / Manager position in their Kansas City Manufacturing location.
This is a fast paced position. You will be working in an environment that is in the early evolutionary cycle of driverless vehicles.  It doesn’t get any more exciting than this. Ground floor – leading edge!

Operations Supervisor/ Manager is responsible for managing the primary business and being the technical resource for the production team in machining and assembly teams. This operations leader will assist teams in continuous improvement activities in quality safety and productivity while meeting corporate objectives.
Supports teams with tooling, fixture, machinery and process development, assists in training the team as well as preventive maintenance and in problems solving activities.  

As an active participant creating and maintaining a safe clean organized and efficient world class environment. 

The ideal candidate will have a passion for improvement and ability to inspire / influence teams.  He will have the various levels of decision making autonomy. 
He will have primary and secondary responsibility for several key performance measures.
He will receive input, coaching, and information to aid in setting priorities from Plant Manager or others who are appropriate.

Operations Supervisor/ Manager and Leader at this firm you have the duty and responsibility for your own and your team’s actions, meeting deliverables and objectives. You are also responsible to develop and confirm your team member’s competence by re actively and proactively train and coach on how and why to work efficiently and effectively.
Actively manage and participate in the development of your team and cross-functional work, establishing organizational and process changes.

This position is not for the “faint of heart”. The client is looking for the person who is running towards the fire – not away from it. The person who not only wants to put it out but the person who wants to know how and why it started in the first place.
This person will be a catalyst for “company culture changes” in the teams.
If you want to make significant changes and be part of a dynamic organization in a leadership role, this may be your place.
This is a small to medium sized company so if you want to make an impact – if you want to be the “big frog in the little pond” instead of a “little pond in a big, big pond” and want to “take it to ‘em” then you should apply.
Needed Experience / Skills:
            Not many bullet points here – just be able to perform:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Manufacturing
  • +3 years in an operations position with experience in managing people or leading a team.
  • Previous experience within the automotive business in a high volume, assembly environment.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Certified a plus
  • Understanding of Lean manufacturing modules:
  • Lean Overview
  • Basic Problem Solving and Process Error Proofing
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Advanced Problem Solving
  • Project coordination skills. Experience in capital justification
  • Strong Communication skills are essential
  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving skills 
  • Continuous learner
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Multi-tasking
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) that enhance communication with people at any level in the organization. 
  • Project coordination skills. Experience in capital justification. 
  • Some travel, both national and international, is required.  Hours will vary.
  • Will be expected to be flexible in terms of personal schedule.
If you feel you are qualified and this position is of interest apply by sending your resume in MS Word format as an attachment for immediate review.
This position offers an individual an exceptional opportunity to work with an organization of highly trained professionals. The leadership believes in continually investing in partnerships with its people and has been successful throughout the years due to the knowledge and commitment of its employees.
Your ideas, skills, experience and creativity are appreciated. This is a firm that is committed to your success and they will help you grow both professionally and individually. If you are assertive (aggressive when it comes to new ideas) and can get the job done working through others and if you have the confidence you know what you are doing you need to apply. This position embraces the future of automotive.