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Director Operations

Albany, NY, USA | SCIEX

  • Industry:
    Pharmaceutical / Biotech
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Operations / Production
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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XOS is a leader in elemental analysis instrumentation and is part of Danaher Corporation. The position of Director of Operations will sit on the XOS leadership team and be accountable for the direction of a multi-functional operations team. This position reports directly to the President of XOS. The incumbent will be overseen all aspects of Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory, Cost and utilization of Danaher Business System (DBS).


Directs the daily operations in order to meet all quality and delivery thresholds, drive continuous improvement and meet all Key Performance Indicator goals.

Responsible for all areas of operations (manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, production scheduling/planning & facilities maintenance).

Overall responsible for Safety, Quality (Internal and External), On-Time Delivery, Inventory, and Productivity (Labor and Material).

Partners with HR in developing talent and making XOS an employer of choice for our associates

Owns the continual pursuit of a “Best in Class” culture of Associate Engagement

Develops and drives continued Lean Conversion using the DBS Kaizen Funnel, and Continuous Improvement

Creates and monitors ops-level Policy Deployment (top priority strategic initiatives) by identifying plant operations breakthroughs, building a comprehensive action plan and aligning resources to achieve targeted meaningful metrics.

Drive a culture of stretch goal attainment utilizing DBS processes to deliver balanced results.

Plans and executes, with supply chain team new supplier qualification, supplier scorecard program, contract negotiations and a material savings funnel for PPV and VAVE.

Work with Design and Implementation teams on manufacturability, capability, reliability reviews

Develops and monitors monthly operating budgets and capital projects.

Ensures all associates are knowledgeable of and follow standard work policies as defined in XOS ISO 9001 Quality Management System.

Evaluates Associates performance through structured coaching, performance management and development plans.

Develop project management schedules to validate new products through use of Lean and Six Sigma tools to transition from engineering to manufacturing.

Responsible for overall building and grounds, including facility regulatory compliance with Safety, Department of Health, and other regulatory safety and compliance bodies.


Critical Success Factors:

Excellent communication skills

Data and Fact-Based problem-solving skills, Lean Mfg./6 sigma knowledge and/or DBS practitioner desired

Positive attitude and ability to work closely with entire leadership team to drive change continuous improvement and engagement throughout the organization

The capacity to plan, organize, & complete projects on time. Excellent project management skills

Ability to lead a team and drive development of team members 

Proactive individual who solves problems and obtains results.

Consistent track record of leading managers and individual contributors and driving both performance and employee engagement

Ability to stay level-headed and drive resolution regardless of the pressure

Required Skills/Experience:

Confirmed track-record of attracting, retaining, and developing talent. 

At least five years of manufacturing management experience. Prior Plant/Operations daily management, process development and organizational development experience in a Lean operations environment, required.

Three years’ experience in directly leading a multi-function unit to include but not limited to (manufacturing, supply chain, quality, logistics & facilities), required.

Experience setting and managing to budgets, required.

Demonstrated success in associate development & culture building

Demonstrated success in developing and using Problem Solving Processes and Action Plans to achieve stretch goal targets.

Strong public speaking and presentation skills.

Demonstrated aptitude in organization development through a combination of effective talent planning, associate development, and “top grading,” when necessary.

Familiarity with various technical manufacturing processes. Comfortable in a high technology, high complexity manufacturing environment.

Demonstrated proficiency in time and project management

Excellent leadership gravitas and followership.

Desired Skills/Experience: 

Company level strategy creation to create long-term shareholder value

Commercial acumen (marketing, product management, sales)

APICS or ISM certification desired, or equivalent Danaher-specific experience

Lean/Six Sigma experience

Demonstrated success planning and leading manufacturing savings and inventory goals, highly desirable.

Manufacturing experience in a high-tech industry

Demonstrated success in using metrics / Key Performance Indicator review forums/meetings to drive accountability and execution through the team.

Self-starter, with experience driving toward team-based organizational structure and culture preferred.

Proven aptitude of change management preferred.

Demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in a team environment.

Excellent written, verbal, and computer skills.


Bachelor’s degree in Operations / Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or Business Management is required

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