Director, Fiber and Component Processing Operations

Position Objective:


The Director, Fiber and Component Processing Operations provides instrumental leadership in the efficient and effective coordination of manufacturing planning and execution to deliver finished goods within the timeframe, quality, and quantity required for NFW business units and follow-on processing. The Director is responsible for planning, communication and coordination of activities required to support execution of the operations plan, effective planning of asset utilization, and direct leadership of Fiber and Component Manufacturing, product relevant Quality Control and Material Handling (Conveyance) across multiple locations. The Director will be a champion of people, a steward of Natural Fiber Welding, and a data-driven professional focused on ensuring an environment of continuous improvement, collaboration and social responsibility. 

Essential Job Functions:

  •   Champions  the NFW Production System supporting a safe and desirable working environment.
  • Leads a Group of Operations and Functional Line Managers to successfully fulfill NFW Manufacturing Programs.
  • Develop manufacturing and supply plans that achieve overall NFW program objectives.
  • Drive the definition of standards and controls to assure world class quality and performance.
  • Create and model short and mid-term manufacturing and component processing asset utilization      strategies that support the NFW Strategic Business plan and Executive objectives.
  • Define, collect, and report meaningful performance metrics related to Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, Morale and Environment.
  • In conjunction with Human Resources, assures the recruiting and on-boarding of all manufacturing and processing personnel, including managers, engineers and specialists, within the budgeted strategy.
  • In  conjunction with line managers, develop and administer annual budgets required to effectively support NFW Program Fulfillment and Manufacturing  operations, infrastructure, technology and equipment within their      responsible function(s).
  • Drive pro-active direct materials sourcing and supplier performance monitoring within Fibers and Components by leveraging strong relationships within Supply Chain and defined replenishment strategies.
  • Leverage Engineering capabilities to identify improvement opportunities, equipment  enhancements, optimal equipment sets, and validation of manufacturing and machine capabilities.
  • Working cross functionally with other Engineering, Development, and EH&S focused leaders, create change management processes and structures related to new product introduction and running engineering changes.
  • Align contract manufacturing providers with internal NFW manufacturing to assure fulfillment of program requirements.
  • Manage multi-site manufacturing operations and routinely commute between facilities.
  • Embody  and champion fact-based management through definition, collection, and analysis of objective data to support decision making.
  • Lead cross-functional project coordination and adherence to PMO standards.
  • Other related duties as assigned.



Education/Experience Requirements

  The successful candidate will have 10+ years of experience within a custom engineered manufacturing operation that functions within a formal Production System based on the principles of LEAN manufacturing. 

  • Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, Industrial Technology, Mechanical  Engineering, Supply Chain , or equivalent with 10 years of practical experience with progressive movement and 5 years of Senior leadership within Manufacturing, Production Control and Planning, Supply Chain, or the equivalent combination of relevant education and directly transferrable experience.
  • Proven success implementing and operating within a formal Production System.
  • Must have a collaborative work ethic, positive attitude, and the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Documented success developing teams and executing manufacturing operations.
  • Ability to work within a highly iterative team environment
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • An  inquisitive spirit to seek out improvements to existing concepts

  Preference given for the following:

  • Leading teams of Chemical Engineers / Chemical processing operations
  • Verifiable multi-site operational responsibilities
  • Certified  Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Lean Tool certifications related to TPM, 5’s, VSM, Standard Work
  • Working  knowledge of ISO 9001 and documentation standards
  • Proficiency within behavior based safety concepts and programs
  • Certifications in Manufacturing Engineering, APICS, LEAN, Business Process Development 
  • Expert knowledge and experience within S&OP process development / execution

Competency Requirements

  • Exceptional communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to lead through influence
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret data
  • Meticulous attention to detail is mandatory
  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to take manage diverse projects and organizations
  • Ability to work in ambiguity and create structure

Physical Requirements

  • 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.
  • Frequent talking, hearing and seeing
  • Frequent using of hands to grasp, handle, or feel
  • Regular standing, walking, sitting and reaching
  • Occasional lifting of up to 75 pounds

Vision Requirements

  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
  • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more) 
  • Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point) 
  • Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)
  • Ability to focus (ability to adjust eye to bring an object into sharp focus)
  • Color Vision without impairment

Work Environment

  • Primarily operates in office and manufacturing environments
  • Some of the work is performed in a shop environment where it may be loud, dusty, hot or cold
  • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines
  • Regularly required to use personal protective equipment
  • Must commute to multiple sites within Corporate region
  • Occasional travel of up to 10% may be required.

Natural Fiber Welding is an EOE.