Director of Manufacturing Operations

Camarillo, CA
Science & Engineering - Vision Systems Laboratory – Vision Systems /
Regular /
Based in Southern California with locations in Malibu, Calabasas, Westlake Village and Camarillo; HRL has been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and advancing the state of the art. 

HRL is investing in a new site to take its technical innovations directly to market through the build and delivery of disruptive products for aerospace and defense. This role is to lead a multidisciplinary team in successfully standing-up and transferring manufacturing capacity from a laboratory environment into a new facility capable of performing R&D alongside with low to medium rate manufacturing. Responsibilities begin with the stand-up and qualification of this new facility. This includes the porting, improvement, and sustainment of processes required to meet the business objectives. The role also requires strong execution and planning skills, with internal and external customers and establishing cost, build and yield metrics. A key responsibility entails ensuring an adequate base of talent and skill and hone best practices that lead industry capability. Organizational Development functions include change management, developing strategies that support growth, continuous improvement, new capabilities, and maturing and inserting new technologies. 

As Director of Manufacturing Operations for HRL’s Vision Systems Laboratory, you will lead and direct the core operational processes for a high-growth, strategic business and enable efficient growth and execution at scale. 

Essential Duties:
The ability to collaborate with peers and independently multitask, prioritize, make high-level decisions, meet aggressive deadlines, and communicate results, trade-offs, and decisions to all stakeholders is necessary to be effective in this role. This role provides single-threaded leadership for the operational aspects of growing and scaling a semiconductor products business, including the following:
•Oversee and optimize materials planning and execution, including forecasting and product mix management for both pre-production and production-released products.
•Identify and import best known methods for customer configuration management for a high-complexity product family
•Work with supply chain, product engineering, and manufacturing operations to streamline and optimize production supply chain flows, and drive cycle time reduction.
•Represent and champion operations management in new product development, strategic planning and product portfolio decisions
•Organize and facilitate monthly, quarterly, and annual operational reviews and strategic planning activities

Required Skills:
This role requires an innovative, resourceful leader that is able to prioritize, invent and simplify, and deliver results in a high-velocity business. The ideal candidate has technical depth in semiconductors along with extensive experience in new product introduction, low-rate, high-mix manufacturing, lifecycle management, planning, and manufacturing operations for imaging solutions.  A background in semiconductor product engineering with an emphasis on packaging camera sensors/image sensors with full lifecycle responsibility (from NPI launch to EOL) will be ideal. The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communications skills, and ability to collaborate and be effective in fast-paced environment. A combination of technical and business management degrees with 10 years of relevant semiconductor experience is highly desirable.

Required Education:
Typical requirements are a minimum of 10-15 years of relevant semiconductor experience and a BS degree in engineering (EE or CS disciplines), with MS/MBA degree preferred.

Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related fields and 15+ years of related professional experience. Master’s degree in Engineering, or BSEE with MBA with 10-12 years of experience.

The base salary range for this full-time position is $204,665 - $262,243+ bonus + benefits.
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HRL offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package. Our Regular/Full Time benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K match, gym facilities, PTO, growth potential, and an exciting and challenging work environment.

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