Senior Operations Manager

Richmond, Kentucky /
Management /
Full Time
TRB designs and manufactures high-performance lightweight structures that enable clean transportation solutions. We are changing the industry by providing high-volume composite parts that decrease weight while improving performance, safety, and durability.

TRB America is a joint venture between TRB Lightweight Structures (headquartered in the UK) and Toyota Tsusho, launched to manufacture advanced composite components for electric vehicles. 

We are looking for a highly motivated Senior Operations Manager to bring up our new high-volume factory and help achieve our production and profitability targets.

Key Requirements

    • Integrate proprietary innovative machines and processes to deliver automated high-volume composite lines. 
    • Build the team and create a ‘can do’ culture.
    • Implement a fast-paced lean production system.
    • Achieve and enhance quality certifications such as ISO9001 and IATF16949.

Overall Responsibilities and Operational Performance:

    • Ensure that all jobs are manufactured correctly, cost efficiently and delivered on time in accordance to customer build specifications and quality requirements. 
    • Ensure all non-value-added activities are reduced in all manufacturing processes through Kaizen events and lean tools.  Implement manufacturing improvement processes to reduce inventory, increase throughput and minimise cost.
    • Ensure operational excellence.
    • Oversee KPIs, goals and objectives for the management team.

Production Planning

    • Manage the planning and scheduling work requirements to ensure production output and on time delivery is achieved.  
    • Ensure the production capacity plan allows the production department to manufacture and deliver on time.
    • Manage customer order, schedule, and delivery requirements.
    • Ensure a plan is deployed to the production team, prioritising daily work requirements to the shop floor with appropriate deadlines and targets.  

Production Control

    • Monitor and review production progress against targets to ensure on time delivery.
    • Adjust the production schedule as required, communicating changes to delivery with customers and other areas of the business affected by these changes.
    • Monitor and review all production related activity to ensure that quality standards are being achieved.
    • Ensure that all production activity is time and cost efficient.


    • Ensure the production department has the correct headcount, skill base and knowledge and competence required to achieve production targets.  
    • Ensure all training is delivered according to a training plan.  Identify training needs; implement, monitor and review development plans.  
    • Ensure all people practices are carried out in accordance with company procedures and employment law.
    • Conduct annual performance reviews, setting goals and objectives for all production employees resulting in a high performing team.


    • Ensure the production process, equipment, and work environment are conducive to producing high quality products.
    • Ensure that rejected products / nonconforming products are rectified as high priority, working with the quality department to keep customers informed appropriately.
    • Ensure the correct non-conformance paperwork is raised and processed in line with the company's quality policy.

Health & Safety

    • Promote and maintain awareness of the company’s H&S policies and legislation.
    • Actively champion the H&S process within the business.
    • Be an active member of the H&S committee.


    • Prepare and communicate budgets to the Managing Director and Finance Director, anticipating cost and identified savings throughout the year.
    • Work with the company’s guidelines with regard to CAPEX and general purchases.

Required Skills

    • 10+ years experience in manufacturing, 5+ years in a leadership role.
    • Strong ‘Lean’ background.
    • Clear experience and philosophy for building high-performance teams.
    • Ability to motivate and inspire.
    • Excellent business sense, problem solving, project management and analytical skills.
    • Strong leadership, influencing and teamwork skills.
    • Strong communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal.
    • Graduate degree in engineering or commensurate experience.
This is a great role for someone excited to take part in the EV revolution and who wants to have a big hand in creating new technologies and businesses while also have a hand in shaping a company culture that truly values employee ownership. There is enormous potential to grow with this venture.