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Spirit- Director of Operations
Wichita KS



Director of Operations


Vice President, Manufacturing


Spirit AeroSystems, with headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, USA, is one of the world’s largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial and defense aircraft. In addition to its Wichita facilities, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma; Kinston, North Carolina; Biddeford, Maine; Dallas, Texas; Prestwick, Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Subang, Malaysia; Casablanca, Morocco; and Saint-Nazaire, France. The company’s core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Additionally, Spirit provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services.

​As one of the world’s largest tier-one manufacturers and suppliers of aerostructures, Spirit AeroSystems applies research and emerging technologies in designing, fabricating, assembling and integrating components and structures for premier commercial and defense aerospace programs. Spirit AeroSystems is a $4 billion global company, with more than 12,000 employees worldwide.


There are three potential locations:

·       Wichita, Kansas

·       Tulsa, Oklahoma

·       Kinston, North Carolina


The Director of Operations will be responsible for leading a sizable team, which could range from 300 to 1,000 employees, focused on the assembly and integration of components and structures for major aircraft programs.

  • Accountable for the achievement of cost, quality, delivery, safety targets.
  • Change leader to drive the focus from a negative model of operational excellence.  The focus will be on standard processes.  Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and Performance Metrics. 
  • Manages complexity and establishes clear goals which align a unit’s efforts with the organization’s vision. Ensures synergies between people, processes, and strategies.
  • Develops long-range course of action to ensure successful realization of the organizations view while balancing short-term commitments.
  • Establish an operating rhythm and touch points; establish vision and plan; engage employees and the unions and help them see their connection to the strategy and what it means for them; immerse yourself / be on the floor or with your team and stay actively involved.
  • Utilize lean principles, continuous improvement; understands compliance & regulations in aerospace.
  • Identifies and seizes opportunities to create efficiencies, streamline processes, and leverage resources in order to reduce cost. Delivers on profit margin commitments.
  • Work closely with Manufacturing Engineering and Industrial Engineering to create both efficient production and collaborative communication.
  • Lead the team and create an environment of collaboration and accountability.
  • Create and manage to daily, weekly and monthly plans and metrics to keep programs on track.
  • Creates an environment in which products and processes are designed to ensure customer satisfaction; effectively incorporates customer perspectives in all business activities and processes.
  • Establishing systems and processes to attract, develop, engage, and retain talented individuals.
  • Providing feedback, instruction, and development guidance to help others excel in their current or future job responsibilities; planning and supporting the development of individual skills and abilities.
  • Initiating and maintaining strategic relationships with stakeholders inside and outside the organization.




  • 10-15 years operations experience with responsibility for leading a complex manufacturing system
  • Leadership excellence
  • Drive capability to scale at a historic pace
  • Drive cost reduction
  • Drive quality improvement
  • Driving and meeting delivery schedules and the needs of internal and external customers.
  • Drive a Safety culture
  • Facilitate Union Partnerships
  • Must embody, embrace, and live our key values of:
  • Transparency
  • Collaboration
  • Inspiration
  • Proven ability to create and maintain a proactive production culture.
  • Perform well under pressure and respond constructively to difficult situations in a timely manner.
  • Broad operational toolbox including:
  • Lean
  • Change management
  • Aerospace experience
  • Leadership of large teams
  • Proven ability to develop, monitor, measure and enforce key production and quality metrics.
  • Consistently provides high quality and on-time delivery, Improves overall organizational effectiveness.
  • Maintaining a balanced assembly line and taking a proactive approach to avoiding future potential imbalances and traveled work
  • Provides customer solutions with the lowest total cost, understands competitive position, continuously improves processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead from the front as well as present at the executive level on a regular basis


Demonstrated leadership ability, including; strategic business acumen, ability to inspire and motivate people, orientation to action, courage to innovate and make tough decisions, excellent follow-up and follow-through skills live the values through behaviors.

From a personal standpoint, the individual must have the following attributes:

§  High energy, perseverance, and passion for team success

§  Workhorse mentality and the ability to grind through difficult situations.

§  Well-rounded in terms of action orientation, ability to communicate effectively and concisely, and ability to understand technical elements but lead from a strategic standpoint.

§  Adheres to the highest standards of ethical conduct, maintains a safe work environment, listens to others' ideas, thoughts and views, Provides candid feedback.

§  Maintains a positive attitude, Includes everyone, helps everyone, encourages others, holds self and others accountable, Shares wins and successes.

§  Proactively and quickly making sense of complex issues; responding effectively to complex and ambiguous situations; communicating complicated information simply.

§  Personal passion for:

o   Coaching and Developing Others

o   Building Organizational Talent


A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in Engineering or Operations Management.  MBA degree preferred. 




This role may require travel 



Relocation assistance will be provided for the right candidate.




A competitive base salary is being offered in addition to short-term and long-term incentive plans including cash and equity.  The company offers a wide variety of benefit programs and services that address the needs of employees and their families.  Benefits include, but are not limited to tuition assistance, medical & dental, vision, prescription, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), pension plan, paid holidays and vacation.

Spirit AeroSystems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.”






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