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Director, High Volume Manufacturing Operations


Columbia, MD, US, 21046

Advanced Acoustic Concepts, LLC, a joint venture between Leonardo DRS and Thales USA, is a technical leader in the fields of sonar systems, sonar signal processing, acoustic training systems, and open architecture system and software integration.   The venture focuses on emerging areas in the undersea warfare domain where the customer has identified mission-critical needs. For additional information about Advanced Acoustic Concepts, please visit our website at http://www.aaccorp.com.


 Job Location: Austin/Round Rock/Burnet, Texas


 Title: Director, High Volume Manufacturing Operations


Position Summary: Direct all activities related to manufacturing operations. Ensure that manufacturing processes adhere to negotiated budgets and schedule and are in compliance with applicable quality and federal, state, and local regulatory requirements. This role is responsible for the overall performance of the manufacturing plant. You will work with the executive team to devise policy and strategy. You will direct and coordinate all production activities and ensure a company focus on safety, quality, and continuous improvement. In the role of Plant Operations Manager, you will work effectively across all divisions, provide leadership, and maintain a safety focused work environment



Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Direct and administer the activities related to manufacturing operations. Ensure that manufacturing process adhere to negotiated budgets and schedule and are in compliance with applicable quality and federal, state and local regulatory requirements
  • Manage the development and monitor execution of manufacturing schedules
  • Lead the development of product manufacturing processes, procedure, work instructions, and test instructions
  • Establish high-volume manufacturing operations, including evaluation and selection of facility locations, personnel requirements, personnel qualifications/skills, required capital infrastructure and organization
  • Review product Technical Data Packages to inform engineering team for improvements for design for producibility trades
  • Drive continuous improvement throughout the operation
  • Develop budgets and manage activities to accomplish financial objectives
  • Develop and implement short- and long-range objectives, consistent with company strategic initiatives
  • Participate in the preparation and/or review of proposals for new business based upon RFP/RFQ requirements
  • Coordinate operations and communications within, between, and among various functional areas
  • Ensure operations conform to the company’s policies and procedures, as well as federal, state, and local regulations
  • Establish, monitor, and ensure satisfactory customer and public relations, either through direct contact or delegation
  • Engage in the typical responsibilities or a manager requiring planning, evaluating, organizing, integrating, and controlling
  • May also have supervisory responsibility involving staffing, conducting performance appraisals, training and developing subordinates, promotions, salary increases, terminations, disciplinary actions, etc
  • Support, communicate, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization


Secondary Accountabilities:

  • Attend appropriate customer and business meetings
  • Ensure key performance objectives are measured, monitored, and improved
  • Actively participate on and lead group & corporate initiatives


Basic Qualifications:

  • Expertise in the operations management of a high-volume manufacturing facility
  • Strong working knowledge of LEAN Manufacturing processes- 5S, Kaizen, Kan Ban, Continuous Improvement
  • Capable of understanding, reading, and evaluating company financials such as P&L’s, budgets, etc.
  • Strong strategic thinking abilities
  • Strong communication skills, high level of integrity and work ethic, and excellent organizational skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in operations, engineering or related discipline with a minimum 10 years of related experience
  • Demonstrated performance implementing continuous improvement initiatives
  • Proven track record solving complex issues, driving risk assessments, root cause evaluations and red to green action planning


Physical Requirements:

  • Lifting up to 10 lbs.: up to 25% of time  
  • Walking: up to 50% of time
  • Climbing, Bending, Standing, Stooping: up to 10% of time
  • Sitting: up to 50% of time
  • Travel: up to 10-25%% of time


AAC works on a 9/80 compressed schedule whereby employees work 80 hours in 2 weeks with every other Friday off.


Advanced Acoustic Concepts, LLC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. #MCSS

Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

Our employees appreciate a culture of open honest communications, and fair and equitable treatment. We accomplish through:

INTEGRITY. At Leonardo DRS ethics and accountability always comes first.

QUALITY. We set high standards of performance, and consistently deliver excellent products and services.

CUSTOMER FOCUS. We go above and beyond to meet customer needs, and work to create long-term relationships with our customers.

DIVERSITY. We embrace different points of view, and continually foster an environment that enable all participants to contribute to their full potential.

INNOVATION.  At Leonardo DRS, innovation is in our DNA. We have built this company through the innovative ideas of our employees and continue to foster an environment that rewards new ideas to help our government and military customers save lives, solve critical problems and modernize to ensure mission success for years to come.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

For additional information on  Leonardo DRS, please visit our website at www.leonardodrs.com

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore