Director Of Operations


Cadence, Inc. is seeking a talented and engaged Director of Operations to lead the Virginia facility, located in Staunton, VA. This position has primary responsibility for overseeing daily site operations to safely produce highly technical product that is manufactured on schedule while achieving all quality standards and cost objectives. This is a highly-visible position that will require onsite presence.

At Cadence, we exist to improve product performance through developing solutions-oriented, open relationships with our customers and providing highly technical solutions that enable improved product performance in clearly measurable ways. Our employees take great satisfaction in fulfilling this mission and in knowing they are improving the state of medical, life science, automotive and other technologies through our work. Here are some reasons you should consider joining our team in this role:

  • This is a key leadership position for the site – This position ensures the achievement of company strategic objectives by overseeing the management of production, supply chain, customer service, facilities and equipment maintenance, sustaining engineering, and safety resources. This role must align site activities and objectives and collaborate with the Quality and Preproduction functions to achieve the overall site objectives. This role has direct responsibility for 3-5 manager level positions at the site and indirect/matrixed responsibility for other functional managers at the site.
  • You’ll be part of a collaborative functional team – This position reports to the VP of Operations. The site leaders meet regularly to review company performance and share best practices and ideas across sites.
  • You will make a Positive Impact – At Cadence “do the right thing” is more than just a corporate motto; it’s our guiding principle and way of life. You can be proud of the fact that what you do every day improves product performance and improves patient outcomes.

Key Responsibilities

Leading Facility Operations:

  • Ultimately responsible for the site’s safe work practices and environment.
  • Champion and set the example for living Cadence’s core values.
  • Actively involved in all aspects of the business and senior management including budget, financial responsibility, and strategic planning for operations.
  • Collaborates with Sales and Pre-Production (site PP lead is a matrix report) to achieve successful transfer of new products to manufacturing; implements plans to meet new product launch delivery requirements.
  • Develops and maintains manufacturing operations business plans to include all program requirements, labor hours, production costs, backlogs, quality and other related manufacturing statistics.
  • Develop and manage department operating budgets to approved targets; analyzes variances and take corrective actions.
  • Uses Cadence Business System tools to plan, monitor and direct activities to drive performance improvements in all areas of Operations including Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost.
  • Works with the VP Operations to develop annual site budget, capex plan, and CI/KPI objectives.
  • Leads the development of an Annual Line of Sight plan in support of the Company’s Key Priorities. Tracks metrics to accurately measure progress towards objectives.
  • Interfaces directly with customers and regulatory personnel during plant audits and inspections.
  • Oversees validation of facilities, equipment, and processes to ensure continued state of compliance. Schedules and manages routine revalidation activities and change control.
  • Provides leadership and direction for Production, Sustaining Engineering, Maintenance, Supply Chain, and the Customer Service teams.
  • Implements Cadence “best practices” in all relevant areas of the business in collaboration with the VP Operations.

Coach and Mentor Team:

  • Responsible for the hiring, development, and coaching of employees to ensure the proper level of performance of all manufacturing personnel.
  • Advises managers, supervisors, and leads on labor issues including safety, security, employee relations, scheduling, training, grievances, etc. Ensures supervises and leads are upholding company values and administering policies and practices in fair and equitable manner.

Experience and Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities for this Position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering, or Operations Management discipline or relevant experience
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a manufacturing environment with progressive and multi-discipline experience leading to a management position.
  • Experience in a highly regulated environment (medical device preferred)
  • A demonstrated record of working effectively with Quality Systems, ERP/Production Planning, Finance, Engineering and R&D.
  • Education/experience with Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Project Management, Quality
  • Thorough understanding of operational and standard cost accounting around financial aspects of manufacturing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Willingness/Ability to work primarily onsite.


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Staunton, VA
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