Operations Manager


Cadence Inc., located in Staunton, Virginia is looking for an experienced Operations Manager. The right candidate for this position will be well versed in coaching, mentoring, and managing production employees. This is a salaried, exempt level position responsible for the management and coordination of plant operations and resources to meet Cadence standards for customer satisfaction (correct, complete, and on-time).

Why do you want to work for Cadence?

  • You’ll 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.
  • You’ll love the work environment  You’ll spend your days in a clean, air-conditioned manufacturing space with big windows that provide lots of natural light. The open office environment allows for easy collaboration and engagement with colleagues. Cadence has a plan in place that meets and exceeds the state’s safety standards during the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Path for Growth – For the candidate with the right skills and experience set, this opportunity has the potential to lead to a broader plant leadership role within a few years.

Key Responsibilities

Management of Production Operations:

  • Plan, organize and direct the manufacturing and maintenance operations which ensure the most effective return on assets.
  • Initiate plans and processes which minimize manufacturing costs through effective utilization of manpower, equipment, facilities, materials, and capital. Assure attainment of business objectives and productions schedules while insuring product standards that will exceed customers’ expectations.
  • Manage production workflow and detailed capacity analysis planning.
  • Establish group and individual accountabilities throughout assigned departments for problem solving and cost reduction, both on a permanent and ad-hoc basis, depending on need.
  • Encourage use of new techniques and focus on fact based problem solving.
  • Improve manpower utilization within existing departments and processes.
  • Work to establish management practices throughout production areas which include all employees’ positive involvement with opportunity for input and action.
  • Continually improve safety record by addressing both physical safety issues and employee safety attitudes; Maintain and improve housekeeping in all areas.
  • Work cross functionally to prioritize operational, manufacturing and maintenance issues
  • Manage spending against budget, controlling spending in relation to changes in production/volume.
  • Adhere to and ensure compliance with Quality System SOPs, work instructions, drawings, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Documentation Practices (GDP), ISO, and FDA requirements

Management, Coaching, and Mentoring of Staff:

  • Manage and mentor a team of supervisors, including communicating expectations, setting performance strategies, and encouraging productivity, excellence, and achievement.
  • Maintain effective relationships with subordinates to assure timely and efficient production schedules and quality levels.
  • Supply resources necessary for subordinates to effectively perform their tasks, including manpower, support from Engineering, Supply Chain Management and other internal resources.
  • Provide indirect supervision for a large group of employees (80-100+)
  • Maintain individual skills keeping up-to-date with latest production and production management concepts.

Strategic Initiatives:

  • Implement manufacturing strategies and action plans to ensure that the facility supports Cadence’s strategic initiatives.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to implement continuous improvement projects in lean manufacturing and appropriate quality standards/certifications.
  • Proactively plan for and work towards future staffing/training requirements.


Experience and Qualifications

We are seeking a candidate with superior leadership and managerial skills, as well as the ability to instill teamwork, delegate effectively, and build collaborative relationships. In addition, the ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher; studies in an engineering-related field preferable
  • Experience in Contract Manufacturing (High Mix/Low Volume)
  • 5-7+ years’ experience in a production management/leadership role
  • In Depth experience implementing Lean Mfg tools and techniques with Lean Manufacturing Certification and/or Six Sigma Certification
  • Desire for upward mobility / near-term readiness to take on a broader plant management role within the same facility is ideal
  • Experience in an ISO regulated environment; highly regulated industry experience such as medical device, automotive, & aerospace is preferred
  • Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principals involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models
  • Ability/Willingness to travel occasionally


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Staunton, VA
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