Operations Supervisor

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Woodward, Inc.
    December 3, 2020
    Not specified, CA
    Job Type


    The position directs the activities of, and has responsibility for, subordinates in direct production and indirect support functions in an operations environment.
    Essential Functions
    • Responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining departmental and individual goals and performance measures.
    • Aligns individual and team/departmental goals to support overall organizational goals. Motivates and recognizes members on achievements.
    • Coordinates work load requirements and work scheduling with teams.
    • Develops, reviews and maintains staffing requirements.
    • Responsible for annual performance evaluations, development, discipline and terminations.
    • Responsible for interviewing and selection of new members.
    • Coordinates all activities of direct members and provides resources to achieve team goals.
    • Identify and provide resources for member development and training. Identify training needs related to safety, quality, new technologies and application tools.
    • Responsible for maintaining training plans (e.g. Job specific, ISO, QS, FAA, Certifications, etc) and ensure members certifications and training requirements are kept current as required for position.
    • Ensure members adhere to all work instructions and quality requirements.
    • Basic knowledge of the Six Sigma processes and the ability to apply Six Sigma principles to production process for continual improvement and operational effectiveness
    • Responsible for managing budget, indirect labor expenses, purchase orders, etc.
    • Actively motivates direct reports and team/project members.
    • Works with moderate guidance and supervision from leader or more senior level peers.
    • Communicates and supports the message of WLES (Woodward Lean Enterprise System) and PLC (Product Life Cycle) to his/her members.
    • Clearly communicates and advocates the vision, strategies, alignment grids for Woodward, Business Group, Functional Area to his/her members.
    • Collaborates with others on continuous process improvement and cost reduction plans.
    Other Functions
    • Trains new members as required providing support and expertise
    • May require overtime, weekend and night shift work
    • May be responsible for logistics (e.g. Shipping/Receiving, etc)


    • Demonstrated knowledge of Project Management skills.
    • Solid knowledge of business computer systems and PC tools (e.g. WISE, SAP, MS Office).
    • Ability to quickly learn processes, equipment and tools used in specific areas of responsibility.
    • Ability to analyze and present information using data.
    • Solid communication skills both written and verbal. Ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external customers.
    • Basic negotiation skills.
    • Ability to drive continuous improvement activities through strong team-building and problem-solving.
    • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize day-to-day activities and issues within functional area.
    • Ability to delegate effectively and follow through on assigned tasks and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to deliver presentations in a comprehensive and professional manner to department and peers.
    • Understand the aspects of lean and PLC. Communicates and supports the message of WLES and PLC to his/her members.
    • Basic problem solving skills.
    • Ability to make decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure.
    • Demonstrated leadership skills, ability to motivate teams and resolve member related issues.
    Education or Formal Training
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Two or Four year degree in related discipline desired.
    Experience Required
    • Previous leadership experience required (e.g. direct leadership, team lead, mentoring, projects, etc).
    • Previous operations experience/knowledge required.
    Materials and Equipment Used
    Working Environment/ Physical Activities
    • Moderate physical activity requiring agility and dexterity, including walking, standing, or bending and lifting or moving objects.
    • Work is performed in some areas that may required special safety precautions, such as wearing protective clothing or gear.
    • May be required to pass Near Vision and/or color vision examinations.
    • Manual dexterity: usual office conditions
    • Exposed to noise level common to the over-all facility.
    • May be required to travel domestic or international

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