Operations Director

United States of America
Wyman Gordon
Full Time




With more than 120 operations and approximately 20,000 employees worldwide, Precision Castparts Corp. is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, forged components, aerostructures and highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace applications. In addition, we are the leading producer of airfoil castings for the industrial gas turbine market. We also manufacture extruded seamless pipe, fittings, and forgings for power generation and oil & gas applications; commercial and military airframe aerostructures; and metal alloys and other materials for the casting and forging industries. With such critical applications, we insist on quality and dependability – not just in the materials and products we make, but in the people we recruit.

PCC is relentless in its dedication to being a high-quality, low-cost and on-time producer; delivering the highest value to its customers while continually pursuing strategic, profitable growth.

In 2016, Berkshire Hathaway, led by Chairman and CEO Warren E. Buffett, acquired Precision Castparts Corp.

Position                        Wyman Gordon Houston – Director of Operations/Plant Manager

Reports to:                    WG Houston VP

Demographics:             Total Employment of 175+, Revenue confidential but between $300 and $500 Million


Required Skills & Experience:

  • Degree in engineering or technical field required
  • 10 or more years in successive leadership roles in a heavy manufacturing environment(s), with specific experience leading Aerospace industry plants
  • 5 - 7 years experience supervising salaried managerial and/or technical personnel
  • Demonstrated knowledge of structured problem solving and related tools, ISO expectations, basic statistical methods, and other industry-standard skills including kanban, TOC, SMED, error-proofing, etc.
  • Demonstrated cultural change agent
  • Sound cross-functional knowledge and ability to operate with all functions/departments
  • P&L responsibility in at least one prior position
  • Demonstrated capability in lean manufacturing techniques and JIT concepts
  • Experience in accident reduction/elimination
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Lead/Support Objectives, Targets and Goals.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Forging and Machining,
  • Strong operations background (plant management, manufacturing supervision)
  • Behavior based safety systems
  • Experience in union environments with strong negotiations and relations focus
  • Tier 1 Automotive supplier, Metals manufacturing or Aerospace industry

Short Term Objectives:

  • Employ right to left thinking and drive the financials
  • Ensure daily tracking and adherence to budget, adjusting short term plans to accommodate revenue dynamics
  • Ensure specific profit improvement initiatives, both ongoing and new, including raw, WIP and finished inventory reduction, changeover time reduction and scrap/rework elimination,
  • Ensure lean manufacturing initiatives, continuous improvement and corrective action activities,
  • Ensure plantwide commitment to successful launches of new product lines,
  • Lead implementation of schedule-based production manning model to proactively predict, address and support direct labor requirements,
  • Drive consistent use of structured problem solving methods
  • Drive robust data gathering, analysis and distribution tools to support all result measurables,
  • Drive visual factory and “6S” tools and expectations, in keeping with road map timing
  • Develop and consistently apply company rules and policies
  • Drive successful functioning safety program and accident reduction
  • Set and facilitate plantwide communication expectations, including daily, weekly and monthly interactions

Long term Objectives:

  • Lead plant-wide development to better understand and effectively employ industry-standard concepts,
  • Maintain a plant-wide customer-focused, continuous improvement paradigm
  • Champion long-term, systematic continuous improvement of process capabilities and costs, while supporting zero defects, on-time delivery and cost competitiveness,
  • Champion employee development

Social Style:

  • Passionate towards excellence and growth of the business and individuals within the manufacturing industry
  • Strong self-awareness, including accurate self-assessment and high self confidence
  • Self-regulating with integrity, composure, flexibility and innovation
  • Lead with Action-based and hands-on exposure to the workforce.