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Operations Manager

Title: Operations Manager

Location: Houston, TX

The Operations Manager at Oerlikon Metco Houston is responsible for the management of the people, processes, planning, plant and equipment under his or her responsibility. The objective is to provide the most efficient and effective use of these resources in the short and long term interests of the company. The Operations Manager’s activities will support the values, vision, mission, goals, and strategies of the company.


  • Manage the day to day laser cladding, thermal spray, maintenance, and grinding operations for the facility
  • Ensure the safety of all individuals within the plant
  • Lead, train, evaluate, mentor, and develop plant personnel to become an effective team
  • Ability to work with vendors, customers, and employees, with a emphasis on customer focus
  • Develop and implement processes that foster quality and continuous improvement
  • Create and execute production schedule to meet customer delivery requirements
  • Hold daily production meeting with operations and sales
  • Communicate effectively with operations, engineering, and sales on technical issues
  • Ensure customer requirements are met and are properly documented
  • Plan for and ensure efficient and effective staffing levels for plant operation
  • Ensure proper inventory management and maintenance
  • Manage operational COGS to achieve budgetary goals
  • Manage and execute operational KPIs
  • Suport and manage new hire and operator training
  • Support and manage safety training
  • Support ISO 9001:2015
  • Other duties as assigned

We expect:

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in manufacturing required
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in management or supervision required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or similar discipline

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Principles and practices of Supervision and Management
  • Principles of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Statistical Process Control or other process improvement techniques
  • Knowledge of basic accounting and costing
  • Implementation of ISO 9001:2015 or similar quality standards
  • Ability to read blueprints is preferred
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills
  • Experience in MS Office applications
  • Experience with ERP systems, preferably SAP
  • Experience with inventory management
  • Must possess effective decision making and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work with vendors, customers, and employees, with a emphasis on customer focus
  • Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must be able to efficiently and effectively schedule production jobs
  • Must have basic knowledge of machining and manufacturing practices
  • Ability to sit or stand as needed to perform essential functions of the position
  • Ability to walk the plant throughout the day
  • Ability to use keyboard, reach above shoulder height, below the waist and lift and file documents throughout the work day
  • Ability to travel by air and car if needed

About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in Surface Solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. The Group is committed to investing in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable materials that are able to increase performance, improve efficiency and reduce the use of scarce resources. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 15 000 employees at 186 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.85 billion. Sustaining growth and improving profitability in 2018: order intake to increase up to CHF 3.4 billion, sales to around CHF 3.2 billion, and the EBITDA margin to improve to around 15 % (after investments).

Oerlikon Balzers develops processes and systems for the coating of tools, components and decorative plastic elements. Comprising 106 locations in 34 countries, Balzers global network of coating centers is daily dedicated to further improving component performance and tooling productivity through coating technology. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team! We have a great benefits package including medical insurance, dental and vision, tuition reimbursement, health and wellness benefits, and 401(K).

Statement of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: Oerlikon Balzers is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Oerlikon Balzers to provide for and promote equal employment opportunity in employment compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, Vietnam Era Veteran status, genetic predisposition, or carrier status. Oerlikon Balzers is committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs and activities for individuals with disabilities. It is the policy of our company to provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability to enable such individual to perform the essential functions of the position for which he/she is applying or in which he/she is employed. Further, it is our policy to provide reasonable accommodation for religious observers.

The policy applies to all employment practices and actions. It includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, job application process, examination and testing, hiring, training, disciplinary actions, rate of pay or other compensation, advancement, classification, transfer, reassignment and promotions. If you require an accommodation during the application process or for issues concerning Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity please contact Human Resources.