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Ensign-Bickford Aerospace and Defense Operations Manager in Longmont, Colorado

Join Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. (EBI) and you’ll be part of a team that leads science, innovation, and technology on different industry fronts. Working here will provide you with an exciting and motivating career full of development and growth opportunities throughout our businesses. We are a global company that prides itself on having passionate, diverse and dedicated employees who work together to achieve uncommon results.

This opportunity is located within our Honeybee Robotics business, an R&D engineering company that creates unique solutions for our customers’ challenges, on Earth and in space. Click here ( to learn more.

Job Description

The Operations Manager plans, coordinates, and controls the production activities to ensure a safe work environment, maximize profitable growth, drive quality improvements, provide premier customer service, develop a technically qualified work force, reduce operating costs, inventories and lead times through continuous improvements. Oversee day-to-day activities to meet daily, monthly quarterly and yearly expectations.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Plan, prioritize and coordinate production activities to achieve Operations Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), including (but not limited to) Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost (SQDC) metrics

  • Meets with the Production Teams and manufacturing engineering group regularly, reflecting on problems, solutions, and challenges, thereby creating a culture of continuous improvement and contributing towards becoming a learning organization.

  • Ensure effective cross-training exists for production and manufacturing engineering group to assure continuous smooth-running of production floor

  • Drive efficient and effective execution of policies and procedures utilizing lean production processes

  • Strive for one-piece flow manufacturing and continuous improvement mindset. Drive team to identify and implement improvement opportunities to reduce lead time and manufacturing costs. Use Kaizen tool to drive break through results

  • Develops and maintains a safe work environment; ensures that stringent housekeeping, 5S standards and safety procedures and practices are followed. Acts as the Safety Manager.

  • Ensures that tools/equipment meet safety requirements; leads trend and root cause analysis and accident investigations.

  • Makes budgetary recommendations and at higher levels, controls capital expenditures and direct/indirect labor and is responsible for managing activities related to operations: manufacturing, production planning, and manufacturing engineering.

  • Leads activities to ensure subordinate personnel to have the technical skills, training and certifications necessary to perform their job.

  • Proactively manage and implement future space requirements, capital equipment, and staffing needs

  • Promotes high morale, teamwork, and a positive work environment.

  • Maintains quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards for operations.

    Required Experience, Skills and Education:

  • B.S. in an aerospace, mechanical or systems engineering-related field. MBA preferred.

  • 5-7+ years’ experience in supervision of production workforce with proven leadership skills and experience in process flow, inventory, supply chain and logistics management.

  • NASA, DOD or commercial spaceflight or aerospace project experience with working experience in all phases of a typical project life-cycle phases is required; this experience is preferably gained through technical or programmatic leadership roles while working at one of these agencies, a prime contractor or lower tier supplier.

  • Strong analytical, numerical, and reasoning abilities with a results-oriented mindset.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills across the organization at both the working and senior leadership levels.

  • Demonstrated change management experience leading initiatives to improve business processes, company policies and/or team structures.

  • Demonstrated technical decision-making skills, including a strong ability to use data and root cause analysis to drive results

  • Experience with single piece flow in a mixed model production environment.

  • Excellent attention to detail and be able to set high standards for quality

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills with demonstrated ability to lead and motivate teams

  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and perform effectively under pressure

  • Demonstrated ability to improve processes using a continuous improvement approach

  • In-depth knowledge of manufacturing processes, quality systems, ERP systems, Kanban / Material Replenishment Systems, resource planning, and cost control

  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Microsoft Excel

Honeybee Robotics, Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.

Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. is a diversified company with businesses in a myriad of industries including Aerospace & Defense, Space Robotics, Life Sciences, and Pet Food Flavorings, with our headquarters located in Denver, CO. We have been called "The industry leader"​, "The people to follow"​, "The safety, quality and reliability experts"​. Our technologies allow us to be first to market with next-generation products for all of our focus markets. Our businesses include:

AFB International (

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company

EnviroLogix Inc. (

Honeybee Robotics, Ltd.

Each of our companies, as varied as they are, have a great deal in common. Each is a leader in its field. Each ​ shares a dedication to innovation, continuous improvement, a commitment to research and technological expertise and an unmatched level of services and support. The simple truth is: When you are a part of our team, you stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.