Operations Director


DENSO is one of the largest global automotive suppliers of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. From automated driving to hybrid and electric vehicle components, we’re crafting the core technologies of modern mobility. We draw on the strengths of individual inventors who are joining together to become an unstoppable force for global good. With our North American headquarters located in Michigan, DENSO employs more than 24,000 people at 28 consolidated subsidiaries and 4 affiliates across the North American region. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions and employs more than 170,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, totaled US$48.1 billion.

The production director provides operations direction after analyzing group company and headquarters direction to ensure smooth daily operations. Provides data based decisions in the best interests of the company and all employees. Creates short, mid, and long term plans for operation's goals and objectives with respect to safety, quality and
customer satisfaction, productivity, delivery, cost control and reduction, and associate development and morale.

Duties and Responsibilities
-Develops, adapts and executes functional strategy to achieve key business objectives in area of responsibility.
-Responsible to support production management team to create and achieve budgets and cost reduction activity.
-Review and approve budgets, headcounts, layouts, and G&O's.
-Determine short, mid, and long term operations direction.
-Lead, monitor, and support production operations regarding safety, quality, productivity, and delivery.
-Evaluate trends and production capability.
-Responsible to ensure timely vendor parts for the production processes and to ensure scheduled build and shipment of out-going finished products.
-Communicate current situation and future direction to associates at various levels.
-Analyze departments' strengths and weak points.
-Coach direct reports and peers and counsel associates.
-Responsible for the development of key talent and leadership team succession planning within functional area of the business.
-Prioritize projects and recommend plans and countermeasures.
-Organize cross functional teams.
-Participate and support NA committees.
-Interpret and investigate requests, conditions, and problems.
-Plan improvement activities.
-Act as a consultant to internal departments and other affiliates.
-Interact, communicate, and present information to customers and to vendors.
-Other duties and responsibilities as assigned (includes all non-essential or non-major activities).


Minimum Level of Education and Training Required
-Bachelor's Degree in engineering, operations management, business administration or related field
-≥ 10 years' management experience in a manufacturing environment
-Other combinations of education and experience equal to minimum requirements may be considered

Required Knowledge and Skills
-Knowledge of advanced root cause analysis and problem-solving techniques
-Working knowledge of production equipment, processes, and methods
-Strong communication and presentation skills
-Intermediate skill level using MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
-Knowledge of Quality Management Systems
-Knowledge of team building and development techniques

Physical Requirements and Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job you may be asked to intermittently sit, stand, walk, lift or carry component parts weighing up to 33 pounds, lift parts in excess of 33 pounds with a lift assist, use hands to handle or feel parts, reach with hand and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, bend at the waist, talk and hear, use close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, peripheral vision, work on the production floor as needed, frequent phone use and keyboarding.
*Reasonable Accommodations may be provided to qualified individuals with ADA supported disabilities