Manufacturing Operations Manager - Precision Optics | MKS Instruments Inc

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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Position Location: 
Irvine, CA
Job Description: 

MKS Instruments is a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, monitor, deliver, analyze, power and control critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes to improve process performance and productivity for our customers. Additional information can be found at www.mksinst.com.

Are you naturally curious? So are we at MKS. Our collective curiosity drives us to be an innovation leader in many industries. Our products drive technology advancements across a wide range of applications such as 5G, augmented/virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, clean drinking water and space exploration. We are a team of collaborators who value fresh thinking and believe in mutual respect, constructive candor, diversity and inclusion. As a valued and trusted partner to our customers, we are continually pushing the boundaries of possibility. We believe in creating technology that transforms our world and are looking for like-minded individuals to join our team. If this is appealing to you, we want to meet you.  

The Manufacturing/Operations Manager will execute production activities in manufacturing areas and meet production goals, quality and cost objectives. You will prioritize production schedules, identify and implement efficiency tactics, monitor material supply, forecast and production ramp planning. You will maintain budgets and make budgetary recommendations on capital expenditures and direct/indirect labor. We are seeking an individual who will select and develop personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the production function, develop schedules and requirements for assigned areas, and focus on the development of employees along their career paths. The ideal candidate is a critical thinker, detail-oriented, makes data driven decisions, and has a proven track record in continuous improvement and sustainment. We are looking for an exceptional Manufacturing Operations Manager who can…  

  • Determine how to use resources to meet schedules and goals after receiving assignments in the form of objectives; Act as advisor to meet schedules and/or resolve technical problems 
  • Work on issues of diverse scope where analysis of situation or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of current business trends 
  • Follow processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions 
  • Develop and administer schedules and performance requirements 
  • Provide guidance to subordinates and lead a cooperative effort among members of a project team 
  • Be responsible for results, including costs, methods and staffing 

What will you bring to the team, along with your curiosity is:  

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or equivalent 
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of related experience 
  • Industrial Engineering background 
  • Precision optics manufacturing and thin-film coating experience 
  • Lean manufacturing experience/continuous flow background 
  • SAP (or other ERP) experience 
  • Focus on driving financial results by identifying inefficiencies and correcting them 
  • Promotion, implementation, and reporting of continual improvement activities 
  • Scrap reduction/yield improvement/hidden factory identification and improvement 
  • Capacity analyses and monitoring of daily workcell output 
  • Identifies training gaps and schedules cross training to assure flexibility to the schedule 
  • Single point of failure (SPOF) identification and risk mitigation 
  • Works well in cross-functional teams, such as with maintenance, planning, and engineering 
  • Communicates frequently with internal customers 
  • Appreciation for upholding documented processes 

MKS Instruments, Inc. is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer. We solicit and hire applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected category. Our policy is to employ the most qualified applicants. We conduct background checks and drug screens, in accordance with company policies and federal and state guidelines. 

Globally, our policy is to recruit individuals from wide and diverse backgrounds.  However, certain positions require access to controlled goods and technologies subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Applicants for these positions may need to be “U.S. persons.”  “U.S. persons” are generally defined as U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, lawful permanent residents (or, green card holders), individuals granted asylum, and individuals admitted as refugees. 

MKS Instruments, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We solicit and hire applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected category. Our policy is to employ the most qualified applicants. We conduct background checks and drug screens, in accordance with company policies and federal and state guidelines.

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