This position will provide leadership and strategic vision to the Seats USA operations organization. This position will manage and where necessary implement new operational, managerial and administrative procedures, reporting structures and operation controls to the company. The COO will effectively communicate and foster growth among the executive team and all employees. This is a vital leadership role that will drive results, spur growth and increase the overall efficiency of the Gainesville business unit.
Duties and Responsibilities (essential functions):
A) Provide management to staff and leadership to the organization that aligns with the company's business plan, overall strategic vision and the Safran Leadership Model.
B) Lead, guide and direct operational synergies between Gainesville and Chihuahua to insure successful supply chain operations between the facilities.
C) Assist executive team members in creating, growing and building a world class, industry leading aerospace organization.
D) Drive company results from both an operational and financial perspective working closely with the CFO, CEO and other key executive team members.
E) Set challenging and realistic goals for growth, performance and profitability.
F) Create effective measurement tools to gauge the efficiency and effectiveness of internal and external operational processes.
G) Provide accurate and timely reports outlining the operational condition of the business unit.
H) Spearhead the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes.
I) Work with other BU executive team members on budgeting, forecasting and resource allocation programs.
J) Work closely with senior management team to create, implement and roll out plans for operational processes, internal infrastructures, reporting systems and company policies all designed to foster growth, profitably and efficiencies within the Gainesville business unit.
K) Motivate and encourage employees at all levels as one of the key leaders in the company including but not limited to professional staff, management level employees and executive leadership team members.
L) Foster a growth oriented, positive and encouraging environment while keeping employees and management accountable for company policies, procedures and guidelines.
M) Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills:
i) Requires a broad and comprehensive understanding of business/production theories and practices as well as other disciplines such as Program Management, Quality, etc.
ii) Understanding of synergy management within the organization.
iii) Computer knowledge: Microsoft Suite.
Education and Experience:
i) Requires a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related discipline or 6 years related experience in lieu of Bachelor's level degree to meet the education requirement. MBA Preferred. Bilingual in Spanish Preferred.
ii) In addition to meeting the education requirement, requires an additional 12 (twelve) years' experience in manufacturing environment, preferably in aerospace.
Specificity of the job
• International and/or Domestic travel required; up to 20%
Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 79,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2020 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and Innovation roadmap. Safran ranks first in Forbes's 2020 list of the World's Best Employers for its sector. Safran Seats is a world leader in aircraft passenger and crew seats. One million seats made by the company are now in service worldwide.