VP of Operations in Clayton, NC at Volt

Date Posted: 11/8/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Direct Hire
  • Location:
    Clayton, NC
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  • Contact Name
    Volt Branch
  • Phone
    (919) 829-1660

Job Description

Our client is looking for a VP of Operations to join their team. 5 – 10 years in a senior management role, preferably in commercial furniture or closely- related manufacturing environment.

The right individual will be financially and supply chain savvy - able to grow capacity, manage plant expansion, scheduling, and to bring a higher level of sourcing, inventory, cost, and project management to an already successful and rapidly growing company.

General Responsibilities

The Vice President of Operations is accountable for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and managing operations functions, with emphasis on analyzing and managing costs.

Scope: This incumbent is responsible for overseeing the execution of supply chain, purchasing, manufacturing schedules, cost reductions, human resources, quality control, the application of production standards, and safety programs. This position is also responsible for delegating authority and empowering key managers to execute and complete operations goals and objectives. Ultimately, this incumbent is accountable for assuring that objectives are achieved in the most cost efficient manner, and in accordance with company standards. This is achieved, in collaboration with the Director of Manufacturing & the President. 

Key Performance Areas and More Detailed Responsibilities

Cost & Quality Management

  1. The Vice President Operations is accountable for the establishment of the annual departmental operating and capital budgets, budgetary control process and variance analysis pertaining to P&L. 
  2. This position is responsible for reviewing the feasibility of new or revised systems and procedures,. This is achieved through the analysis of activities, costs, operations, and forecast data to determine department progress toward stated goals and objectives.
  3. The Vice President of Operations is responsible for working with peers and other plant personnel (i.e. warehousing, quality assurance, etc.) to insure that all quality standards are achieved, as well as control cost of production and warehousing of raw materials. To achieve this, the incumbent insures that all processes are efficient and in accordance with company standards.
  4. Responsible for working with the Director of Manufacturing to formulate and implement manufacturing practices based on comparative studies of methods, costs and production figures, as well as sets up and maintains inventory controls and levels to conform to budgets and forecasts.

 Supply Chain and Scheduling

  1. This incumbent is accountable for working with the Director of Supply Chain to maintain inventory of raw materials and finished products which support production targets. To achieve this, the incumbent insures the timely and adequate flow of materials.
  2. The VP is responsible for overseeing vendor management - researching and sourcing vendors, obtaining quotes with pricing, capabilities, turnaround times, and quality of work, negotiating contracts, managing relationships, assigning jobs, evaluating performance.
  3. This position is responsible for coordinating the execution of manufacturing schedules based on sales requirements and manufacturing capacity and directing the preparation of production status charts to assist in analyzing the production flow and load capacity.
  4. This position is responsible for taking the necessary actions in Supply Chain and Purchasing to eliminate delays to production and shipping schedules.
  5. Work closely with the Production Scheduler and Director of Manufacturing at arranging, controlling and optimizing work and workload for production process and/or manufacturing processes to allocate plant and machinery resources, plan human resources, plan production processes and purchase materials.


  1. The Vice President Operations is responsible for overseeing plant and employee safety. The incumbent promotes housekeeping and cleanliness in order to maintain the highest level of employee morale, and insure compliance with health and safety regulations.
  2. The Vice President Operations is responsible for communicating and reinforcing the adherence to safety programs. In collaboration with the Director of Manufacturing this incumbent is accountable for working in accordance with the law to promote a safe work environment for all employees. In addition, this position is responsible for insuring that suitable training, and the appropriate tools and equipment are available to employees enabling them to perform their work in a safe and efficient manner.

Personnel Management & Training

  1. This position is accountable for working with the Manufacturing Director, Manager, Leads and plant personnel to insure that every employee is treated with respect. This incumbent reinforces progressive discipline policy to correct behaviors that are unacceptable and harmful to employee’s and/or the organization.
  2. The Vice President Operations is accountable for determining the appropriate staffing requirements consistent with Manufacturing’s work load. In addition, this incumbent is responsible for directing the selection and training of personnel, and overseeing performance management and pay program administration for his/her subordinates.
  3. This incumbent is responsible for insuring that training programs, whether internal or external, be taken into account, and if deemed to be of benefit to both the employee and Client, he/she will ensure that employees be provided with the opportunity to attend so as to improve individual skill set, productivity, and provide career advancement/succession planning.

Growth & Change Management

  1. This incumbent is accountable for participating in long-range plant expansions, conversion, and equipment planning. These plans are prepared and implemented in collaboration with the President and senior client personnel.
  2. This incumbent is accountable for developing and implementing a growth plan taking into account product direction, manufacturing and people resource requirement and Corporate product direction.
  3. The incumbent takes a structured approach to proactively manage the impacts of change both at an individual and institutional level and incorporates strategies that help individuals and the organization make successful transitions and result in the adoption of change for desired outcomes. It's most effective when all objectives - institutional, technical, and human - are fully implemented and embedded in the institution

Job-Specific Experience and Skills

  • Contract office furniture industry
  • Financial analysis, P&L
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication with an ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment
  • Expertise in the use of Microsoft Office tools with exceptional Excel skills
  • Experience managing through an ERP system with multiple manufacturing applications
  • Leadership and decision-making with a results orientation
  • Proficiency in organization, negotiation, and diplomacy
  • Communicate effectively, including listening
  • Possess a learning orientation and innovative mind set
  • Highly customer focused
  • Ability to influence & persuade to meet and exceed common goals
  • Adaptable and flexible with the ability to manage change


Qualified applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Engineering or related field, with ongoing professional development, including financial analysis and cost management.