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Spirit AeroSystems First Level Manager-Operations Engineering (787-S41) in Wichita, Kansas


Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia. The company's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world's premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Manage a team of Industrial Engineers, Operation Support Specialists and Methods Analysts with diverse skill sets.

  • Experience creating and utilizing production metrics to make informed decisions and drive results.

  • Provide experience to the development of headcount and other key components to future operations plans.

  • Knowledge of IE Tools used in production i.e.: capacity analysis, facility layout, and production improvements.

  • Manage the build process and compliance for engineering requirements, Quality Assurance standards, and customer contract requirements.

  • Lead the development of new processes and changes in existing processes.

  • Improve product quality and enable on takt production.

  • Engage in whether the product can be produced, the quality of the product and the related processes.

  • Manage the schedule of complex, competing priorities and report on realization to senior management.

  • Demonstrate favorable results through coaching, mentoring and influencing others.

  • Skills to navigate difficult situations and conversations to a productive outcome.

  • Competency to complete task with little to no oversight.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Composites, Materials, Engineering Technology, or other related course of study.

  • Experience in a manufacturing environment

  • Strong experience in a leadership/management role

  • Excellent Customer Relationship Management Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work with demanding and difficult customers with conflicting priorities within a fast-paced challenging environment.

  • Experience working with multiple cross functional groups (Quality, Assembly, Procurement, Supply Chain, Machining, etc.).

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, delegate effectively, strong collaboration skills and the ability communicate effectively.

  • Provide technical expertise and business leadership cross-functionally, effectively communicate complex ideas to technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Strong ability to evaluate risk, make timely, succinct decisions.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in composite fabrication/manufacturing

  • Lean manufacturing expertise

  • 5 years of experience in an Aircraft or Aerospace Manufacturing environment

  • Management experience

    Spirit AeroSystems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

    Kansas Tax Credit: Join Spirit AeroSystems’ Kansas team and you may be eligible for a $5,000 state of Kansas Aviation tax credit for up to five years. Click here for more information on the tax credit.