Vice President of Operations

  • Coachella, CA
  • Full Time
  • CAO-Platform Mfg Admin
  • Experienced

Vice President of Operations, Armtec Defense Technologies

Armtec Defense Technologies (Armtec) is an operating unit of the Transdigm Group (NYSE: TDG), an industry leader in aerospace and defense products and services. Armtec is comprised of three business units producing subcomponents for ordnance in Coachella, CA; decoy countermeasure flares in Camden AR; and radar countermeasure chaff in Lillington NC. At Armtec, we welcome skilled and enthusiastic people who share our determination and high standards to join us in our mission-critical work supporting the US and allied war-fighters who serve us all by defending democracy and protecting freedom. This position is staffed in Coachella, at Armtec’s world-class, sole-source production facility for felted fiber nitrocellulose combustible cartridge cases for medium and large caliber military ammunition; and pyrophoric payloads for training grenades.

Company Profile

Company: Armtec Defense Technologies is an operating unit of the TransDigm Group (NYSE: TDG).

Industry: Manufacturing Combustible Ordnance and Countermeasures

Job Overview

Title: Vice President of Operations

Job Family: Management

Reports to: Armtec President

Works with: Platform staff, VP/GM Unit Managers, Senior Staff, Department Managers and Supervisors.

Location: Coachella, California

Type:  Full-Time

Job Summary

The Armtec Defense Technologies VP of Operations will report directly to the Platform President and provide leadership of Supply Chain Management activities in order to maximize value resulting from reduced price, higher quality, improved on-time delivery, lower inventory, and optimized payables. Key processes within the department will include materials planning; scheduling; purchasing, inventory control; cash flow management; information flow and coordination and asset management, and supplier performance metrics.

The Armtec’s VP of Operations will collaborate with, suppliers, Business Unit GM’s, Purchasing, Production Planners, I/T and other appropriate resources to strategically plan and coordinate the flow of materials and information from customers through procurement to delivery. This position will also have matrix management responsibilities with each business unit and support groups for production planning, shipping, receiving and inventory.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage all procurement and materials management activities including supplier connections, order placement, supplier reduction/evaluation/certification, supplier follow-up, price negotiation, supplier quality and compliance with government procurement regulations.
  • Matrix responsibilities for manufacturing resource-planning and master scheduling, including for personnel involved with the Syteline ERP system to achieve and maintain a high degree of data accuracy, integrity, and ownership.
  • Accountable for materials metrics, cash flow resulting from payables and inventory, purchased materials productivity, supplier standards of performance, and supplied materials quality.
  • Help define and implement automated systems to plan and track material flow from customers through procurement to delivery to support a supply chain management strategy.
  • Ensure all the purchasing and material management policies are consistent with the Enterprise Objectives e.g. Inventory control objectives of the Corporation.
  • Facilitate Business Unit purchasing and materials initiatives including supplier managed inventory, consolidated purchasing agreements, supplier reduction and supplier quality certifications.
  • Support internal or external audit requirements relative to the planning, procurement or inventory control functions.
  • Prepare and manage department budget within established guidelines.
  • Effectively create and sustain procurement to delivery material and system cost reduction programs. Actively champion and implement Armtec’s Operating System principles at each Business Unit.
  • Provide professional development and mentoring for all Supply Chain direct and dotted line team members. Explain and support company policies and procedures. Demonstrate Armtec manager competencies.
  • Benchmark and implement world-class supplier management systems at Armtec’s business units.
  • Comply with all laws and regulations including international import/export requirements, DoD DFARs, and the ITAR.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards, even when challenged from above
  • Understand and live by Armtec’s ethics and business conduct policies


  • Minimum of 10 years applicable purchasing, materials management and supply chain leadership experience in a world-class, high volume, high-mix manufacturing environment. Experience in defense materials and energetics is highly desirable, as is familiarity working in a highly-regulated aerospace industry environment.
  • Four-year college degree in business, engineering, or supply chain required with certification in materials management and quality strongly preferred (CQM, APICS/CPM, or similar).
  • Extensive managerial experience in state-of-the-art materials management systems including supply chain management, cash flow and asset management, JIT, MRPII, and lean manufacturing.
  • Must possess analytical and technical skills required to understand business practices and recommend proper automation opportunities.
  • Executive-level written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills for effective interface with all internal and external contacts are required. Must have excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (e.g., spreadsheets, word processing, databases and presentations).
  • Must be dependable, responsible, and accurate and have the ability to deal with people effectively.

Armtec Competencies

Demonstrate ability in the Armtec competencies as a senior leader: timely/quality decisions, delegation, develops direct reports, process management, innovation management, business acumen, intellectual horsepower, learning on the fly, hiring and staffing.

Education & Professional Work Experience Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Person

Work Hours

4/10 workweek

To Apply

Please apply on-line on the Armtec Career Website,  

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