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IDEX Director of Operations in Mansfield, Ohio

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This position is the senior Operations leader at the Warren Rupp Mansfield Plant within the Fluid and Metering Technologies (FMT) business segment of IDEX Corporation. This position is focused on directing a highly engaged and high performing team supporting top business priorities while sustaining key performance indicators out of operations. The Director of Operations will be responsible for the overall strategic planning and execution of the operations/manufacturing processes, supply chain functions, materials management, and warehousing operations. Primary expectations of the role will be to drive growth, increase the productivity funnel, as well as promote simplification and speed throughout the organization. The Director of Operations and the department will be guided by Warren Rupp’s core values of Trust, Teamwork, and Excellence, be innovative in their thinking, have the ability to see around corners and take risks, as well as achieve results through growth initiatives.


  • View operations and the business overall through an 8020 lens to recognize opportunity to reduce complexity and cost as well as reallocating resources to what is most important to focus on.

  • Direct leader of Manufacturing & Maintenance Manager, Continuous Improvement Manager, Supply Chain Manager, and Material Handling Supervisor

  • Coordinate production activities with procurement, maintenance, and quality control to obtain optimum production and utilization of human resources, machines, and equipment

  • Develop an effective team-based culture where the assigned functions focus on the critical few, achieves commitments and wins with an outstanding team. Lead by example through training, coaching, mentoring, and counseling.

  • Effectively collaborate cross functionally with a focus on aligning the operational strategy to support business priorities

  • Cascade business goals to Operations team to ensure top priorities are successfully supported while driving their respective development

  • Drive improvements in production quality, operating cost reduction, and manufacturing lead times

  • Develop and apply consistent manufacturing practices and standards

  • Use process flow diagrams and Value Stream Mapping (VSM) to analyze and manage workflow

  • Initiate, drive, and participate in Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement activities

  • Utilize and be proficient in root cause analysis and problem-solving methodologies

  • Oversight for safety and performance objectives through modernization for equipment, fixtures, and tools

  • Communicate with executive management and make presentations to high-level clients on technical and organizational capabilities

  • Work closely with materials management, QA, and suppliers to ensure that purchased material meets standards and specifications

  • Oversee the facility management

  • Ensure factory layout and equipment locations are optimized for material flow and manufacturing efficiency

  • Oversee warehouse and materials staffing optimization, including proactively forecasting staffing needs ahead of our needs and intelligently allocating labor across teams by day

  • Maintain strong communication path with commercial team ensuring cross functional knowledge transfer to execute and drive best support plan for global customers

  • Ensure appropriate inventory levels to minimize lead times and exceed OTD of 95% to external customers

  • Work with Finance to establish cost standards, and budgeting for manufacturing capital and expense spending

  • Oversee departmental budgets and expenditures

  • Ensure that Purchasing and Finance Departments work closely for materials management.

  • Provide recommendations to help guide product and systems development for manufacturability

  • Recommend design solutions and changes

  • Work with Engineering R&D to manufacture new products or improve current products and processes that meet quality and cost effectiveness standards


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Management Skills:

  • Team builder, strong communication and motivational skills, a problem solver and results oriented

  • Thorough knowledge of manufacturing and production processes

  • Thorough knowledge and prior use of Lean

  • Knowledge of and prior responsibility for OSHA and EPA

Personal Characteristics:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills that serve to influence and persuade others.

  • Strong conceptual, analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills.

  • Must be able to establish credibility through knowledge and experience with others focused on analytics, process and business development.

  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment, where scientific/business challenges arise requiring immediate and high-impact business solutions.

  • Highly detail and quality oriented.

  • Proactive thought process.

  • Analytical expertise required.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to interpret abstract and concrete concepts.

  • Task and project focused, can set and meet deadlines.

Other skills:

  • Ability to travel based on business needs.


  • The position requires a bachelor’s degree (preferably Engineering, Business or Industrial Technology) with an MBA preferred.

  • Minimum of 10+ years of management experience in an operations leadership and/or factory management role.The successful candidate must have a proven track record, demonstrated by a progressive level of growth in responsibility.

  • This person will have extensive demonstrated success in the application of Lean principles, Six Sigma, Kaizen, JIT in an industrial environment.


Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX (NYSE: IEX) is a company that has undoubtedly touched your life in some way. In fact, IDEX businesses make thousands of products that are mission-critical components in everyday activities. Chances are the car you’re driving has a BAND-IT® clamp holding your side airbag safely in place. If you were ever in a car accident, a Hurst Jaws of Life® rescue tool may have saved your life. If you or a family member is battling cancer, your doctor may have tested your DNA in a quest to find the best targeted medicine for you. It’s likely your DNA test was run on equipment that contains components made by our growing IDEX Health & Science team.